After Marshall “guided” a receiver out of pounds with a hefty shove, ArDarius Stewart came back in bounds and caught a deep ball for a 39-yard touchdown pass. On the third play of the second half, Stewart was the recipient of a gift touchdown when both USC secondary members blitzed from the same side after a miscommunication.
Hawkins explained the mistake of the second play after the game and after practice this week Marshall shouldered the blame for the Crimson Tide’s initial score.
“That was really my idea. I didn't know he could come back in once you initially push him out of bounds,” Marshall said. “That was my fault and I understand that was my mistake and I've got to live with that.”
But Marshall is trying to turn Saturday's game into a positive for the future.
“It was a learning lesson for everybody,” Marshall said of the loss. “It's the first game and [you have to] understand where you at right now and it's all growth. That's all I want to do each and every day. Each and every day just grow and try to get better and try to perform better."
Watch what Iman Marshall, above, had to say about Saturday's performance for the defense and him individually as well as how the team has responded this week in practice.
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