"Me and him were competing," McDougle said with a smile. "I knew it was coming too, I knew it was coming."
While McDougle's training camp was cut short last summer due to injury, he has played the first two days of training camp like a veteran, setting himself up well against the 6-foot-4 Marshall, one of the NFL's top 100 players for 2015.
"He's got that big body and he got his body in front of me and I moved to the side," said McDougle, who stands at 5-foot-11. "I jumped and I had my hand in there. [Brandon] actually pulled my arm down, he actually held it and pulled it down."
Offensive pass interference?
"That's never gonna get called," McDougle laughed. "Once I got my arm down, [I said to myself] I've got to push this dude out, so I pushed him out and it was incomplete and we lived to fight another down."
So what did McDougle and Marshall talk about after the play?
"I said, 'You're real crafty.' He said, 'What do you mean?' I said, "You took down my deflection arm and just tried to catch it in one [hand].' He said, 'Oh, I know because if I went up with two you had it, so I had to do something.' I said, 'Oh yeah, well once you took my arm down I knew I had to push you out.'"
When asked about how it feels to be a younger guy playing against such a well-respected player, McDougle was deferential, but said as a corner in the NFL one can never back down. "It was cool it was fun ... It's good competing against him," McDougle said. "He's one of the best in the game, one of the top 100 players, and he can only make us better."
It's only two days into camp, but if McDougle is giving Marshall a run for his money, it could spell good things about how this group will fare against the rest of the league this season.