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Fullback Mike Marrow transfers from Alabama to EMU

September 16, 2010

Redshirt freshman fullback Mike Marrow has announced that he is transferring to EMU from Alabama! That’s right, the Crimson Tide just lost a player to the Eagles! Marrow was rated as a 3-star recruit by Rivals, which ranked him as the 15th best fullback in the class of 2009 (ESPNU ranking him #2, and Scout ranked him #11), and in addition to Alabama, he also received offers from Nebraska, Penn State, and Wisconsin. He redshirted at ‘Bama in 2009, and according to Yahoo! he has not played this fall. As a high school senior, he carried 175 times for 893 yards and 11 touchdowns, and also helped out on defense, recording 56 tackles and four sacks.

Marrow, who is from Toledo, was already considering transferring to be closer to his family after both of his grandmothers died within a month of each other last year. When his grandfather also died a few weeks ago, Marrow decided it was time to move, saying, “That was the one that really put me over…I was already thinking about possibly transferring after I lost my grandmother, and the [Alabama] coaches were aware of that. But I spent so much more time with my grandfather than most kids spend with their grandparents. I used to spend every weekend with him. It was really tough.”

His father, UFL coach Vince Marrow, told reporters, “Mike was as close to [his grandfather] as he and I were…Mentally, it was a real bad strain on him. He left for the funeral, and my wife said he was having a hard time. He just went back with a heavy heart. He’s a quiet kid, and keeps that kind of stuff to himself. It was just too much.”

Marrow also considered transferring to Wisconsin and Michigan, but both schools were too far into the fall term, and he would have needed to wait until January to enroll, while EMU’s admissions office was able to get him in to the current semester. Marrow started classes in Ypsilanti yesterday. The family intends to ask EMU to petition the NCAA to waive the one-year waiting period normally required of transferring players. If my reading of NCAA transfer rules is correct, and if the Yahoo! stats linked above are correct, I believe a waiver would allow him to play for the Eagles this fall — if the waiver is approved in time! As to whether the waiver is likely to be approved, I have no idea.

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