December 21, 2012
Marcus makes the most of his opportunity
Unlike many of his teammates, Adrian Marcus has had a long and winding road to get to Mississippi State.
The Alabaster, Ala., native graduated from Thompson High School in 2008 and attended three different schools before landing in Starkville the following year.
Marcus signed with the Naval Academy out of high school, attended a prep school in Rhode Island and took some classes at Jefferson State (Ala.) Community College before deciding to walk-on for the Bulldogs.
"I searched around and actually had a connection here with Coach (Les) Koenning and with Coach (Dan) Mullen being the new head coach here it was a good opportunity," Marcus said. "I got to talking to Coach (Rockey) Felker and my uncle Michael Montgomery was my connection here since he played here back in the 90's."
The 5-foot-10, 225-pounder arrived as a tailback where he practiced at that position during his redshirt season in 2009 and the following year when he rushed 13 times for 48 yards. In 2011 it was decided to move Marcus to fullback where he has played in 24 games over the past two seasons.
"It kind of just happened," Marcus said. "I've always been taught and raised that whatever opportunity comes at me to take advantage of it. If they would have asked me to play o-line I would have beefed up and played o-line if I had to. I just want to play football."
Having played both positions in the backfield has aided Marcus in the film room. He has an understanding of how both positions must work together to be successful on every play.
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