Continuing with our ongoing AAF Player Spotlight Interview series, we are being joined by Birmingham Iron newest running back, Marquell Beckwith.
Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for the time Marquell, how are things going for you today?
Marquell Beckwith: No problem, but I’m blessed; things are going pretty good. Just finished up watching some good college football games for today.
Justin David Kish: You are the newly signed running back of the Birmingham Iron. Tell us about your path that leads to you joining the Iron?
Marquell Beckwith: Yeah, I just signed with them on August 1st. I attended Troy University for four years and Alabama State University for one year. I played in the FCS bowl in Daytona beach & I did well there. I later got invited back to the tropical bowl && I did great there. I had my pro day & I did awesome , my numbers were pretty good. I ended up with the Tennessee Titans for a little while after going undrafted last year. I spent all last season training & waiting for the opportunity to play again. I play in the spring league showcase in San Diego & I also did great there. I was later offered a contract by Joe Pendry ( Birmingham Iron GM), so that’s when I signed.
Justin David Kish: You played college football at both Troy and Alabama State. During your split-time with both colleges, what did you learn under their coaching staff?
Marquell Beckwith: grew up at Troy, I found myself && figured out who I was. I learned a lot under Coach Blakeney && Coach brown. coach brown && i still text && talk to this day . my running back coach, Jeff Beckles, taught me how to prepare and watch the film. he showed me how to be a professional. Those guys at troy do an awesome job on getting us ready to compete. I was only at Alabama state for five months, my senior year. I graduated from Troy so I was in graduate school there, so I already was established && only had one focus on football. Coach Joseph, my running back coach taught me some small stuff to help me get better as a running back but I really didn’t learn much at Alabama State. I wasn’t there long enough.
Justin David Kish: What are some traits you bring to the Birmingham Iron?
Marquell Beckwith: I bring energy, versatility, speed, determination, commitment, hard work, winner mentality, & positivity.
Justin David Kish: You are joining an Iron team that has Coach Tim Lewis at head coach and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams as your running backs coach. What do you know so far of the Iron coaching staff and how do you fit in with them?
Marquell Beckwith: I know we have a great coaching staff & I believe they will make the right decisions for the organizations. I know Coach Lewis is a defensive minded coach because of his resume. Cadillac is my guy, I grew up watching him; he was my favorite running back growing up. I went to many of his games & watched him play while he was in college. he & my cousin, Robert Johnson, played together at Auburn. I’m excited about having him as my coach & I can’t wait to get started.
Justin David Kish: You will be joining a backfield which features former Alabama, Cleveland Brown and Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson, Ty Isaac, and Marshaun Coprich. How do you separate yourself from the rest?
Marquell Beckwith: I remember Trent from Alabama, we all know the type of back he was there. But I never heard of those other guys, but I’m pretty sure they can ball too, I’m ready to meet them so we can get to work. but I’m a versatile running back who can catch out the backfield, I’m a great blocker so I can protect my quarterback at all times, I have great vision, explosive, I have great speed so I can be a home run threat at any time, & I can run inside the tackle or outside of them.
Justin David Kish: Speaking of your new teammates, have you spoken to any of them? If so, what about?
Marquell Beckwith: Yeah, I talked to a good amount of them. But it was mainly about working together as one & winning a championship our first year.
Justin David Kish: Today, how are you staying in football shape in preparation for the upcoming season next spring?
Marquell Beckwith: I train at two different training facilities depending on where I am. but mainly at Georgia Sports Performance in Atlanta, Georgia with Coach Earl Williams. When I’m back home in Montgomery, Alabama, I train at shock performance with Terrance Crawford.
Justin David Kish: What are we to expect from Marquell Beckwith in 2019 and beyond?
Marquell Beckwith: Everyone should expect Marquell Beckwith to be the best back in the AAF because that’s my mindset. I train & workout to be the best at whatever I do, I don’t train to be average.