TAMPA, Florida -- A record-setting Bull and a cornerstone face of a program is back in green and gold. Fourteen years after Marquel Blackwell first put on a USF helmet, the Bulls' all-time winningest quarterback has returned as the director of Player Development.
"I love USF," said Blackwell, who played for head coach Jim Leavitt from 1999-2002. "I remember when I used to have to sell everybody on South Florida."
On the field, Blackwell was a blur. He still holds school records for touchdowns (67), completions (795), attempts (1,417) and passing yards (9,108). Now, he's trying to lead the next generation of Bulls.
"There's only one record that I really take a lot of pride in and that was wins," he said. "You just have to go out and work hard."
The memories are numerous for Blackwell, who led USF to its first ever nine-win season (2002).
"My best memory I have is probably my first game (vs. San Diego State)," he said. "It was one of those deals where I was just excited."
USF announced a few months ago that Blackwell will be one of four former Bulls inducted into the school's Hall of Fame this year. The official ceremony is September 27, one day before USF host the Miami Hurricanes. Blackwell will be the second football player to receive the honor, next to his former teammate Anthony Henry.
"It' something I'm sincerely humbled by," he said. "It means a lot to me."