Before the season started, one particularly intrepid reporter for OREGONLIVE.COM noticed that Stanford coaches were enamored with fullback Owen Marecic, and that Marecic had also been playing well at linebacker in practice. That reporter, Ken Goe, said that Marecic “may play two ways next season,” despite the fact that making a man play 60 minutes while everyone else is playing 30 is insane.
(We can’t really tell what’s going on there, so we’ll go ahead and assume that Marecic is putting his hand through the opponent’s eye sockets and into his brain because that’s what a badass would do.)
Lo and behold, that’s where we are; in the practice for Stanford’s upcoming tilt against new Pac-10 overlord Oregon, the Cardinal’s leading tackler, Clinton Snyder, ripped up his left knee and is gone for the season. Anyone want to take this one? Anyone who’s not already starting on offense? Anyone? No? All right, Marecic; time to kick twice the ass for the rest of the season. No pressure!
From the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE:
Marecic, a junior, has seen spot duty on defense but has not made a tackle. While playing at Jesuit High School in Tigard, Ore., he was named state defensive player of the year as a linebacker.
Now he will be thrown into the fire against one of the nation’s hottest offenses. Oregon plays at Stanford at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Presumably he’ll also play both ways in the final three regular-season games, against USC, Cal and Notre Dame.
Marecic will be backed up at linebacker by junior Nick Macaluso, while senior Josh Catron is expected to see more action at fullback in relief of Marecic.
Stanford has a 5-3 record this year, amazingly; that already matches their largest win total in eight years, and they’ve got four more games left to qualify for their first bowl since that magical 2001 season (Seattle Bowl - as if we’d have to remind you of that magical, timeless game).
Unfortunately, this game against Oregon marks the first of a four-game stretch in which the Cardinal have to play a ranked opponent. After Oregon, they travel to USC, then host Cal and Notre Dame to finish out the season. It’s entirely possible, then, that the team who led the Pac-10 a third of the way through the conference season won’t even be eligible for post-season play.
At the very least, though, if that happens, it probably won’t be Owen Marecic’s fault.