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USF’s Marc finds home at receiver

Posted Oct 18, 2011 by Adam Adkins

Updated Oct 18, 2011 at 07:00 PM

It took a little while, but Victor Marc finally seems to have found a home on the football field with the University of South Florida.

After bouncing around a handful of positions on both sides of the ball during his first two seasons, Marc has settled in at receiver and emerged as a solid contributor in the Bulls’ offense. In Saturday’s loss at Connecticut, Marc finished with five catches for 50 yards and hauled in the team’s longest reception of 23 yards, and Bulls coaches think Marc is just now beginning to hit his stride.

“I think there are so many players that are maturing in the program and Victor is certainly one of the ones that leads that charge as a guy that’s ready to take on more responsibility and be an every-down player,” USF coach Skip Holtz said. “He’s really fitting in out there. I think Victor is making himself a very valuable asset for this football team.”

Marc was a quarterback at Hallandale High but began his career with the Bulls as a defensive back. Since then, he’s bounced from quarterback to running back and now to receiver.

When given a little bit of time to think about it, Marc wasn’t even certain of where his most natural position is on the field – “an athlete,” he said – but added that he’s very comfortable now in the receiver role. All the position changes, though, had taken a toll.

“It was real tough at first, but then I just stuck with it,” Marc said. “I just prayed to the man upstairs and He gave me faith and (I) just listened to my coaches.”

Junior Evan Landi knows a bit about what Marc has gone through. Landi entered the program as a quarterback, then moved to receiver and this season made the move to tight end.

“Usually when you make a move, it’s for the better of the team, so if you have the right mindset it’s not a problem moving positions,” said Landi, who believes the moves have paid off for both him and Marc. “Definitely it’s worked out, I think in both of our favors. We’re getting touches out there, we’re on the field, and that’s the most important thing.”

Marc, who entered the season with just one career catch, ranks second on the team to sophomore Sterling Griffin in both receptions (15) and receiving yards (177). He has also scored a pair of touchdowns, one coming on a 20-yard pass from quarterback B.J. Daniels that highlighted a solid game against Ball State (four catches for 81 yards) and the other on a nifty, highlight-reel run in which he weaved through the UTEP defense for a 67-yard score.

“I’m just trying to go out and execute and make a play when coaches call my number,” Marc said.

There’s a chance that could be happening more often in the future. Offensive coordinator Todd Fitch said Marc has a lot of traits – good feet, solid hands, good underneath route runner – that fit the mold of players who have enjoyed great success in the Bulls’ offensive scheme, notably former East Carolina standout Dwayne Harris. Harris, who amassed 184 catches for 2,101 yards in his last two years with the Pirates, also has a similar frame to Marc (5-foot-11, 220 pounds).

“When he gets really comfortable in that role, we use that body type a lot,” said Fitch, who added he sees Marc gaining confidence each week. “I think he can fill that roll as he continues to blossom.”

Receivers coach Phil McGeoghan said one of the things that has allowed Marc to succeed is the fact he’s been very coachable. There’s still work to do, McGeoghan said, but with Marc willing to put in the effort, he’s on the right path.

“I think he’s come so far, and if he just continues his development and this growth curve he’s going to be one fine young football player,” McGeoghan said.

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