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'05 Ohio FB/LB Marcus Waugh (Cincinnati signee)


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Marcus Waugh
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 221 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.68 seconds
Bench reps: 26
Vertical leap: 31 inches
Shuttle time: 4.44 seconds
GPA: 2.97
High School: St. Johns Jesuit HS
(Toledo, OH)
Bio Notes: A Division I Ohio first team all-state selection in 2003.

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Son Of Ex-Buckeye Getting Plenty Of Attention
By Duane Long
Date: Jun 16, 2004

FB/LB Marcus Waugh of Toledo (Oh.) St. John's has Buckeye bloodlines as his father played for Ohio State under Woody Hayes and Earle Bruce. Now it is Marcus's turn to choose a school, and he is getting the attention of several fine programs in the region.

A player out of Northwest Ohio to keep an eye on out this year is FB/LB Marcus Waugh of Toledo St. John's. Waugh (5-11, 230) is the son of ex-Buckeye Tom Waugh, who played from 1975-1979 and was a captain in 1979. Marcus Waugh is currently getting the attention of several schools.

"I went to the Bowling Green camp," he said. "They were really excited about me. They want to see some tape before they go ahead and offer."

Marcus Waugh has attended junior days at Iowa and Pittsburgh. He's hearing from Iowa quite a bit as well as Indiana, Michigan State, and Purdue. Iowa and Pittsburgh are recruiting him as a fullback, while some schools are recruiting him as a LB.

Last season, Waugh played fullback, linebacker, some running back, and punted for a 42-yard average. He had 930 yards rushing on less than 150 carries with 14 TDs while posting 119 tackles, three sacks, and two interceptions on defense.

This spring, Waugh made the state competition in track with 56-6 shot and also ran the 100 and the 4x1. He also threw 174 in the discus during the year and won the city as a 215 pound wrestler back in the wintertime.

Waugh will be camping at Ohio State. At BG camp, he posted a 4.31 shuttle and 4.65 40 at BG camp and put up 26 bench reps of 185 pounds at Nike (although he has done as many as 32).

Marcus Waugh will be listed as one of Ohio's top 100 prospects in the upcoming issue of Ohio High, due out in August.

Sounds like he has the ideal size for a fullback.

Here is another article on Waugh...

Waugh had always said he wanted to return to his native Ohio to play at Ohio State University because his father had played for the Buckeyes in the 1970s under late coach Woody Hayes.
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Committed to Cincy


St. John's Waugh picks Cincinnati
Titan wanted to play for Buckeyes


Standout fullback/linebacker/punter Marcus Waugh of St. John's Jesuit, arguably the top returning high school football player in northwest Ohio, has made a verbal commitment to play his college ball at the University of Cincinnati.
The 5-11, 228-pound senior-to-be chose the Bearcats over Bowling Green, Ohio University and Ball State of the Mid-American Conference, all of which made scholarship offers.

Waugh, who said that neither Toledo nor Ohio State made him a scholarship offer, had a lifelong goal of playing at Ohio State.

His father, Tom Waugh, was a first-team All-Big Ten center for the Buckeyes in 1979 when an 11-1 OSU squad, led by quarterback Art Schlichter, came up short of a national championship after losing 17-16 to USC in the Rose Bowl. The elder Waugh was was a co-captain for coach Earle Bruce.

Those connections were not enough, however, to land Marcus Waugh scholarship interest from Ohio State.

"That was my ultimate goal, to make it to Ohio State, where my dad played, on a football scholarship," Waugh said. "But they said I wasn't their prototype fullback."

The All-Ohioan said walking on at Ohio State was not an option for him because his other main goal was to earn a Division I-A football scholarship.

The younger Waugh said his father was disappointed at OSU's lack of interest.

"He was a little angry," Marcus Waugh said.

Waugh said he picked Cincinnati for a few key reasons. One was that he was recruited primarily as "an athlete" to play at fullback with the possibility of working at other positions as well. Another reason was that he had established a comfortable connection with new Bearcat head coach Mark Dantonio, the highly successful defensive coordinator at OSU the past three seasons.

"They really showed me the most respect," Waugh said of Cincy, "and I like the direction the program is going with coach Dantonio coming in. Also, Cincinnati is close enough where my parents can come watch me play.

"I feel more valuable as a fullback, but as long as I get on the field I'm fine."

Waugh admits that his lack of size was the likely barrier to his drawing interest from larger Division I-A football programs.

"A lot of colleges look for players over 6-foot," he said, "but I think I was as good as anybody I went up against [in games and camps]."

Bowling Green and Ohio U wanted Waugh as a linebacker, and Ball State recruited him as a fullback.

Waugh, who had attended school in the Toledo area until seventh grade, moved to Arizona when his father took a job transfer. He returned last year and recorded 127 tackles at linebacker, rushed for 983 yards (6.1 per carry) and made the
D-I All-Ohio first team at punter with his 42-yard average per kick as St. John's went 10-4 and advanced to the state semifinals.

Good luck Marcus!
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The polite warrior: Waugh a throwback player for St. John's

Yes sir, Maucus Waugh has rushed for 781 yards with 12 touchdowns and is a devastating defender for the 6-3 Titans.


If Marcus Waugh was not a present-day student and football player at St. John's Jesuit, his versatile demeanor might easily blend into the culture of a bygone era.
Off the field, the 5-11, 230-pound fullback/linebacker's well-mannered presence brings to mind overly polite TV characters like Wally Cleaver from Leave it to Beaver, or Richie Cunningham from Happy Days.

On the field, Waugh transforms into real-life 1950s football icon Chuck Bednarik. Dubbed "The 60-minute Man," the Philadelphia Eagles' Hall of Fame lineman was regarded as one of pro football's toughest players ever, and was the NFL's last full-time two-way player.

This Cleaver-to-Bednarik connection is an odd mix perhaps, but Titans coach Doug Pearson won't argue that it fits his senior standout, who was also an All-Ohio punter last season.

"I think Chuck [Bednarik] would love Marcus," Pearson said. "I think he'd like the way he plays the game. He's a driven young man, he plays his best in big games, and works hard and makes everyone around him better."

Waugh - who has rushed for 781 yards and scored 12 TDs this season in addition to being the Titans' defensive leader - is fully aware of his old-school presence.

"I feel like I am a throwback, but that's just our family tradition," he said of his father and older brother. "We've always been hard-nosed players in everything we do. It's 100 percent or don't do it at all. I think that's what sets players apart."

Of course, being a true throwback like Bednarik means playing with pain, something Waugh has done on several occasions because of shoulder injuries.

"Last year in the regional finals he dislocated his shoulder in the first half," Pearson said. "We got [the swelling] reduced and he came up to me and said, 'I don't think I can run the ball, but I can block for [tailback Dorian] Milletti.'

"Dorian got the school record for carries and yardage in that game, and we beat Wadsworth. That's the kind of guy Marcus is. He wants the team to do well first."

As for the off-the-field Waugh, there are no "yo, dudes" or "wazzups" rolling off his tongue. Instead, he is quick with a "Yes sir" or "No ma'am."

"Marcus is one of the most polite young men you'll ever meet,'' Pearson said.

"I think he becomes an animal when he laces up his [football] shoes."

The good manners can be attributed to his mother, Pam Waugh, who, according to father, Tom Waugh, is a stickler for good manners and respect.

"My mom and dad always taught me to make sure I say 'yes sir, no sir' or 'yes ma'm, no ma'm' to every older person I meet," Waugh said. "I think it's more of a respect thing for me. I like to show respect for everyone I meet."

Waugh gets his work ethic from his dad, but his arrival as one of northwest Ohio's top high school football talents comes from his desire to excel at the game he loves.

Waugh may have fallen short of his ultimate dream - following in the footsteps of Tom, an All-Big Ten center at Ohio State - but reached his goal of securing a Division-I college football scholarship when he committed to Cincinnati before the season.

Tom Waugh was a senior captain for the Buckeyes in 1979, when an 11-1 OSU team - coached by Earle Bruce and quarterbacked by Art Schlichter - came up a point shy of a national championship in a 17-16 Rose Bowl loss to Southern California.

But whether it be at OSU or Cincinnati, it seems that Marcus Waugh was destined to play the game.

For seven straight years, Tom recalls, Marcus dressed up as a football player for Halloween. It was around that time that he became the ballboy for the Anthony Wayne football team, which included his older brother Michael as a receiver/defensive back and his dad as an assistant coach.

Before the family relocated to Phoenix because of Tom's job with BAX Global, Pam remembers Marcus scoring 17 touchdowns as a seventh-grader for the Anthony Wayne junior high team.

At Desert Vista High School, Marcus started on the varsity as a freshman and sophomore on teams that reached Arizona's big-school playoffs.

With Tom taking a transfer back to northwest Ohio in May of 2003, Marcus enrolled at St. John's to finish his sophomore year. Last fall he played a big part as the Titans capped a 10-4 season in the Division I state semifinals.

"Marcus earned respect the first day we hit last year," Pearson said.

"He came out smacking people, and we had a pretty good football team last year. The biggest thing everyone respected was his work ethic."

Pearson marvels at Waugh's approach to sports and training.

Waugh bench presses 410 pounds and has run the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds. Outside of football, Waugh was a City League wrestling champion last winter at 215 pounds, set a school record in the discus, and advanced to the D-I state meet in the shot put last June.

"When Marcus walks on the field or walks into the weight room, everybody ups their game," Pearson said. "When he was in the weight room last winter everybody lifted harder. He's a leader by example, and brought that intensity to the team."

Tonight, Waugh and the Titans play at Whitmer at 7 o'clock. Both teams are 6-3 overall and 5-1 in the City League.

The CL title has already been clinched by St. Francis de Sales, but the St. John's-Whitmer winner earns a Division-I playoff berth.

The loser will play in Thursday's CL Hall of Fame Game against the league's next highest finisher not to make the playoffs.
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TRULY ROVING LINEBACKER: Cincinnati linebacker Marcus Waugh figures his four seasons at Cincinnati have been the perfect preparation for coaching. After all, he's played just about every position.

The 6-foot, 270-pound linebacker from Toledo came to the Bearcats to play fullback. Since he first stepped on campus, the Bearcats have changed coaching staffs and Waugh has changed positions -- six times. He's been a fullback, offensive lineman, defensive lineman and linebacker, bouncing back and forth between roles.

"I've always said to myself, if I ever want to be a coach, I should be able to have all the positions down," Waugh said. "Through the position changes and the coaching changes, too, I've found it's going to help me grow."

He has finally settled in as a reserve linebacker for the Bearcats (10-0), who are off to the best start in school history and are off this weekend. Coach Brian Kelly has shown an aptitude for moving players into roles where they can excel. At one point, every one of the starting linebackers had been an offensive player.

"Really that's what our success is built on, seniors giving themselves up to play a role," Kelly said. "He hasn't liked the role he has, but he's accepted it. I think that says a lot about the kids who dedicate themselves to wins and not individual stats, and that's Marcus Waugh."

Waugh had a different dream when he came out of high school.

His father, Thomas, was a center for Ohio State and captain of the 1979 team that played in the Rose Bowl. Waugh wanted to go to Ohio State, but the school wasn't interested. When the teams played in Columbus in 2006, Waugh's father wore Cincinnati gear.

Their discussions have taken a different turn this season, with Cincinnati moving ahead of Ohio State in the poll and the BCS rankings.

"He kind of takes it with a grain of salt," Waugh said. "When we played at Ohio State a few years ago, he was in the Ohio State section with his Cincinnati gear on. He said, 'I'll be a Cincinnati fan until you're done, then I'll go back to Ohio State."'

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