Tolson excels with Bronchos

Chris Brannick Director, Sports Media Relations University of Central Oklahoma

Marshall Tolson is entering his fourth year at the University of Central Oklahoma. The Pawhuska High School graduate of 2015 is a junior on the Broncho football team. He reported to fall camp on Sunday, Aug. 5 and has earned no shortage of praise from head coach Nick Bobeck.

“He’s really talented and he’s such a physical kid, he’s almost like an extra offensive lineman,” Bobeck said. “Marshall is probably as good as an in-line blocking tight end as there is in the country at our level (NCAA Division II).”

Tolson sat out a redshirt season as a freshman in 2015. He saw minimal action in 2016, but continued to work his way into more playing time in 2017.

Tolson began his sophomore season listed as the third tight end on the Broncho depth chart and played regularly on special teams.

During the course of a season though, opportunities arise. Tolson’s work ethic, according to Bobeck, was crucial in getting some of those opportunities to come a bit sooner.

“Those guys (tight ends), other than quarterbacks, might be the most important people in our offense,” Bobeck said. “They are huge in what we are doing offensively and Marshall is a very big part of that.”

As a junior, Tolson is likely to start the season as the No. 2 tight end, but there are multiple packages in Bobeck’s offense that require two tight ends. Bobeck even hinted at a three tight end formation to try and assure some holes open up for the run game.

Tolson will be a regular on the football field this fall for the Bronchos. He’ll again work with the special teams and he’ll again continue to work to improve is status on offense.