Football / Quarterback / Senior / Ramona, Calif.
Major: Political Science
Marco Cobian is a senior quarterback on the UChicago football team. In the season finale, Cobian completed 28 of 38 passes for 303 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-21 win over Lake Forest College. He also ran for 42 yards on eight carries.
Head Coach Chris Wilkerson: "Marco has had to deal with a ton of adversity during his career and absolutely never wavered. He continued to compete, improve and prepare every single week. He finished his career Saturday, leading the Maroons to a 35-21 victory over Lake Forest. Marco is one of the most mentally tough and fiercest competitors I have ever coached. His grittiness and competitive nature helped lead us to six wins in the final seven games. Seeing him celebrate one more time with his teammates and watching him grow over the last four years was an absolute joy. He is truly one of the all-time greats."
Teammate Grant Crum: "The quarterback position in football requires the individual to be a team leader, especially when the offense is on the field. Marco Cobian fills that role effortlessly and then some. His composure in the pocket allows him to make smart decisions with the ball. This lets the rest of the offense play comfortably and perform at the best of their ability. Marco’s success on the field this past season can be credited to his leadership during practice and the offseason. During our time off, Marco was doing whatever he could in the weight room and on the field to improve his level of play. However, when we came back for camp in August, Marco’s preparation showed, but did not earn him the starting position. He could’ve easily gotten discouraged and given up on the team. Instead, Marco worked harder than he had before and earned his chance to start our third game against Lake Forest. Once he become our quarterback, he led us to a 6-1 record. Without Marco's leadership on and off the field, I do not believe we would have been as successful as we were this past season."
Other OOC Nominees
Sam Craig (Men's Cross Country)
- Head Coach Chris Hall: "With a special shoutout to Ryan Cutter who was the regional champion (first in program history), I am going to nominate Sam Craig. I felt Ryan would be in a position to win the meet and he rose to the challenge, but Sam Craig really elevated this past weekend to place 21st overall running as our No. 3 man and earning All-Region honors for the first time. Sam had a really outstanding regional meet a year ago as well, but this week, his performance was the best he ever ran in college. The No. 2 overall sophomore in the meet, Sam ran with teammate Chase Gardner pretty much throughout the race and ran a lifetime-best time of 25:21 on a wet, sloppy course. I was really impressed by the way Sam stayed focused throughout the middle stages of the race (Mile 3 and 4 in particular). At a time where a number of athletes traditionally fade, Sam dug down and performed."
Griffin Seyfried (Wrestling)
- Head Coach Leo Kocher: "After an 0-3 start this season, Griffin picked up the first three wins of his collegiate wrestling career with a pin, a tech fall and a major decision. He made his way to the finals of the Trine Invite at the 133-pound weight class. It is not often that freshmen wrestlers make it to the finals in a competitive early season tournament like Trine. Griffin’s strength is a wide range of wrestling technique. That is a good quality to display for a wrestler in his first year of college wrestling."
Bryce Millington (Men's Soccer)
- Head Coach Pat Flinn: "Bryce had a great season this year. He played all over the field, mostly as an outside back, and led us in scoring with six goals. He’s a great teammate who is kind and compassionate. He will help lead a great group of seniors next fall."
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