During the summer, sophomore cornerback Iman Marshall sat out of USC's player-run practices. It was strange to see such a fiery competitor stay on the sidelines rather than jumping in the action. Marshall says it was an opportunity for him to develop his game in a different way and help his young teammates gain experience.
"To know that you truly understand something is to be able to teach somebody something. That's what some of the greats told me," Marshall said. "Me being able to teach other guys what's going on is just going to help me better my game as an individual."
"I felt like I just needed time to rest and just more so look at it from a different aspect and give the young guys the opportunity to get acclimated with the program and acclimated with the game speed of college football."
One young guy Marshall has particularly tried to mentor is fellow Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic cornerback Jack Jones. Though the two cornerbacks have different skill sets, Marshall has taken Jones under his wing to show him the ins and outs of college football.
It's something he is passing down from another Poly Jackrabbit.
"That's the same thing that JuJu [Smith-Schuster] did with me is just mentor me and show me the ropes," Marshall said. "If you know somebody formerly that went to your school, you should always mentor them and tell them what's the rights and wrongs and understand your mistakes, so they don't make those mistakes as well."
Watch as Iman Marshall talks about the aggressiveness of USC's defense under Clancy Pendergast, how playing Alabama first has changed the Trojans' offseason and how mentoring Jack Jones is helping Marshall.
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