There’s been a surge of second-chance opportunities for professional football players, and the latest sensation is The Spring League. Starting yesterday, March 28, the two-week camp is a way for potential NFL-talent to get in front of scouts and better develop their skills. All eyes are on the biggest name at this year’s event, Johnny Manziel, but the North Team will feature one former Ohio State player, Jamal Marcus.
Marcus joined the Buckeyes in 2012, and earned playing time as a true freshman in 11 games on special teams, claiming eight total tackles. He was listed as a linebacker his freshman season, but was moved the the “viper” position on the defensive line during spring practice in 2013. He competed against the likes of Noah Spence for playing time, and filled in for him during the 2014 Orange Bowl, where he claimed six tackles.
Following the 2013 season, Marcus was dismissed from the team for academic reasons, resulting in him transferring to Akron. He was forced to sit out of the 2014 season due to the transfer, but was back in the lineup for the Zips in 2015. In his first season back, Marcus earned Third-Team All-MAC honors for a year that included 29 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, five sacks and a forced fumble and recovery.
His senior campaign was cut short due to mid-season injuries to his labrum and humerus that ultimately required surgery. Despite this, Marcus still finished his 2016 season with 15 total tackles (14 solo), six for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble. He was also named to the 2016 Bronco Nagurski Trophy Watch List.
After going undrafted in 2017, the defensive end/linebacker was signed by the Cleveland Browns, but a foot injury would result in his release in early-August. Marcus will try to finally get his opportunity to succeed at the next level by way of The Spring League.
Good luck to the former Buckeye!