Marcus Furman will be a key player for Pitt's reemphasized run game and on special teams this year...owns sprinters' speed and the elusiveness of a water bug...his running style is an effective change of pace from Pitt's other larger backs...can hit the slightest hole quickly and break into the open...with his soft hands Furman has also proven to be an effective receiver out of the backfield...was Pitt's top kick returner last season and displayed the ability to take it the distance...nagging injuries kept him from competing at full speed during the spring but he is expected to be ready to go for fall camp..."Marcus' injury kept him sidelined during the spring but he worked diligently from a mental standpoint," running backs coach David Walker said. "He got to know his playbook and I'm looking forward to seeing him in action this fall."
2004: Contributed as a reserve tailback and starting kick returner...played in 11 games, starting one...lone start came at Notre Dame as part of a four-receiver set...missed the Oct. 23 Rutgers game with a left knee injury...highly effective receiver out of the backfield with 27 catches for 243 yards (9.0 avg.) and one TD...reception total ranked third on the team... rushed for 116 yards on 37 carries (3.1 avg.)...averaged 22 yards per kick return (25 returns for 551 yards) with a long of 96 (for a TD versus Nebraska)...had a solid all-around game at Notre Dame, compiling 92 yards on four kick returns (23.0 avg.), 53 receiving yards on four catches and 16 rushing yards on three carries...with Pitt trailing, 35-31, late in the fourth, Furman kept a TD drive alive by catching a nine-yard pass from Tyler Palko to convert a fourth-and-four and move the sticks to the ND 24...six plays later Pitt scored to go up 38-35 with 2:24 left...also had a key 11-yard rush with under 30 seconds left to set up Josh Cummings' game-winning 32-yard field goal... had a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Nebraska...it marked the first return for a TD of his career and the first for Pitt since Torrie Cox went 86 yards for a score against Rutgers on 9/23/00... named coaching staff's Co-Special Teams Player of the Game versus Nebraska...had two kickoff returns for 62 yards (31.0 avg.) at Temple while also throwing a halfback pass for 43 yards to Greg Lee...named coaching staff's Co-Special Teams Player of the Game versus Temple...had nine receptions for 63 yards, both career highs, against Syracuse...had his first career receiving TD in the South Florida game, taking a screen pass 11 yards for a score.
2003: Was preparing to make the transition from offense to the secondary until a left hip injury midway through spring drills sidelined him...underwent surgery during the offseason and ultimately redshirted.
2002: Played in all 13 games, serving on special teams and as a reserve tailback... played receiver in the Insight Bowl due to attrition at that position and caught two passes for 17 yards in the victory over Oregon State...on the year, rushed for 75 yards on 30 carries...caught eight passes for 67 yards ...had two starting assignments on the year, including the Texas A&M game (at tailback) and Insight Bowl versus Oregon State (at receiver)...scored his first career TD with a six-yard run against Rutgers...finished the game with seven rushes for 22 yards...had two tackles on special teams for the year. 2001: Lettered as a true freshman, playing in eight regular-season games and the Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl...rushed for 243 yards on 42 attempts (5.8 avg.) during the regular season...totaled nine receptions for 59 yards (6.6 avg.)...took over the starting tailback duties late in the season when Raymond Kirkley was injured...was a hero in the 23-17 victory over West Virginia...Furman rushed for a game-high 72 yards on just nine carries, an average of eight yards per rush...his biggest run was a 44-yard scamper late in the fourth quarter that helped the Panthers run out the clock...Furman also contributed to the passing game versus WVU...early in the second quarter, he took a pitch from quarterback David Priestley, pulled up and tossed a 13-yard scoring strike to tight end Kris Wilson, putting the Panthers ahead 7-0...received Offensive Player of the Game honors from the coaching staff for his efforts versus West Virginia...facing UAB's top-ranked rushing defense in the regular-season finale, Furman made his first collegiate start...rushed for a game-high 71 yards on 17 attempts (4.2 avg.) against the Blazers and caught three passes for 30 yards...also started the Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl versus NC State...gained 33 yards on seven carries (4.7 avg.) and caught two passes for 37 yards (18.5 avg.)...one of his receptions came on a swing pass out of the backfield that provided highlight-film material...Furman made a beautiful spin move to elude an NC State tackler and went on to pick up 32 yards on the play, setting up a second-quarter touchdown that put the Panthers up for good.
High School: Two-time member of The Associated Press Big School All-State Team at Connellsville High...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25" ...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-WPIAL Quad East... Pittsburgh Tribune-Review All-Class AAAA...finished as the ninth-leading rusher in WPIAL history with 5,041 career yards...rushed for 1,787 yards with 21 touchdowns in 10 games his senior season...set the state single-game rushing record with 455 yards on 28 carries (16.3 avg.), while scoring five touchdowns versus Hempfield...led the WPIAL in rushing as a junior with 2,037 yards on 196 carries (10.4 avg.) and scored 30 touchdowns...four-year starter...set school records for rushing yards in a career (5,041), season (2,037) and game (455)...also set Connellsville marks for TDs in a career (74), season (30) and game (six)...had nine 200-yard single-game rushing performances during his career...nation's 24th-ranked wide receiver prospect by Tom Lemming...18th-ranked prospect in Pennsylvania by SuperPrep...PrepStar All-Eastern Region...selected to play in the prestigious Big 33 Football Classic...earned four letters under Coach Dan Spanish...also lettered three times in basketball and three times in track...2000 WPIAL Class AAA champion in the 100 meters...all-state and all-conference track performer...county champion in the 100 and 200 meters as well as the long jump... anchored the county champion 4x100-meter relay team...French Honor Society...MLK Outstanding Academic Award...Who's Who Among American High School Students.
Personal: Marcus Alan Furman, born 12/20/82, is the son of George and Kathy Furman ...has one brother and one sister...communication and rhetoric major.
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