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2019 New Faces to Watch For: Marquez Ezzard

The Miami transfer hopes to play a big role during his time in Atlanta.

NCAA Football - Georgia Tech vs Georgia - November 25, 2006 Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images

Marquez Ezzard was regarded as one of the best wide receivers in the country coming out of high school in 2018. The Stockbridge, GA native was rated as a four-star prospect by the three major services (Rivals, 24/7, and ESPN), and he received scholarship offers from schools like Alabama, Florida, Florida State, and Auburn before electing to take his talents to South Beach and play for Mark Richt the Miami Hurricanes. Ezzard played in three games for the Hurricanes last season, recording two catches for 24 yards.

Ezzard’s time table to see the field is uncertain. The ACC’s rules regarding intra-conference transfers dictate that Ezzard would have to sit a season and also lose a year of eligibility. He has applied for a waiver from the NCAA to see the field this year, and would seem to have a decent case with Richt being fired and moving close to home. If he gets the waiver, he could play this year and could potentially have all four years left. The three games he played put him in a position where he can get a redshirt for 2018 with the new rules allowing a player four games played in the season in which he redshirts. Will he play this year? Will he have three seasons or four? I don’t really know, but whenever he plays he will have an impact.

With Geoff Collins now at the helm for Tech, it has been well documented that the offensive philosophy will see a dramatic shift this season. Collins is going to go fast, he’s going to use the shotgun, and he’s going to throw the ball. There will be three-wide sets, there will be four-wide sets, and there might even be some five-wide sets. Wide receiver is a position that wasn’t necessarily a recruiting priority for Paul Johnson and staff, so for Collins to run offense the way he wants to he needed to go and get some of his own guys.

Fortunately for him, he has found a receiver in Ezzard who can do it all. He has size at 6’2, 215 pounds, and he showed the ability to use it in his high school film, going up several times to high-point the ball over defensive backs. It seems that his high school ran some variation of the spread option (interesting) and his route tree more or less consisted of going deep and catching whatever came his way, even if on occasion it was somewhat poorly thrown. Along with that, he appears to have good hands- a skill that Tech receivers over the last decade or so have not always had. Ezzard also shows some speed in his film, separating from defensive backs and making plays in the return game as well.

Picking out weaknesses in his game is hard, but his route running is a question mark with his limited route tree in high school, and along with that his bend and elusiveness is a potential weak spot. Nonetheless, the talent is apparent and if Ezzard can learn to separate from ACC defensive backs he could have a massive three (or four?) year career on The Flats.