Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Meet the Leading Lions: Marcorus Garrett


The happiest I ever saw the Norries Wilson coaching staff was the day they got the commitment from Marcorus Garrett back at the end of 2009. 
It wasn't hard to see why. Garrett brings a great combination of athletic ability and experience in a competitive high school conference in the Atlanta area. 

Running backs of any serious quantity and durability are at a greater premium than ever before in the Ivy League. So even before Garrett arrived on campus, there was cause for celebration. 

Career Highlights

-Got onto the field with the varsity in just the second week of his freshman season against Towson, but didn't get his first carry until the following week against Princeton. And that first carry was a memorable one: a 36 yard scamper to set up a 1st Down at the PU 23.

-The following week against Lafayette, Garrett had three carries, caught his first pass, (for just three yards), and also had a fumble recovery.

-Finished his first season with 5 games played and 63 yards rushing.

-Had his first game in the primary RB role against Fordham in the 2011 season opener, but was unable to make an impact geting just 32 yards on 14 carries. Suffered through similar futility the following week against Albany.

-Improved a bit in week three at Princeton with 14 carries for 49 yards and four receptions for 25 yards.

-Scored his first collegiate TD with a nifty 16-yard run against Sacred Heart in week four.

-Scored his second TD a week later in the Homecoming game against Penn

-Had his best game statistically against Dartmouth in week six with 13 carries for 61 yards.

-Was running solidly against Yale in the week seven snow game with 10 carries for 39 yards before going down with what would turn out to be a season ending injury.

Scouting Report

Great speed and ability to change his direction. But suffers from "happy feet" too often; making too many steps without forward strides. Doesn't seem to run to his right as comfortably or as effectively as his right. Looked good in the 2012 spring game.

Jake's Take

How many of Columbia's problems would be solved if Garrett stepped up to play at or close to an All Ivy level? It seems like hundreds. 

We started to get flashes of what Garrett may be able to do in weeks six and seven last year before his injury. If he's ready to pick up where he left off and add that dimension as a receiver, this could be a very big season for #23. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Garrett is obviously a very talented running back who has yet to fulfill his potential. Without any information why that has happened, it has to be assumed that he either been badly injured or badly coached. Hopefully, the new running backs coach, Chad Nice, will help him reach his potential very quickly this season. Columbia has a number of promising running backs, with Garrett, of course, leading the group. It says something that Garrett's best run was his 36 yard carry as a freshman. I wish there was more information available to Columbia fans on all of our running backs so we can comment on specifics and not on speculation.