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USF Football Walk-On Stampede: Marcus Wingate

We’ve told some stories about players in the six years we’ve been doing this series, but this might be the most unusual.

NCAA Football: South Florida at Central Florida Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

There’s only one new walk-on listed on USF’s fall roster, and has he got a story.

#25 WR Marcus Wingate
Junior, 5’8", 185 lbs.

2015 Stats: Wingate did not play football last year.

Position on Depth Chart: Marcus hasn’t been here long enough to be listed on a depth chart.

How He Came To USF: Wingate is so new to the team that he doesn’t have a bio page yet on the official site. In fact, we got most of this information from his LinkedIn profile. Here’s what we know:

Marcus played running back and cornerback at East Jordan High School in East Jordan, Michigan, a town in the northern part of the Lower Peninsula. (He doesn’t have a Hudl page and we can’t embed his highlight reel, so here’s the link.) Marcus came to USF in 2012, but not to play football. He enrolled as a regular student and took up some typical student jobs around athletics. He was an intramural referee, he was an intern in the sports information department, and he helped the football staff with recruiting.

Wingate left USF for a year to try his luck at college football. He went back to Michigan and enrolled at Grand Valley State, the winningest program in Division II history. But he didn’t get any game action and came back to USF, returning to the athletics office as an administrative assistant. Now he’s giving college football another chance as a walk-on.

Recruiting Rankings: Marcus was not rated by any recruiting services.

Projected Playing Time: There’s virtually no chance we’ll see Marcus in a game, but it has to be a huge thrill for him to have spent so much time around USF football and now have the chance to actually be on the team.

Follow Him On... Wingate is on Twitter at @MarcusWingate. There are a few Marcus Wingates on Instagram, but they don’t look like the one we’re looking for.