HUNTINGTON — Vinny Curry is 6-feet-3, 266-pounds. He played four football seasons at Marshall, but it was the year prior to that he says may have been as crucial in his life’s development as any season played.
Ask him about coming to MU as an “academic non-qualifier” and his development from a “redshirt” year, and the NFL defensive end grabs the issue like it were, say, quarterbacks Eli Manning of the Giants or Tony Romo of the Cowboys.
“My experience at Marshall, coming there, everybody looks out for you,” Curry, the 2011 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year, said last Friday in a phone interview.
“If they see your potential, they’ll take a chance on you.
“They give you all of the resources you need. They work with you.
“It’s up to you to get it done.”
Curry, headed toward his second NFL season with the Philadelphia Eagles, was talking about his life at Marshall off the football field — his arrival at MU as an academic non-qualifier.
The Thundering Herd takes a limited number of those annually, usually about four in a football recruiting year.