Meet the New Black Knights: FB

Meet the New Black Knights: FB

ArmySports.com continues our review of this year's incoming freshman class by position. Fullback, or B-Back, in the Army offense may be the deepest position on the varsity team. Only one plebe is on the R-day list but he alone makes the B-Back position deeper and even more competitive. We will now take a look at the new Black Knights' fullback.

Marcus Poling (5-11, 185) was the starting fullback at the United States Military Academy Prep School last year. He was named the team's offensive MVP. Poling is a very talented and versatile athlete from Idaho. In high school, at Idaho Falls, Marcus was a jack of all trades as he played running back, wide receiver, quarterback and cornerback. He was moved to fullback at USMAPS, Poling made his presence felt immediately in the opener against Army JV when he burst in the clear on two long runs. His second, a 39 yard run, set up a USMAPS touchdown. Against Valley Forge he demonstrated his speed on a 34-yard touchdown run. Poling added a 32-yard touchdown run in the battle against prep powerhouse Milford Academy. Marcus carried the ball 17 times for 111 yards on a very cold day versus Columbia JV. He showed balance and run vision when he cut back quickly on an 18-yard touchdown run. In the finale against Navy Prep he took a fake punt direct snap 46 yards for a touchdown in a comeback win over a previously unbeaten NAPS team to help USMAPS win the Reasoner Trophy.

Poling is built more like a halfback than the bulky B-backs on the current varsity depth chart. He is a superb athlete with legitimate speed. Marcus is versatile and can catch the ball and block. After his junior year Marcus was the best player tested at Schumann National Underclassmen Combine in Utah. Poling ran a 4.46 forty yard dash on a soft grass field, posted a 37.5 inch vertical leap and a 9'1 broad jump. At the end of the combine he was awarded the Combine King medal, the Fastest Man award and the prize for the top defensive back. Poling is a strong, well-built player who also starred in track in high school. Marcus has run a 10.89 100 Meters and ran the anchor leg of his school's 4x100 meter relay team which won three state championships. Poling was initially recruited by Boise State, Stanford and Michigan State but after he suffered a minor ankle injury during his senior year their interest waned. Marcus ended up choosing Army over an offer from Idaho State. Poling is the definition of position flexibility that Rich Ellerson and his staff looks for when recruiting. In addition to fullback, Marcus is fast enough to play at A or C back, Rover or defensive back.

Next: A look at the incoming A & C running backs.

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