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Seth Marler Feature Story, 11-23-02
2002 (through regular season): Excelling in placekicking, kickoffs and punting in 2002. Kicked three critical field goals versus Southern Miss (11/23), the third time this season he has hit three in a game (Southern, Cincinnati), and is 18-of-28 on threes this season. Named C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week after the Cincinnati (10/12) and Southern Miss games. Tulane and Conference USA all-time scoring leader with 327 career points, a team-leading 83 in 2002, and has kicked more field goals (64) than any other player in school or league history. Has been a monster on kickoffs in 2002 as 54 of his 68 kickoffs have gone to the end zone, and only 30 have been returned, the lowest number in the league. Top kicker on Mel Kiper's latest 2003 NFL draft listing. His 18 FGs made this year rank 13th in the nation and are his single season high and the second-most in school history. In his first season EVER as a punter, ranks second in Conference USA and 15th nationally in punting with a 42.7-yard average and 16 downed (of 68) inside the 20-yard line. Dropped four of his 10 punts inside the 20 versus TCU (11/9) and kicked six times for a career high 51-yard average in the Army game (11/16). Booted a career-long 68-yard punt versus UAB (10/19) and averaged 44 yards or more in four of Tulane's last five games.
Marler Wins Groza Award
2001: The winner of the 2001 Lou Groza Award as the nation's most outstanding kicker. Became Tulane's first first team All-American (FWAA, See next page) since Marc Zeno in 1987 and just the 17th all-time. His .937 percentage was second in the nation among those with 14 or more FG attempts. A perfect 7-for-7 on FGs of more than 40 yards and 3-for-3 on kicks longer than 50 yards. Made 18-of-19 kicks from inside the 40-yard line since the end of the 1999 season. His 15 field goals tied for third on the single season chart. Made 54 straight kicks (PATs and FGs) to start the year before a 28-yard miss at Navy (11/10). Ranked second on the team in scoring with 84 points (fifth in C-USA, 55th in the nation), which is eighth all-time at Tulane. Scored 12 points in the TCU game (10/13) with six PATs and a pair of field goals, including a 51-yarder, his second-longest of the year. Tied his career high with four field goals versus Southern (9/29), scoring 15 points in the game. Kicked field goals of 48, 43 and 46 yards versus UCF (9/22). The 46-yarder gave Tulane a 22-21 lead in the fourth quarter. Kicked a career long 53-yard field goal versus East Carolina (9/8) to set the C-USA record for longest field goal. It tied for the second-longest field goal in school history and the longest since 1984. Missed just two kicks all year, a 28-yard field goal against Navy (11/10) and an extra point at Southern Miss (11/17). The miss against Navy was his first miss from inside 30 yards in his Tulane career and broke a string of 17-straight threes.
2000: Named to the Top 20 list for the 2000 Lou Groza Award. Earned All-Louisiana second team honors. Made 16-of-21 field goals, including a perfect 10-for-10 from inside the 40. Led Tulane and ranked second in Conference USA in scoring with 85 points, the third most in school history. Was 37-of-39 in point-after attempts, the third most PATs in school history. Kicked field goals in nine straight games. Provided first nine points of the game (finishing with 12 points) at Louisville (10/28) with field goals of 42,36 and 26 yards. Also kicked three field goals in the SMU game (9/23). Booted a season-long 48-yard field goal vs. Memphis (11/18).
1999: Collected second team All-Conference USA honors and was selected to the league's All-Freshman Team. The only freshman to earn All-Conference accolades. Led Tulane in scoring with 75 points. Posted one of the most successful seasons by a Green Wave kicker by making 15 (of 21) field goals, tied for second-best in school history. Connected on a long field goal of 51 yards vs. UAB (11/20), just the 13th 50-yard field goal in school history. Successful on 30-of-31 PAT's.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 1999 graduate of Parkview High School in Lilburn, Ga., where he was a three-year starter. Nailed 10-of-14 field goal attempts as a senior, including a long of 49 yards. Connected on 29-of-32 PAT tries. Placed all but three kickoffs into the end zone. Coached by Cecil Flowe.
PERSONAL: Michael Seth Marler. Born March 27, 1981 in Atlanta, Ga. The son of Ron and Sharon Marler. A double major in marketing and management. Earned a slot on the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll for his academic efforts in 1999-2000.
Marler's Career Kicking Stats
|Year ||G ||0-29 ||30-39 ||40-49 ||50+ ||Total ||Long||PAT||Pts|
|1999 ||11 ||8-8 ||2-6 ||4-5 ||1-2 ||15-21 ||51||30-31||75|
|2000 ||11 ||5-5 ||5-5 ||6-8 ||0-3 ||16-21 ||48||37-39||85|
|2001 ||12 ||4-5 ||4-4 ||4-4 ||3-3 ||15-16 ||53||39-40||84|
|Career ||34 ||17-18 ||11-15 ||14-17 ||4-8 ||46-58 ||53||106-110||244|