The Nittany Lions return all five offensive line starters from a unit that improved and was highly productive as the 2007 season unfolded. At least three of the unit's starters will be seniors this year, making the development of depth a critical component throughout 2008. Josh Marks is among the candidates to earn time in the rotation and enters his first season on the field after making steady progress during his redshirt year. He has tremendous physical attributes and skills and is working hard to have an impact this season. He finished spring drills as the top reserve at tight guard to Stefen Wisniewski. Marks was a three-time first-team Class A all-state selection at Southern Columbia HS and was instrumental in helping his team win four consecutive state titles.
2007 Freshman Season
A three-sport star at Southern Columbia HS, Marks became the first athlete in school history to qualify for the Pennsylvania state championships in three sports in one year. A three-time first-team Class A all-state selection, he was instrumental in helping Southern Columbia win four consecutive state titles (2003, `04, `05, `06). A team captain, Marks was named first-team all-state by PA Football News and its Defensive Player-of-the-Year. A four-year starter, he led an offensive line that produced a school-record 6,355 rushing yards and 92 touchdowns in 2006. On defense, Marks recorded 57 tackles, with four sacks, two forced fumbles and five pass breakups as a senior. During his career, he recorded 243 career tackles, with a school-record 11 forced fumbles and 15 sacks. Marks was selected the conference offensive and defensive lineman of the year and was a WNEP-TV Dream Team selection. He participated in the 2007 East-West all-star game. He was a two-time qualifier for the state wrestling championships, placing sixth as a sophomore and as a senior, when he served as a team captain. He finished 14th in the discus at the 2007 state track and field championships.
Full name is Joshua John Marks. He is the son of John and Jami Marks, and has two sisters, Jordan and Jillian. Marks is related to former Pittsburgh Steelers punter Mike Barr. In his spare time, Marks enjoys hunting and fishing. He is interested in a career in teaching or agriculture. Born April 16, 1988 in Catawissa, Pa.