Wildcats wide-out receives camp invite

PITTSBURGH — Northern Michigan’s Marcus Tucker was invited to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ rookie mini-camp Tuesday afternoon.

“I’m blessed and honored to have the opportunity to compete for a job in the National Football League,” Tucker said. “Thank you Northern, family and friends. I’m excited to exchange my Green and Gold for Black and Gold.”

In 2015, Tucker led the Wildcats in receptions (79), tied for first in receiving touchdowns (9) and ranked second in receiving yards (813). Among GLIAC receivers, he finished eighth in receiving yards per game (73.9) and tied for fifth in receiving touchdowns.

Tucker averaged 25.1 yards on kickoff returns, helping Northern Michigan lead the GLIAC in kickoff return average (23.3). The two-time captain became the eighth Wildcat in program history to catch three touchdown passes in a single game against Quincy Sept. 12.

“Marcus is all that a Wildcat should be,” head coach Chris Ostrowsky said. “He’s been a star since he walked in the room, and he’s been great both on the field and off of it. The program is excited for him.”

Tucker finished his career with 2,330 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns. He was named to the 2015 all-GLIAC first team and the 2014 all-GLIAC second team.

Tucker is the second Wildcat senior this off-season to be invited to a rookie mini-camp, joining Kyle Steuck, who was picked up by the Green Bay Packers.

The Steelers’ rookie mini-camp runs from May 6-8.

(Information Courtesy of NMU Athletics)