Marcel Reece

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Marcel Reece
Marcel Reece.JPG
Before a game in Denver in October, 2010.
No. 45     Oakland Raiders
Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-06-23) June 23, 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth: Inglewood, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school: Hesperia (CA)
College: Washington
Undrafted in 2008
Debuted in 2009 for the Oakland Raiders
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2014
Rushing yards 783
Rushing TDs 3
Receptions 157
Receiving yards 1,584
Receiving TDs 8
Stats at NFL.com

Marcel Antoine Wayne Reece[1] (born June 23, 1985) is an American football fullback for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Washington. He played his first game for the Raiders during week 16 of the 2009 season against the Cleveland Browns in which he caught one pass for nine yards. He was named the starting fullback to open the 2010 season. Due to his catching ability and breakaway speed as a fullback ( 40-yard dash in 4.40 seconds), Reece is also known as the "Matchup Nightmare".

High school and college[edit]

Reece attended Hesperia High School in Hesperia, California, where he was a first-team All-league performer in football, basketball and track. In football, he earned All-league honors as a wide receiver. He continued his playing career at Chaffey Junior College where he posted 25 receptions for 600 yards and 7 touchdowns. Marcel decided to transfer to El Camino Community College the following year where he posted 47 catches for 1,286 yards and 13 touchdowns. His good season earned him a scholarship to the University of Washington. He broke out his senior year and made 39 catches for 761 yards and 8 touchdowns. The most notable play of Marcel's career came against the University of Arizona where he had a 98-yard reception for a touchdown, which is the longest play from scrimmage in UW history. He also became a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

In track & field, Reece competed as a sprinter while at Hesperia, earning All-league honors. He recorded a personal-best time of 49.8 seconds in the 400-meter dash as a senior.[2] In addition, he also recorded a 4.45-second 40-yard dash, bench-pressed 360 pounds and had a 34-inch vertical.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0 in 231 lb 4.42 s 1.51 s 2.55 s 4.26 s 7.20 s 36½ in 9 ft 6 in
All values from Pro Day

Despite posting a 4.4-second 40-yard dash, Reece was not drafted. He was noted as a "tweener" scouts did not know what position would fit Marcel in the NFL. He was noted as being too big to be a receiver and too small to be a tight end.

Miami Dolphins[edit]

He was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2008.

Oakland Raiders[edit]

The Raiders picked him up and experimented with him in a variety of positions and in this process found that fullback fit him best. The position was a difficult transition for Reece at first but he embraced the challenge.

In the 2010 NFL season, he emerged as the starting fullback for the Oakland Raiders, hauling in 25 receptions for 333 yards and 3 touchdowns while rushing for 122 yards and one touchdown. He blocked for his teammate running back Darren McFadden, who rushed for 1,157 yards and 7 touchdowns.

In 2012 after a series of injuries to McFadden and back-up Mike Goodson, Marcel Reece was switched from fullback to running back. He rushed for a total of 271 yards and recorded 52 receptions for 496 yards and one touchdown.

In 2013, both McFadden and back-up Rashad Jennings were limited due to injures, allowing Reece to line up at running back. On December 27, 2013, he was the lone Raider selected for the 2013 Pro Bowl, his second Pro Bowl nomination.[3]

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