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Reasons to doubt the Mike Marrow transfer rumor

January 6, 2011

There are a whole slew of reasons to be dubious to the rumor, published by the Toledo Blade, that Mike Marrow wants to transfer away from EMU.

In no particular order:
1. The article contains obvious factual mistakes that indicate a lack of research, such as the statement that Marrow will have four years of eligibility remaining.
2. Just a few months ago, Marrow transferred because he wanted to be closer to his home (Toledo). Knoxville, Tennessee, is not particularly close.
3. When Marrow left Alabama to come to EMU, his family was quoted all over the place, especially his father. If he’s looking to transfer again, why aren’t they talking about it?
4. Marrow is enrolled at EMU for the winter semester, and classes have started.
5. Marrow is still listed on the online EMU football roster. When Devontae Payne left near the end of the 2010 season, his name was pulled off the online roster before anyone outside the program even knew that he had left.
6. The classes have already started at other schools. Having missed the enrollment deadlines for Wisconsin and Michigan in the fall—that was how he wound up at EMU, recall—if he were going to transfer again, it seems highly unlikely that he’d wait until after classes had started.
7. Southern Illinois? I know they’re a good FCS program, but they’re still an FCS program. Marrow clearly has the physical ability to play at a top-level FBS program, he has no ties that I can find to Southern Illinois, and it would be farther from home. Including them in the reported list calls the whole thing into question.

Of course, any and all of these can be explained away, but it’s enough that I find the report dubious at best. Still, I’m sure we’ll know soon enough.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Rimshot permalink
    January 7, 2011 3:39 pm

    Devontae Payne left? What happened?

    • January 8, 2011 9:54 am

      I’ve haven’t seen/heard an explanation. He was not on the sideline at the NIU game, and quietly disappeared from the online roster. When Ron English was asked about Payne in the post-game press conference, he said something along the lines of “an announcement will be forthcoming”. If there actually ever was an announcement, I missed it. Shortly after that, EMU picked up a commitment from QB Mark Iannoti, and as of the new semester, he doesn’t seem to be enrolled at EMU.

      If everyone stayed around, EMU would have a bunch of young QBs next year. Alex Gillett will be a junior, Payne would be a sophomore, Benz would be a redshirt freshman, and Iannoti would be a true freshman (probably redshirting). After the way 2010 went, Payne would almost certainly be behind Gillett on the depth chart, and there’s a lot of positive buzz about Benz also. My hunch is that Payne knew that he was going to be third on the depth chart in 2011, and transferred to somewhere he can get some playing time.

  2. Bobby Wicks permalink
    January 24, 2011 8:51 pm

    I said from day one that Devontae Payne was going to transfer unless he got some playing time. I just knew it. While I like Alex Gillett, I think he is a gutty kid and a fine leader, getting a talent like Payne, with the measurables that he brings, was a once in a generation deal for Eastern. Payne has Big 10 size and a Big 10 arm and I think EMU may have blown their chance by not letting him show what he could do. Lord knows, with all the blowouts we suffered this year, putting Devontae Payne in games and letting him get acclimated, could have really paid dividends for this year. So instead of having a 6-6 QB with all kinds of potential, Eastern is stuck with the typical 6-1 mid major type QB talent, as much as I like Gillett.

  3. Bobby Wicks permalink
    January 24, 2011 8:58 pm

    It was nice to see T.J. Lang get several mentions Sunday in the NFC Championship game in Chicago. I thought he did a nice job spelling Kyle Clifton when he got hurt. Hopefully we’ll continue to produce more NFL talent under Coach English in the coming years.

    • January 25, 2011 5:18 am

      It’s Chad Clifton, but yeah, I agree.

      Interestingly, prior to the 2010 season, the EMU offensive player considered (by whom? don’t ask me, I saw it somewhere…) most likely to make it to the NFL was…wait for it…left tackle Bridger Buche. Makes me wonder if there’s something special about playing offensive tackle (especially left tackle) at EMU.

  4. Bobby Wicks permalink
    January 26, 2011 8:12 pm

    What about center Eric Davis? Does he have any shot at playing at the next level?

    • January 27, 2011 8:48 am

      Let me begin my response by saying that I have absolutely no qualifications in terms of evaluating NFL potential. Let me doubly qualify my comment by observing that offensive line positions are especially hard to evaluate from a fan perspective for a variety of reasons.

      A center is unlikely to be drafted on sheer physical ability in the way a skill position player might, he’ll be drafted (or signed as an undrafted free agent) based in large part on a team’s need. Based on the six centers drafted in 2010, Davis has NFL size, and it’s hard to argue with 38 collegiate starts. I think a lot of what it comes down to is how many senior centers are shooting for NFL spots and how many teams are looking for a center.

      Finally, I’ll observe that CBS Sports has him listed as the #56 center prospect in 2011. It’s unrealistic to expect more than a dozen centers to enter the NFL in a year, so that suggests that he’s probably well out of contention.

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