Kyle Marcinick can't seem to catch a break.

After graduating from Dublin Coffman High School in 2015, Marcinick was named the most valuable freshman for the Yale University football team. Since then, he has endured several hamstring injuries that have limited him either in spring practice, in the preseason or during the regular season.

However, the wide receiver currently is healthy and hopeful heading into his senior season with the Bulldogs.

"I have been injured, pulling hamstrings -- both of them -- probably six or seven times," Marcinick said. "I spent the last two years recovering from one hamstring injury after another.

"I have had hamstring injuries in all (three) of my spring workouts, but right now I'm feeling good and I'm continuing to monitor things. I'm feeling good right now and I'm excited to have one last season."

Marcinick's position coach, Art Asselta, said the continuous hamstring injuries have been puzzling.

"Kyle is a great kid and he has worked his butt off," said Asselta, who is Yale's passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach. "He does anything you ask him to do, but he just hasn't been healthy. I hope for the kid's sake that he can have a great senior season and hopefully put the last two years behind him."

As a senior at Coffman, Marcinick had a team-high 56 receptions for 1,172 yards and 18 touchdowns. Those stats earned him second-team all-state and first-team all-district honors.

He caught 13 passes for 206 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-35 loss to Huber Heights Wayne in the second round of the Division I, Region 2 playoffs as the Shamrocks finished 11-1.

Marcinick caught 12 passes for 213 yards as a freshman at Yale to earn the Charles Loftus Award, which is given to the program's most valuable freshman.

"Kyle played as a freshman and helped us out a bunch because we had several injuries and he knew how to play both of the outside (receiver) positions and the slot," Asselta said. "He picked up the offense really fast and that enabled him to get on the field because of those injuries.

"He has worked hard and has a lot of ability. Every time he has gotten the chance to get there, he had to step back because of the hamstring issues."

Marcinick was limited to two games last fall and did not have a catch, but had two tackles and two assisted tackles on special teams. As a sophomore, he caught 15 passes for 88 yards in 10 games and assisted on one tackle on special teams.

Marcinick knows the Bulldogs' offense, so now he is working on getting his body ready for the fall.

"I have been strengthening (the hamstrings), trying to do something every day," he said. "I'm stretching and strengthening not just the hamstring but the areas around it. There are probably discrepancies around them, but the hamstrings carry the bulk of the load.

"There is so much more wear and tear on the body than when I was at Coffman. Things start to add up."

Marcinick is majoring in political science and has a 3.6 GPA but might not take what seems like a natural path to law school. He's interning at the Charles Schwab Corp. in Chicago this summer.

"I came in thinking that I wanted to be a lawyer, but now I think my focus has switched to degrees in business or finance," he said. "Yale doesn't offer business or finance degrees, so I will be looking to get a business degree in a graduate program.

"Football really helps pack your schedule, and it forces you to be disciplined (with schoolwork). You come in right away as a freshman and have to be ready."

Marcinick is ready to begin his senior season, especially with the Bulldogs coming off their first Ivy League championship since 2006 and their first outright title since 1980. They were 9-1 overall and 6-1 in the league to finish one game ahead of co-runners-up Columbia and Dartmouth.

He already has his eye on the season-ending contest against Harvard. Known as "The Game," it will be played Nov. 17 at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.

"Everyone has that circled on their calendars, and it will be a lot of fun and one for families to come out for," Marcinick said. "I have a friend playing for Harvard, (defensive end) John Pirrmann, who graduated from Watterson. He said he wishes his final game as a senior would be at Harvard, but I think everyone is pretty excited about it. I know I am."

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