The Upson Lee football team recently competed in their annual Iron Man competition, and history was made when senior David Marshall became the first lineman to ever win the award. However, Marshall is not the first person in his family to win the prestigious award.
The very first Iron Man competition took place 16 years ago in 1999, and the winner of the award was former Upson Lee standout Robert King. Sixteen years later, his nephew David Marshall can now say he’s the second member of his family to win the Iron Man, and part of the first uncle-nephew combination to win the award.
“David has worked extremely hard in the weight room since last season,” said Upson Lee Head Coach Tommy Parks. “With his size, it’s not too surprising that he would excel in the weight lifting events, but he also did well in the speed and agility events. He really moves well to be 6’3” and about 260 pounds. The Iron Man award does not necessarily correlate to being a good football player, it just goes to the player that is the best athlete. In David’s case, it means both. I’m just really proud of the work he has put in over the summer. He had perfect attendance and never missed a workout.”
Not only did Marshall have perfect attendance over the summer, which is part of the Iron Man grading system, he also won the Iron Man events in the power clean (315 pounds), bench press (335 pounds), squat (470 pounds), and tire flip in 12.39 seconds. In other events, Marshall finished the 40 yard dash in 4.86 seconds, the 20 yard shuttle in 2.88 seconds, L-drill in 7.32 seconds, and the pro shuttle in 4.08 seconds.
The Upson Lee senior was recently named as one of the Macon Telegraph’s “12 to Treasure”, highlighting the Top 12 players in Middle Georgia. He currently holds scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn, North Carolina, Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Louisville, Indiana, Miami, and UCLA.
According to reports, Marshall has listed his top three schools as Ole Miss, Auburn and Alabama, naming Ole Miss as his leader. He is expected to soon release the dates and schools where he plans on taking his five official visits. According to Marshall, he will more than likely wait until after the season or possibly National Signing Day until making his official decision. He was previously committed to Auburn, but made the decision over the summer to reopen his recruitment.
Marshall and the Knights played Troup County in LaGrange on Thursday night in their annual scrimmage game. However, the result of that game was not available by press time. Look in Tuesday’s edition of The Times for a game recap.
Upson Lee will play their first regular season game on Sept. 4, when they host Pike County at Matthews Field.
Wes McCard can be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @WesMc21.