#55 Marcus Valentine
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 274
Year: Senior
Hometown: Sicklerville, N.J.
High School: Winslow Twp. H.S.

Outstanding team leader for the Tigers ... will be one of the Tiger captains in 2011 ... two-year starter at defensive tackle for the Tigers ... versatile lineman who has started 22 consecutive games over the last two seasons ... hard worker with plenty of quickness ... missed Spring season due to shoulder surgery ... one of the Tigers' most committed players in community service projects ... freshman "red shirt" in 2007.

2010 SEASON: Starter in all 11 games at defensive tackle for the second year in a row ... made 40 tackles to finish ninth on the team ... ranked fourth on team with 7.5 tackles for lost yardage ... second on team with three quarterback sacks ... tied for team lead with two fumble recoveries ... also blocked a conversion attempt at Richmond ... experienced a lineman's dream in Tigers' contest against #8 Massachusetts ... scored a rare defensive touchdown on a three-yard fumble return to tie the game at 7-7 late in the first quarter ... picked up fumble after Jeremy Gardner sacked Kyle Havens and forced the fumble ... helped Tigers to five-overtime win over Coastal Carolina with seven tackles ... had six tackles at Villanova ... made two tackles, including a sack, at Columbia ... had five tackles and fumble recovery for TD against Massachusetts ... had four tackles at Richmond ... contributed six tackles, including two for lost yardage, against Rhode Island ... made a pair of tackles at Delaware and had one tackle for lost yardage ... had an outstanding game against Maine with two sacks and a fumble recovery ... had three tackles in season finale at New Hampshire.

2009 SEASON: Won starting position in pre-season ... started all 11 games at defensive tackle ... recorded 35 tackles, 12th on the team ... ranked third on team with 6.5 tackles for lost yardage ... also had 1.5 quarterback sacks ... made first career start in season opener at Northwestern and recorded five tackles ... had three tackles in win over Coastal Carolina ... made four tackles and had one tackle for lost yardage at Morgan State ... helped Tigers to victory at Rhode Island with four tackles ... had four tackles and 1.5 tackles for lost yardage at Northeastern ... made three tackles against top-ranked Richmond ... made five tackles in season finale at James Madison.

2008 SEASON: Appeared in all 12 games as a reserve defensive lineman ... led all Tiger defensive linemen with 40 tackles ... finished eighth on the team in tackles ... made 4.5 tackles for lost yardage ... made career high nine tackles in season finale against James Madison ... made two tackles in first college game at Navy ... helped Tigers to a win over Morgan State with five tackles and had 1.5 tackles for lost yardage ... also had five tackles at Richmond ... made three tackles against Northeastern ... had six tackles against William & Mary, including 1.5 tackles for lost yardage ... had three tackles at Delaware ... also made three tackles at Villanova.

AT WINSLOW TOWNSHIP H.S.: Named as first team All-Group IV defensive tackle twice ... also earned first team all-conference honors in back-to-back years ... led the Eagles to the conference championship as a junior ... honored as team's Most Valuable Player as a senior for Coach Mike McBride ... named as Eagles' Defensive MVP twice ... also competed for the Eagles' basketball team ... member of track and field squad ... product of same high school program as former Tigers John Webb and Jamal White.

PERSONAL: Has three brothers ... lists great-grandmother, Rose Evers, as the person he admires most ... also admires his parents ... hobbies include reading and playing basketball ... ardent fan of the New York Giants ... favorite movie is "Remember The Titans" ... lists Denzel Washington as his favorite actor ... favorite athlete is Shawn Valentine, his youngest brother ... lists "Roots" by Alex Haley as his favorite book ... favorite meal is spaghetti ... father is a graduate of Central Texas State and is retired from the United States Army ... son of Percy and Monica Valentine ... born on May 5, 1989 in Fort Lewis, Wash.

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