Fullback Adrian Marcus Update

Mississippi State sophomore fullback Adrian Marcus talks about how he wound up at Mississippi State.

"I came here two years as a walk-on," said the 5-10, 225-pounder. "I originally went to Naval Academy prep school, so I was actually a redshirt freshman when I got here."

Marcus explained why he decided to transfer.

"I decided to transfer because the military wasn't for me," said Marcus. "And my uncle knew (MSU assistant) Coach (Les) Koenning before I got here so I talked to him. I met (running backs) Coach (Greg) Knox and Coach (Dan) Mullen. Coach Mullen wanted me to come here so I came down here."

Being an Alabama native, Mississippi State wasn't a team he knew a lot about prior to walking on.

"I really didn't know much about Mississippi State before I got here," said Marcus, who played his high school football at Thompson High School in Alabaster, Alabama. "I was born in Alabama so all you know is Alabama and Auburn. But I never really talked to those schools."

Once he got on campus, he made his presence known and is now running first-team fullback.

"I'm never satisfied, but it feels good to play," said Marcus. "I just want to play. But I have been taught to never be satisfied, so I have to keep working."

And that's what he continues to do, not only in practice but every other chance he gets whether it be after practice or in the weight room.

"I have to work hard every day," said Marcus. "I work with (MSU strength) Coach (Matt) Balis, and I try to get extra catching in and working extra on all of my stuff such as my blocking."

He plays the way he works, hard 100% of the time. And he's hoping all that hard work will eventually earn him a scholarship.

"I play the way I do due to my will," said Marcus. "I have been doing this for a long time and I'm just working to get my scholarship."

His hard play during the Saturday morning scrimmage was part of the reason the offense did so well.

"Everybody on offense did their job today," said Marcus, who scored a 38-yard touchdown in the scrimmage, bulldozing over a couple of defensive players during the run. "We have a bunch of young guys on offense and everybody started getting their jobs done. And that's all it took. Everybody do their job and we'll click on all cylinders."

Mississippi State's next practice is Tuesday afternoon.


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