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Marcus Smith
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 11, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Arizona: 3L ... Smith will be a bigger, stronger fifth-year senior leader of the UA defense in 2006, at end or tackle... He suffered an injury in Arizona’s second game of the year in 2005 and was given a medical hardship year of eligibility... Had seven total tackles in the two games he played to open the year, plus recovered a fumble... Started all 11 games for the Wildcats in 2004 ... Ended his junior campaign with 41 tackles (27 solo), 3.5 tackles for loss (-20 yards), 1.5 sacks (-11 loss), a front-best eight pass breakups and one fumble recovered ... Collected three pass breakups, a fumble recovery and four tackles at Washington ... Posted a game-high seven tackles (6 solo), including a sack (-10 loss) and one pass breakup vs. Utah ... Played in all 12 games and started six contests for the Wildcats in 2003, earning honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors ... Recipient of the team’s Martin Gentry Lineman of the Year Award for the defense ... Finished the season with 40 tackles (24 solo), six tackles for loss (-25 yards), four sacks (-21 yards) and a fumble recovery ... Tallied seven tackles and recovered a fumble vs. USC ... Recorded a career-high eight tackles, including three tackles for a loss, and two sacks against Washington ... Earned significant duty as one of Arizona’s top players on the defensive line in 2002 ... Played in nine games at defensive end as a true freshman and was the primary backup on one side for much of the season ... Ended the season with 16 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss (-21 yards), 1.5 sacks (-15 yards) and one pass breakup ... Tied a season-best five tackles in the final game of the year against Arizona State ... One of the Cats’ top recruits in the 2002 class.


High School: Mission Bay High School, San Diego, Calif., 2002 ... Had 90 tackles, 10 sacks and two interceptions, plus caused five fumbles as a senior ... Returned a fumble 96 yards for a score, a CIF-San Diego record ... Rated a Top 50 weak-side DE and three-star prospect by ... Earned San Diego Union Tribune all-county honors ... Prep Football Report All-West as the No. 90 prospect in the region ... SuperPrep All-Farwest No. 107 ... Max Emfinger national DE list ... All-San Diego area at linebacker ... Las Vegas Sun Super 11 honorable mention ... JV football MVP in 1998, he progressed to all-league the following year on the varsity and subsequent only student in area to be all-league in two sports his final two years ... Senior MVP in 2001 ... Most Inspirational Player Award in 2000 ... Football team captain senior year and JV captain in 1998 ... In basketball, averaged 17 points and 16 rebounds per game in 2002 ... Basketball team MVP in 1999 and Las Vegas Classic All-Star team member ... Lettered four years in basketball and football, and twice in baseball ... National Honor Society Certificate Award in 1997 ... Mission Bay Honor Roll throughout junior high and high school ... Computer technology award from MBHS ... Urban League Golden Pyramid Scholar three years ... MBHS School Link Crew member, 2001-2002 ... Bayview Baptist Church “3.0 Partners” member ... 2001 United States Achievement Academy Award ... Selected to the San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic Team in football and basketball for three years ... New Student Orientation aide ... African Student Union member.


Personal: Academic major is family studies and human development ... Son of Edward and Gracelia Smith of San Diego ... Father attended the Naval Academy and is retired from the U.S. Navy ... Mom attended UCSD and is a chief county recorder ... Younger brother, Eric, is active in sports at Clairemont HS ... Active in the Bayview Baptist Church audiovisual department and is a parking security volunteer ... Kiwanis Club volunteer for Special Olympics and Soap Box Derby ... Little League scorekeeper and concessionaire ... Pop Warner videographer for three years ... United Way contributor ... Habitat for Humanity Project in early 2002 ... Sea World customer service worker his senior year ... Likes computers, television, video games and sports ... Full name: Marcus E.B. Smith ... Date of birth: Feb. 7, 1984, San Diego, Calif.


Smith's Career Stats

Year G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sacks Other
2002 9-0 8 8 16 3.5-21 1.5-15 1 PD


12-6 24 16 40 6.0-25 4.0-25 1 FR
2004 11-11 27 14 41 3.5-20 1.5-11 8 PD, 1 FR
2005* 2-2 4 3 7 0 0 FR
Totals 34-19 63 41 104 13- 66 7- 47 9 PD, 3 FR

(*medical hardship year)

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