When you look at the defensive backs room, there is little doubt that there was a fair amount of turnover in the offseason. As Nebraska football began spring practices this week, we heard defensive backs coach Travis Fisher sing the praises of several of his players. One of those players was not a newcomer, but a returner in Marques Buford.
Buford came to Nebraska as a member of the class of 2021. He came in as a three-star recruit, and the top athlete in the state of Texas per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He officially committed to Nebraska on July 18, 2020.
Measuring in at five-foot-11, 190 pounds, Buford found playing time on special teams last season. He recorded three tackles, and played in every single game. Playing with aggressiveness, that allowed him to find his niche for his freshman year.
Looking back at his high school highlights, Buford has speed and athleticism. This allows him to cover ground quickly. It was no surprise that Nebraska football wanted him, as that athleticism has endeared Buford to the coaches. The defensive back has potential, and also has a chance to make noise in what is a deep room.
Speaking earlier this week to the media, secondaries coach Travis Fisher talked about Buford and what he brings to the table, as noted in a report from Steven M. Sipple of the Lincoln Journal-Star.
“You look at him and say, ‘He’s 5-9, he’s a corner,’” Fisher says of the 190-pound DeSoto, Texas, native. “No, he can play any position in the secondary. I have him at safety right now. At his size, you wouldn’t think a guy would be so physical. But he ain’t scared of nobody. He’s fearless.”
That fearless attitude seems like a good fit with Fisher, who was not afraid to take on challenges when he played. Buford’s fearlessness could be a standout trait, as Fisher likes physicality in his defensive backs.
As Buford continues to develop, he has the potential to make an impact defensively. At the very least, he is getting the attention of his coaches in spring practice.