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Better Know A Dude 2015: #7 RB Marcus Outlow

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He was a role player in 2014, could he be a star this year?

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Name: Marcus Outlow
Nickname: Shake
Number: #7
Position: Running Back
Height: 5
-foot-10
40:
4.54
Weight:
213 lbs.
Hometown: Norwich, CT
High School: Norwich Free Academy

2013 Stats (HS): Earned All-America and first-team All-Eastern Connecticut Conference Large as well as Connecticut High School Coaches Association All-State honors after he rushed for 1,546 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior in 2013; earned All-State honors three times as well as the National Underclassmen Combine (NUC) Overall MVP three times; accumulated 1,483 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior in 2012; ranked the No. 1 recruit in Connecticut by ESPN; also excelled on the basketball court, earning Class LL first-team all-state honors after averaging 17.6 points per game as a senior. (via bceagles.com)

2014 Stats: Played in 11 games for Boston College in 2014, starting one against Louisville. Really broke out against Maine when he notched his first 100 yard rushing game. Caught his first touchdown pass against Virginia Tech. Finished the season with 248 rushing yards and 103 receiving yards.

2015 Projections: Outlow's production and workload increased as the season went along, and it seemed that Ryan Day and Steve Addazio really started to figure out how to utilize him near the end of the season. Of all the running backs, Outlow seems to have the best hands, and could end up becoming more of an integral part of the passing game this season. I expect Outlow to be a bigger force on offense this year, and as a result he will find the end zone quite a few times this season.

2015 Over/Under: 550 all purpose yards

How'd He Get Here: A three-star all-purpose back out of Norwich Academy, Outlow chose Boston College over claimed offers from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Ohio State, Texas Tech and UCLA. Recruited by Don Brown.

Twitter Feed: @PrinceOutlow

Tweetable:

Quotable "I pride myself on not being one-dimensional,'' Outlow said. "That's something my father, my uncles, and my cousins all instilled in me. They always told me I've got to be able to catch, I've got to be able to make someone miss, I've got to be able to run someone over, I've got to be able to block.

"So getting to the point where I was able to make the leaping catch, able to explode on some big runs, able to make guys miss, I just take pride in that."

Uniform History: Number seven has had a rich history for Boston College. Shawn Halloran, who started off as a backup for Doug Flutie, and eventually became starter, wore it 1985 on his way to helping the Eagles win the Hall of Fame Bowl against Georgia. After that a series of Hasselbecks all wore #7. All three, Matt, Tim, and Nate, wore the exact same number #7 during their times at Boston College. Matt recently retired after playing many seasons with the Seahawks and Titans; Tim is on ESPN. Chase Rettig wore #7 during his first season on the Heights when he was thrown into the fire by Frank Spaziani. And finally, former BC wide receiver Spiffy Evans wore it as recently as last year. I'll miss Spiffy :(

Al Washington On Marcus Outlow: "Marcus has a great personality and he played a large role in the class being what it is,'' said Al Washington, BC's running backs coach. "He's a sharp kid and was really passionate about BC, and his family was as well. But he absolutely was [influential]. The whole group is special, but you've got to give him his just due because he was the first one to join us.''

Linkage:

Boston College's Marcus Outlow In A Rush To Succeed (Boston Globe)

Outlow is shaking things up early in his career (The Day)

NFA's Marcus Outlow Commits To Boston College (The Bulletin)

National Signing Day: Marcus Outlow Commits To Boston College (BC Interruption)

Highlights: Here's a look at Marcus's big catch against Maine (around 1:15 mark):