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Coach English on Markus Curry: "Body Control"

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Aug 9, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    <strong>August 9, 2005</strong>
    Source: <a href="http://chargers.scout.com/2/420556.html">SD Bolt Report</a>

    <img src="http://bolttalk.com/images/curry01.jpg" class="right" alt="Markus Curry" title="Markus Curry"/>The Chargers have invested very highly in their secondary, and have gotten very little bang for their buck. Because of that, the team diligently searched the undrafted free agent market for a player who could claim a spot as the team's fifth cornerback, and perhaps push the quartet of underachievers in front of him.

    In their searching the Chargers found Markus Curry, a cornerback from the University of Michigan. According to Ron English, Curry's collegiate secondary coach, the Chargers got all they were looking for.

    "He's quick and has good lateral movement," Coach English said. "He's got good eyes and impressive footwork. He has the ability to play bump-and-run coverage because he's quick as hell."

    Curry's quickness is not even his most astonishing trait, according to Coach English. Curry's ability to contort his body in order to make a play on the ball left his coach consistently flabbergasted.

    "He has really good feet and excellent body control," Coach English said. "He really got himself in some freakish positions last season and he was still able to get out of them and make the play because he has such great body control."

    That admirable body control allowed Curry to control opposing offenses as well. The five-foot-eleven, 181 lb. cover man finished his career at Michigan with 119 tackles, seven interceptions and 25 pass defenses.

    While Coach English was impressed with all Curry did while on the field, he was equally as impressed with how he conducted himself off of it. That is as important for Curry as anything, as the Chargers are one of the NFL's more character-conscious organizations.

    "He's a good kid," assured Coach English. "He had no problems while he was here. He always said ‘yes sir' and ‘no sir,' so he had no problems with me."

    In fact, the only area in which Curry struggled was the mental part of the game. He often had mental lapses which kept him from reaching his maximum potential. Coach English feels that if he can cut down on those that he will have a much better shot at succeeding in San Diego.

    "He'll have to work on his concentration," admitted Coach English. "He's going to need to focus every snap."

    If Curry can limit his mental miscues, then he should be fine. That's because athletically and physically he has everything it takes to succeed in the NFL.

    "He'll have a chance to compete," predicted Coach English. "He's quick and he's got some strength to him."

    Curry not only has strength, he has good timing as well. He is perfectly suited handle to NFL's new bump-coverage rules, something that should give him a leg up on his competition.

    "He's a good athlete," Coach English said. "I think he showed his senior year that he has a chance to make it on the next level, especially with the no-bump rule they have now. He has the quickness and body control to do well with that."

    It appears as if Curry's game has been tailor made for the NFL. Now all he has to do is beat out Jonathan Cox, Abraham Elimimian and Gabe Franklin, and he should have himself a chance to prove his supporters right.

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