Is Marquette King from Fort Valley State, the next Shane Lechler? Check out this article and vote
I know right now you guys are probably wondering, why is there a punter in that video above? Well first off as a kicker my entire career of football, I have a passion for special teams. Second, this kid is one of the most amazing athletes I have ever watched in all my years of football. The kid in the video above is named Marquette King. He is draft eligible this year, and is ready to make an impact on an NFL team. The most special thing about Marquette is not his size, 6’1, 192 punter, but his leg strength. I had the ability to get film of him from the HBCU bowl, and talk with several scouts from the NFL who said “who is this kid, and where did he come from. “ The reason they were so impressed was because he was constantly booming 70 and 80 yard punts on the sidelines of the practice, which were recorded at over 5.6 seconds hangtime. That is a pretty amazing statistic. This year alone Marquette has punted an 80 yarder against Bethune Cookman - University and a 76 yard punt against Clark Atlanta. These punts are not a fluke; this kid can do it, over and over again.
Marquette King | 5.6 Hang Time Punt | Kohl's Kicking Camp Florida (via kohlskicking)
Marquette King might be the most special punter coming out of college since Shane Lechler of Oakland in 2000. Lechler has been known as the best punter over the past few years because of his long punts and tremendous hang time. Lechler broke the Raiders punting record with an 80 yard punt that took a couple bounces in 2011 against the Bears. This year alone Marquette has hit two bombs over 75 yards and they were in the air the complete time. Marquette has went to Kohl’s Kicking Camp in Orlando, Florida which is a kicking camp for the best of the best, but I am telling you, this kid might just be the next big thing at the punter position. You really should take the time and google his name, when you find his pictures you will be shocked because he looks like he could play Wide Receiver. He is so cut up and in great shape. I have had the pleasure to talk with Marquette this season, on numerous occasions, and Marquette is just as hungry as the next for his opportunity. He is humble, but at the end of the day, he wants to represent not only for Fort Valley State, but every other punter or kicker out there, trying to make an impact.
When you watch Marquette’s motion, you need to look back at Reggie Roby, the reason is Marquette’s leg carries him off the ground high like Reggie Roby did for Iowa back in the 80’s. Many compare Marquette to Reggie because of his color, but that doesn’t affect Marquette, because he believes that Reggie is the guy that paved the way for him to play the game. Marquette loves punting, and can be seen at the Fort Valley State campus or the local fields at 4 in the morning sometimes punting balls. I talked with several of his teammates that say Marquette will be the first one on the field at dusk punting the ball and chasing it, to punt another. One teammate told me that, if Marquette can't sleep he will be out at the park punting balls, up into the dark clouds. Marquette has a passion as a punter, that is what you want as a football team. He wants to perfect the position, and as a big kid from FVSU, I think Marquette has all the potential to perfect it. Watch this video of Shane Lechler above and you tell me, Does Marquette have a leg, or what?