13 - Marcus Edwards
Marcus Edwards
Born: March 4, 1991
Height: 6-1
Weight: 245
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Alabaster, Ala.
High School: Thompson
Position: OLB
Major: EXPW

Marcus emerged as one of the outstanding defensive players on the team and within the Ohio Valley Conference in 2010, leading the OVC in quarterback sacks as a sophomore...opened the year as a "Bandit" but moved to the "Bear" position...has excellent quickness and exhibits an explosive pass rushing ability...runs to the ball well...brings good strength to the field through hard work in the weight room...made a career of being around the football during his high school career and has shown that same reputation in the first three seasons of his college career...physical and aggressive player who will stand out on special teams in kick coverage...received public commendation (along with teammate DeShawn Harris) from Cookeville and TTU Police Departments for helping to apprehend theft suspect during the spring of 2011...potential to be a post-season candidate for honors in 2012.

AT TECH (In 2011): Continued to be a regular on the field for the Golden Eagles as a linebacker, seeing time in all 11 games and earning one start at UT Martin. He finished the year with 41 total tackles, 12 of which were unassisted...had 9.5 tackles-for-loss for 45 yards to tie for seventh place in the OVC at the season's end...top performance came against SEMO with seven stops...had at least two tackles in every game...had two sacks against EKU for 16 yards lost...his five sacks on the season put him at the three-spot in the conference in that category...

AT TECH (In 2010): Marcus saw extensive action in all 11 games as a sophomore, including one start at Austin Peay...made 15 solo tackles and assisted on 14 to finish with 29 total tackles...had 9.0 tackles-for-loss for 49 yards to rank second on the team and 15th in the OVC...led Tech and topped the OVC with 7.5 quarterback sacks for 46 yards...made career-high seven tackles against eastern Illinois inluding 4.5 quarterback sacks for 31 yards...named OVC Defensive Player of the Week following his efforts against the Panthers, and also receieved National Player of the Week nod...had five stops against UT Martin including three tackles-for-loss and two sacks...

AT TECH (In 2009):
Played in nine games as a true freshman...finished the year with 17 total tackles...career-best game included four tackles at Jacksonville State...had a quarterback sack and three tackles against Southeast Missouri.

HIGH SCHOOL: Marcus finished his career at Thompson High School with 530 total tackles and 20 quarterback sacks...also forced 10 fumbles during his prep days...as a senior he was an All-Region selection and named the All-County Iron Man Award winner...chosen the Pat Patricks Player of the Week on his way to 211 total tackles and 10 quarterback sacks...also forced six fumbles, made three interceptions, blocked five field goals and one punt...lettered in four sports, including football, baseball, basketball and track & field.

PERSONAL: The son of Morris Edwards and Lisa Kirkland...birthdate is March 4,1991...full name is Marcus Jameal Edwards...majoring in EXPW/Fitness and Wellness.