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February 25, 2013

Bulls add Blackwell

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A source has confirmed that former USF quarterback and Western Kentucky graduate assistant Marquel Blackwell is a Bull once again. Blackwell and the Bulls have come to an agreement that will add the former USF standout to the Bulls' coaching staff. USF adds Blackwell on Monday after running backs coach Larry Scott left the program to become the tight ends coach at Miami.

Blackwell's role with the coaching staff is not yet clear. This will be the Blackwell's third tenure with USF after participating as a player from 1999-2002 and an assistant to former head coach Skip Holtz from 2009-2011. After leaving USF, Blackwell served as a graduate assistant under Willie Taggart at Western Kentucky.

Blackwell signed to play with USF out of Lakewood and Dixie Hollins High School. In his tenure as a player, Blackwell went 30-12 as a starter and helped the Bulls program transition from Division I-AA to I-A. As a Bull, Blackwell etched his name all over the record books. Currently, Blackwell is the all-time leader in passing yards (1,417), completions (795), career touchdown passes (67), touchdown passes in a season (20), and touchdown passes in a game (5). Blackwell is also fifth all-time in rushing attempts (402), tenth in career rushing yards (1,235) and fifth in career rushing touchdowns (20).

After graduating from USF, Blackwell entered the 2003 NFL draft, but went undrafted. After the draft, Blackwell signed a free agent contract with the New York Jets, but that was short lived. The quarterback made one appearance for the Jets, starting New York's final preseason game in 2003 and threw for two touchdowns and 111 yards in the first half. Despite the success in the appearance, Blackwell was cut after the first week of the season.

After the Jets, Blackwell had short-lived signings with both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the CFL. The quarterback also bounced around arena league. After his professional career, Blackwell served as the head coach for Freedom High School from 2007-2009, going 5-15 in two seasons.

The Bulls will welcome Blackwell's knowledge and experience at the quarterback position next year. Regardless of his role as a coach, which could be the running backs or tight ends coach, Blackwell will be a huge help with the Bulls' inexperience behind center. USF returns Bobby Eveld and Matt Floyd who have little experience at the collegiate level. USF also added University School QB Mike White to the program in the 2013 signing class.



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