Temple redshirt sophomore quarterback Logan Marchi once wanted to lead the UConn Huskies football team out onto the field.
Today at noon, Marchi will be on the same field as the Huskies, but on the opposite sideline as the starting quarterback for the Temple Owls as the teams face off in Philadelphia.
In high school at St. Paul Catholic in Bristol, Marchi committed to play college football at UConn, but just three days prior to National Signing Day, former Huskies head coach Bob Diaco pulled his offer. Marchi turned to Temple, which had shown interest early in the process, and committed on the spot when the Owls re-offered the Bristol native.
Marchi was the standout quarterback for the Falcons football program under head coach Jude Kelly. During his time at St. Paul, he threw for 9,702 passing yards, the second highest total in Connecticut high school history, with 112 touchdowns passing and 789 yards with 12 touchdowns rushing. He also had 38 tackles and four interceptions on defense. In his senior year alone, he threw for 3,220 yards and 38 touchdowns.
Temple sits at 3-3 on the season as Marchi has had some success as a mobile quarterback, being able to spread the field for the Owls offense.
Outside of two games with three interceptions against South Florida and Houston, Marchi has thrown for seven touchdowns and one interception. This past weekend, in a 34-10 road victory over ECU, Marchi finished 19-of-31 for 321 yards and two touchdowns.
Marchi’s production at St. Paul is starting to carry over to the Owls program in his sophomore year, while UConn sits at 1-4 on the season looking for any spark it can get.
He’ll be prepared to face the team he once hoped to play for.
“You never overlook a team. You go in each week and you study the game plan and you take them serious,” Marchi said in a video interview on Temple’s web site.
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