Overview: Marcus Applefield is a graduate transfer who started off his college career at Rutgers University before transferring to the University of Virginia. During his time at Rutgers, he was selected to the Academic All-Big Ten during the 3 years he attended. He is a versatile offensive lineman who has experience playing both tackle and guard. He has a smart football I.Q. who also displays great athleticism.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Marcus, during which he told me more about his background, his personality and his love for football.
C: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing University of Virginia?
MA: I ended up choosing The University of Virginia after playing four years at Rutgers. After visiting with the coaching staff, I knew it was the place for me. The love I have and will always have for that group of guys will be for a lifetime. I could say the same with my teammates.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
MA: My strength would be being one of the most athletic guys in this draft class in every aspect. A weakness of mine would be persistence within a playbook. I have had 5 offensive coordinators in 5 years and I would love to learn a playbook and apply it for more than one year.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
MA: What separates me from many other at my position is my body type, athleticism and my attention to detail in the little things.
C: Do you prefer run blocking or pass blocking?
MA: I can’t say that I prefer one over the other. I prefer winning games, so whatever I have to do to win them, I will do.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
MA: Someone I love to watch film on constantly and mirror my game after is Lane Johnson. His craft is better than great, he is smart, strong and he’s a true veteran when it comes to playing the game today. I believe that I resemble him because of the athleticism and grit he brings to the field.
C: If an NFL scout were to walk up to you and give you 10 seconds to sell yourself, what would you say?
MA: I would tell them that I can compete and succeed with anyone on the field and across from me. I can compete in any environment and situation that I am placed in.
C: When did you first fall in love with playing football?
MA: I started playing football when I was five years old. I have never thought about not playing the game since.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
MA: There are many things that I have heard in my five years and it’s hard to pinpoint one exact thing. But one of my favorite things a coach has said to me was, “you can’t think your way into a new way of living, you must live your way into a new way of thinking”.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
MA: I get into the locker room and mentally picture critical situations that could happen in the game. We do practice those situations, but I want as many reps of them as I can get, and there’s no better way than to get them mentally. So when the game is on the line, I’ll put my team in the best position that I can to win.
C: What should people reading this interview know about you?
MA: I’m a child of God and lover of the game. John 1:12
Locker Room Update would like to thank Marcus Applefield for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as a professional football player.
Follow him on Twitter: @applefield71
Christa is a syndicated New York Jets beat writer and acts as the primary talent scout for Locker Room Update, where she interviews college football players from around the nation. You can follow her author page on Facebook here for the latest updates.