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So, tell us what you've been up to.
Well actually not a whole lot. I have been between Nashville and my hometown since I graduated and now I'm about to go to Youngstown, Ohio to play in the AF2 for the Mahoning Valley Thunder.
How did you get involved in the Arena League?
Well, I got hooked up with that through my former receiver's coach from high school. He knows the head coach of the team and he signed me based on my coach's word.
Why did you choose Vanderbilt? Who were some of the other schools recruiting you?
I chose Vanderbilt because so many people told me that after I graduated I would have no problem finding a job. Also I was given the opportunity to play college football at the highest level in the county. I was recruited by UGA, Troy, Furman, MTSU, Navy, and Marshall.
Do you keep in touch with any of your former teammates?
Yeah, I keep in touch with a lot of guys especially when I'm Nashville. But George Smith is my best friend.
Where was the hardest place to play?
The hardest place for me to play for some reason was SouthCarolina. I really can't explain what it was but it was just tough to play there.
Who was the hardest hitter in the SEC?
Do you think Coach Johnson is a little too conservative with his play calling sometimes?
Well I don't think it was all him. I think it was mostly the offensive coordinator that was so conservative in the play calling. But I do feel like we could have taken way more chances than we did.
What did you think of Coach Johnson's "No Cursing Rule?"
I think it was cool because it helps to make everyone on the team to become more respectable men. I feel like you don't need to curse to have intensity and to show emotion. It's cool with me just as long as the intensity doesn't go away.
Your 2nd game as a Commdore against UTC was your coming out party. What do you remember about having such a big game in only your 2nd game as a Commodore?
All I remember is that since I got on campus I felt like I could play on this level against anyone in the country and that game was a little affirmation for me.
Your sophmore year you caught the 66 yard bomb that would have set up the game winning score against Rutgers. What do you remember about that game? Giving up a 24 point lead had to be tough.
What I remember most about that game is the fact that they called that play because because of the penalty. Giving up such a big lead seemed unreal to me. I just could not have imagined that happening.
Do you think Jay was past the line of scrimmage?
I know he was past the line of scrimmage after watching replays of the play on ESPN. Its a shame so many calls go against us like that at home.
What do you remember about the UT game in 2004? You had a lot of yards and a TD. It was another one where we hung around and had a chance late but couldn't finish.
I remember the catch that I had that was tipped by Brandon Smith for a big gain. I also remember his 80 yard TD score.
2005 was a fun year. What do you remember about the big win at Wake Forest to start the season?
I caught the first TD of the season on top of a guy. I thought from then on that the season was going to be a special one.
The next week you only had five catches but two of those were 4th quarter touchdown receptions. Being down early and coming back late to win in Fayetteville has to be a great memory.
Yes it is. I was very emotional at the end of that game because I had caught the game winning TD. That's one of my proudest moments of my career.
The MTSU game was absolutley heartbreaking what do you recall thinking as you watched them block the field goal that would've made us 5-0?
I was just like wow I can't believe this just happened.
The game in the Swamp that year was a fun game to watch. Looking back now what do you remember thinking when you saw Earl catch that now infamous touchdown which he was flagged for excessive celebration?
I just remember being like "are you serious...he didn't even get a chance to finish the dance."
The game in Knoxville is now Vanderbilt Legend. Once again you only had five catches but again two of the were touchdowns. Dustin Dunning said that we could've beaten the New England Patriots that day. What are your thoughts on that huge victory?
It was just fitting for Jay and the rest of our seniors to finish there career on such a high note. It still hasn't hit me how important the win was for Vandy football history. I just remember being extremely happy and proud for our seniors.
The first game your senior year you had that big touchdown catch that Earl Bennett threw. The game was closer than the score indicates. It was only 13-7 at the half. They got a garbage TD late in the 4th quarter. If that game is played in 2005 we win that game.
Yeah I think we would have won that game if we had played it later in that season. It was the first start for Chris Nickson and I dont think anyone knew what to expect for him. I think with a few more games under his belt he would have lead us to victory.
The next week we went to another hostile enviornment in Tuscaloosa. What were your thoughts on losing that close game down there?
It actually had been the story of my career. We have lost so many games by fewer than seven points that it is sickening. We just could not seal the deal.
You are originally from Georgia. What did it mean to you as a Georgia native when we went down there and beat them in Athens 24-22?
I was extremely excited about it. It gave me bragging rights for at least a year. If you are from Georgia then you know how important UGA football is to that state. I think its bigger than UT football to Tennessee fans.
Thanks again Marlon. Is there anything else you'd like to say to your Commodore fans out there?
I just wanna thank all of the fans who have supported Commodore athletics and continue to do so. We appreciate the loyalty through the ups and downs.