After playing a vital role in the Sun Devils' running back-by-committee offense last season, Cameron Marshall will attempt to earn his share of carries with the Miami Dolphins this year. The Dolphins picked up Marshall as an undrafted free agent and hope that he can provide depth and a change of pace.
College Career: As a three-year starter at Arizona State, Marshall had a prolific career and laid the foundation for running backs of the future.
In his sophomore season, Marshall took over as the starting running back and enjoyed a memorable performance in the Territorial Cup victory with a go-ahead touchdown in overtime.
After another offseason of strength training, Marshall bulldozed his way to a standout junior season as he eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark and tied the school record with 18 touchdowns in a single season.
In his senior campaign, Marshall took on a leadership role as team captain and thrived. Though he was forced to share carries with Marion Grice and D.J. Foster, the hard-working veteran still managed 583 yards and nine touchdowns.
The Sun Devil brass will remember Marshall for his bruising style and his nose for the end zone, but they will also miss him for his selflessness and team-first attitude that he demonstrated on a daily basis.
Skill Set: Marshall has great vision and can find holes in an opposing defense, which makes him an excellent candidate to earn playing time in zone-blocking schemes.
The San Jose, Calif. native earned a reputation as a weight room warrior and that stems from his athletic background. Marshall's father is a strength and conditioning coach and has experience working at the NFL level, so the running back knows the commitment needed to flourish in the pros.
Marshall could prove to be one of the great steals of this year's draft as his grit and toughness compare with any back in the country. After fighting through injuries, his determination to succeed is at an all-time high, as he knows he'll have to earn his keep.
One benefit that Marshall will have is that he played extensively on Todd Graham's special teams units last season. With that added versatility, Marshall's chances of making the team surely increase.
Why He Fits: Signing Marshall was an interesting move for the Dolphins because they list four running backs on the roster and drafted Florida Gator Mike Gillislee. However, Marshall can give a variety of looks and that's why the Dolphins took a flier. If he doesn't make the team, expect Marshall to fight for carries elsewhere before giving up his pro dreams.