Part I- In 2004 Mark Dantonio went looking for toughness after completing his first season as the UC head football coach. One of his stops took him to St. John's Jesuit High School in Toledo, Ohio where he saw a hard nosed fullback that he thought fit perfectly into his run oriented offensive attack. But no one could really know just how tough this kid was.
As a true freshman, Waugh blew out a knee in the final
scrimmage of the preseason and missed the entire year, but the kid from
As a redshirt freshman last season, Waugh played in every
game, mostly as a member of the special teams, but his toughness would be tested
again. The man that recruited him
had left for
In the spring, Waugh began his position adventure-an exercise in both physical and mental toughness. Marcus reversed his number from #35 to #53 and lined up at offensive center. That experiment lasted a week or so, and then the 245 pounder returned to wearing #35 as he got a look at tight end. He stayed at tight end throughout the remainder of spring practice but saw very little playing time in the Bearcat Bowl spring game. Many high school all-stars would have left the program at that point, but in case you haven't noticed, Marcus is not like most.
When summer practice begins in a few weeks, Waugh will get to experience
life as a college defensive lineman, and he seems to be looking forward to the
challenge. He loves the
When I see Marcus Waugh, he seems to be the embodiment of the old saying-"Tough times don't last, but tough people do." And make no mistake, Marcus is as tough as they come.
Part III- This season
Schaetzke is being recruited by Bearcat defensive line coach, Keith Gilmore, and he attended a UC camp in June. Schaetzke was impressed with what he saw. "I was there on the last day of a three day camp that they had. I loved the athletic complex. It was awesome." Andrew said he ran a 4.8 or 4.9 forty-yard-dash at the camp, but he also said he recorded a 4.2 shuttle run.
In addition to playing football, Schaetzke was a starting forward on the Titan district champion basketball team last season. The 17-year-old is a good student with a estimated 3.3 GPA and reports a 24 on the ACT.