Marquel Blackwell was hired as Director of Player Development at the University of South Florida in February of 2012.
Blackwell was a four-year standout quarterback for USF from 1999-2002 and served on the Bulls' coaching staff as a program assistant from 2009-11. He spent the 2012 season as a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky under Willie Taggart.
Blackwell holds most of the Bulls career passing records, including touchdowns (67), completions (795), attempts (1,417) and passing yards (9,108), after gaining the starting job early in his freshman season. He also ranks ninth in career rushing yards (1,235) and fifth in rushing touchdowns (20).
While leading the Bulls, Blackwell compiled a 30-12 record and remains USF’s all-time winningest quarterback. He led USF to its first ever nine-win season in 2002, while serving as one of the team’s four captains.
After college, Blackwell signed with the New York Jets, appearing and starting in the last preseason game before the 2003 season. Following stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay Storm, Blackwell began his coaching career as the offensive coordinator at Tampa’s Freedom High School in 2006 before serving as head coach at Freedom from 2007-08.
A St. Petersburg, Fla., native, Blackwell played his prep football at Dixie Hollins High School.