The New York Giants have signed undrafted free agent running back Marshaun Coprich out of Illinois State.
By Jack Aylmer
Marshaun Coprich’s going undrafted came as a bit of a surprise to many around the league.
This was especially the case after the two time All-American led the Missouri Valley Football Conference in every rushing category, finishing with 1,967 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns during his senior season.
e also added 18 catches for 179 yards and one touchdown through the air.
With monster collegiate production on his resume, the 5’8″ and 206 lbs Coprich had his fair share of offers from teams coming out of the Draft.
“My agent and I wanted to find the best option for me,” said Coprich on choosing to sign with the Giants. “We had about 15 offers. Minnesota, Cincinnati, Detroit, and a few other names but it just came down to the fact that I thought this was the best place for me.”
A two time MVFC Offensive Player of the Year, Coprich ran a blazing 4.38 forty yard dash at his Pro Day and has been a force throughout his entire career at Illinois State. Caprice is the Redbird’s all time leader in rushing yards (5,195), attempts (926), touchdowns (59), all-purpose yards (5,800), points scored (362) and total touchdowns (60).
“I think I fit well, I mean there’s plenty of playmakers already on the Giants roster,” said Coprich on how he fits with Big Blue. “With Odell Beckham, Victor Cruz, and then just that great defense they have I just hope to work alongside those guys and fight for a position. I just hope to be able to go in their and showcase my playmaking ability on game day. It would be an honor.”
The Giants already have a loaded running back bullpen, with incumbents Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams. Orleans Darkwa, Shane Vereen, newly signed Bobby Rainey, and recently drafted Paul Perkins. However, the speedy Coprich will have a chance compete, especially on special teams.
“I just want to go in their with my head down and just show them that I’m willing to learn and work to earn my spot,” said Coprich on the competition he will face for playing time.
Coprich should make a strong push for the 53 man roster this offseason. He is already a better option than Bobby Rainey, and will push Andre Williams and Orleans Darkwa for the fourth slot in the Giants’ backfield.
***All quotes were collected first-hand by Jack Aylmer.