Markey has a ton to prove

Brandon Markey is a 6-0, 202-pound athlete from Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea and Markey and his Irish teammates got off to a fast start to their 2002 football season last Friday, blanking Central Kitsap 40-0. Brandon had highlights on both sides of the ball, and is looking for more performances like the one he had last week to show college coaches he is Pac-10 caliber.

Right now, Markey is playing tailback, defensive back, punt returner and kick returner. He ran 14 times for 96 yards and scored twice against CK. He also caught a pass for a touchdown. Defensively, Brandon had a pick and almost had a second. "I had another one, but I was out of bounds," he told last night.

Lynden is next on O'Dea's schedule, and Markey is already scouting the trip. "It's 105 miles," he said. "I got the itinerary today. I saw Lynden play Rainier Beach last year."

Brandon got quite a few phone calls back in the beginning of September. "Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Portland State, Idaho and California," he said. "One of the Arizona schools called too, but I forget which one. They are a backup anyways. Coach (Keith) Gilbertson left a message today."

Markey has tickets for Saturday's game between Washington and Wyoming. "I might go to the Washington game, but I might go to the Kennedy-Fife game too," he said. "I definitely will go to the Idaho game and the Cal game."

He went to San Jose State game, and thought someone was playing a joke when he got to the stadium. "I came in right before the first half ended and they were ready to score," Markey said. "I come back, I see the score and I was like, 'What's going on? Do they have the score right?', but then they came out in the second half and took care of business."

Brandon isn't ready to figure out official trips yet, but has an idea of when and who. "I'll take official trips during basketball," he said. "I'll probably visit Washington, USC, UCLA, Washington State. I want to play in the Pac-10."

No school has stepped up with an offer, but that doesn't bother Brandon. He knows he's got something to prove since he missed last year with an injury. "Since I didn't play last year all the schools want film of my first three games. A lot of them are looking at me at running back but some of them are like, 'Man, he could be a good safety too!'."

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