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 Posted: Mon Mar 23rd, 2020 05:25 pm

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Could have been the best running back ever.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hk0E9wMr1sg

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 Posted: Mon Mar 23rd, 2020 07:45 pm

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Physically he had everything. Juke em. Out run em. And if he needed to, run over them. If he had been more mature and had a better work ethic, Marcus would be as recognizable as Bo. And be in the conversation when choosing the best running back in the country. Ever. But he had a short time of glory, and never reached that plateau again once he went home in the middle of the 85 season. But he was good.

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Your spot on. He also had some bad advice from that so
called friend of his family Foley. He saw a buck to be made & quickly became the family friend & adviser. So
sad to see him throw such a gift away.

Fly :ou:

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I was at that kansas game (second TD run featured on the clip).
Fond memories.

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DartmouthSooner wrote:
I was at that kansas game (second TD run featured on the clip).
Fond memories.


So was I.

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 Posted: Mon Mar 23rd, 2020 09:46 pm

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Fly wrote:
Your spot on. He also had some bad advice from that so
called friend of his family Foley. He saw a buck to be made & quickly became the family friend & adviser. So
sad to see him throw such a gift away.

Fly :ou:


I think history has shown that MD was/is a very kind and good person.
His adviser had no skin in the (NCAA) game.
If MD goes to the pros and makes $100 Million, he gets his cut.
If MD, goes pro and washes out and doesn't make a dime, Ken didn't lose a thing.
This was fairly common for a while.
Saw a slew of underclassmen declare because some "adviser" told them they would be a first round pick.
When they went undrafted, the "adviser" was on to the next gullible young player with stars in their eyes.
Sort of like robo calls. If you call enough people, you're eventually going to hit on one.
Shameful.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 24th, 2020 01:02 am

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Fly wrote:
Could have been the best running back ever.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hk0E9wMr1sg

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...don't get me wrong, Marcus had more potential than maybe any rb ever, but he squandered it.

In my estimation there are numerous SOONER backs better than Dupree.
Billy Sims (should have won 2 Heismans)

Joe Washington (crime he never won one)

Greg Pruitt (likewise)

Steve Owens (white boy, but voted the best back in America in 1969. Still holds record for most consecutive 100 yd. games)

Just a few. Lots here could name many more.

I look at Dupree much the same way I do Joe Don Looney. Fairly oozing potential, but head cases.

Legends not really deserving of the title.

You can ooh & ah about potential and those two were blessed with it, but for me actual measured performance over the course of more than one season indicates greatness over potential.

"Hot Rod" Rodney Anderson also had the potential of Dupree & Looney but was cursed with injuries.

Sermon's a hell of a back, but lost his spot to injury.
We'll see how he does for the Buckeyes.

Currently, Stevenson, & Majors are the "potential" legends.
Whether they realize it or are added to the list of Dupree & Looney remains to be seen.

Loved Dupree & Looney. They were potential "super stars!"

POTENTIAL BEING THE KEY WORD!!!

Not sure I wouldn't put Kennedy Brooks ahead of both of them.,

:ou::ou::ou:::rice::

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OU Chinaman wrote:
Fly wrote:
Could have been the best running back ever.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hk0E9wMr1sg

Fly:lol:


...don't get me wrong, Marcus had more potential than maybe any rb ever, but he squandered it.

In my estimation there are numerous SOONER backs better than Dupree.
Billy Sims (should have won 2 Heismans)

Joe Washington (crime he never won one)

Greg Pruitt (likewise)

Steve Owens (white boy, but voted the best back in America in 1969. Still holds record for most consecutive 100 yd. games)

Just a few. Lots here could name many more.

I look at Dupree much the same way I do Joe Don Looney. Fairly oozing potential, but head cases.

Legends not really deserving of the title.

You can ooh & ah about potential and those two were blessed with it, but for me actual measured performance over the course of more than one season indicates greatness over potential.

"Hot Rod" Rodney Anderson also had the potential of Dupree & Looney but was cursed with injuries.

Sermon's a hell of a back, but lost his spot to injury.
We'll see how he does for the Buckeyes.

Currently, Stevenson, & Majors are the "potential" legends.
Whether they realize it or are added to the list of Dupree & Looney remains to be seen.

Loved Dupree & Looney. They were potential "super stars!"

POTENTIAL BEING THE KEY WORD!!!

Not sure I wouldn't put Kennedy Brooks ahead of both of them.,

:ou::ou::ou:::rice::


The great ones you mentioned ahead of MD, plus AD, Tommy McDonald, Billy Vessels, maybe Prentice Gautt or Demarco Murray or Clendon Thomas. Like you say potential isn't proven performance

Last edited on Tue Mar 24th, 2020 01:49 am by SoonerMike

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OU Chinaman wrote:
Fly wrote:

I look at Dupree much the same way I do Joe Don Looney. Fairly oozing potential, but head cases.
:ou::ou::ou:::rice::


I don't think Looney and Dupree are quite the same situations.

Looney was crazy. Mentally ill like crazy. Nobody on the team liked Looney except for John Flynn who was also kind of crazy.


From what people on the staff said at the time, besides the bad influence of Ken Fairley, Marcus was extremely homesick and this lead to what today would probably be called clinical depression.

Everybody liked Marcus but he was too depressed to work hard. And this was interpreted as laziness.

I remember that I was told that they really wanted to bring Dupree along slowly in '82 but realized that he was too good.
And the offense wasn't any good without him. There was some concern that he would crack under pressure emotionally as a true freshman. And he did.

Then there was the Fiesta bowl comments Switzer made that were misconstrued by Fairley and some of those around Dupree.

Then the Looney article in SI.

Then he got injured against Tulsa in '83 and just wasn't himself on the field after that.

Then the concussion against Texas. Switzer allowed him to fly back to MS after the game (it was Switzer's tradition to allow players to go home after Texas if they wanted because of the Monday school holiday).

These days Marcus would have been in the hospital and not boarding a plane to MS after that.

In retrospect Marcus probably should have stayed home and gone to Mississippi State or Southern Miss.


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