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Marc Mariani
WR #83
Height:
6-1
Weight:
187
College:
Montana
Experience:
5

Biography

PRO: The Titans used their first of two seventh-round selections in 2010 on Montana wide receiver Marc Mariani, a shifty route runner that excels in the slot and in the return game.  The former walk-on at Montana made an immediate impact as a rookie returner in 2010, earning Pro Bowl honors after finishing second in the AFC and fourth in the NFL with a 12.2-yard punt return avg. and finishing fourth in the AFC with 25.5-yard kickoff return avg.  Mariani set the franchise record for most combined return yards on punts and kickoffs and became the second Titans/Oilers player to record a punt return touchdown and kickoff return touchdown in the same regular season.  He missed the 2012 and 2013 seasons due to injury.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    In 2011, appeared in all 16 games as a reserve, ranking seventh in the AFC with a 10.7 punt return avg. and finishing eighth in the AFC with a 23.4 kickoff return avg.
•    As a rookie in 2010, named to the Pro Bowl as a return specialist.  Finished second in the AFC and fourth in the NFL with a 12.2-yard punt return avg., while finishing fourth in the AFC with 25.5-yard kickoff return avg.
•    Set the franchise record for the most total return yards on punts and kickoffs in franchise history with 1,859 yards.  His 2010 total exceeded Derrick Mason’s previous record of 1,794 yards in 2000.
•    Became the second Titans/Oilers player to record a punt return touchdown and kickoff return touchdown in the same regular season.  Billy Johnson did it in both 1975 and 1977.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    Mariani has overcome a great deal of adversity to make it to the NFL.  He was a non-preferred walk-on at Division I-AA Montana before working his way up the Grizzlies’ depth chart and finally earning a scholarship as a junior.
•    Mariani thought he was the victim of a practical joke when the Titans called to inform him that he was drafted.  The former Montana teammate of then-Titans Coach Jeff Fisher’s son, Brandon, had been on the phone back and forth with his buddy all day.  Just before the Titans were scheduled to pick in the seventh round, Mariani got another call from Brandon, who informed him that he was now a Titan.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Havre, Mont., native was selected by the Titans with their first of two picks in the seventh round (222nd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.  

COLLEGE:
•    Mariani ended his career as the most prolific receiver and all-purpose player in Montana history.  He set school marks in career receiving yards (3,018), receiving touchdowns (29), and career all-purpose yards (5,441).  His 164 receptions and 200 career points rank him seventh in the Grizzlies’ record book.  Mariani also had three of the longest scoring plays in school history in his career: a 98-yard kickoff return, a 94-yard punt return, and an 84-yard reception.
•     As a senior (2009), was a unanimous All-Big Sky pick at wide receiver and a second team selection as a return specialist.  Led the second-ranked and 14-1 Grizzlies in receiving with 80 catches for 1,479 yards and 13 touchdowns.  His 1,479 receiving yards set a single-season record at Montana.  Led the conference with seven 100-yard receiving games and in multiple touchdown games receiving (four).  Was named a first team All-American by the Associated Press, Walter Camp, and the Sports Network, and he was also selected to the College Sporting News “Fab 50.”  Returned 32 punts for 507 yards (15.8 avg.) with a touchdown.
•     As a junior (2008), started all 16 games and caught 69 receptions for 1,308 yards with a career-best 15 touchdowns.  Set a school record with 2,265 all-purpose yards, which is the fifth most in Big Sky Conference history.  His 1,308 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns were the second most in a season at Montana.  Led the Big Sky in punt returns, averaging 16.22 an attempt, which ranked him fourth in the nation.  Was a first team All-Big Sky pick at both wide receiver and as a returner.  He was named second team All-American by the Sports Network and an honorable mention pick on the College Sporting News’ “Fab 50.”
•     As a sophomore (2007), saw action in 11 games with three starts and caught 15 passes for 231 yards with one touchdown.  Led the Big Sky and was 11th in the FCS in punt returns (13.32-yard avg.).  Was an honorable mention All-Big Sky selection as a returner.
•     As a freshman (2006), played in all 14 games, mostly on special teams, and had eight tackles in that role.  He did not have a reception as a receiver.
•    Majored in Business at Montana.

PERSONAL:  
•    Splits time between Nashville and Havre, Mont.
•    Attended Havre High School (Havre, Mont.) and earned 10 letters:  three each in football and basketball and four in tennis.   
•    As a senior, had 48 receptions for 1,237 yards and 16 touchdowns while leading his team to a 12-0 record and the state “A” championship.  Was named all-state at wide receiver and at safety as a senior.  Also named Great Falls Tribune’s “Super State” team at wide receiver.
•    As a junior, garnered all-state honors at safety while leading his team to a 10-2 mark.  Was named to the Great Falls Tribune’s “Super State” team at safety as a junior as well.  
•    Participated in Montana’s annual East-West Shrine Game.
•    Was a three-time team MVP in tennis.  His varsity tennis teams won four straight state and conference titles.  Was a team captain his junior and his senior seasons.
•    Also was a two-time captain in basketball in high school and was an all-state selection as a senior point guard.
•    As a senior at Montana, was the spokesman for the Griz for Kid Toy Drive.
•    List of favorites: (movie) “Ironman”; (TV show) “Family Guy”; (actor) Johnny Depp; (music artist) local Montana band called The Clintons; (school subject) World trade and commerce class; (video game) Madden; (food) Italian; (sports hero) Jerry Rice and Brett Favre; and (sports team as a child) Chicago Bulls, Seattle Mariners and Green Bay Packers.
•    Born Marc Steven Mariani on May 2, 1987 in Havre, Mont.

PRO: The Titans used their first of two seventh-round selections in 2010 on Montana wide receiver Marc Mariani, a shifty route runner that excels in the slot and in the return game.  The former walk-on at Montana made an immediate impact as a rookie returner in 2010, earning Pro Bowl honors after finishing second in the AFC and fourth in the NFL with a 12.2-yard punt return avg. and finishing fourth in the AFC with 25.5-yard kickoff return avg.  Mariani set the franchise record for most combined return yards on punts and kickoffs and became the second Titans/Oilers player to record a punt return touchdown and kickoff return touchdown in the same regular season.  He missed the 2012 and 2013 seasons due to injury.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    In 2011, appeared in all 16 games as a reserve, ranking seventh in the AFC with a 10.7 punt return avg. and finishing eighth in the AFC with a 23.4 kickoff return avg.
•    As a rookie in 2010, named to the Pro Bowl as a return specialist.  Finished second in the AFC and fourth in the NFL with a 12.2-yard punt return avg., while finishing fourth in the AFC with 25.5-yard kickoff return avg.
•    Set the franchise record for the most total return yards on punts and kickoffs in franchise history with 1,859 yards.  His 2010 total exceeded Derrick Mason’s previous record of 1,794 yards in 2000.
•    Became the second Titans/Oilers player to record a punt return touchdown and kickoff return touchdown in the same regular season.  Billy Johnson did it in both 1975 and 1977.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    Mariani has overcome a great deal of adversity to make it to the NFL.  He was a non-preferred walk-on at Division I-AA Montana before working his way up the Grizzlies’ depth chart and finally earning a scholarship as a junior.
•    Mariani thought he was the victim of a practical joke when the Titans called to inform him that he was drafted.  The former Montana teammate of then-Titans Coach Jeff Fisher’s son, Brandon, had been on the phone back and forth with his buddy all day.  Just before the Titans were scheduled to pick in the seventh round, Mariani got another call from Brandon, who informed him that he was now a Titan.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Havre, Mont., native was selected by the Titans with their first of two picks in the seventh round (222nd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.  

COLLEGE:
•    Mariani ended his career as the most prolific receiver and all-purpose player in Montana history.  He set school marks in career receiving yards (3,018), receiving touchdowns (29), and career all-purpose yards (5,441).  His 164 receptions and 200 career points rank him seventh in the Grizzlies’ record book.  Mariani also had three of the longest scoring plays in school history in his career: a 98-yard kickoff return, a 94-yard punt return, and an 84-yard reception.
•     As a senior (2009), was a unanimous All-Big Sky pick at wide receiver and a second team selection as a return specialist.  Led the second-ranked and 14-1 Grizzlies in receiving with 80 catches for 1,479 yards and 13 touchdowns.  His 1,479 receiving yards set a single-season record at Montana.  Led the conference with seven 100-yard receiving games and in multiple touchdown games receiving (four).  Was named a first team All-American by the Associated Press, Walter Camp, and the Sports Network, and he was also selected to the College Sporting News “Fab 50.”  Returned 32 punts for 507 yards (15.8 avg.) with a touchdown.
•     As a junior (2008), started all 16 games and caught 69 receptions for 1,308 yards with a career-best 15 touchdowns.  Set a school record with 2,265 all-purpose yards, which is the fifth most in Big Sky Conference history.  His 1,308 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns were the second most in a season at Montana.  Led the Big Sky in punt returns, averaging 16.22 an attempt, which ranked him fourth in the nation.  Was a first team All-Big Sky pick at both wide receiver and as a returner.  He was named second team All-American by the Sports Network and an honorable mention pick on the College Sporting News’ “Fab 50.”
•     As a sophomore (2007), saw action in 11 games with three starts and caught 15 passes for 231 yards with one touchdown.  Led the Big Sky and was 11th in the FCS in punt returns (13.32-yard avg.).  Was an honorable mention All-Big Sky selection as a returner.
•     As a freshman (2006), played in all 14 games, mostly on special teams, and had eight tackles in that role.  He did not have a reception as a receiver.
•    Majored in Business at Montana.

PERSONAL:  
•    Splits time between Nashville and Havre, Mont.
•    Attended Havre High School (Havre, Mont.) and earned 10 letters:  three each in football and basketball and four in tennis.   
•    As a senior, had 48 receptions for 1,237 yards and 16 touchdowns while leading his team to a 12-0 record and the state “A” championship.  Was named all-state at wide receiver and at safety as a senior.  Also named Great Falls Tribune’s “Super State” team at wide receiver.
•    As a junior, garnered all-state honors at safety while leading his team to a 10-2 mark.  Was named to the Great Falls Tribune’s “Super State” team at safety as a junior as well.  
•    Participated in Montana’s annual East-West Shrine Game.
•    Was a three-time team MVP in tennis.  His varsity tennis teams won four straight state and conference titles.  Was a team captain his junior and his senior seasons.
•    Also was a two-time captain in basketball in high school and was an all-state selection as a senior point guard.
•    As a senior at Montana, was the spokesman for the Griz for Kid Toy Drive.
•    List of favorites: (movie) “Ironman”; (TV show) “Family Guy”; (actor) Johnny Depp; (music artist) local Montana band called The Clintons; (school subject) World trade and commerce class; (video game) Madden; (food) Italian; (sports hero) Jerry Rice and Brett Favre; and (sports team as a child) Chicago Bulls, Seattle Mariners and Green Bay Packers.
•    Born Marc Steven Mariani on May 2, 1987 in Havre, Mont.
 
Receiving
YearTeamGRecYdsAvgYds/GLongTD20+40+1stFUM
TOTAL 34 5 24 4.8 0.7 6 0 0 0 0 0
2014 CHI 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 TEN 16 5 24 4.8 1.5 6 0 0 0 0 0
2010 TEN 16 0 0 -- -- -- 0 0 0 0 0
Rushing
YearTeamGAttAtt/GYdsAvgYds/GTDLng1st1st%20+40+FUM
TOTAL 34 1 0 4 4 0.1 0 4 0 -- 0 0 0
2014 CHI 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 TEN 16 1 0.1 4 4 0.3 0 4 0 -- 0 0 0
2010 TEN 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Kick Return
YearTeamGRetYdsAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 34 95 2,348 24.7 98 1 69 6 0 3
2014 CHI 2 3 70 23.3 30 0 3 0 0 0
2011 TEN 16 32 748 23.4 49 0 24 2 0 1
2010 TEN 16 60 1,530 25.5 98 1 42 4 0 2
Punt Return
YearTeamGRetRetYAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 34 78 844 10.8 87 2 11 2 36 1
2014 CHI 2 5 25 5 16 0 0 0 1 0
2011 TEN 16 46 490 10.7 79 1 7 1 18 0
2010 TEN 16 27 329 12.2 87 1 4 1 17 1
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 34 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
2014 CHI 2 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 TEN 16 3 2 1 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2010 TEN 16 3 3 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
Fumbles
YearTeamGFUMLostFFOWN FROPP FROWN YDSOPP YDSTDOOBSftyTB
TOTAL 34 4 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 CHI 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 TEN 16 1 0 0 1 -- 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2010 TEN 16 3 2 0 1 -- 0 -- 0 0 0 0

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