Fullback Owen Marecic, whom the Browns selected in the fourth round (124th overall pick) of the 2011 NFL Draft, will skip this week's players-only workouts organized by quarterback Colt McCoy so he can participate in commencement festivities at Stanford University.
"Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend the upcoming workout because of my graduation ceremonies," Marecic, who has yet to hire an agent, wrote in an e-mail. "After graduation weekend (this upcoming weekend), I fully plan on attending every activity organized by the team."
Meanwhile, fellow rookie Greg Little, a wide receiver from the University of North Carolina, is expected to join McCoy and other members of the Browns' offense for a three-day session at the University of Texas in Austin, Little's agent, Andy Ross, confirmed. Barring an unforeseen change in plans, the workouts will be held Thursday through Saturday, said Sarah Dodds, a marketing coordinator for The Flippen Group who handles media inquiries for McCoy.
Of the eight players the Browns picked in this year's draft, three -- Marecic, Little and tight end Jordan Cameron -- fill skill positions on offense. Marecic, pictured to the right, will be the last of the trio to attend one of the camps that McCoy has designed to help the Browns' wide receivers, tight ends and backs stay sharp during the NFL's lockout, though finishing classes and securing a degree in human biology certainly qualifies as a legitimate excuse for absence.
As for Little, a second-round selection (59th overall), the upcoming gathering will serve as his introduction to the workouts, which have become known as "Camp Colt." Cameron, a fourth-round pick (102nd overall) out of the University of Southern California, joined McCoy and Co. for players-only workouts last month at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea. It's unclear at this point whether Cameron plans to return to "Camp Colt" this week.