Owen Marecic

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Owen Marecic
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Marecic with the Cleveland Browns in the 2012 NFL season.jpg
No. 48
Position: Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-10-04) October 4, 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth: Agoura Hills, California
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
College: Stanford University
NFL draft: 2011 / Round: 4 / Pick: 124
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards: 8
Yards per carry: 2.0
Rushing touchdowns: 0
Receptions: 5
Receiving yards: 31
Receiving touchdowns: 0
Stats at NFL.com

Owen Marecic (/məˈrsɨk/ mə-REE-sik; born October 4, 1988) is a former American football fullback. He played at the collegiate level for Stanford University.

Early life[edit]

Marecic moved with his family around the United States following his father's career as an IT executive.[1] After New Jersey and Boston, where he played Pop Warner for the Westford/Littleton Lions, the Marecics moved to the Los Angeles area, where Owen played quarterback for a Pop Warner football team in Agoura Hills coached by former NFL player Clay Matthews.[2] One of his Pop Warner teammates was the coach's son, current Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Casey Matthews.[2] The Marecics moved to Tigard, Oregon when Owen was a sophomore in high school where he enrolled at Jesuit High School.[3] Marecic played fullback and linebacker for Jesuit, helping the team to Oregon state football titles his junior and senior years.[3]

College career[edit]

Marecic at Stanford in August 2010

Marecic was recruited to Army, Yale, and Stanford, eventually opting to attend Stanford.[3] In his first three seasons with the Cardinal, Marecic was used primarily as a fullback, blocking for Toby Gerhart. He was an excellent blocking fullback, and seldom carried the ball. In his junior year Marecic was brought in as an inside linebacker in short yardage situations.[1] In his senior season of 2010, Marecic's part-time linebacker assignment became full-time. He was the only player in the Football Bowl Subdivision to start on both offense (at fullback) and defense (at inside linebacker).[2] In the fourth game of the season against Notre Dame, Marecic scored a pair of touchdowns within 13 seconds of one another, first as a fullback on a short dive play, then 13 seconds later making an interception from his inside linebacker position, running it back for a score. In doing so he became the first player to score touchdowns on both offense and defense in the same game since Eric Weddle in 2006.[3][4][5]

On January 10, 2011, he was named the inaugural winner of the Paul Hornung Award as the most versatile player in college football.[6] Marecic also finished in 10th place for the 2010 Heisman Trophy, receiving 3 first place votes.

Professional career[edit]

2011 NFL Draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0½ in 248 lb 4.73 s 1.68 s 2.65 s 4.50 s 7.10 s 32 in 8 ft 11 in 22 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[7]

On April 30, 2011 Marecic was selected in the 4th round by the Cleveland Browns with the 124th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He was projected to play at fullback rather than linebacker. The Browns were reportedly impressed with his work ethic and approach to the game.[8]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Marecic made the Browns roster, contributing in 2011 primarily as a blocking back for running backs Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty. He was cut by the Browns on August 27, 2013.

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

On September 17, 2013, the 49ers signed Marecic to a one-year contract. Marecic played at Stanford under former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.[9] He was released on October 1, 2013 without playing in a NFL game. According to the 49ers, Marecic decided not to continue playing in the NFL.[10]

Post-football career[edit]

After leaving football, Marecic re-enrolled at San Francisco State University to finish pre-med requirements and is working at a medical research lab at Stanford, in preparation for medical school.[11] As a researcher, he has contributed to two published articles in the Journal of Visualized Experiments.[12]


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