Tulane's Defensive Tackle Marlon Tickles is a football player who best football is head of him. Tickles defensive line coach Giff Smith at Tulane commented that he has developed into a good player this year, but wished that he had another year with him because Tickles getting better and better every game.
When you see Tickles on game film you see a player who is big and quick. Tickles is 6-1 310 but quick and fast for a player his size. He has run a 5.03 in the 40 and has done 28 reps of 225 and has a 31'' vertical jump.
"I think one of my biggest assets is my size, plus I have great quickness, I have quick feet and quick hands," said Tickles. "I more of a run stopping defensive tackle who has the ability to rush the passer, but one thing I do is go 110% on every play. I'm also a DT that can drop in zone coverage and have quick reaction and in my career I had 2 interceptions."
Tickles is an effort player who patterns his game after John Randle who is a player like Tickles with great strength and body control. Tickles also tries to show the same quickness off the ball that Warren Sapp does. Tickles is more of a one gap defensive tackle but thinks that he would be successful in the two-gap system as well.
"I would like to play one gap, but I would play two gap. The reason I would like to play one-gap better then two-gap is because in the one-gap system you can pick a side and you have to be able to get off your block and do it with quickness. With the two gap there is a little more reading then just attacking the offensive linemen," Tickles explained.
Tickles is not some one who will just rest on what he has done in the past he want to get better and learn more.
"At Tulane every year I was learning, every day I had to work and work hard to make sure I had everything down. Each year I had a goal to get better and I think every year I did," said Tickles.
Tickles knows the next level isn't going to get any easier and is looking to learn as much as he can once he gets into a training camp.
"Each level you go up the players get bigger and faster and you have to raise your game as well. Where every I go I want to learn as much as I can, from the veterans because they have been in this league and I can learn a lot from listen to them" said Tickles. "Guy who are in the league will come back to Tulane or around New Orleans and will give us tips and I think that will help me get adjusted better when I do get into a camp. I want to be in the fire in the NFL and I know when I get into a training camp that the ball is in my court and I need to show what I can do."
Tickles not only is a defensive tackle but also is a long snapper. He believes that his ability to do more will make him more valuable to the NFL. Tickles has had a personal work out with the New Orleans Saints, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, and the Detroit Lions have all shown interest in Tickles.
"I think with my ability to be a long snapper as well a defensive tackle will make me more valuable to a team, the more you can do to help out a team in different areas the more that they are going to want to keep you around," said Tickles.