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57 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Cody Marley

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CodyMarley

#34 Cody Marley
Redshirt Sophomore
5-11 | 201
Denton, Texas

Bio

Position: Linebacker

Previous College: None

Projection: Third-String

Status: On Scholarship

There's a bit of a soft spot in my heart for William Cody Marley (b. Oct. 2, 1990). He wasn't one of our more heralded recruits, but he just seemed to have ... something ... that I thought would lead to him seeing the field early.

Until he suffered a season-ending injury, that is. And then followed that up with a serious illness that put him in the hospital. He lost 16 pounds the first time and 17 the second time, so he's way behind the 8-ball weight-wise.

Another reason I'm fond of the young man is because his mother has posted many times on GoPowercat.com's message board, dating back to when Marley was a recruit in high school.

That provided a rare glimpse for the common fan into the hectic whirlwind that is college football recruiting. To those who were posting on GPC at the time, Marley seems like more of a flesh-and-blood person than the average recruit.

He's built a lot like Alex Hrebec, but I'm given to understand that he's a bit faster. Definitely could use some of that.

If he can get his weight back into the 220-plus-pound range and continue to build his knowledge of the playbook, Marley ought to be able to break into the third string at linebacker. Anything more than that probably is ambitious.