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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Marquis Stewart, RB, Benedictine College

Marquis Stewart Benedictine College
Marquis Stewart is a very productive RB out of Benedictine College with 3501 career rushing yards and 53 TDs in just 3 years. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
  • Name: Marquis Stewart
  • Height: 5’10”
  • Weight: 216 lbs
  • Position: RB
  • College: Benedictine College
  • Twitter: @_GlobalNOW_
  • Instagram: Quis51_

Talk about your experience as a student. What is your major/minor? Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?
My major is Exercise Science General Health Care. I plan on becoming a Physical Therapist when football is done for me. I did not participate in any other organized groups on campus. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?
Dependable. They know whenever I’m on the field I’m going to give 110% and they can count on me, whether it’s in practice or the game. They can always expect me to give a full out effort. 

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?
Honestly, I look at myself as an all-purpose back. I complement any scheme that the offensive coordinator would like to run. I can catch the ball, run in between the tackles, and I’m good in open field. 

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
#41 from Grand View, Ben Slavens. He was a stud at LB. I had to always know where he was on the field. He filled the holes up pretty quick and was fast sideline to sideline. 

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?
Tre Adger. He’s a dude with many talents. He’s a receiver that also handles kickoff duty, and he’s also the return specialist. Tre can also dunk out the gym in basketball. I believe there’s nothing he can’t do.

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Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.
My freshman year in college my best friend got killed in my hometown. It left me in a dark place for a moment in my life. I sat out a year from football contemplating whether I was still going to play or not. I realized how important the game was to me and I reached out to multiple schools to get an opportunity to play again, Benedictine was a school that gave me that chance. So, that was the time that I overcame a personal struggle in my life.

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?
Basketball. I was decent at the sport my freshman year in high school, but I gave it up for football. If I would have dedicated time to get better, I definitely could have played college basketball.

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?
My biggest achievement is being able to say I’m a college graduate. I know my mother is proud of me, she knows that it was hard overcoming everything that I went through. Just coming from the area that I grew up in and graduating in December is the biggest achievement so far.

As a football player, I’ve had many accomplishments. I’ve been named a 2-time All-American and 3-time All Conference athlete. I was named Conference Player of the Year in 2019. Some of my personal bests include 1676 total rushing yards in 2018, and I rushed for a total of 286 yards in a game against Kentucky Wesleyan in 2018. I had 3501 total career rushing yards, 53 rushing touchdowns and a 7.6 yards per carry average.

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.
Scoring my first touchdown in the national championship game. All the people in the stands that were cheering for us, those are one of the plays you’ll always remember.

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?
The LA Chargers are my favorite sports team and have been since I was about 10. LaDainian Tomlinson is the reason that I’m a huge Chargers fan. He’s someone who I definitely admire and try to model my game after.

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?
My favorite artist as of right now is Lil Durk, but it tends to change depending on the mindset that I’m in. Meek Mill is in the top for sure also. NBA Youngboy “War with Us” will get me hype anywhere that I’m at so I always have to listen to that before every game. 

What is your favorite comfort food?
Shrimp & Chicken Fettuccini

Do you have a favorite movie, TV show or actor?
My favorite movie is Blue Hill Avenue and my favorite TV show is Martin.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?
I just found out I have a secret talent in cooking not too long ago. I watch my mom cook all the time, so when I got to school I used to cook for a couple of the guys, and they loved it. They joke around all the time and tell everybody they need to try Quis Kitchen. 

Who or what motivates you the most?
Honestly, my family motivates me the most. We weren’t always fortunate to have things that others had, but we made the best of every situation and never complained. My siblings are hard workers in their respective paths of life, and they motivate me to go hard. I know if I slack off and I’m not doing what I’m supposed to do they are there to keep me focused and make sure I grind harder.

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