June 1, 2020

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Diamond in the Rough: Marc Dougherty Jr., Jesuit High School

Marc Dougherty Jr. is a 6’0 230lb Linebacker from Jesuit High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Marc possesses a very high football IQ, and when complimented with his high motor style of play makes for an immense threat to any offense. During one span through the 2017 season, he racked up 50 tackles through 4 games. Great instincts and possesses great skill to be able to make open field tackles. Plays with an aggressive purpose and has a natural ability to read the gaps extremely well, making him a force of a run stopper for Jesuit. Marc has worked his tail off in the off-season and is a leader and ready to lead his team to a big 2018 season.


Height: 6’0

Weight: 230

Bench: 315

Squat: 485

Clean: 260

40: 4.9

ACT: 30



When did you start playing football?

Age of 4 at Lakeview Playground when my dad was the coach.

What is it that makes you love the game?

The team aspect of the game and also the competitiveness. I love lining up against someone and knowing it’s just me against them, no outside noise it just comes down to all the work you put in during the offseason and that week prior.

Who do you model your gameplay after?

Joe Schmidt from Notre Dame. He plays the game with a similar mentality to me and he almost always knows what’s going to happen before it does.

Have you gone to any camps or plan to?

Tulane, Dartmouth, Cornell, and University of Pennsylvania.

What would college coaches be most impressed with about you?

My heart and my leadership separates me from other linebackers. If anybody watches me play I play with a lot of heart and no one works harder than me. I’m always that vocal leader and I make everybody else better.

What are your expectations for next season?

I believe we have a good chance at making a run for state. I expect to lead the team in tackles and make All District. I want to have at least 120 tackles, 5 sacks, 2 interceptions.

What kind of student are you in the classroom?

I work hard in the classroom. I used to carry 3.1 GPA but throughout high school I picked it up to a 3.7. I think that translates to film and why I’m able to study and read film so well. I think I handle it all well playing 3 sports. I’m also on the Executive board for student council.

What do you want to study in college?

Pre-Med or Biology. I want to be a dentist. I’ve already started to shadow people in dentistry.

What would you say are your biggest accomplishments?

Definitely being named team captain. Being named 1 of 5 at Jesuit is so special. It’s something you always look up to since 9th grade, always wanting and then achieving that is amazing.

What have your learned about yourself while playing football?

When adversity hits you have to keep pushing. “You can’t make diamonds without pressure”. It has also taught me to never quit and that I can make others around me better.

What would you consider your biggest strengths as a football player?

My football IQ, I kind of know what’s coming after I look at film. My instinct, my tackling skills in the open field, and also my ability to shed blocks.

What would your coach say about you?

I work hard and I’m a coach’s player. Whatever he needs I give 110 percent all the time. He knows football means more to me than it does a lot of others. And that people know when I’m on the field because of my intensity.