Day going to Temple to play TE
Altoona senior Marcus Day committed to play collegiate football at Temple on Monday.
Day made the announcement on Twitter.
“I am very excited to announce that I will be continuing my athletic career at the next level,” Day wrote. “I would like to thank my Mom who has always worked her hardest to provide for me and support my dreams, and my Dad and Brother for making me the man I am to this day. I appreciate all the coaches and teammates I’ve had over the years for teaching me how to play the game. Finally, I would like to thank the Temple coaching staff for giving me this opportunity. With that being said, I am proud to announce I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at Temple University!”
Day, at 6 feet, 4 inches and weighs 225 pounds, will join the program as a preferred walk on and will attempt to make his mark as a tight end.
“I played tight end a little bit before I switched to quarterback in ninth grade,” Day said. “I think I’m pretty versatile when it comes to running after handling the triple option, so I think I’ll be able to handle it.”
Day was Altoona’s starting quarterback the past two seasons and finished his senior year 41-of-76 with 501 passing yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for a team-high 527 yards on 96 carries and ran in 11 scores while operating a triple-option offense.
“He’s obviously blessed with the size to make that transition,” Altoona coach Vince Nedimyer Jr. said. “Knowing him, whatever he puts his mind to, both physically in the weight room and mentally on the field, he’ll get it done. There’s not a smarter kid that I have been around for a long time. He was the reason we were able to do a lot of things better this year offensively, and I couldn’t be prouder of the kid. He’s going to be a success.”
Altoona won its first District 6 title in 18 years last fall and went on to defeat Williamsport for the District 4-6 regional title the next week.
Day said he realized during his sophomore year that his collegiate athletic future was in football. His decision to attend Temple was finalized after a recent visit.
“It’s a great school,” Day said. “I went down there last weekend, and it just felt like a great fit with the campus and everything. The coaching staff was great, and they have good plans for me down there. It’s great to see the hard work pay off. I get to go play at the FBS level.”