"I'm A Mountaineer"

Defensive end Marcus Broxie had a very difficult decision when it came down to his final two choices for college. However, it was one simple, homespun factor that tipped the decision in the favor of West Virginia.

"Practically everything about the two schools was the same," said Broxie, who carefully considered each factor as he compared North Carolina State and West Virginia. "In the end, the thing that made the difference and put me over the top was the team camaraderie at WVU. Everybody seemed like they want to work, and work hard, to be successful. The team is practically like brothers. That's why they won. They win because team works together and likes to work. They are happy together and with coaches, and that was the best situation for me. I just felt like it was something about the team. They stay together all the time."

Broxie, who points to his own year of hard work as proof of his affinity for the Mountaineer brotherhood, believes that the relationships he saw between coaches and staff make for a great atmosphere. He has seen what just one year's concentrated effort can do, and is looking forward to continuing that lifestyle at West Virginia.

"I'm a product of one year's work," said Broxie, who gained 26 pounds and shaved two-tenths of a second from his 40 time since last March (The chiseled defensive end now weighs 231 pounds and runs a 4.7 forty-yard dash.) "That's all I know now is hard work - I get up at 7:00 a.m. I like the way WVU works – they get you to buy into the system and they have good coaching. They won the Big East three years in a row and won the Sugar Bowl, so you can see how it paid off. They just outworked Georgia in the Sugar Bowl."

Broxie is anxious to get to West Virginia and get started, and won't hang around home for long before he heads for Morgantown.

"I will stay around [home] for a couple of weeks, but I want to go up early and get started," said the well-spoken Broxie. "I want to work into the system and get used to it, and try to help as soon as I can."

Broxie is not your typical defensive end, especially for a scheme like WVU's 3-3, but the very differences in his game that set him apart from the usual 280-pounders could work to his advantage. With his speed and excellent footwork, the edge rusher excels at getting upfield, turning the corner, and creating havoc in the backfield. Broxie, who actually runs the 400-meter dash (something almost unheard of for a lineman), views his gifts philosophically.

"I still do the shot and discus, and I've played receiver too, although I just played defense this year," he said. "The WVU coaches want me at rush end, because they want to get more speed on the field, and rushing the quarterback is what I'm good at. I can run down reverses, too.

"I only played defense this year, because I don't need to be in the spotlight. Don't get me wrong – I'd love to catch some touchdown passes, but I'm happy to be on defense where I can concentrate on one thing. I have no problem staying behind the scenes to help us win. I know you win games on defense."

That attitude had to ring true with back to basics guys like Bill Kirelawich, who will be Broxie's line coach in college. The combination of low ego and high work ethic will certainly stand him in good stead when Kirelawich begins putting him through the paces this fall. West Virginia improved its pass rush a good bit in 2005, and Broxie could be the key to helping it take the proverbial next step in years to come.


Broxie, who homes to major in business, said he is qualified. He was an all conference selection at defensive end as a senior, where he recorded 72 tackles and 13 sacks.

Broxie was already familiar with the West Virginia program through a recent alum – Kay Jay Harris.

"I've know him since I was little," Broxie said. "He played basketball with my brother, and he always talked about West Virginia. I've known about them for a long time."

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