BRISTOL - If former St. Paul football quarterback Logan Marchi was looking for a school that offered him a chance to compete for a starting job and continue his development at the quarterback position he may have found just that at East Tennessee State.
Marchi made the announcement on Twitter Sunday that he has decided to transfer from Temple to the Buccaneers program.
East Tennessee State finished this past season 4-7 in the FCS (Football Championship Subdivision).
While the Buccaneers started redshirt-junior signal caller Austin Herink, Marchi’s move may signify the end of Herink’s run as the starter as the team also welcomes a new head coach to the program in Randy Sanders. Henrick completed just 56.5 percent of his passes for 2,213 yards, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Marchi started the first seven games for the Owls this past season before being benched in favor of Frank Nutile. The redshirt-sophomore compiled a 3-4 record while completing 55.5 percent of his throws for 1,658 yards, nine touchdowns and eight picks.
Sanders, meanwhile, has spent the majority of his coaching career at the FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) level and has mentored some standout quarterbacks.
The two most notable quarterbacks Sanders worked with were future Hall of Famer and two-time Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning as well current Tampa Bay Buccaneers starter Jameis Winston.
Sanders was later the offensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee, helping the Volunteers win 1998 BCS National Title after Manning went to the NFL.
Years later with Florida State as the quarterbacks coach, Sanders mentored Winston in what was another storied collegiate career as the quarterback won the Heisman trophy and the Seminoles won the National Championship in 2013.
Having a coach who has coached in 26 bowl games and been on coaching staffs with a combined coaching record of 258-105-2, Sanders knows how to win and his offensive geared mindset should be beneficial for a quarterback like Marchi.
With two years of eligibility still remaining, Marchi will look to finish his collegiate career on a high note and with Sanders at the helm look for Marchi to find the success that he struggled to maintain with Temple.
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