Marcel Reece #45 RB
Height: 6-1 Weight: 255 Age: 27
Born: 6/23/1985 Los Angeles Co. , CA
Experience: 5th season
High School: Hesperia HS [CA]
Having flown under the radar, Marcel Reece put together some eye-opening numbers in his college career.
His path took him from Chaffey College to El Camino College before settling the last two years in Washington. The one constant at each stop was his big-play ability.
In 43 games, he has grabbed 120 passes for 2,866 yards, averaging a very impressive 23.88 yards per reception. He also converted 29 of those catches into touchdowns. In addition, he has proven to be such a punishing cut blocker, that teams are also seriously considering shifting him to fullback at the pro level.
Blessed with the size you look for in an H-Back or motion tight end, Reece displays superb explosiveness in his running stride. With his size, he is able to shield the ball from defenders. With his sudden burst, many defensive backs have been left behind on his 29 trips to the end zone. He also has outstanding leaping ability and few opponents can out-jump Reece when goes up to catch the ball at its high point.
Reece was a three-sport standout at Hesperia High School, where he lettered in football, basketball and track, earning first-team all-league honors in all three sports as a senior. That year, he had 41 receptions for 989 yards and 11 touchdowns. In track, he recorded a personal best time of 49.8 in the 400 meters.
In 2004, Reece enrolled at Chaffey Junior College, playing in seven of the team's 11 games. He snatched 25 passes for 600 yards and seven touchdowns, leading the California junior college freshmen with an average of 24.0 yards per reception.
Reece transferred to El Camino College in 2005, where garnered All-American honors and was rated the third-best receiver in the junior college ranks. He caught 35 passes during the regular season and had 47 receptions for 1,286 yards (27.4-yard average) and 13 touchdowns for the entire year, as the Warriors compiled an 11-1 record.
As a junior, he enrolled at Washington, spending most of the season acclimating to major college life. He struggled on the field until the end of the year, starting one of 12 contests, as he made nine catches for 219 yards (24.3-yard average) and one touchdown.
Reece was named the team's Most Improved Player, as he took over flanker duties in 2007. He finished second on the squad with 39 catches for 761 yards (19.5-yard average) and eight touchdowns, including a 98-yarder against Arizona.
In 24 games at Washington, Reece caught 48 passes for 980 yards, an average of 20.42 yards per catch. Nine were touchdowns and he also carried five times for 28 yards (5.6-yard average) and recorded one solo tackle.