Game 12 - UConn - December 7, 2013 - Rentschler Field - East Hartford, Conn.
Played in nine of 12 games as a true freshman at running back and on special teams...Led the team in kickoff return yards (535) and kick returns (24)...Finished second in kick return average (22.3)...Second on the team with 14 plays of 20 yards or more (13 kickoff, 1 rush)...Averaged 65.1 all-purpose yards per game...Had two 100-yard kickoff return games...Also had five rushes for 34 yards and a touchdown and two receptions for 17 yards...His 24 kickoff returns ranks tied for seventh in school history in single-season returns and his 535 kick return yards also ranks seventh...His nine kickoff returns against Houston tied for the highest total in the NCAA FBS in `09 and his 169 kickoff return yards against the Cougars ranked as the 46th highest...Both totals marked school single-game records...Made his collegiate debut as a true freshman in the season opener against Ole Miss...Came in on the kickoff return team in the fourth quarter...Had his first career reception for no yardage against Marshall...Also made his first kick return in the game for 27 yards...Returned two kickoffs at UCF for 55 yards with a long return of 37...Did not play against UTEP, Southern Miss and East Carolina due to an injury...On his first career run, rushed 36 yards for a touchdown against Tennessee...The rush was the longest running play for Memphis in `09...Totaled two rushes for 42 yards...Also had a career high-five kickoff returns for 80 yards...Totaled 122 all purpose yards...Had his first career 100-yard kickoff return game with 117 yards on four returns, including a career-long 45-yard return in the first quarter...Caught a career-long 17-yard reception...Had 126 all-purpose yards in the game...Set a school single-game record in kick returns and kickoff return yards with nine returns for 169 yards against Houston...It was his second-straight 100-yard kickoff return game...Returned three kicks for 87 yards against Tulsa with returns of 23, 28 and 36 yards.
Coached by Rodney Saulsberry at Whitehaven High...Was a versatile athlete for the Tigers who played running back, flanker, slot receiver, defensive back and was a return specialist...Named a Commercial Appeal Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 4, 2007 after rushing for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries versus Fairley...Also threw a 30-yard touchdown pass and snagged an interception in the 35-6 win...Earned Offensive Player of the Week honors again on Oct. 16, 2007 after rolling off 251 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in the Tigers' 32-6 Region 8-5A win over previously-undefeated Houston High...Tallied 194 of his 251 yards in the second half...Had touchdown runs of 53 and 80 yards as well as a 39-yard kickoff return against Houston...Was a 2007 All-Region 8-5A selection...Tabbed by the Commercial Appeal as a Shelby-Metro Most Wanted prospect in 2007...Named to the 2007 MIAA 4A-5A Best of the Preps Team by the Commercial Appeal...Selected to the 5A All-State team by the Tennessee Football Coaches Association...Helped squad to a 10-2 record and an appearance in the state playoffs...Whitehaven ranked No. 4 in the final Commercial Appeal Dandy Dozen poll...Invited to participate in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School all-star game...Returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown in a win over Collierville High in 2006...Ran track at WHS and was on the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams as a freshman.
Marcus Marchae Hightower is the son of Linda Hyde...Born December 30, 1989, in Jackson, Miss.