INDIANAPOLIS – Rookie running back Marlon Mack has put pen to paper on his first NFL contract.
Mack, who was taken in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, becomes the fifth draft pick to sign this month.
During last weekend's rookie minicamp, Mack explained what it is like to be in the same running back room as Frank Gore.
"Running backs don't last 13 years in the league no more. So I'm trying to do whatever Frank did," Mack said.
Expect Mack to have a chance at carving out a situational role in 2017, while playing behind Gore and Robert Turbin.
S-Malik Hooker, OLB-Tarell Basham and DT-Grover Stewart are the 2017 draft picks yet to sign.
Mack, 5-11, 213 pounds, was selected by the Colts in the fourth round (143rd overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. He started all 36 games he appeared in as a three-year starter at the University of South Florida and set 14 school records. Mack finished as USF's all-time leader in rushing yards (3,609) and rushing touchdowns (32). He is the all-time career leading rusher in AAC history. Mack also became the first three-time all-conference selection in program history (First Team All-AAC in 2014, 2015 and 2016). He set USF records for career all-purpose yards (4,107), most 100-yard rushing games (20) and career rushing touchdowns (32). Mack ended his career ranked third on USF's all-time scoring list with 198 points (most ever by a non-kicker) and owns three of the top six rushing seasons in school history.
In 2016, Mack started all 12 games for the Bulls en route to being named an AAC first-team selection. He totaled 174 carries for 1,187 yards (6.8 avg.) and 15 touchdowns and caught 28 passes for 227 yards. Mack started 12 games in 2015 and led the AAC with a USF single-season record 1,381 rushing yards on 210 attempts (6.6 avg.). He set a school record with nine 100-yard rushing games and tied another school record with his 6.6 yards per carry average. Mack led the team with 1,492 all-purpose yards (124.3 ypg.) which ranked second in the conference. In 2014, he started all 12 games and was named AAC Rookie of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection after leading the conference in rushing with 1,041 yards, setting a new freshman school record, and was one of three freshmen in the FBS to lead a conference in rushing. Mack finished third in the AAC with nine rushing touchdowns and added 21 receptions for 160 yards for 1,201 all-purpose yards.
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