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Bademosi, Marecic support Stanford

Posted Jan 1, 2013

Browns DB Johnson Bademosi and FB Owen Marecic are pulling for Stanford in the 2013 Rose Bowl against Wisconsin.

For the first time since Jan. 1, 2000, the Stanford University football team will make an appearance in the Rose Bowl when it takes on the University of Wisconsin Tuesday night.

As the Cardinal take on the Badgers, several Browns will be keeping a close on their alma mater.

“They’ve had a lot of success the last couple years, getting to back-to-back BCS Bowls,” fullback Owen Marecic said. “At the start of every year, at the top of the list of goals is to win the PAC-12 Championship and make it to the Rose Bowl. That’s the big one that everybody’s eyeing. It’s definitely special for those guys and it’s going to be fun to watch.”

Stanford is 5-6-1 in previous trips to the Rose Bowl, with the last victory coming in the second of back-to-back wins in the game on Jan. 1, 1972. That season, the Cardinal defeated the University of Michigan, 13-12. The previous season, Stanford bested Ohio State, 27-17, on Jan. 1, 1971.

Browns defensive back Johnson Bademosi said it is special to watch coach David Shaw and quarterback Kevin Hogan lead Stanford back to a BCS game.

“I’m super proud of those guys with Coach Shaw running those guys and a new quarterback, Kevin Hogan, from my high school,” Bademosi said. “I’m going to see them and I’m proud to see what they’re doing.

“A lot of those young guys that are big contributors now, I was there with them. I saw them when they had no clue what they were doing and to see the progress that they’re making, it’s awesome. To see the progress they’re making without some of the key pieces that we had the past few years, that’s even better. It seems like they’re still building, bringing in new talent, new guys are developing and it’s great to see.”

Drawing from their own experiences at Stanford, Marecic and Bademosi enjoyed the opportunities to play in bowl games.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Marecic said. “The whole process leading up to the game is exciting, and all of the extra activities, that’s all cool, but eventually, you just want to get out and play the game and just be grateful you have another chance to play a football game.”

Bademosi added, “It’s a big stage, a big stage, but playing in the PAC-12, we play in a lot of big games. We play on TV a lot. At the end of the day, it’s football, and we do that well at Stanford.”

Stanford’s first trip to the Rose Bowl in more than a decade came one year after the program graduated Bademosi, quarterback Andrew Luck, offensive lineman David DeCastro and tight end Coby Fleener. Luck and DeCastro were first-round picks in the 2012 NFL Draft. Luck went No. 1 overall to the Indianapolis Colts and set many of the NFL’s rookie passing records, while DeCastro was selected with the 24th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“Andrew’s a great player, a great guy, but I think it shows it’s really a team-wide thing,” Marecic said. “The team is strong. It’s not just one guy, and when guys leave, Coach (Jim) Harbaugh used to say they’d try to find a guy who’s even better. Not saying anybody’s better than Andrew Luck, but across the board, those guys have really taken it upon themselves to build upon what the seniors before them had built.”