By SCOTT WILSON
Glasgow Daily Times
Marquez Trigg, a junior tailback at Glasgow High School, received a chance to showcase his abilities against some of the best players in the country when he participated in the prestigious U.S. Army National Football Combine in San Antonio, Texas last Friday. The annual event is held in conjunction with the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game.
“I am not sure exactly how I was selected, but I received something in the mail inviting me to participate in the combine,” Trigg said. “It was a lot of fun. I met a lot of friends from a lot of different places and there was a lot of competition. It was a great experience.”
The event, which includes 500 of the top high school juniors from across the nation, focuses on measuring speed, strength, quickness, and football skill, while also providing educational seminars touching on the recruiting process, speed and strength improvement, and leadership.
The combine is the first opportunity for the nation’s top underclassmen to demonstrate their physical talent and compete against one another before top scouting organizations, as well as the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee.
“We did the shuttle run. We ran the 40-yard dash and we did the vertical jump. (After lunch) Then we had some one-on-one drills and caught some passes,” Trigg explained. “We didn’t get our results in the shuttle run, but I had a time of 4.59 seconds in the 40 and my vertical was 30 inches.
“On the vertical jump, I thought I could have jumped higher. But I was very pleased with my time in the 40. That was the fastest time I’ve ever run.”
Trigg, who played a key role in helping the Glasgow Scotties finish 10-2 this past season, posted some impressive numbers in 2013. The talented runner finished the year with 1,669 yards for an average of 139 yards per game. He averaged 7.7 yards per carry last year and scored 26 touchdowns.
He said the combine proved to also be a chance for players to be noticed by college coaches. Trigg said he hopes to make his college choice very soon.
“I would like to try and decide on my college choice before my senior year begins so I can know where I am going (and get that out of the way),” Trigg said. “I am just exploring my options right now.”