Marques Wilkins graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in Sports Administration before transferring to Tennessee State. Marques played his final two years of eligibility with the Tigers while he studied for his master's degree. He graduated with an M.A. Ed in Human Performance and Sports Sciences in May. He will begin working in the University of Houston's Athletic Communication department in August.
TSUTigers: Talk about your overall TSU experience.
M. Wilkins: My overall experience at TSU was a good one. Like everything else in life, there were good times and bad times, but I definitely enjoyed my time here. And appreciate everybody and everything about TSU that contributed to me enjoying my time here.
TSUTigers: What do you love most about TSU?
M. Wilkins: Culture.
TSUTigers: What is your most memorable football moment at TSU?
M. Wilkins: The dramatic 4th down, 35-yard catch and run against EKU that led to a last second touchdown and victory in 2009.
TSUTigers: What is your most memorable non-football moment at TSU?
M. Wilkins: Graduating with my Master's degree in HPSS.
TSUTigers: What advice would you give to incoming freshman?
M. Wilkins: Have fun and do everything you want to do, but have principles, set goals and be courageous in attaining those goals, all while keeping scholarship as your number one priority.
TSUTigers: What was your most challenging class at TSU?
M. Wilkins: Sports Law.
TSUTigers: You completed your bachelor's degree and played two seasons as a graduate student. Talk about that experience.
M. Wilkins: It was a unique experience, and definitely less challenging and demanding than my first three years as a student-athlete due to the graduate level courses only meeting one time a week, a fewer number of mandatory hours (6 instead of 12) and classes starting in the evening.
TSUTigers: What organizations were you a part of besides football?
M. Wilkins: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Roo!
TSUTigers: Who have been the most influential people to you at TSU?
M. Wilkins: The staff of the Athletics Media Relations department (Zekeya Anderson, Zena Lewis and Wallace Dooley) have been the most influential people during my time at TSU. Through my internship, they have properly prepared and led me to my most recent endeavor in acquiring a job in the University of Houston's Athletic Communications department.
TSUTigers: What have you learned at TSU that you will keep with you for the rest of your life?
M. Wilkins: Good people make a place. A place doesn't make good people.