In our “Football Player Radar” Series we highlight promising players that are flying below the radar.
Marquis Perrilliat is a talented football player who played CB for Linfield College. Career Stats: 22 Games Played with 32 Tackles, 2 Sacks, 4 Int, 1 FF, 1 FR, 13 PD. Marquis is a speedy corner with superior ball skills and can quickly recognize plays from various formations and motions. Marquis was selected All-NWC Cornerback (2019), Team Defensive Player of the Week 5x (2019) 2x (2018) and Top Ten NWC in Javelin Throw (2019).
Q&A with Marquis Perrilliat
Q: What is the fondest memory of your college career and/or pro career?
My Junior year started out promising. I started Game 1 that week, we won a hard fought game, and our defense played pretty well overall. The next 8 weeks following however, my playing time was designated to garbage time as we would win games by 40 to 50 points. In the last week of the season, two of our starting corners got hurt, so I had to start our next game. Our next game was the First round of playoffs against the #5 ranked team in the country(University of Hardin-Simmons) and the #3 ranked offense in the country. We ended up winning that game 27-13, with one of our opponent’s touchdowns coming from special teams. I’ll never forget the feeling of being on that field with all my teammates who had supported me to keep working hard that whole year. I was finally feeling like I was apart of this top 5 nationally ranked defense that I had always watched from the sidelines. After the game was really gratifying as well. A lot of teammates knew about the struggle I had to get on the field and how much work I had put in to do so. So having all of them acknowledge that was a feeling like no other.
Q: What was your best game in college or pro?
My best college game would either have to be the aforementioned Playoff game start where I had an interception on the 3rd play of the game, along with 5 tackles and 3 pass breakups. Or my Senior year against University of Puget Sound, where I had an interception, 5 tackles and 5 pass breakups(2 of the breakups were dropped interceptions on my part however).
Q: What was your favorite NFL team growing up?
I was born in Oakland, California, and by extension I’ve been a Raiders fan my entire life. It’s rough sometimes, but you see who the real fans are when they support through turmoil.
Q: Who was your favorite NFL player?
My favorite NFL player was Tim Brown. He played receiver for the Raiders out of Notre Dame. He was actually part of the reason I wanted to play football. It just looked like an art form watching him play. I wanted to be just like him. As I got older, and learned the game more, Charles Woodson began to become my favorite player for obvious reasons. It’s a tie between the two of them.
Q: Which current NFL player most resembles you?
Casey Hayward. We’re around the same size as each other, and we excel through our knowledge of our position, our defense, and play/formation/route recognition. We can both play man and zone coverages well, have solid ball skills, and aren’t afraid to get physical and tackle.
Q: What would your former teammates say about you?
Friends with everyone on the team. Never missed a workout in 4 years. Always helped underclassmen when they didn’t understand something about the defense. Doesn’t talk much, but he smiles a lot. He was 10 pounds away from playing Linebacker.
Q: What are you presently doing as far as training?
Two a day lifting Mondays through Friday, with running in between the lifts. As well as a cardio day on Saturdays, which consists of a morning lift, followed by either Hills, Field work, or a Sand workout.
Q: What is your favorite Combine drill?
Q: What do you need to do to take your football career to the next level?
While my speed isn’t bad(4.59 40), if I could improve my speed and trust my technique and instincts, I’d be a complete shutdown corner. I’d also like to improve my overall explosion.
Q: What would be your pitch to NFL scouts?
If I’m on your team, you’re going to have an athlete who’s work ethic exceeds most of, if not all your other athletes, especially in the film room. I somewhat lack the 6 feet or taller formula teams have been on for a couple years now, but I make up for that through intelligence and positioning. I’m also that guy who’ll do the dirty work no one else may want to do. At the end of the day, you’re getting a grinder who is going to work his butt off day in and day out, with the potential to become a well-known lock-down corner.
Q: What do you want to do besides football?
I personally enjoy being involved in nearly all sports, so if I wasn’t playing football I’d be playing something else(Soccer probably). Getting away from sports, I’m also in the process of getting involved in voice acting, which is a skill I’ve had since I was younger. Or I’d be involved in helping at risk youth or inner city kids around my hometown, using my Psychology degree.
Q: What do you like to do for fun?
Again, if I have free time, I’m playing some type of sport. Usually Basketball around the corner, taking shots on the soccer nets near the park, shooting on the street hockey nets I have at home or something similar. I also love relaxing, just listening to music on a sunny day as I take a nap. I also draw and/or watch anime/manga in my free time.
Q: If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be?
Barack Obama is for sure my first choice, he just seems like a very down to earth guy despite everything he has accomplished in his life so far. Plus I know he’d hold a very good sports related conversation. Second, oddly enough would have to be either Adolf Hitler or Jim Crow. I’ve always been interested in what drove these people to act the way they did and do what they did. Some people can’t be redeemed and I wouldn’t plan on them becoming so, but I am really curious abut their mindsets and mentalities. Lastly, after a little consideration I’d have to go with Jesus Christ, for obvious reasons. That would just be such an interesting and informative conversation. My life would never be the same after that.
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