Positives…Big-framed athlete with the bulk and strength to stuff the middle...Has the size and aggressive nature to simply dominate the opponent...Explodes off the snap, using his power to contain blockers at the line of scrimmage...His quick initial burst allows him to easily penetrate into the backfield...Excels at collapsing the pocket and displays quickness in his closing burst on the quarterback...Delivers a forcefully hand punch coming out of his stance to disengage from the blocker...Has outstanding pass rush speed, easily splitting the double team coverage...Fires low off the snap and maintains balance well while stacking up the inside running game...Diagnoses the play with no hesitation.
Negatives…Immature player who still has a lot of growing up to do (seems to strive on getting attention)... Does not always have his "motor" running, as he will give up on plays, at times... Consistency has been lacking from his game, but it is sometimes hidden by his raw talents...Plays high off the snap in pass rushing situations, causing blockers to lock on low to ride him out...Has good lateral agility, but will not use it all the time, as he tends to not pursue the ball for distance... He will give up the battle early with the blocker if his initial move does not work...Needs to be prodded a lot, as he will take plays off due to adequate work habits...Needs to develop an all-out effort in order to match his athletic ability if he wants to make it big at the next level.
Joined Roland Seymour in giving the Bulldogs the premier defensive tackle tandem in college football the last two years...More of the line's "sheriff" as he constantly battled multiple blockers in order to free up his other line mates...Played in 43 games at Georgia, earning 29 starting assignments at the left tackle position...Collected 142 tackles (77 solos) with 6.5 sacks and 19 stops for losses of 76 yards...Despite seeing constant double coverage, he registered 55 quarter- back pressures during his career, with seven of them resulting in interceptions...Known for his athletic ability, Marcus was a nightmare for the passing game in other ways, collecting 17 pass deflections during his time in a Georgia uniform.
All-Southeastern Conference second-team pick by the league's coaches and Associated Press...Recipient of the Joseph F. Espy Endowed Football Scholarship...Started all year at left defensive tackle, recording 57 tackles (24 solos) with 1.5 sacks for minus 19 yards and six stops for losses of 26 yards...Led the team with 24 quarterback pressures...Recovered a fumble... Despite playing on the defensive line, he ranked second on the team with eight pass deflections.
Georgia Southern...Began the season in explosive fashion, registering 6 pressures, 10 tackles, including one for a loss and recovering a fumble.
Arkansas...Posted 5 hits (3 solos) as he joined fellow tackle Roland Seymour in assisting on a 9-yard sack...Also had 4 pressures, a pass deflection and 2 stops for losses of 12 yards.
Tennessee...Added a 10-yard sack, a pressure and 4 tackles.
Vanderbilt...Had 6 assisted tackles with a stop for a 2-yard loss, 3 pressures and a pass break-up.
Kentucky...Delivered 7 tackles, 3 pressures and a pass deflection.
Florida...Followed with 4 pressures (two resulted in interceptions).
Auburn...Made 6 tackles (4 solos), including a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage.
Georgia Tech...Closed out the season with a 5-tackle (3 solos) performance.
Virginia (Oahu)...Started, but did not record any tackles.
Played in ten games, starting nine contests at left tackle...Finished with 37 tackles (28 solos), two sacks for minus 7 yards and seven stops for losses of 20 yards...Deflected four passes and caused a fumble...Credited with nine quarterback pressures.
Utah State...Caused a fumble on the season's opening series, adding 6 tackles (4 solos) with a stop behind the line of scrimmage and a pressure.
South Carolina...Collected 3 stops for losses of 5 yards, a pressure and 5 hits (3 solos).
Central Florida...Posted 6 solo tackles with a 5-yard sack.
Louisiana State...Deflected a pass that was intercepted by Georgia cornerback Jamie Henderson and had a 2-yard sack with 2 stops behind the line of scrimmage.
Tennessee...Had a stop for a 2-yard loss, but suffered a right knee sprain in the first quarter and missed the rest of the game.
Vanderbilt...Did not play (knee).
Kentucky...Came off the bench late in the game, seeing limited action (knee).
Auburn...Collected 7 tackles (5 solos).
Georgia Tech...Put together an 8-tackle (5 solos) performance.
Purdue (Outback Bowl)...Made 3 hits and stopped tailback Montrell Lowe for a 4-yard loss on a third-down play late in the fourth quarter to preserve a 28-25 win.
Played in every game, starting nine contests at the "Buck" (left) defensive end position...Made 22 tackles (15 solos) with a 3-yard sack and three stops for losses of 9 yards...Caused two fumbles and deflected three passes...Posted 12 quarterback pressures.
Louisiana State...Deflected a pass in a goal line stand.
Tennessee...Caused a fumble and had a 3-yard sack.
Vanderbilt...Followed with a pair of hits, including one for a 3-yard loss and 2 pressures.
Florida...Registered a season-high 4 solo tackles with a stop behind the line of scrimmage and a pair of pressures.
Georgia Tech...Had another 4-tackle effort.
Virginia (Peach Bowl)...Collected 3 tackles (2 solos) as he sacked QB Aaron Brooks for an 8-yard loss and stopped tailback Thomas Jones behind the line of scrimmage for minus 5 yards on a third-down play to guide the Bulldogs to a 35-33 decision.
Appeared in every game as a reserve at the "Bandit" tackle position, recording 26 tackles (10 solos) with a pair of sacks for minus 18 yards and three stops for losses of 21 yards...Third on the team with 10 quarterback pressures...Also deflected two passes.
Northeast Louisiana...Posted a season-high 5 tackles (3 solos) with 2 pressures.
Mississippi State...His first career sack was good for an 11-yard loss.
Florida...Added a 7-yard sack and 2 pressures.
Mississippi and Georgia Tech...Had 3 tackles with a pressure in both games.
Wisconsin (Outback Bowl)...Sacked QB Mike Samuel for an 8-yard loss and delivered 3 tackles (2 solos).
Redshirted as a freshman.
5.0 in the 40-yard dash...405-pound bench press...Bench presses 225 pounds 22 times...625-pound squat...336-pound power clean...30-inch vertical jump...19.7% body fat.
Named Class A first-team All-State by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Georgia Sports Writers Association, adding Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 and Top 50 in Georgia, USA Today All-USA honorable mention selection, second-team All-South by Forrest Davis and Sweet 16 honors by the Macon Telegraph as a senior defensive lineman at Brooks County (Barney, Ga.) High...Selected to play in the Georgia-Florida All-Star Game...Sports South All-South third-team Defense selection...Recorded 76 tackles, 8 sacks, and two fumble recoveries as a senior...Also started at tight end and had 25 receptions for 307 yards and a touchdown... Also played basketball...Member of the National Honor Society.
Sports Studies major...Born 6/25/78...Resides in Barney, Georgia.