Perseverance is What Helped Lawrence Marshall Get to Where He is Today

Perseverance is What Helped Lawrence Marshall Get to Where He is Today

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Perseverance is What Helped Lawrence Marshall Get to Where He is Today

For some, starting in college happens day one and they never look back. Some have to work through some things before starting. Others may never even start in their careers, heck even play.

Michigan football defensive lineman Lawrence Marshall is a fifth-year senior is one of those guys who had to go through a lot before getting to where he is at today. He started his first career game week one against Notre Dame, before dealing with some minor injuries that held him out against Western Michigan and SMU before returning to the field against Nebraska last week, where he helped the Michigan defense get an interception as he tipped a pass that safety Josh Metellus would catch.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh announced this week that defensive end Luiji Vilain had successful knee surgery and is rehabbing and out right now. Players like that are ones that Marshall can relate to and possibly help out.

“Just keep going. For myself, I didn’t play my freshman year, my sophomore year, barely played my junior year, really start seeing the field my senior year,” Marshall said. “Just perseverance, just keep going through it and one day like myself, I started my first game my fifth year, so you gotta keep going.”

Some players are never the same after an injury and others start to doubt themselves and transfer to another school with easier competition or somewhere where a starting job isn’t a dogfight.

“You really go through it, you really be like ‘man am I really good’ or you really start thinking like start second-guessing yourself, you start second-guessing your skills,” Marshall said. “For myself, I just kept going through it, kept getting better and better. I still ain’t where I wanna be, but I’m far along then I have been.”

Marshall could have left Michigan for his fifth year of eligibility, but he knew he could compete at this level of competition.

“I felt like Mo Hurst left, the spot was open and I wasn’t just going to walk away from something that I knew I could, I knew I could play here,” Marshall said. “A lot of guys second guess their skills and they go somewhere else like a lower division. I feel like I can play here at Michigan and that’s what I did.”

Marshall and company will have to get ready for another Big Ten game this week as they take on Northwestern Saturday, Sept. 29 at 4:30 p.m. EST.

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