Delaware Football Family Mourns Death of Former Blue Hen Player Manny Marshall
July 14, 2011
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware football family is mourning the loss of former Blue Hen student-athlete Manny Marshall, who was one of three people killed on Monday, July 11, in a car accident in Oldmans Township, N.J.
Marshall, 24, a native of Cheverly, Md., was a part-time starter on the defensive line for the Blue Hens during 2005-07 and started all but one game for the Blue Hen squad that advanced to the NCAA I-AA national championship game in 2007.
“Our prayers go out to Manny’s family and friends,” said Delaware head coach K.C. Keeler, who recruited Marshall and coached him throughout his career with the Blue Hens. “A tragedy like this affects the entire Delaware football family. Manny was a young man with a great deal of talent and really played a key role for us throughout his career.”
A memorial service will be held for Marshall on Tuesday, July 19, at 11:30 a.m. at Saint Aloysius Gonzaga Church on the campus of Gonzaga College High School, 19 Eye Street NW, Washington, DC. A wake will be held prior to the service at 10 a.m. at the same location.
New Jersey State Police said that Marshall, Jessie Jones, and Arthur Briscoe were killed when their car ran off I-295 in southern New Jersey, crashed into a tree, and burst into flames. A 9-year old boy was pulled from the vehicle and is hospitalized. The accident occurred at 6:10 p.m. about 25 miles south of Philadelphia. Police said the vehicle veered off the road and ran into the center median before striking the tree. Three adults, including Marshall, were trapped in the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.
Marshall appeared in 29 games for the Blue Hens between 2005-07 and started 19 contests. He recorded 58 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and three pass breakups. He played in all 15 games with 14 starts at defensive tackle for the 2007 Blue Hen team that posted a record of 11-4 and advanced to the national title game before falling to Appalachian State in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was the team’s eighth leading tackler with 46 stops. He was also an All-Metro selection in football while at Gonzaga High School.