Marcus Minor, a graduate transfer from Maryland, met with media this morning in his first appearance for the Panthers.
Minor is a 6-foot-4, 310 lb. guard out of DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. He was a consensus four star recruit and ESPN’s fifth best player in the state of Maryland in 2016.
Minor started 10 games for the Terrapins at right tackle in 2019 and moved to right guard in 2020, playing only three games because of injury. He entered the transfer portal on Dec. 21, 2020 and will have two years of eligibility remaining. He redshirted in 2018 due to injury, and the 2020 season does not count toward eligibility because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the Panthers losing standout left guard Bryce Hargrove to the NFL Draft, Minor will likely fill his place in 2021. But despite his assumed role, Minor was quick to emphasize his versatility.
“I played tackle, guard [and] center a little bit at Maryland, so I’m willing to play anything that coach needs me, wherever that is,” Minor said.
With Maryland’s football team in a state of turmoil, Minor saw constant turnover on the coaching staff. Because of that, he’s more than prepared to learn a new offense.
“This will be my fourth playbook, really, that I’ve [had] to learn. I know football is always going to be football,” Minor said.
Joining a new team in the socially distanced era has had drawbacks, with socialization limited to position groups.
“Based off of our workout schedules, I’m mostly closer to the O-line, D line which makes sense. [They’re] who I’ll go against and who I’ll be playing with,” Minor said.
Minor, a three time All-Academic Big Ten honoree, enrolled in the Katz Graduate School of Business upon arriving at Pitt. While intensive classes will take some adjustment, he’s focused on their long-term impact.
“[Katz] can take me really far post-football, so I’m excited [for] what I can do with that,” Minor said.
Above all, Minor expressed his excitement for the upcoming season.
Minor said, “I have no care for where it is. I’m just ready to play.”