Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 53, the number once worn by WVU linebacker, Marc Magro.
Originally from Morgantown, WV, Magro spent five seasons as part of the WVU football program, from 2003 to 2007. Following a red-shirt season in 2003, Magro appeared in 49 career games for the Mountaineers, recording 195 tackles, along with 11 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles.
In Magro’s first active season on the team, he appeared in 10 games, recording 32 tackles, with a tackle for loss. The team finished 8-3 in the regular season, earning a bid to the 2005 Gator Bowl to face the Florida State Seminoles.
The following season was a much improved campaign for the program, as the team finished 10-1 in the regular season, going a perfect 7-0 in the Big East conference to win the league for the first time since 1993. Magro appeared in all 12 games for the Mountaineers that season, recording 41 tackles, along with 3 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. The Mountaineers finished out the season with a thrilling 38-35 victory over the #3 ranked Georgia Bulldogs in the 2006 Nokia Sugar Bowl.
Magro’s junior season saw the 6’3”, 240 pound defensive standout appear in all 13 of the teams games, recording 39 tackles throughout the season. The team went 10-2 in the regular season, just missing out on a second straight Big East conference title, and automatic bid to a BCS Bowl game. The team did however earn another bid to a New Year’s Day bowl game, where they would take on the Geogia Tech Yellow Jackets in yet another classic post season duel. The Mountaineers won the 2007 Gator Bowl 38-35 to finish in the top 10 in both major polls for a second straight season.
In Magro’s senior season, the Morgantown native started all 13 games for the Mountaineers, recording 81 tackles, 8 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles, all career highs. The team missed out on a national championship bid following a disappointing loss to Pitt in the season’s final game. However, the Mountaineers would still win the Big East, their second outright conference title in three seasons, and earned a bid to the 2008 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl to play the Big XII champion Oklahoma Sooners. The Mountaineers upset the Sooners 48-28 to finish the campaign with 11 wins for a third straight season, and earned a third straight top ten finish in both major polls.
Marc Magro earned second team, all-Big East honors following his senior season. He also earned National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Hampshire Honor society scholar athlete honors for his efforts in the both class room, and on the field. He also earned honorable mention, All-American honors from the Sporting News.
Following his graduation from West Virginia University, Marc Magro went on to pursue a career in professional football, signing with the St. Louis Rams in May of 2008 as an undrafted free agent. He stayed in the organization through training camp, before being relegated to the practice squad in late August. He was released from the organization completely in September of 2008.
Magro also spent time with the Miami Dolphins, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 2008 season, before trying his luck at the newly established United Football League in 2009. Magro would go on to be drafted by the New York Sentinels of the upstart league in August of 2009.
Currently, Magro works as a defensive coordinator for Trinity High School’s football program. He works alongside Super Bowl winning quarterback, and fellow WVU football standout, Jeff Hostetler.
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