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Spread-Out Duties Suit Marcus' Skills

Safeties are turned into starting linebackers, and ‘backers line up at defensive end. The newest tight ends arrived as receivers, the tailbacks will flank-out for pass routes and the wideouts rush the ball. So Adrian Marcus finds nothing odd about his own dual Dog identity. "I see myself as a running back that can block."

Which is an ideal description of what Mississippi State expects from the position formerly known as fullback. And, why Marcus is such a fine fit for this hybridized, to use Coach Dan Mullen's own linguistic label, role in the Bulldog offense. All backs are expected to block and do it well, understand. Some must do it more often and even better than the rest. Welcome to the 2011 gameplan, Adrian...

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