Sports Illustrated released a list of the top 100 college football players heading into the 2018 season and USC defensive back Iman Marshall made the list, coming in at No. 49.
Marshall, a senior, is the leader of USC’s secondary and the heart of the program’s defense. In three seasons with the Trojans, Marshall has 170 tackles, 27 deflections and 6 interceptions. He has appeared in 38 games in his career, including 36 starts.
Here is what Sports Illustrated wrote about Marshall:
Marshall has been a staple of the Trojans’ secondary for the past three years, earning his first start in the third game of his true freshman season. After two straight years with three interceptions, he went pickless last fall in a junior campaign shortened by a knee injury that sidelined him for four games —although he still managed to lead all USC defensive backs with 10 pass breakups. Marshall will be relied upon along with fellow seniors Isaiah Langley and Marvell Tell as the leaders of a secondary that needs to match the level of production promised by the Trojans’ linebacking corps, which should be the strength of the defense.