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Ex-USC Football Offensive Tackle Derrell Marshall Dies At 55

Jan 22, 2021

LOS ANGELES--Derrell "Turk" Marshall, a starting offensive tackle on USC's 1988 Rose Bowl team, died on Sunday (Jan. 17) in Upper Marlboro, Md. He was 55.

Marshall, who came to USC from Bakersfield (Calif.) Junior College, was a 7-game starter at right tackle on the 1988 Trojan squad that won its first 10 games and rose to a No. 2 national ranking.

He was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the 1989 NFL Draft.

He prepped at Howard D. Woodson High in Washington, D.C.

Marshall was given the nickname Turk because, as he once said, "When I was five, I ate a whole turkey."

After his playing days, he worked for the Prince George's County Board of Education.

He is survived by his son David Sanders, daughter Eleia Marshall-Lartey, daughter Jaelyn, son Jaron, sister DeLaunta and father Charles, as well as the mother of his children Lei G. Walker-Marshall.

A private funeral service will be held on Jan. 29 at 11 a.m. at Marshall-March Funeral Home (4217 9thSt. NW, Washington, D.C. 20011), with a limited-capacity viewing preceding at 10 a.m.