TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State head football coach Curt Mallory announced the addition of Marcus Knight to the Sycamore Football staff Wednesday, Jan. 30. Knight will take over as running backs coach.
“We’re very excited to have Marcus join our staff,” Mallory said. “He has an outstanding resumé, both as a player and a coach. He will be a great addition to our staff.”
Knight played at Michigan, helping the Wolverines to the national championship in 1997 and a victory in the 1998 Rose Bowl. He played with the Oakland Raiders in the NFL from 2001-02 and played in Super Bowl XXXVII and had playing stints in the Arena Football League and in NFL Europe.
Knight joined the Central Michigan football staff as the wide receivers coach prior to the 2017 season, and he led a standout group of veterans who excelled in the Chippewas’ no-huddle uptempo offense.
Knight’s receiving corps, led by the likes of Corey Willis and Mark Chapman, amassed 3,324 yards and caught 27 touchdown passes as the Chippewas finished 8-5 and earned a berth in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in 2017.
Both Chapman and Willis closed standout careers at their respective peaks: Willis caught 45 passes for 669 yards and nine TDs, and Chapman finished with 59 receptions for 875 yards and five scores. In April, Chapman was selected by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats with the No. 1 overall pick in the CFL draft.
The Chippewa passing game averaged 255.7 yards per game in 2017, ranking fourth in the MAC.
Prior to his time with Central Michigan, Knight served as the wide receivers coach, the passing game coordinator, and the recruiting coordinator at Northern Michigan. He spent four seasons as an assistant at Valparaiso before moving on to Northern Michigan. He broke into coaching at Grenada (Calif.) High School.
Not only has Knight won a national title in college and played in a Super Bowl, he also played in the Arena Bowl and as a high school senior helped lead B.B. Comer (Ala.) High School to a state-title game.
Knight was a four-year letter winner at Michigan and was named All-Big Ten Second team in 1999, leading the Wolverines in yards per catch (20.4). When he left the program, he ranked 13th in career receptions (88) and 11th in career receiving yards (1,508).
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan and his master’s in sports administration from Valparaiso.