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August 28, 2013
Harbaugh has second chance with Stanford favorite son, Owen Marecic


Jim Harbaugh always has been fond of - we might even be able to use the "l" word - Owen Marecic, who played for him at Stanford. Marecic was the epitome of the always-hustling, do-everything player Harbaugh covets, and he played both linebacker and fullback for the Cardinal. Both entered the NFL in 2011. Marecic, however, was drafted by the Browns in the four rounds before the 49ers were ready to take him. Here's Harbaugh on draft day 2011:

"We did everything we could to get him here and we came up short on that one," he said. "Cleveland got an outstanding football player in Owen Marecic. Like Trent (Baalke) said, I'm going to be, in my mind, associated with Owen Marecic for a long time and following him and his career. I'll be a fan because I love the way he plays football. I texted him and said we tried. It didn't happen. That was one that we didn't get that is a 49er kind of guy and Cleveland will be very happy with him and that was a heck of a job by them."

Now Harbaugh gets a second stab at his former player. Marecic was cut by the Browns yesterday, making available through waivers today. Would the 49ers make a move?

Marecic has other connections on the 49ers beside Harbaugh. Six other coaches, including offensive coordinator Greg Roman, are familiar with him from Stanford. There's also been a steady San Francisco-Cleveland pipeline of late, with players like Colt McCoy, Seneca Wallace, Phil Dawson and Ray Ventrone coming this way and punter Colton Schmidt (UC Davis) going the other way. Schmidt was claimed by the Browns Tuesday.

Then again, there isn't even one atom of sentimentality at 49ers headquarters. (Just ask Parys Haralson. Or Alex Smith. Or Tarell Brown. Or Josh Johnson. Or ...). Marecic didn't play well with the Browns. He dropped too many passes and didn't stand out on special teams, which is why he was cut. Meanwhile, Baalke is very proud of the fullback he found in the seventh round of the 2011 draft, Bruce Miller.

There is no way Marecic would supplant Miller at fullback. The question is whether the 49ers would supplement him with a former Harbaugh favorite. My guess is no ...

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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