Bradley Marquez is focused on putting it all together his senior season.
The Texas Tech senior receiver spoke to the media Sunday at Tech’s annual football media day. Marquez, Jakeem Grant, and Davis Webb spell an offensive trio which is aiming to compete against the best of the Big 12.
After a whirlwind tenure at Tech – constantly juggling between academics, football and professional baseball – Marquez solidified his commitment to the Red Raider football program in his final season by electing to forgo summer baseball with the New York Mets and practice on the gridiron. He also graduates in December.
“I’m ready for this last football season,” Marquez said. “I just want to have the best possible senior year I can.”
The Mets still hold the professional rights to Marquez, who has featured for their minor-league affiliate, the Kingsport Mets, in the past. He said there were no hard feelings or concern from anyone, including the Mets organization, and that the decision “was more personal than anything.”
Marquez was quick to reiterate that his baseball career was not over.
“Baseball’s definitely not closed,” he said. “Once football season is over with, I’ll have a better understanding of what my future holds.”
In terms of his focus on the football field, Marquez said his goals are aligned with the team’s.
“I don’t have any individual goals,” he said. “We strive to be Big 12 champions. … that’s our main goal. As far as team goals go, we’re aiming for a Big 12 championship.”
Marquez has also been focusing on leadership and becoming more vocal in the locker room.
“Usually, I would lead by example,” he said. When asked about the effectiveness of being a quiet leader as compared to a more verbal leader, he contended that “some guys respond vocally.”
Marquez, fully centered on football and graduation, expects to feature prominently for the Red Raiders, and players will look to him to guide them onward.
DALLAS, Tex. - Big 12 reporter Annabel Stephan speaks one on one with Texas Tech receiver Bradley…