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August 15, 2012 at 6:04 PM

First day of football practice at ATM is a poetic experience

I’ve been out all afternoon at the first day of football practice at Archbishop Murphy High School, where energetic Bill Marsh has taken over as head coach.

You can look for my story on-line this evening and in the Thursday edition of the sports section.

For now, I wanted to share a video I took of incoming sophomore Dennis Moton III, who was called on in a team meeting to recite a favorite poem of Marsh’s, The Man in the Glass. Players were asked to memorize the poem last spring. Moton said Marsh gave him a heads up Tuesday night that he might be called on to recite the poem from memory at Wednesday’s meeting.

Marsh called him “Doctor” because Moton wants to be a nerosurgeon and said, “I believe in you.” The Doc didn’t let him down.

Just before the actual practice started, I asked Moton to repeat the poem, and here’s that video:

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