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Focusing His Efforts

Posted Mar 30, 2011

As a senior at Stanford, Owen Marecic excelled as a two-way player at both fullback and linebacker. In the pros, he expects to find the most success as a full-time fullback.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Owen Marecic is used to doing his job behind the scenes.

Or more like it, in front of the scene.

The Stanford standout made a career out of paving the way for talented running back Toby Gerhart, who finished second in the 2009 Heisman Trophy voting.

The fullback served as the lead blocker for the Cardinal all four of his years with the team, helping Gerhart set the top two single-season rushing records in school history in 2008 and 2009.

"Blocking is what my responsibility has been on the team for years now, both high school and college," Marecic said at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine. "I love doing it and take it very seriously. I really enjoy it."

He earned Pac-10 honorable mention selection as a fullback in his first three seasons at Stanford, but it wasn't until his senior campaign that he truly showed what he can do.

Marecic started in all 13 games, including nine on both sides of the ball, earning first-team All-Pac 10 honors at fullback and honorable mention at linebacker.

He logged an average of 110 plays per game, helping Stanford rush for 214 yards per game -- 19th best in the nation -- and finished as the team's fifth-leading tackler with 51 stops.

The two-way player might remind Broncos fans of Spencer Larsen, who became the first Bronco in club history and just the fourth player in the NFL since 1990 to start on both offense and defense in the same game in 2008.

But like Larsen, Marecic plans to transition to a full-time fullback in the NFL.

"I think I felt most comfortable there, and it’s how I project best, I believe, at the next level," he said. "So I’ll just pour myself into fullback."

For his efforts his senior year at Stanford, Marecic earned first-team All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association as the all-purpose player, and finished 10th in Heisman Trophy voting.

He was also selected as the inaugural winner of the Paul Hornung Award as the most versatile player in college football.

"What helped the most is the coaching staff and my teammates -- they’re one of the best staffs in the country," Marecic said. "They’re the ones teaching the technique and different hints here and there about how to pick up defenses and things like that. I'm really a product of the coaching staff and other players on the team."

In his career, Marecic rushed for nine touchdowns, and he hopes his bruising style will help him translate to the next level.

"I think the fullback is still a really important position in the NFL and if not there, hopefully I can find a niche on special teams or something like that," he said. "Hybrid players are just football players, so hopefully if that’s what I have to become, hopefully I can transition to that."

The 6-foot-1, 248-pound prospect said he plans to head back to Stanford and continue to train before April's draft, when he hopes to hear his name called.

While he has high hopes for his career, he isn't ready to compare himself to any current pros quite yet.

"All those guys are so good at what they do -- I’m far from that," he said. "I’m just excited to get back to school and start training, and hopefully I can be at that level."

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