QB Marshall to head to Augustana

Bryan Veginski
Washington Community High School senior Colton Marshall, second from right, signed May 7 with Augustana College, where he will play football for the Vikings. With Marshall in the Torry Gymnasium foyer were, from left: his mother Shelly Marshall, father Curtis Marshall and WCHS football head coach Darrell Crouch.

Colton Marshall can combine the education he desires while continuing his athletic pursuits.

The Washington Community High School senior signed May 7 with Augustana College, where he will play football for the Vikings.

“I always had the goal of playing college football,” said Marshall. “It’s been my dream for a long time.”

Realizing football will not last forever, Marshall stressed that he felt Augustana’s pre-law program will give him opportunities to get into a good law school.

A football player since first grade, Marshall will start No. 3 on the depth chart at quarterback for the NCAA Division-III program based in Rock Island.

With an incoming junior slated as the starter and a senior as his backup, Marshall could be in line to direct the team in his third season in 2016.

If the QB position does not work out, Marshall could develop into a running back/slot receiver/tight end contributor.

The team guided by head coach Rob Cushman employs a read-option offense. The Vikings were 5-5 last season.

Marshall aims to improve his passing, speed and agility prior to joining Augustana.

“I’m excited to get over there,” he said.

Marshall was the signal-caller for Panthers head coach Darrell Crouch. He threw for 800 yards and 10 touchdowns with three interceptions as a senior during a season that culminated in a berth in the Class 5A state semifinals.

Besides his pre-law major, Marshall also is targeting a business administration minor.