Marquis Young, RB, Massachusetts #8

5113, 210, 4.58

Notes: From Fairport, NY. Appeared in all 12 games in 2015, leading the team in rushing with 152 carries for 960 yards (6.3 avg.) and 7 touchdowns, including a single-game 240-yard rushing performance against Buffalo; also caught 15 passes for 71 yards. Started 12 games, rushed 197-898-4 with a long run of 83 yards, a season-high 163-yard game against Old Dominion and caught 26-147 in 2016. In 12 games he rushed 182-982-9 (5.4 avg.) with a long run of 95 yards, caught 35-280-2, and averaged 24.1 on 10 kick returns in 2017.

Positives: Good athlete. Good vision. Nice acceleration, hits the hole with authority and runs hard. Decisive. Gets his shoulders square and attacks upfield. Seldom wastes motion dancing. Above average field speed. Can break tackles and shows very good balance. Good body lean and determination. Can go up and over near the goalline. Natural pass-catcher out of the backfield. Shows reliable hands and a feel for the passing game. Good vision and burst. Can plant, cut and make tacklers miss. Has returned kicks.

Negatives: Lacks true breakaway speed and gets caught from behind at times. Doesn’t have great power or truly magical qualities as a runner. Needs some development as a blocker.

Summary: Solid, but not flashy our outstanding, all-around back. Has a chance to make a team as a backup and is helped by the fact that he catches the ball well and might be able to contribute on special teams.

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