Marquis Lucas was just recently signed by the Pirates for the 2021 season. Lucas previously played for the XFL’s Tampa Bay Vipers. In spring of 2020 he started 2 of 5 games for the Vipers before the season was cancelled. Before that Lucas bounced around the NFL for a few years. In 2016 he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Buffalo Bills. Between ‘16 and ‘17 Lucas spent time with the Bills, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2019 he played for the AAF’s Orlando Apollos. Signing the 6’4”, 310 pound Lucas will beef up an already big, solid Pirates offensive line for the upcoming season.
In 2015 Lucas played in 13 games for the University of West Virginia Mountaineers. As a senior, and team leader on the offensive line, he helped the team average 250 passing yards per game and 228 yards rushing. The team finished with an 8-5 record and 4-5 in the Big 12 Conference. Lucas helped lead the Mountaineers to victory in the Cactus Bowl played on January 2, 2016. West Virginia eked out a close one, beating Arizona State by a score of 43-42. Lucas also played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in early 2016.
As a junior in 2014 Lucas helped the Mountaineers offense average 317 yards passing per game and 182 yards rushing. The team finished 7-6 and 5-4 in the Big 12 Conference. One of the season’s highlights was a 41-27 defeat of Baylor, who was ranked 4th in the nation. Lucas’ season concluded in the Liberty Bow where West Virginia was defeated by a score of 45-37 to a tough Texas A&M team.
By the time he was a senior in high school playing for Miami Central (FL), Lucas had twenty-five college scholarship offers to play football. He turned away offers from Auburn, Florida State, Cincinnati, and South Florida, among others, and decided on West Virginia. Lucas is entering his age-28 season with the Pirates.