Fan Favorite Katie Marshall Ready For Action in 2013
LFL360.com, Mark Staffieri
British Columbia- As the BC Angels look to repeat as LFL champions in 2013, a key component in that objective shall be Katie Marshall. The 2012 LFL Canada Defensive Player of the Year, she has established herself as more than just a leader for the second year franchise, but as a fan favorite as well.
Employing a remarkable work ethic, Marshall is a natural athlete that has excelled at numerous sports. During the Angels inaugural season, Marshall was utilized in various positions. She would see spot duty on offense as a wide receiver, while excelling on defense as both a cornerback and a linebacker.
Marshall’s efforts paid remarkable dividends for the Angels last season. Of her 15.5 tackles, six were for a loss. The anchor of the Angels defense, Marshall was also the 2012 LFL Canada sack leader. She would also log two more sacks in the LFL Canada championship game against Saskatoon, while forcing a fumble on Saskatoon’s first offensive possession of the game.
Having been mentored by Jessica Hopkins (a legend with the Seattle Mist who competed with BC last season), Marshall could not have asked for a better teacher. As Marshall was the first-ever winner of the LFL Canada Mortaza Award (named in honor of commissioner Mitch Mortaza), it was only fitting that Hopkins, the 2011 LFL US Mortaza Award recipient showed Marshall the finer points of the game.
Following her outstanding season, Marshall was part of league history in December 2012. She participated with the BC Angels in the LFL’s first-ever interleague matchup; the Pacific Cup. A week prior to the match, Marshall and teammate Sara Brady appeared in uniform on Vancouver’s busy Granville Street campaigning for PETA with signs that read, “Tackle Cruelty, Bench Fur.”
Competing in the US for the first time, Marshall showed the fans of the Seattle Mist how talented she was. Although the Mist prevailed by a 38-18 score, Marshall’s experience will only make the 2013 edition of the Cup much more intense. Leading all players in unassisted tackles, Marshall played hard throughout the game, a quality that has gained her the respect of teammates and opponents alike.
With the absence of LFL US players this season, she will be relied upon to provide even better results this year. While the ability to thrive under pressure is what makes the difference between a champion and a runner-up, Marshall is ready for the challenge.