Positives…Collegiate linebacker who will shift to strong safety at the pro level...Very effective playing in space, showing smooth lateral agility...Has the quickness to turn his hips and stay stride-for-stride with the receivers in pass coverage...Crunching hitter who has classic wrapup tackling technique...Very instinctive, using his hands well to escape blocks...Knows how to fend off blockers trying to attack his feet...Has a strong burst around the outside and a relentless mentality in pursuit...Excels in man coverage underneath, but also shows great recognition in the zone.
Negatives…Struggles with the more physical blockers in the box...Better playing in space or on the edge than going inside…Seems hesitant stepping up in run force…Lacks the smooth hip turn coming out of his backpedal…Misplaces his assignment switching off in the zone…Does not show good anticipation skills tracking the ball in flight.
Began his Wildcats career as a strong safety before moving to weakside outside linebacker as a redshirt freshman...Competed in 44 games, starting his final 33...Collected 219 tackles with 14.5 sacks and 46 stops behind the line of scrimmage during his career...Holds the school game-record with six tackles for losses (vs. Florida in 1998).
All-Southeastern Conference first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report...Served as team captain...Started all year at weakside linebacker, leading the team with a career-high 85 tackles (65 solos), 5.5 sacks for minus 39 yards and 15 stops for losses of 79 yards...Recovered two fumbles and caused another...Also deflected three passes.
Louisville...Opened the season with an 8-tackle performance...Recovered a fumble by Louisville QB Dave Ragone, advancing the ball 9 yards for a touchdown and later recovered another Ragone fumble with 0:47 left at the Louisville 46-yard line, advancing the ball to the 2-yard line.
South Florida...Followed with 10 tackles and 2.5 sacks for minus 18 yards.
Florida...Deflected a pass near the goal line, sacked QB Jesse Palmer twice, made 3 stops behind the line of scrimmage and posted 6 hits.
Mississippi...Posted a career-high 17 tackles, including a sack.
Louisiana State...Delivered 11 tackles with a pair of stops for losses and batted away 2 passes.
Indiana and Mississippi State...Credited with 6 tackles, including one for a loss in both games.
Tennessee...Closed out his career with a 7-tackle effort.
Manned the weakside linebacker position, ranking second on the team with 68 tackles (55 solos)...Had two sacks for minus 12 yards and a team-high 13 stops for losses of 47 yards...Also intercepted two passes and deflected another...Recovered three fumbles.
Louisville and Connecticut...Collected 6 tackles and recovered a fumble in both of the team's first two games.
Indiana and Florida...Kept that consistency going by collecting 7 tackles with a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage in each of the next two contests.
Arkansas...Picked off a pass and made 9 hits, including 2 stops for minus 5 yards.
South Carolina...Credited with an 8-yard sack.
Louisiana State...Made a key stop in the backfield on a fourth down play for a 2-yard loss and set up a scoring drive with an interception.
Georgia...Followed with a season-high 10 tackles, including a stop for minus 5 yards.
Vanderbilt...Was in on 6 tackles and 2 stops for losses of 10 yards.
Tennessee...Sacked QB Tee Martin for a 4-yard loss.
Syracuse (Music City Bowl)...Delivered 10 tackles with a 9-yard sack, 2 stops for minus 10 yards and a fumble recovery.
Made a great impression in his first year as a starter, recording 55 tackles (44 solos) with seven sacks for minus 58 yards and 18 stops for losses of 85 yards...Only Art Still (20 in 1977) had more stops behind the line of scrimmage in a season for the Wildcats...Caused two fumbles and recovered another...Credited with a safety and two pass deflections.
Eastern Kentucky...Had 7 tackles and 2 stops for losses.
Indiana...Added 2 sacks for minus 11 yards and 9 tackles...Also disrupted a shovel pass that was intercepted by the Wildcats' John Rader, who returned the ball for a game-winning touchdown.
Florida...Spent more time in the Florida backfield than most Gators as he set a school game-record with 6 stops behind the line of scrimmage for losses of 20 yards...Also came up with 7 tackles and a pass deflection.
South Carolina...Registered 3 sacks for minus 28 yards, including one that resulted in a safety and delivered 7 tackles.
Vanderbilt...Recovered a fumble, advancing the ball 22 yards for a touchdown, but suffered a severe left thigh bruise.
Tennessee...Tried to return to action, making 3 tackles before leaving the game when the thigh bruise began acting up.
Penn State (Outback Bowl)...Did not play (thigh).
Played in eleven games as a reserve outside linebacker, finishing with 11 tackles...Suffered a right forearm fracture prior to reporting for fall drills.
Redshirted as a freshman.
4.57 in the 40-yard dash...315-pound bench press...445-pound squat...6.1% body fat.
First-team All-State Class AAAA selection by the Florida Sportswriters Association and winner of the 1995 Volusia County Golden Helmet Award, given to the top defensive back in the county at Atlantic (Daytona, Fla.) High...Team most valuable player and County Player of the Week twice during his senior season as chosen by the Volusia County Quarterback Club...Two-year starter at strong safety and linebacker, earning All-County honors both years...His senior campaign featured 110 tackles, eight sacks, 11 fumbles caused, six fumbles recovered, four blocked kicks, a punt return for a touchdown and a kickoff return for a score... Was the first Division I-A signee for his school...Two-year letterman in basketball and track.
Finance major, earning his bachelor's degree in May, 2000...Guest speaker at several elementary schools (1997-98)...Participated in UK's "Schoolhouse Rock" academic pep rally for 2,000 fourth- and fifth-grade students...Brother, Avery, was an All-American defensive back at Bethune-Cookman...Son of Patricia McCree ...Born Marlon Tarron McCree on 3/17/77 in Orlando, Florida...Resides in Daytona, Florida.