Marlon Mack has become the first USF Bulls running back ever selected in the NFL Draft. The Bulls' all-time leading rusher was selected in the 4th round by the Indianapolis Colts with the 143rd pick, using a compensatory pick they were given for losing a player to free agency.
The Colts have struggled to run the ball for quite awhile. Their offensive line has been notoriously bad, and their running back stable isn’t inspiring either. All they have on the roster at the moment is 33-year-old Frank Gore, journeyman Robert Turbin, and Josh Ferguson, an undrafted free agent who carried 15 times for 20 yards last year. Mack has a great chance to play right away.
Indianapolis has never drafted a USF player before, and the only Bull to ever play for the Colts was Chad Simpson, who returned kicks there and got spot duty at running back for two years. Simpson’s last game for the Colts was Super Bowl XLIV in 2010.
Finally, Mack is the first Bull recruited by Willie Taggart to get drafted. He certainly won't be the last.