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Neal Brown Comments on Nicco Marchiol for First Time Publicly



MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – During WVU head coach Neal Brown’s National Signing Day press conference on Wednesday afternoon, the third-year coach at West Virginia talked about four-star quarterback Nicco Marchiol for the first time in public.

Brown’s comment on Marchiol:

His mom is from North Carolina, so they have some family here on the east coast. He’s got some ‘it’ factor and I think he’s going to be a guy that’s a fan favorite from day one. He’s got charisma, I think he’s got strong leadership capabilities. He’s a student of the game, he loves football. He’s been groomed from an early age by his father, Ken, to be a Division-I and hopefully, an NFL quarterback. But when you go watch him play, dual thread, he’s left-handed. The ball comes out of his hand really smooth. He’s got a strong arm, he can run, he’s a physical runner. And he’s a great teammate. You think when you get to know these kids, “oh, yeah, good kids,” but then when you go watch and you’re able to watch and just sit back and he’s first to congratulate his teammates when they score, he meets the defense when they come off the field, so he’s talented but he’s also got those intangibles that you’re like okay. These are the things that really take somebody who’s really talented and make them special.

Marchiol is coming off the completion of his senior season at Hamilton High School (AZ), where he led his team to a 11-1 record, making it to the AIA State Football Championship semifinals. Marchiol threw for 2,666 yards, 36 touchdowns and just two interceptions on the season. Marchiol has a completion rate of 73.9 percent. The 6-foot-2 quarterback also ran for 363 yards, with six touchdowns.


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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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