It was one of the first comments head coach Tommy Tuberville made after Texas Tech's practice Tuesday morning. Bradley Marquez, a former standout at Odessa High, has made a lasting impression on the coaching staff, and possibly made a case to be a starter at wide receiver when the Red Raiders kick off the 2011 season.
"Bradley Marquez is making a name for himself out here running with the first team," said a complimentary Tuberville. "I'm really excited about him."
While Marquez played running back in high school, Tech coaches moved him to wide receiver to take advantage of his speed and quickness. It's that elusive running style acquired through his former position that has caught the eye of his teammates during camp.
"He's so quick and fast, and he's just always a threat," said freshman linebacker Blake Dees. "You always have to keep an eye on him coming across the middle...you always have to look out for his speed, definitely."
"He's probably one of the top three fastest guys we have on the team," said starting quarterback Seth Doege. "He's fun to throw a deep ball to, because you can throw it really high and let him run under it."
"He's still learning, and we like his progress; I think he's going to help us [this season]."