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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Michael Marchese, TE, University of Illinois

Michael Marchese the standout tight end from the University of Illinois recently sat down with Justin Berendzen of Draft Diamonds
  • Name: Michael Marchese
  • Position: TE
  • College: University of Illinois
  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 230 lbs
  • Twitter: @mmarchese24
  • Instagram: @mmarchese08

What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?

Grew up in a football family. Been playing my whole life. Has always been a passion of mine.

What are you looking to achieve as a football player going forward?

Give my best effort to try to make it to the NFL and if I do just perform to the best of my ability.

If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?

I would probably say Tom Brady just to listen to his perspective on the game.

What are your favorite moments from your football life?

Playing the game with my family, friends and teammates.

Which one of your family members inspires you the most and why?

Probably my brother Henry. He’s my twin and we’re very close and he has a great perspective on things.

What is your favorite offensive scheme and why?

Probably Pro style because you can create different formations that are more common in different schemes but still be consistent in pro style football.

What should we know about Michael Marchese the person?

I just enjoy being around my friends and watch sports and different types of movies.

What stands out about your film the most?

Just a guy that can play multiple positions and play multiple roles on offense, defense and special teams.

How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?

Stay true to myself and control what I can control. Mental and physical toughness plays a big part.

What would a team get in a player like you?

Guy that can play multiple spots. Can contribute in different spots. Tough, smart, dependable player.

What do you love the most about the game of football?

The competition it brings and the people that it brings together.

Who is the most underrated player you’ve played with and why?

Quan Martin. Doesn’t get enough credit for what he does on defense and special teams.

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