Spring spotlight: USC safety Kadetrix Marcus

dmclemore@thestate.comApril 11, 2012 

University of South Carolina Kadetrix Marcus, left, and Sheldon Royster run through drills during practice.

C. ALUKA BERRY — caberry@thestate.com

Kadetrix Marcus is taking plenty of snaps this spring at safety and hopes to earn more playing time this fall.

The sophomore from Stone Mountain, Ga., is playing strong safety for the Gamecocks and was listed on the pre-spring depth chart just behind starter Brison Williams.

Marcus has seen his share of snaps this spring with Williams also spending time at free safety as senior D.J. Swearinger recovers from a foot injury.

Marcus played in six games last year as a true freshman, primarily on special teams. He had one tackle.

He had 80 tackles, nine knockdowns and a pair of interceptions as a senior at Stephenson High.

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Class: sophomore

Hometown: Stone Mountain, Ga.

High school: Stephenson

Height, Weight: 6-1, 185

Position: safety

Jersey number: 25

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How has your spring been?

So far it's been pretty good. I'm filling in with Brison Williams and trying to help myself get better. Plays are going good. I'm just trying to earn the trust of my teammates and coaches.

Have you been able to work with the first-teamers a lot?

Yes, sir, so far. I'm working with the ones but I feel like there is no first or second group. Everybody's out here working for a spot.

Is it nice to stick at safety after moving around some last year?

Yes, sir. That's what I came out as in high school. Coach Ward needed me to try out corner, so that's what I did. Wherever he needed me to play, that's what I was going to do. I'm on scholarship and they got me here. Whatever they want, I will do it.

How hard is it to be physical but, at the same time, not hit someone too hard?

It's pretty difficult because I don't want to practice bad habits. I'm just trying to get myself back more with intensity. Instead of taking him to the ground, just go full speed and wrap up, and still hit. Anybody out here, I've just got to go full speed against. I don't want to practice any bad habits with my tackling. Then it will show on gameday. I want to keep to the fundamentals.

What do you think of your new coach, Grady Brown?

Coach Brown is a great guy, teaches a lot of fundamentals. He has coached a lot of great DBs that are now in the NFL. He teaches us technique. He's helping me get better, being a tall guy, getting my heels right and making me be better on my ball skills.

Looks like you'll have some former teammates joining you this summer.

Yes sir, Carlos Hood, Kyle Fleetwood and Mike Davis. Those are a great kids. I hope they come in here with hard work ethic and know nothing is given to them and just continue to do what they did in high school and work hard.

How rewarding is it be in that rotation and be so close to meaningful playing time?

It's a great feeling. I just can't slack off. There's always somebody out here trying to take my spot. I'm just out here trying to get my teammates better and make a great impression to the coaches so they can trust me and put me in the game.

Lorenzo Ward on Kadetrix Marcus

"He's done well. He didn't tackle as well [in the last scrimmage] as I would've hoped. He understands that. He's got to get better at his tackling. Hopefully we can get it improved."

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