Buffalo’s tandem of halfbacks was a spectacle to watch over the years. Jaret Patterson and Kevin Marks, both juniors in 2020, averaged over 100 yards per game as Buffalo finished with a 6-1 record. In the prior season, they were one of two duos in college football to each attain over 1,000 rushing yards. Unfortunately for the Bulls, neither tailback will be part of the program next fall. Patterson declared for the NFL Draft, and now, Marks is entering the transfer portal.
The running back released a statement Saturday on Twitter to announce his transfer:
DEEP WATER READY pic.twitter.com/H1xmEAsb5d— Kevin Marks Jr (@MarksKevin) January 9, 2021
Marks spent three prolific seasons in Buffalo in which the Bulls qualified for two MAC Championships and won their first two bowls in program history. He rushed for 845 yards as a freshman in 2018, escalated his production to 1,035 yards the following year, and concluded his Bulls career with 745 rushing yards in seven games — ranking 20th in the FBS with 105 yards per game.
Marks’ Buffalo career wrapped up with the perfect ending on Christmas Day. He claimed MVP honors of the Camellia Bowl, rushing for 138 yards and the game-winning touchdown in the Bulls’ 17-10 victory over Marshall. Including the Camellia Bowl performance, Marks rushed for 90 or more yards in each of his final six games of the season including a career-high 182 against Akron.
The Norfolk, VA native will finish his time with the Bulls with several accolades. In addition to a bowl game MVP award, Marks qualified for the Third Team All-MAC in 2020. He is fifth in program history in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns with 2,621 and 28, respectively.
As one of the most accomplished active running backs in college football, Marks’ name will certainly be a hot commodity in the transfer portal this offseason.
Update - 1/18/2021
Kevin Marks announced his withdrawal from the transfer portal and will return to Buffalo for his senior season in 2021:
January 18, 2021