Owen Marecic

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Owen Marecic
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Marecic with the Cleveland Browns in the 2012 NFL season.
No. 48
Position: Fullback
Personal information
Born: (1988-10-04) October 4, 1988 (age 29)
Agoura Hills, California
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school: Beaverton (OR) Jesuit
College: Stanford
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
Player stats at NFL.com

Owen Marecic (/məˈrsɪk/ 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, a decision the coaching staff made reluctantly out of necessity. They later praised his conditioning for the challenge of participating in so many full-contact plays--including over 100 in a single game--through yoga, stretching, meditation before switching positions, and a thorough academic understanding of the difficulties as a human biology major.[4] 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][5][6]

On January 10, 2011, he was named the inaugural winner of the Paul Hornung Award as the most versatile player in college football.[7] Marecic also finished in 10th place for the 2010 Heisman Trophy, receiving 3 first place votes.

Source:[1] Tackles Interceptions Rushing Receiving Scrimmage
Year G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
2007 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 6 1.2 0 4 26 6.5 0 9 32 3.6 0
2008 11 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 25 6.3 0 4 25 6.3 0
2009 13 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 15 1.9 4 8 132 16.5 1 16 147 9.2 5
2010 13 30 21 51 5.5 2 2 39 19.5 1 23 46 2 5 9 75 8.3 0 32 121 3.8 5
Career 0 32 23 55 5.5 2 2 39 19.5 1 36 67 1.9 9 25 258 10.3 1 61 325 5.3 10

Professional career[edit]

2011 NFL Draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 12 in
(1.84 m)
248 lb
(112 kg)
4.73 s 1.68 s 2.65 s 4.50 s 7.10 s 32 in
(0.81 m)
8 ft 11 in
(2.72 m)
22 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[8]

On April 30, 2011 Marecic was selected in the 4th round by the Cleveland Browns with the 124th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. This was one of four picks the Browns acquired by trading their own first round pick to the Atlanta Falcons; the Falcons drafted future pro-bowler Julio Jones, while the Browns drafted Phil Taylor (DT), Greg Little (WR), Marecic, and Brandon Weeden (QB) and have since been widely criticized.[9] He was projected to play at fullback rather than linebacker. The Browns were reportedly impressed with his work ethic and approach to the game.[10]

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 had played at Stanford under then-49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] As a researcher, he has contributed to two published articles in the Journal of Visualized Experiments.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Anderson, Kelli (September 27, 2010). "The perfect player". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Hunt, John (September 29, 2010). "Oregon football: Stanford's Owen Marecic and his former teammate, Casey Matthews". The Oregonian. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d Bellamy, Ron (September 30, 2010). "College football: Stanford's true warrior". The Register-Guard. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ Auerbach, Nicole (Aug 22, 2014). "Two-way players, like Owen Marecic, rare, special, Stanford's David Shaw says". USA TODAY. 
  5. ^ "Owen Marecic achieves rare feat in Stanford's win". Portland Tribune. September 26, 2010. Retrieved October 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Stanford Cardinal vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Box Score – September 25, 2010". ESPN.com. September 25, 2010. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  7. ^ Stanford fullback/linebacker "Owen Marecic wins first Paul Hornung Award" Check |url= value (help). The Courier-Journal. January 10, 2011. 
  8. ^ Pro Scout Draft.com
  9. ^ Ridenour, Marla (Feb 4, 2017). "Falcons' path to Super Bowl LI aided by gaffes of four Browns regimes". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  10. ^ Murtaugh, Brian (2011-07-03). "Is Owen Marecic Ready to Replace Lawrence Vickers in 2011". Bleacher Report. 
  11. ^ Maiocco, Matt (September 17, 2013). "49ers sign Marecic". CSN Bay Area. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  12. ^ http://blog.sfgate.com/49ers/2013/12/20/baalke-fb-marecic-didnt-want-to-play-in-nfl/
  13. ^ http://resultsperiod1.com/site/what-happens-when-the-cheering-stops-a-interview-with-retired-nfl-player-owen-marecic/
  14. ^ https://www.jove.com/author/Owen_Marecic

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