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  • Marc Wilson.jpg
    Number: 6
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Height: 5-9
  • Weight: 150
  • Roster Years: 1995-1996
  • Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
  • Last School: Utah State

Marc Douglas Wilson (born February 15, 1957) is a former American college and professional football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. He played college football for Brigham Young University, and was recognized as an All-American. A first-round pick in the 1980 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders and the New England Patriots of the NFL.

Early years

Wilson was born in Seattle, Washington. He attended Shorecrest High School in Shoreline, Washington.

College career

Wilson attended Brigham Young University, where he played for the BYU Cougars football team from 1976 to 1979, and was one of the first in BYU's celebrated line of quarterbacks. Cougars coach LaVell Edwards operated a passing-oriented offense that allowed his quarterbacks to throw the ball almost every single down. Thus, Wilson was able to pile up huge passing numbers in an era when most teams mainly focused on running the ball.

Marc first got a chance to start in the fifth game of the 1977 season, replacing All-American Gifford Nelson, who had gone down after four contests with an injury. During that 1977 season, his sophomore year, he threw for seven touchdown passes in one game against Colorado State University, his first start. After that, he started most of BYU's games over the next two-and-a-half seasons, racking up a 22-4 record, though he did yield a few starts to budding star Jim McMahon. In 1979, he threw 250 completions for 3,720 yards and 29 touchdown passes, becoming the school's first consensus All-American. Highlights of his 1979 season included leading the team to an undefeated regular season and a berth in the Holiday Bowl, where he shared the MVP trophy with Indiana University cornerback Tim Wilbur in BYU's 38-37 loss. He finished fourth in the nation in passing efficiency, third in the Heisman voting, and was named the Senior Bowl MVP. Wilson's success paved the way for McMahon, Steve Young, Robbie Bosco, Ty Detmer, and other BYU quarterbacks, all of whom had similar performances in Edwards' system.

NCAA Awards

  • Consensus first-team All-American (1979)
  • Winner of Sammy Baugh Trophy, 1979