There’s only 59 days until the Texas Tech Red Raiders take on the Montana State Bobcats, which means today we get to talk about two different players who share the same jersey number, however, are part of different position groups, redshirt freshman offensive lineman Demarcus Marshall and sophomore defensive lineman Zackery Semrak.
Demarcus Marshall, a 6-3 330 pound offensive lineman from Grand Prairie, Texas, was a part of the 2018 recruiting class. Marshall was rated a four-star prospect and the No. 45 player in the state of Texas according to Rivals. 247Sports and ESPN list him as a three-star prospect. Marshall collected first team All-District honors as a junior in high school after earning second-team accolades in his freshman and sophomore years. He chose Texas Tech over offers from Houston, Kansas, Kansas State, Colorado, Colorado State, Illinois, Missouri and North Texas.
After enrolling in June of 2018, Demarcus Marshall did not see any regular season action; however, he was a part of the scout team and was redshirted. Marshall certainly has the talent, and checks off all the boxes in what you want in an offensive lineman (strength, physicality, and a “nasty” disposition) and is a devastating run blocker. Hopefully, his redshirt year allowed him to develop his technique and work on his footwork and leverage for pass blocking needed to be a Big 12 offensive lineman. With talented pieces like Marshall looking to crack into the starting rotation, Tech’s offensive line looks to have a considerable amount of depth going into the 2019 season.
Zackery Semrak, a 6-2 290 pound defensive lineman from Southlake, Texas and Southlake Carroll High School, joined Texas Tech as a preferred walk-on. While playing defensive end at Southlake Carroll, Semrak had a stellar senior season in the fall of 2016, which put him on Tech’s radar. That season saw him rack up 54 tackles, six for loses, two sacks and a fumble recovery. Semrak saw interest from Tech, along with programs like Kansas State and Missouri State, and ultimately decided to enroll at Tech as a preferred walk on and redshirted his freshman year on campus. While Zackery hasn’t had an immediate impact, he has the size, production at a high level high school program and a desire to be a Texas Tech Red Raider, which should make him a fan favorite in Lubbock in 2019.