A talented and versatile athlete who looks to bounce back from a serious lower right leg injury suffered last November in a nationally-televised contest against Virginia Tech that kept him sidelined for the remainder of the season and out of action during spring drills ... Has played both cornerback and safety in past seasons ... Not included on ECU's post-spring depth chart (because of spring rehabilitation assignment), but is expected to return to active status this fall and help provide leadership to an inexperienced defense ... In addition to secondary work, could also see time on special teams for the fourth-straight season ... Was the defensive recipient of the Jerry T. Brooks Award for academic achievement ... Also earned the defense's Effort Award at the end of the 2009 campaign ... Personality, charisma, attitude and team-first mentality has made him one of the more popular and most-requested players for media and community relations entities.
2009: Registered playing time in nine games while making five starts, three as a cornerback and two at strong safety ... Trio of cornerback starts were the first three contests of the season (Appalachian State, West Virginia and North Carolina) ... Totaled 23 tackles with 14 solo stops and nine assists ... Booked five tackles at West Virginia (four solo hits) ... Also recovered a fumble on a punt return vs. WVU in the second quarter that led to an ECU field goal ... On the Pirates' next punt, caused a fumble that enabled the offense to score a touchdown, cutting the Mountaineer lead down to one at 21-20 ... Tallied a career-high seven tackles, including five solos, against the Tar Heels ... Three of those stops came as a member of the punt coverage unit ... Made two tackles against UCF in his first start of the season at strong safety, helping defense hold the Knights to 70 yards rushing ... Two weeks later, part of a defense that limited SMU to just 28 ground yards ... Collected four stops, two solo, against Rice ... Three tackles at Memphis in his final start of the season were all solo stops ... Registered one tackle against Appalachian State and Marshall ... Tied for fifth in special teams' tackles with seven ... Shared the squad lead with Rahkeem Morgan in punt return tackles (four) ... Made an additional three stops on kickoff returns.
2008: Started 12 of 14 games as a cornerback and/or nickelback in the Pirate secondary ... Was credited with 41 tackles, which included 26 solo hits ... Recorded only interception of the year against Tulsa in the Conference USA Championship Game on the Golden Hurricane's first possession to set the tone for the rest of the afternoon (seven turnovers, five interceptions) ... Made six tackles against Memphis at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ... Also stood third on the unit with six pass breakups (season-high two vs. Marshall) while claiming one quarterback hurry (N.C. State) and 1.5 tackles for lost yardage (0.5 vs. Memphis, 1.0 vs. Marshall) ... Played an integral role in helping defensive unit hold three opponents to under 100 rushing yards (Tulane/76, UCF/82, UTEP/57) and two opponents to less than 100 passing yards (West Virginia/72, Memphis/82), while forcing a total of 33 turnovers (No. 7 national rank) ... Registered at least four tackles in seven games (six vs. Memphis; four vs. West Virginia, N.C. State, Virginia, Marshall, UTEP and Tulsa) ... All four stops against Cavaliers were solo hits ... Added three tackles vs. Kentucky in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl ... Tallied four special teams hits and served as unit's captain against N.C. State.
2007: A redshirt freshman who experienced action in all 13 games ... Recorded 15 total tackles (nine solo, six assists) ... A six-tackle (four solo) effort came against UCF ... Also recovered first career fumble vs. Knights ... Credited with a pair of special teams stops ... Contributed four tackles at West Virginia, one of which resulted in lost yardage ... Posted a pair of hits during pivotal league road win at UTEP ... Booked single tackles in matchups against Virginia Tech (collegiate debut), North Carolina and N.C. State.
2006: Redshirted ... Turned in admirable performance as a member of the defensive scout team ... Promoted to travel roster for Papajohns.com Bowl in Birmingham and gained "celebrity" status with hypnotist role during pre-bowl function at a local comedy house ... Officially signed with the Pirate program in February, 2006.
High School: A key contributor on a Southwest Onslow program which captured a pair of conference, regional and state championships while rolling to a 40-5 record over his final three seasons ... A two-time all-conference and all-area selection ... A first-team NCPreps All-State choice in 2005 after serving as a two-way starter for a 10-3 Stallions squad ... Booked 26 tackles, four forced fumbles, three recovered fumbles, two interceptions and two sacks on the defensive side of the ball while rushing for 1,153 yards and scoring 20 touchdowns offensively ... Picked up 830 ground yards and six TDs while helping Southwest Onslow to a 15-1 record and state title in 2004 after a 49-21 win over Shelby ... Was selected as team's offensive MVP after rushing for 885 yards and 10 scores as a sophomore during the Stallions' state championship run in 2003 which included a 20-14 victory vs. Burlington Cummings in the finals ... Also produced a 1,000-yard rushing season and MVP honors during his prep debut as a member of the junior varsity squad in 2002 (5-3-1 record) ... Recipient of Southwest Onslow's Most Dedicated Weightlifting Award in 2004 ... In all, earned three football letters and served as team captain ... Also picked up four letters, all-conference and all-region honors as track standout (100-, 200-meters, 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams) ... Established new school records in the 100-meter (10.56) and 200-meter (21.7) dash ... In addition, won a basketball letter (2004) ... Clocked at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash and recorded a bench-press best of 330 pounds ... Produced by same high school program as popular former ECU linebacker Richard Koonce (2002-2005) ... An Honor Roll student all eight semesters of high school career ... Coach was Phil Padgett.
Personal: Full name is Dekota Lamar Marshall ... Born October 25, 1987 at Jacksonville, N.C. ... A communications major ... Nickname is "Koda" ... Credits father Gordon Marshall, Sr., as most influential person on career ... Says former teammate Kasey Ross is favorite all-time Pirate player ... Lists weightlifting, video games and track as hobbies ... Earned selection to the 2006-07 ECU Athletic Director's Honor Roll (fall semester).