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Flames Feature: Getting to Know Marshal Ausberry

November 22, 2007  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Flames Feature: Getting to Know Marshal Ausberry
Marshal Ausberry is one of the Flames' starting front five players on the offensive line, securing the position last spring after transferring to Liberty from Virginia.

At 6-6, 320 pounds, Ausberry is part of one of the largest and most productive offensive lines at the FCS level (6-5 and 297 pound average). The massive o-line was duly honored this year as each of the five were named to a Big South all-conference team.

Ausberry garnered first-team all-conference honors, thanks in part to finishing the year by grading out at 85 percent and allowing just one sack. The senior also committed 13 critical errors on 580 total plays, while adding 88 knockdowns, averaging 8.0 per game.

The senior was part of line which helped Liberty finish the year ranked No. 3 in scoring offense (42.64), No. 9 with 32 rushing touchdowns, No. 15 in total offense (429.64) and No. 18 nationally in team rushing yards per game (215.91).

Liberty also finished the year ranked No. 4 in sacks allowed (0.73), No. 7 in tackles for loss allowed (4.18), No. 8 in passing efficiency (158.12), No. 9 in fourth-down conversion rate (66.7) and No. 29 in third-down conversion rate (42.5).

What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
As a student-athlete, one of my favorite Bible verses is 1 Corinthians 9:25, because it helps put sports in perspective of the big picture, about what life is really about.

What is your favorite movie and why?
My favorite movie is Forest Gump, because life is like a box of chocolates.

What is your favorite memory while competing in your sport?
My favorite memory is the last opponent I was able to knockdown. It's a great feeling.

What is your most embarrassing memory while competing in your sport?
My most embarrassing memory while competing in football was false starting on national television and having my friends leave me messages on my phone about it after it happened.

I came to Liberty because?
I came to Liberty because out of all my options, I felt like this was the place that God wanted me to be.

Share something that people don't know about you?
Something that people don't know about me is that I want to learn French and Spanish, fluently.

What has been your defining moment as an athlete?
My defining moment as a student-athlete was receiving my degree early and having my whole family be there for the ceremony, even my Grandmother and Grandfather.

My first car was …
I have never had my own car. The first car my parents let me have access to was a 1997 Black Crown Victoria (a.k.a. the best car ever).

If you could be somebody else for a day, who would you be and why?
If I could be anyone for a day, I think that I would be me, because I have been truly blessed in my life with great family and friends.

Who is your favorite Liberty athlete?
I am not able to choose one favorite athlete here at Liberty, because I love watching my all teammates get excited to play.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?
One of the best pieces of advice I have ever been given was to never quit once you have made a commitment. My dad told me to keep working hard and not give up, when I wanted to quit freshman football ... and I am glad I didn't - thanks Dad.

If you could change one rule in your sport, what would it be and why?
If I could change one rule in my sport it would be to allow offensive linemen to be eligible to receive passes anytime. I want to catch a touchdown pass, and I am tired of hearing Mike Godsil talk about a center eligible play.

After graduation I would like to …
I have already graduated, so being at Liberty and being able to play one more year of college football is icing on the cake.

In my spare time, I like to …
In my spare time I like to hangout with friends and share stories.

Words that describe me on the athletic field (and why) are …
A few words which describe me on the athletic field would be smart, tough and focused. The reasons why are because I am a smart player, I play offensive line so you have to be tough, and I can keep calm in intense situations.

If you could compete in any sport against any athlete, who would it be and why?
If I could compete against any athlete in any sport I would want to play a round of golf with Tiger Woods.

My craziest ambition in life is to …
My craziest ambition in life is to travel the world, so I can see all of God's beautiful creation.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?
I do not have any real pre-game rituals I follow, except walking the game field when I first get to the stadium, and stretching for about 30 minutes, and listening to a Chris Stokes' pep talk.

Who is one person in history that you would like to meet and why?
One person in history that I would like to meet would be C.S. Lewis, because it would be interesting to meet the man who wrote such wonderful stories.

A place I've always wanted to visit, but never had the chance is (and why)?
Other then the Holy Land I would like to tour Europe, because I would get a chance to experience a lot of different cultures.

I choose my uniform number because …
I never chose my uniform number and my original number in high school was 65. My senior year, my jersey was not ready for picture day, so they gave me number 78 just to wear for that picture. Little did I know that I would be given that number in college and wear it for my whole career.

What are four or five things you could not live without?
Four or five things I could not live without are my family, friends, sports, [TV show] The Office, and, of course, God.