Marquise Collins primary job for the Douglas County Tigers is to be a game manager.
As quarterback of the fifth-ranked and No. 2 seed Tigers, the junior quarterback done exactly that heading into tonight’s Class AAAAAA second round playoff game.
Collins has help guide the Tigers to a 10-1 record heading into tonight’s contest at Alpharetta, which also has the same record.
“You can tell he really has a grasp of the offense,” Douglas County offensive coordinator Travis Smith said. “He has done a great job with managing the last two games. He seems to know what to do, and has not put us in any bad situations.”
This is Collins, a junior, first year as a full-time starter for the program. He won the job after competition from fellow junior J.J. Richards and freshman Justin Franklin.
Coming into the game, he has completed 61 percent of his passes for 1,195 yards and eight touchdowns with four interceptions. He has also rushed for 200 yards and three touchdowns.
As a team, the Tigers are averaging 376 yards of offense per game.
“I think we have really built some team chemistry each week,” Collins said. “My confidence is good and everyone seems to be clicking. It is my job to make sure the offense is executing like it should.”
Although Collins is the starter, and plays the majority of the game, Smith is confident in both Richards and Franklin. They all have played during the course of a game.
“We are comfortable in our system,” Smith said. “Some coaches frown on that type of system but we believe it works for us. It keeps them all involved in the game. It also give us a change of pace.”
Through their competition for the starting job, Collins said the three have developed a competitive friendship.
“We have a good relationship and really push each other,” Collins said. “We all want the right player on the field at all times. We each bring something to the team. I have to be on the top of my game each day in practice and in the game.”
Collins, who has 4.0 grade-point average in the school’s International Baccalaureate program, has the respect of his teammates for his leadership ability.
“Marquise’ is not afraid to speak up,” Tigers offensive lineman Deondre Harvey said. “He is a good leader that pushes us. He is very vocal with the entire offense, including the offensive linemen.”