Jenni Carlson: Sunny day for Marshall Musil and family

by Jenni Carlson Modified: April 18, 2010 at 10:02 am •  Published: April 18, 2010

NORMAN — Marshall Musil hugged his mom long and hard.

Neither wanted to let go.

Not the Oklahoma redshirt freshman who bulldozed his way to stardom in the Red-White Game on Saturday afternoon with nearly 100 yards rushing.

Not the soggy but smiling woman who had raised her kids alone after cancer took her husband’s life before he ever got to see his only son play football.

"I think she was almost in tears afterwards,” Musil said.

On a rainy afternoon that matters little in the grand scheme of Sooner football — White beat the Red 23-0 if you really must know — there was no one for whom the spring game was more important than Musil and his family. It was special. It was meaningful.

It was big.

Football, after all, has always been part of their lives. That’s because Terry Musil was a high school football coach, and when you’re a high school football coach, everyone in the family is involved.

His wife, Connie, was. Same went for his daughter, Meredith, and his son, Marshall. The four of them were tight as Terry moved from one small school in Kansas to another.

When cancer killed him, Connie and the kids leaned on each other.

"She was a single parent for 10 years,” Musil said, adding that his mom remarried a couple years ago.

"She raised me and my sister as just a single parent ... and that takes a lot of sacrifice.”

It also created an amazing bond. Last season when Musil was redshirting, his mom, his sister and his stepdad would make the nearly five-hour trip to Norman for games.

"They came to those to watch me warm up,” Musil said, smiling.

Once warm-ups were over, after all, he was relegated to the sidelines.

If Saturday is any indication, he won’t be spending near as much time there next season.

Musil gained 92 yards on 29 carries, running hard between the tackles and making the most of any seam. He even showed a good burst and a nifty move on a 45-yard, fourth-quarter run.

"I was waiting for that one,” he said.


by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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