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Once again, Marlon Mack turning heads as a rookie

Former USF tailback Marlon Mack was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round in April.


Former USF tailback Marlon Mack was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round in April.



It appears Marlon Mack is making a career out of astounding first impressions.

The Bulls' all-time rushing leader, who ran for a school-record-tying 275 yards in his collegiate debut, reportedly has performed auspiciously in the opening stages of the Indianapolis Colts' preseason camp.

The No. 4 running back on the depth chart entering camp, Mack's performances have elicited one favorable tweet after another, not to mention some praise from Coach Chuck Pagano (as reported by the Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer).

He jumps off the tape. He's popping out here. He's a talented guy. He's showing great athleticism, great vision. We were doing one-on-one pass protection drills against the linebackers, and he's physical. He's got toughness. He's not afraid to stick his face in there and pick up blitzers. And then he's a weapon out of the backfield on third down. He's got a ways to go like everybody else. But he's picking things up and if he can master all three phases of being a good running back (running, catching, blocking), he's going to be a special player, I think.

Keefer also noted the Colts produced only four runs of 20 yards or longer in 2016, fewest in all of the NFL. By contrast, six of Mack's 15 rushing touchdowns last season went for 43 or more yards.

“A lot of young guys sometimes come in and think they know it all already, because they’ve done it in college or whatever the case may be,” said second-year Colts RB Robert Turbin, competing with Mack for reps. “He’s an incredible listener. He wants to grow and he wants to get better. And I think he’ll be a great back one day.”

The Colts' fourth-round draft choice, Mack and the Colts make their preseason debut Aug. 13 at home against Detroit.


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