Marian Knights look to remain undefeated
INDIANAPOLIS - The Colts are winless on Sundays, but there's another football team in town undefeated on Saturdays. Local stars have helped Marian University quickly become a national power.
Marian University did not even have a football team until 2007. The Knights did not have a home field until 2009. Just five years into the program, Marian has gone from practicing down in a swamp behind campus to swamping opponents.
"We've come a long way. Opening season we were 1-9 and the second year 7-4 and right now undefeated so we gotta keep doing what we're doing," said Reece Green, Marian senior linebacker.
The Knights are 7-0 and ranked second in the nation in NAIA college football. Coach Ted Karras started the Marian program from scratch, recruiting primarily Indiana high school football players.
"First and foremost he's a student first. He's a tough kid who loves the game of football. He stays humble and hungry and always tries to prove himself on a day in and day out basis," said Karras.
Most of Marian's talent is homegrown. If you watch Operation Football on Friday nights, then you probably know who's on the Marian field Saturday afternoon.
39 Marian players are from Indianapolis. Over 100 from Indiana, like quarterback Adam Wiese from Perry Meridian.
"It's real good playing with everybody from around here just because I grew up around here. You always heard about Ohio and Texas football, and California, but I've seen some players around here and we compare pretty well to the rest of the nation," said Adam Wiese, Marion junior quarterback.
Wiese occasionally hands over the offense to 2005 Indiana Mr. Football Dexter Taylor from Warren Central. Taylor is second for the Knights in rushing, third in receiving, returns kickoffs and plays wildcat quarterback.
"I feel like a loaded gun. I'll be ready to go. I'll be waiting for it. Anytime that he calls my number, I get real excited and get ready to make plays for the team," said Taylor.
The Marian defense has shutout four opponents and allowed no more than two touchdowns in any game. The Knights face their toughest challenge yet Saturday in Fort Wayne against sixth-ranked St. Francis, a three-time national runner-up.