Deion Sanders Surprises Former JSU Cameraman Santee Marshall With Full Football Scholarship

Santee Marshall received a big surprise on Saturday night.

After the Jackson State football team’s 28-7 homecoming win over Alabama State at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium, coach Deion Sanders told him he had earned a full football scholarship.

“My whole team was just congratulating me,” Marshall said. “It was a good feeling. I felt like I worked for it, so I was just happy about it, for real.”

Marshall’s parents were in the locker room when the running back received the news. He said Sanders’ family played the surprise well.

“His mother played her role really well,” Sanders said before laughing.

Marshall was a transfer from DII Miles College in Alabama. He transferred under JSU’s previous coaching staff led by John Hendrick in hopes to walk on, but he had to find another way to get on the roster once Sanders was hired. He went to JSU’s open tryouts under Sanders and missed the cut.

After tryouts, Marshall talked to JSU assistant Otis Riddley, who told him to try to get on staff in an attempt to get closer to the new coaching staff. Marshall then reached out to JSU’s director of video services Ahmon Lott to get on the video team in attempt to get closer to the coaching staff and Marshall was brought on as a camera operator tasked with filming practices.

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SOURCE: Mississippi Clarion Ledger, Rashad Milligan; USA Today