A big USF football storyline entering the offseason was whether or not Marlon Mack would elect to stay for his senior year or head for the NFL. We now have our answer - the Sarasota native has decided to throw his hat in the ring and enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
Arriving in 2014 out of Booker High School in Sarasota, Mack brought an instant first glimmer of hope to a program that was in its darkest period. His very first game as a Bull saw him tie the program single-game rushing record with a 275-yard performance against Western Carolina.
Alongside quarterback Quinton Flowers, Mack would spend the next three years rewriting the USF record books within Willie Taggart’s Gulf Coast Offense, finishing as the program’s all-time leading rusher with 3,609 career yards on the ground (a record that could very well be topped by Flowers next season).
His other accolades includes being named a three-time All-American Athletic Conference first team player, the program leader in career 100+ yard games (20), and one of only three players in the history of FBS programs in Florida to post three 1,000-yard seasons in their college careers. (The other two are longtime NFL running back Warrick Dunn and fellow 2017 NFL Draft class running back Dalvin Cook.)
Now that his career in Tampa is over, the #MackAttack will certainly go down as one of the greatest players to ever don the green and gold. His athleticism and ability to make opposing defenders look silly will be synonymous with the program’s resurrection the past three years.
We truly thank Marlon for all he has done during his time at USF. We wish him the best of luck in the NFL, and we will be playing this highlight of him clowning UCF into oblivion from now until eternity.