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U-M recruit endures tragedies

Football is Lawrence Marshall's refuge after losing his father and grandfather

Updated: September 2, 2013, 5:05 PM ET
By Tom VanHaaren | ESPN.com

Before he walked onto the field for the first game of his senior season, Lawrence Marshall made the sign of the cross twice across his chest then pointed to the sky.

With RIP written on his eye black, the Southfield (Mich.) High defensive end came onto the field and got into his three-point stance to take the first snap. His leg visibly shaking, fingers twitching.

The ball was snapped and Marshall, the No. 112 player in the ESPN 300 and a Michigan commit, was playing football ...

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