December 16, 2009

Coker getting ready for all-star game

Despite a leg injury slowing him down the second half of the season, four-star running back Marcus Coker still put up huge numbers this year, rushing for 1,626 yards and 20 touchdowns in leading DeMatha to an 11-1 record. This week, the 6-foot-1, 222-pound Coker is getting ready to play in the Crab Bowl, which is a statewide all-star game in Maryland. We caught up with the future Hawkeye to talk about the game, his season this year, getting ready to play at Iowa, and much more.

Q: When do you start with the all-star game this week?

COKER: Our first day was Monday.

Q: Going into it, what are you looking forward to with the whole experience?

COKER: Just being able to play with some of the people that I played against during the season.

Q: With it being D.C. against Baltimore, is there a lot of pride on the line or doesn't it get too serious?

COKER: It does, but it's business on the field and friends off the field really.

Q: Going back to your season, you battled an injury the second half of the year, right?

COKER: Yeah, a hammy. It kept me out three games and then I came back and just didn't feel the same.

Q: Is it all better now?

COKER: Yeah, it's about 95%.

Q: Overall, what the whole experience like for you this season with it being your last year in high school?

COKER: It was a great experience. I made a lot of new friends from other teams. A lot of stuff from this season I'll take and remember for the rest of my life.

Q: How did you feel you improved this year because you were putting up some big numbers before the injury?

COKER: I think I got a lot faster this year. I was able to do more cutting and make more guys miss.

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