Texas Tech receiver moonlights as minor league outfielder

first_img Published on August 26, 2013 at 9:50 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Bradley Marquez has no offseason.While most Texas Tech players spend their summers taking classes and training for the grueling Big 12 competition, the wide receiver Marquez trades in his shoulder pads and helmet for a bat and glove, and heads up to Kingsport, Tenn., to play baseball for the Kingsport Mets of the Rookie Appalachian League.For the last two summers, Marquez has moonlighted as a left fielder in the New York Mets organization.He was already committed to the Red Raiders when the Mets selected him in the 16th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball amateur draft. Unable to decide between the stardom of playing big-time college football or entering the uncertain and tumultuous path toward the Major Leagues, Marquez chose both.“I was young, just coming out of high school, not really knowing exactly what my future held,” Marquez said. “At that time I didn’t know what my calling was, whether it’d be baseball or football. I love both sports. They’re two different games, but I do them both. I wasn’t ready to choose.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile the option remained open for Marquez to play baseball at TTU, he chose to tackle the professional ranks. The Mets organization would pay for his scholarship, and he would be committed to them from basically the day school ended up until the beginning of Texas Tech training camp each year.The Mets also rewarded him with a $350,000 signing bonus, but the contract stipulated that he would lose $250,000 if he didn’t commit himself to the Mets full time by Sept. 15, 2013.When the date for him to report to football training camp came this summer, Marquez packed up and returned to Lubbock, Texas, for his junior year.“It was something that weighed on me a lot,” Marquez said. “My family and me discussed some things. I hope it all works out for me. Obviously you don’t know that right now.”It had been working out for Marquez until he suffered a season-ending right knee injury midway through his sophomore season.In his freshman season, he caught 25 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown in 12 games, while developing into one of the team’s best kick returners. Before injuring his knee as a sophomore, he hauled in 16 receptions for 172 yards in six games.In Kingsport, the outfielder struggled early this season, but hit .306 with four doubles in his last 19 games. Kingsport manager José Leger said that even with the continued improvement, he believed that Marquez never had any intention of becoming a Met full-time following the 2013 season.“He was excited about the progress he had, but he really had his mind made up before he started the year with us,” Leger said. “I think it was a decision he was going to make no matter how well he was doing. That’s my feeling.”So the balancing act continues for Marquez. He said he has every intention of continuing his baseball career next summer, a decision that will force him to once again miss off-season training at Texas Tech. As a result he has to take an additional six credit hours during the football season.At Odessa High School in Odessa, Texas, playing two sports and getting his work done was not nearly as difficult for Marquez. Odessa football coach Ron King said that he took care of his business in the classroom and excelled at both baseball and football.And though King said he believes Marquez will be a more-than-capable professional athlete in whichever sport he chooses, he also thinks it might be in his best interest to make a selection.“Would I think it’d fit him if he just picked one sport over the other and applied to it? Well, yes, I do,” King said. “He’ll spend more time, he’ll have more training. But that’s his decision.”While some may infer that his decision to decline the signing bonus is an indication of his commitment toward a career in football, Marquez was adamant about his loyalty to the Mets.“I’m still playing baseball regardless,” Marquez said. “I’m still part of the organization. I just don’t get that other amount of money. It’s still doing both.”As it was the case when he was first drafted by the Mets coming out of high school, Marquez is still not ready to make a decision.“Obviously it’s a hard (decision), and maybe others would do differently,” Marquez said, “but it’s just the way that it is, and the wayI’m going to approach everything for the future.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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New tram shelters delayed

first_imgThough the USC Transportation project to construct tram shelters was set for completion by October 2013, the construction has yet to commence.Gimme shelter · New tram shelters are planned to be completed on the University Park Campus by October 2013. No shelters have been built yet. – Lauren Wong | Daily TrojanThe project, which was announced in April 2012, secured funding to construct shelters along six tram stops to ensure a more comfortable waiting area for passengers, replacing the benches at tram stops in place currently.Undergraduate Student Government endorsed the project of building tram shelters because it will improve student safety and their transportation options on and around campus.Nikki Windisch, a freshman majoring in human development and aging, looks forward to the construction of tram stops.“I thought it was a great idea for USC to build tram shelters because sometimes there are a lot of students standing [on] the sidewalk,” Windisch said. “Some even have to wait [on] the street.”Director of USC Transportation Anthony Mazza said the university is waiting on approval from the city in order to receive a permit to build these shelters.“We have experienced delays with the permit process and hope to get through this process soon without any additional delays,” Mazza said.Clearance from the city is not the only issue that has stood in the way of beginning the construction.“We’ve also experienced some delays due to electrical issues,” Mazza said. “However, we believe we have a solar solution that will address these issues.”After city approval is acquired, students will still have to wait in order for the tram construction to go underway.“Construction would take about six to eight months,” Mazza said.For now, the project is still aimed for completion as finances have remained in place to fund the construction.“We fully intend to move forward,” Mazza said. “However, any additional unforeseen construction costs could hamper the project. Since the project is still in the infancy stage, it is hard to anticipate additional hurdles.”last_img read more

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Police unearth cocaine in pot

first_imgA husband and wife are now in Police custody after they were busted with 535 grams of cocaine in a pot at their Perseverance Village, Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) home.According to reports, the couple, known to Police since they were charged several times for trafficking in narcotics, were swooped down on at about 15:30h after Police received information that they had the illicit drug stashed in their home.The man, 55, and his wife, 49, were arrested after the cocaine was found in a pot of water in their kitchen.The couple along with three others currently have charges of a similar nature pending.In 2015, the couple was allegedly busted during a raid conducted by ranks from Georgetown. They have in the past also served jail time for a similar offence.last_img

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The adventures of 120 intrepid Loreto Letterkenny TY students

first_imgTransition Year student Cliodhna Harvey looks back on her experiences of walking, watersports and scavenging at Gartan as part of her Gaisce Award.Last Wednesday the 5th of October, 120 TY students from Loreto Convent Letterkenny headed out to Gartan for two adventurous nights. As soon as they arrived, they were thrown into the deep end and had to walk 15km around Gartan Lake.Thankfully on return, a warm dinner was waiting on them. However their day wasn’t over yet, as they still had the night line to do, which involved trekking through a dark and muddy forest – blindfolded! The following morning, all 120 TYs were up at 8:00am with half heading out to the cold, icy waters of Gartan Lake for kayaking and canoeing and the other half staying on land doing orienteering, archery and rock climbing.After a long morning of activity, the TYs were met with a huge spread of salads, soup and rolls for lunch, before another action-packed afternoon of activities. The afternoon activities were swapped, so those who did water activities in the morning did land activities in the afternoon.There was no break for the TYs on Thursday night either, as they were faced with the challenge of the Scavanger Hunt, which involved finding out different pieces of information about Gartan, by working together as a team.The TYs had another late night on Thursday, as the Gartan team brought out their karaoke machine, for some late night entertainment. However these late nights weren’t a good enough excuse for a lie in, as the TYs were up at the crack of dawn again on Friday for another long, exhausting walk from Gartan to Glenveagh Castle. (18km) After the great, action-packed three days at Gartan Outdoor Education & Training Centre, the Loreto girls were ready for a good night’s sleep. All had had a fantastic experience and would return again in a heartbeat.by Cliodhna HarveyThe adventures of 120 intrepid Loreto Letterkenny TY students was last modified: October 12th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:gaiscegartanTransition Yearlast_img read more

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