BRR Profile: Mike Marrow

After being on the sidelines for the past three years, Mike Marrow is too talented to stay off the field in 2012.

Mike Marrow

Position: Fullback

Height/Weight: 6-foot-2, 250 pounds

Year: Junior

High School: Central Catholic (Ohio)

2011 Review:

Marrow transferred from Eastern Michigan, and had to sit out the year do to NCAA transfer policies. The time he sat out could benefit him though because it gave him a year to learn the offense, so hopefully he can hit the ground running in 2012.

2012 Outlook:

Marrow will be battling with fellow junior C.J. Zimmerer for the starting fullback, but Marrow's unique combination of size and athleticism will make it hard to keep him off the field.

"He has a lot of potential," said running back Ameer Abdullah. "He's a very powerful guy, he's very athletic for his size. I've seen him make cuts when he has the ball in his hands that were really surprising for a guy his size."

"I see Mike as a guy who can do a lot of different things for us," said Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini in the spring. "He will primarily line up at the fullback spot for us. He is a big back who can run. He can be a good short yardage, in line, between-the-tackles runner. He is big and physical and tough. There are a lot of things we can do with him."

Marrow has yet to see the playing field in his college career as transferring from Alabama to Eastern Michigan, and then from Eastern Michigan to Nebraska has kept him on the sideline. However, he really used last year wisely as a time to learn the offense.

"We have to get him honed up and learn the offense and what to do," said Pelini. "We feel real good and he is in really good shape. He has used the last year and a half well to get himself prepared to play and as long as he stays on the same track as now, he can be a guy that can help us."

At the end of the day a fullback's primary job is to help the offensive line open up holes for the running back, and Marrow is definitely a natural when it comes to that.

"I love running behind him because when he does lead block for you, the hole's going to be there," Abdullah explained enthusiastically. "Man, he's an explosion waiting to happen."

How he ended up in Lincoln:

Coming out of high school, Marrow was regarded as one of the best fullbacks in the nation. As a senior he recorded 893 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Marrow originally committed to Alabama over other schools such as Nebraska, Penn State, Wisconsin and Toledo. However, after redshirting his first year he decided to transfer to Eastern Michigan.

Due to NCAA transfer policies he was forced to sit out his first year there as well, and then decided to transfer to Nebraska, where he had to sit out for a season again.

- Josh Harvey -

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