Redskins' workhorse relishes his time in sun Logan glad to clear way for Allen, but he also runs and catches if time is right

November 03, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Imagine the looks on the faces of the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday at RFK Stadium when mild-mannered Washington Redskins fullback Marc Logan suddenly started running at them from all angles and catching a pass here and there to mix things up.

Logan is the kind of fullback who is supposed to be seen once in a while but not heard from often.

The Colts were geared to stop stone-faced running back Terry Allen, the NFC's leading rusher, not the friendly Logan, who has an ever-present smile.

"We were joking around about Marc," Redskins quarterback Gus Frerotte said. "Did he think he was back in Kentucky again, [he led the Wildcats in rushing his senior year with 715 yards], the way he was running through people?"

Logan loved all the ribbing from Frerotte and his teammates and answered, "It wasn't like my vintage Kentucky years, but I did look a little like a thoroughbred against the Colts."

Logan had his biggest game of the season in the 31-16 win over Indianapolis, rushing five times for 43 yards and catching three passes for 30 yards.

The three receptions left Logan as the second-leading receiver on a Redskins team that has several gifted pass-catchers. He has caught 16 for 214 yards, an average of 13.4 yards a catch, to be a surprising second only behind Henry Ellard.

The emergence of Logan, a smallish fullback at 6 feet, 218 pounds, gives the 7-1 Redskins another weapon in an offense that is becoming more versatile and skilled with each game under the direction of Frerotte.

"Marc's a hard-nosed, tough guy and he's playing a position he's not exactly suited for because he's a little undersized," said Washington coach Norv Turner. "But he's become an outstanding blocker and those linebackers have a tough time matching up with him in the passing game.

"He's been able to hold up from a blocking point and it's very unusual for a fullback to be averaging 13 to 14 yards a catch."

Logan, whose main job is to block for Allen, said he has developed a special chemistry with the man who leads the NFL in touchdowns this season with 13 at the halfway mark of the schedule.

"Things are clicking much better for us this year than last," said Logan. "It's Terry, Terry, Terry and then Marc Logan to soften them up. I think I have the heart and determination to go in and play with a lot of mental toughness. It doesn't do any good to look like Tarzan and play like Jane."

Logan hopes to look like Tarzan again today when Washington meets the 5-3 Buffalo Bills at Rich Stadium at 4 p.m. A calf injury suffered in Wednesday's practice, however, may sideline the starting fullback.

"I know I'm only going to get so many chances to catch the ball or run so I try to make the most of each time I get the call," said the nine-year veteran, who is in his second year with Washington after playing for Cincinnati, Miami and San Francisco.

"I just hope they keep on using me as much as they did against the Colts. I love to be involved in the offense."

Pub Date: 11/03/96

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