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Long time lurker, first time poster. I thought my first thread should be about my favorite player in our program, Jamal Marcus. He is an absolute beast, and showed us why Urban Meyer was enamored with his talent and had a hard time keeping him off the field even while playing behind two Top 5 NFL talents (Bosa and Spence). As much as I love Jatavis, I wouldn't be surprised to see Marcus become the better NFL player, and Akron's highest drafted player ever next year. By next season I'm assuming he will be about 250 lb, and is the prototypical NFL 3-4 OLB. It's almost scary to think of what his ceiling could be IMO. I'm sure most of us saw the Pro Football Focus link that had him as the 2nd- best pass rusher of all Non P5 schools, and I'm sure he would have been first easily if he played the Savannah State/Louisiana-Monroe games. Just for some context, going into our bowl game he had a +36.6 grade, while Jatavis had a +36.5.

https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2015/12/11/pffs-non-power-5-dream-team-best-players-at-every-position/

I really respect the way he came here after his last game was starting on one of the biggest stages on CFB (Orange Bowl), put in his dues while he sat out for a year, did everything the right way, produced on the field, and is coming back for his senior year. He even played the Oklahoma and Pitt games with a partially torn groin, and refused to let the coaches sit him until it finally was unbearable. He overcame some adversity during the season (as our whole team did) by eliminating his bad offsides penalties, and he didn't get a single penalty the last 5 games.

Cheers to our lone returning All-MAC player, our best player in the program, and CHEERS TO THE WEEKEND!

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Thanks for joining and hopefully you continue to contribute. Marcus is an absolute beast and I agree with just about everything you've said. As good of a talent as he is, I do feel like he had some character issues (on the field) for the 1st half of the season, but thought he eliminated those as the season went on. Hopefully it stays that way, because he is expected to be the leader of the D next season. Looking forward to big things from him in 2015.

The Fackrell kid from USU was the lone higher graded pass rusher for G5 teams and he will almost certainly go in the 2nd round, potentially late 1st round.

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Welcome. Love the link provided. I'm a big believer in pff's grading system. I would love to see the entire team's grading. That link is loaded with MAC talent. 

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Welcome to ZipsNation akron4ever, and great post!

I agree that Jamal Marcus is a absolute beast!  He has a chance to be MAC Defensive POTY next season.

Like you mentioned above, I love Marcus' attitude.  Starting for OSU in the Orange Bowl & then coming to Akron - he's still played his heart out & if you look through many of the GoZips.com game day photo albums, whenever you see Marcus, he's always cheering for & encouraging his teammates - just like Tra'Von Chapman, another P5 transfer who's attitude I really appreciate.

I can't wait to see what Jamal & Se'von Pittman do on the DL next season!

 

Go Zips!

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If that groin is fully healed ...... watch out !   Definitely could be two consecutive MAC defensive player of the year awards for Akron !! 

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15 minutes ago, Jrship35 said:

If that groin is fully healed ...... watch out !   Definitely could be two consecutive MAC defensive player of the year awards for Akron !! 

110% agree. I believe the coaches have been letting him take practices off this spring for this very reason - smart move by them in my opinion.

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Pro Football Focus just came out with their Top 101 college football player ranking, and our very own Jamal Marcus finds himself at #56. Pretty incredible to say we have a top 50-60 college football player in the entire nation by the best scouting service there is. 

 

https://www.profootballfocus.com/college-pff-101-best-players-fournette-mccaffrey-garrett/

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12 hours ago, akron4ever said:

Pro Football Focus just came out with their Top 101 college football player ranking, and our very own Jamal Marcus finds himself at #56. Pretty incredible to say we have a top 50-60 college football player in the entire nation by the best scouting service there is. 

 

https://www.profootballfocus.com/college-pff-101-best-players-fournette-mccaffrey-garrett/

Looks like Corey Davis is the only MAC player rated ahead of JM34.  Pretty impressive.

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Looks like the preseason accolades continue to roll in for Jamal Marcus. Bronco Nagurski watch list (top defensive player in the country):

 

http://www.gozips.com/sports/fball/2016-17/releases/20160708g35ro8

 

Hopefully he can back it up this season. It's a different beast once people start expecting greatness, and he will have to be a leader this season as well. If I had to guess who the three captians will be, I'd go with Marcus, Woodson, and Scott. 

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Marcus just got named by PFF as the #1 EDGE player in a non-Power 5 conference in the country. Interestingly enough you will see 2 other MAC players listed in the top 4:

 

https://www.profootballfocus.com/college-football-greg-ward-jr-leads-pffs-preseason-all-group-of-5-team/

 

It would have been intersting to see where he would have stacked up nationally if he was able to pad his stats against Sav St and ULM last season.

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10 minutes ago, akron4ever said:

Marcus just got named by PFF as the #1 EDGE player in a non-Power 5 conference in the country. Interestingly enough you will see 2 other MAC players listed in the top 4:

 

https://www.profootballfocus.com/college-football-greg-ward-jr-leads-pffs-preseason-all-group-of-5-team/

 

And DeAndre Scott was named as one of their first team CBs.

 

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44 minutes ago, MDZip said:

 

And DeAndre Scott was named as one of their first team CBs.

 

 

Right, don't know how I forgot to include that. I've said this on here before, but Scott is criminally underrated. Fortunately we have PFF, which doesn't look at surface stats and politics are not in play in their rankings.

 

I truly believe we had a Top 15 defense in the country last year. 

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12 minutes ago, UAZippers said:

George Thomas just posted on Twitter that Marcus is done for the season. I'm on my phone or I would directly post the tweet.

Akron4ever broke the news on zipsnation.org last Thursday.

 

 

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18 hours ago, Dr Z said:

Akron4ever broke the news on zipsnation.org last Thursday.

 

 

 

Evidence as to why ZN.O > Akron Beacon Journal Zips coverage.

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17 minutes ago, Balsy said:

 

I think he makes the roster.

It will be close. Assuming he is DE, you've got Ogbah, Garrett, Nassib as locks. Tyrone Holmes (2015 FCS sack leader who spent last year on the roster) is a guy he will have to beat out and another is Nate Orchard (2nd round pick in 2015, out all last year with injury). Orchard played I believe DE at Utah, but OLB in the 3-4. It is unclear exactly where he will be as he is listed on the roster as LB, but my guess is probably DE.

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8 minutes ago, LZIp said:

Assuming he is DE, you've got Ogbah, Garrett, Nassib as locks. Tyrone Holmes (2015 FCS sack leader who spent last year on the roster) is a guy he will have to beat out and another is Nate Orchard (2nd round pick in 2015, out all last year with injury).

IMO, I wouldn't assume much with the change of scheme. He may find a niche with so many different personnel packages Williams likes. I wish him health and luck. Does anybody ever remember Jamal dropping in coverage with the Zips? I haven't watched a Browns preseason game since they fired Bernie, but I might record the first one to see how/if Jamal is used. 

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