Marquardt is a seasoned player and set to impress

Tanner Marquardt is a seasoned veteran on the field for his age. With 7 years’ experience, Tanner Marquardt has had quite the experience with the Abbotsford Falcons Football Club and the CFC50 No. 49 ranked Abbotsford Panthers Senior Secondary School.

He has put up some impressive stats that will help out any team on the lookout. This season included 24 receptions for 723 yards, with 7 touchdowns and 13 tackles. Playing multiple positions, it is difficult to say which one is the perfect fit for Tanner.

“I love playing Wide Receiver because it feels like you’re a game changer because one good catch could turn the game around. While playing wide receiver you connect with your QB on a whole new level. It’s kinda weird but it’s almost like you know exactly what, when and where he is going to throw you the ball which makes it easier to make a play on it. I have been playing with the same QB (John Madigan) for 4 straight years, all of high school and let me tell you grade 9-10 were building years but when it came to grade 11 and 12 we started to get this connection that everyone could feel and it was amazing. I just felt like I was on a whole different level, I had a boost of confidence and it was almost like I could feel the energy of the crowd every time I made a play. That is why I love Wide receiver.”

He goes on to say, “I love playing corner because I love contact and the thrill you get when you make a tackle or defend a pass either with an interception or a knock down.”

Although Tanner doesn’t like to make comparisons, he has had the privilege of working with some amazing mentors over his 7 year career. CFC100 WR Chase Claypool was one of Tanner’s teammates before he was moved on to the NCAA and now plays for the University of Notre Dame.

“I’ve played with Chase for many of years and he taught me so much knowledge about football. He taught me to always work hard and work towards your dreams. He taught me everything about football from how to catch the ball to how to make a tackle. Every time Chase was doing drills in practice or playing in a game I always watched every little thing he did and tried to replicate it. Chase might not know it but I wouldn’t be able to do half the things I do in football if it wasn’t for him and I just want to thank him and show him how good I have become.”


Along with being able to play the game he loves with the likes of Chase Claypool, he also gives much respect to the people that made it possible for the opportunities.

“I give so much respect to my coaches (Jay Fujimura, Teague Funk, Elmore Abraham). So when I first came into high school I wasn’t very good at all but my coaches saw potential in me and they told me if I work hard I could be an outstanding player on the field. So that’s exactly what I did, I worked my butt off to become the best player I possibly could. But I don’t think/want my journey to be over because I want to get better, bigger, stronger and faster. Prove to my coaches that all the blood, sweat and tears they have put into coaching me will pay off. I still want the opportunity to showcase my talent and rebuild another family. I want to continue playing football for as long as I can. I don’t care how good or bad the team is, I just want to be out on the field doing what I do best. Most importantly I want to make my coaches proud.”


At this point, Tanner doesn’t have any recruitment bites, but  he is hopeful that a program will come along and give him the opportunity to take his talent to the next level, and show everyone he deserves to play at the college level. “My future football plans are to go play university ball and play my heart out. I don’t care how big or fast the others players are because the bigger heart will always win.” He continues, “Right now I’m focusing on school and really wanting a university to contact me so I can play on the next level.”

When someone has the passion, the drive, and the want to play like Tanner does, you can be sure that any team that picks him up will not be disappointed.

“I have not committed to a university yet. And don’t really have a top 3, I’m just itching to get onto the field and play more football. Since our season ended I have been lost without practice after school every day and hanging with all the football guys. I want football to be a big part of my life and I wish to continue playing.”

This off-season, Tanner is looking to bulk up. With his passion to continue his career into the next level he has quite the aggressive plan to get himself to that next level. He says that he would like to put on some weight and improve his speed and agility. With workouts every day after school for an hour and work on these goals, he should be around 190lbs by the end of the school year.

Knowing that there is a large difference between high school and college football, you can rest assured that Tanner is willing and able to put in the time and effort that is required. Tanner believes that he is very versatile and will be able to adjust to this next level as he has the work ethic that will get him there. “I was raised to put all your effort into everything you do and that’s what I’m willing to do, whatever it takes” he says.

Tanner isn’t satisfied with being second best either. He says that when he’s on the field he always plays his hardest. The worst feeling to him is losing a game because you didn’t give 100%.

“Football means the world to me, I honestly don’t know what I would do without it. If there was no football I would be lost. I feel like I didn’t choose the sport the sport chose me. Football is a whole different lifestyle, it’s almost like living two lives at once and I need both to survive. Football may not be my profession, but it will always be my passion.”


Tanner Marquardt
5’10, 170lbs

Teams: Abbotsford Falcons, Abbotsford Panthers, and a Star Bowl Team
Official Visits: None
Commitments: None
Considerations: Open
Class: 2017


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