Former Auburn star on board for Day 2 of the team's tour through the Mid-South, joined by wide receiver Kenny Britt for final stop of the day
|DT SenDerrick Marks (right) and WR Kenny Britt (left) tackle day 2 of Titans Caravan XIII.|
Along with Titans mascot T-Rac, the "Voice of the Titans" Mike Keith and Titans Radio Gameday Host Larry Stone, Marks will begin the day with a 9 a.m. appearance at Creekeside Elementary School in Harvest, where students will assemble for the Titans Caravan school program. At 10:30 a.m., the team will present the program for a second time at Pulaski Elementary School.
During the Caravan school visits, which are closed to the general public, the Titans deliver a message to students about developing study habits, making good choices and setting goals. Also, the NFL's "Play 60" theme is emphasized, encouraging children to stay healthy by getting daily exercise.
Marks will make his first of three public stops at Kroger in Decherd at 1 p.m. From there, the Caravan will travel to the Scottsboro Family Pharmacy at 3:15 p.m. Finally, Marks will be joined at Logan's Roadhouse in Chattanooga (2119 Gunbarrell Rd.) by wide receiver Kenny Britt for a 7 p.m. (ET) appearance.
Public Caravan stops give all fans the chance to collect autographs and take pictures with the Titans. There is no charge to attend any of the Titans Caravan XIII public events, and each stop lasts approximately one hour.
The Chattanooga stop will mark the first time in Titans Caravan history that the team's top two draft picks from the previous year appear together at one location.
Marks was the Titans' second-round pick in 2009. He played in nine games as a rookie, collecting 23 tackles and one sack. At Auburn, the 6-foot-2, 306-pound defensive lineman recorded 114 tackles and 7.5 sacks before forgoing his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL.
Britt, a first-round draft pick and the 30th overall player selected in the draft last year, had one of the best rookie seasons in franchise history by a wide receiver. He recorded a team-high 701 receiving yards, which ranked fifth in the NFL among rookies and was the highest total by a Titans rookie receiver since 1995. His average of 16.7 yards per reception (42 catches) was the eighth-best figure in the entire NFL in 2009 and the sixth-best average by a Titans/Oilers receiver in the last 20 seasons. Prior to joining the Titans, Britt spent three years at Rutgers University, where he set the all-time Big East record with 3,043 receiving yards.
A total of 42 Titans Caravan stops in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama have been scheduled over a span of nearly two weeks, concluding just hours before the start of the 2010 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 22. The vast majority of Caravan visits are presented by one of nearly 70 affiliates of the Titans Radio Network, the exclusive radio home of the Titans.
Over the last 12 years, Titans Caravan has made over 600 stops and allowed the team to interact directly with an estimated audience well in excess of 100,000 fans. Since its beginning in 1998 as a small effort to spread goodwill through the region, the Caravan has evolved to include six full-time staffers that travel with Titans players, broadcasters and T-Rac throughout the Mid-South on a specially-decorated motor coach from Premiere Transportation.