Boston College Football 2014: Marcus Outlow, RB


The Boston College Eagles’ first 2014 recruit, running back Marcus Outlow, will be a big part of future Eagles teams.

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Outlow was a star running back for Norwich Free Academy in Connecticut who drew the interest of a number of big-name schools. Averaging seven and a half yards per carry and over 140 yards per game (based upon unofficial statistics) will do that.

Boston College came calling early, along with such schools as Ohio State, UCLA, Texas Tech, and his home state UConn Huskies.

When the time came for Marcus Outlow to decide, however, he chose Steve Addazio and the Boston College Eagles in February 2013, making him the first recruit picked up by this present coaching staff for 2014.

At the time, Outlow’s commitment to the Eagles seemed like a relatively big deal, mostly because it was. A new coaching staff came to the Heights, taking over a program in complete disarray, not limited to the team having just suffered its worst season in decades. Then, after a few months of hard work, they landed their first good get.

Marcus Outlow’s pledge to join with Addazio and company was noteworthy in that he was the first of ultimately dozens of talented players in the past year and a half to commit to rebuilding the Eagles. His commitment signaled a new day for this program.

With that said, here’s the big question: Does Outlow play in 2014?

Marcus Outlow: Fast Facts

  • Position: Running back
  • Hometown: Norwich, Connecticut
  • High School: Norwich Free Academy
  • Measurements: 5-foot-11, 203 lb.
  • Class year at 2014 opener: Freshman
  • BC games played: 0

Marcus Outlow: 2013 Season (HS)

  • Starting running back for Norwich Free Academy
  • Games played: (At least) 7
  • Cumulative statistics: (Based upon 7 games) 131 rush, 983 yards, 17 TD
  • Did not appear on Spring 2014 roster

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Two big running back recruits joined up in 2014: Marcus Outlow and Jonathan Hilliman. Myles Willis is going to be the starter, and there will likely be a role for returning sophomore Tyler Rouse.

It has long been our position that Boston College probably won’t, and probably shouldn’t, use both of the newcomers this season. In fact, all of the new running backs, perhaps save for one, will probably redshirt. Outlow could play as a true freshman, depending on Boston College’s needs, but if they are to use him, the coaches should ensure that he gets a good number of snaps. If he is not getting a redshirt year, it can’t be a wasted year for such a talented player with a bright future at this school.

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