By LARRY VAUGHT
Vince Marrow has proven to be an effective evaluator of talent that he has helped bring into the Kentucky football program the last four years.
But who does the UK recruiting coordinator/tight ends coach think is the best athlete on the Kentucky coaching staff?
“Oh by far me. By far, not even close. Ask coach Stoops that question,” said Marrow.
So at Media Day, I did exactly that and it wasn’t hard for head coach Mark Stoops to respond.
“He said himself,” Stoops guessed about Marrow’s response. “How did I know he was going to talk about himself that way?”
So would Stoops disagree???
“I think Lamar (Thomas) would have to say a few things about that, don't you? Lamar was pretty good. I mean we have all seen that in the ‘30 for 30’ (on ESPN) right? So Lamar likes to talk about himself pretty good too as a good athlete. So I'll let those two battle it out. I know I'm not in the discussion,” Stoops said.
Thomas won two national championships during his career at Miami and set the school record for most career receptions (144). He was a third-round NFL draft pick and played eight years with 106 catches for 1,558 yards and 10 scores. He was also a four-sport letterman in high school and earned all-state honors in both football and basketball in Florida.
What about Marrow.
“I am one of top 10 leading scorers all time in the state of Ohio for basketball. I played one year of college football and got drafted,” Marrow said. “I don’t know if I could play baseball. Mr. Stoops (Mark Stoops’ father) tried to get me out and put me in that batting cage. It took three minutes and I put down the bat. I think I hit one ball.”
Marrow played basketball and football at Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, Ohio. He played basketball at Youngstown State University for two years before transferring to Toledo where he played 11 games as a tight end in his final collegiate season. He earned second-team all-conference honors and was drafted in the 11th round by the Buffalo Bills in 1992.
“I would say L.T. (Lamar Thomas) is second best next to me,” Marrow said. “Believe it or not, (offensive line) coach (John) Schlarman. He was good at football, decent at basketball.”
What about quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw?
“Next question,” Marrow said.
Marrow was a hometown hero in Youngstown. Just ask Kentucky defensive back coach Steve Clinkscale, a Youngstown native.
“I have known Vince since I was a kid. Known him a long time,” Clinkscale said. “Vince was always someone we looked up to in the neighborhood because he was big-time high school player, great college athlete and then he played in the NFL for a long time. He was an inspiration for all of us. We all wanted to be like Vince.”
That’s the kind of talk Marrow enjoys.
“The head coach will say me. He knows,” Marrow laughed and said about Stoops knowing he was the best athlete. L.T. is not bad but I am way by far the best. It ain’t even close.”
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