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  Marcus Reese
Marcus Reese

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
San Jose, CA

High School:
Oak Grove

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 225

Position:
MLB

Birthdate:
06/15/1981

UCLA — Marcus is an outstanding all-around player who enters his senior season as one of the top linebackers in the Pacific-10 Conference … The most experienced among the Bruin linebackers, the coaches expect big things in the area of performance and leadership … Can be an impact player … He possesses the ability and versatility to play all three linebacker spots and will be a starter in the middle of the Bruin defense … He should once again be a major asset on special teams.

2001 — As a true junior, he saw action in all 11 games as a reserve linebacker … He was on the field for at least 20 plays in nine games, with highs of 46 snaps versus Arizona State and 43 against California … On the year, he ranked ninth on the squad with 34 tackles, including four for loss … In the win over Alabama, he was credited with six tackles (three solos) … In the victory at Oregon State, Reese was second on the team with six tackles (five solos), forced one fumble and recovered another … In the victory over Washington, he made three tackles (two solos), including one-half sack, and blocked a punt that produced UCLA’s third touchdown of the first quarter … In the win over California, he blocked a punt for the second straight week and it again produced a touchdown … He was also third on the squad with six tackles (three solos), including one for loss … At Stanford, he made four solo tackles … At Washington State, he made two tackles, including one sack (nine yards) … He had two solo tackles, including one for loss, at USC and one tackle in the finale vs. Arizona State.

2000 — As a true sophomore, Reese played an important role as the linebacker on the Bruins’ nickel package as well as being the top reserve at all three linebacker spots … He appeared in 11 of 12 games on defense, missing only against Oregon, and played at least 20 snaps six times, including 42 at Washington, 41 versus Oregon State and 38 versus USC and Wisconsin … On the year, he made 34 tackles, led the Bruins with four quarterback sacks and recovered one fumble … He made a career-high 10 tackles at Washington and seven in the regular-season finale versus USC … He also made seven stops, including two sacks, against Wisconsin in the Sun Bowl.

1999 — Saw action in all 11 games as a true freshman and was named second-team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News … Reese was on the field for at least 25 plays in seven games, including 78 at Ohio State and 42 versus Oregon … Finished the year with 37 tackles to rank ninth on the team … Had four tackles for loss, one interception, two pass break ups and a fumble recovery … Made nine tackles in his best game of the season versus the Buckeyes, including three tackles for loss … Had six stops vs. Oregon, tied for the team lead, and made the first interception of his career to set up a touchdown … Made five stops vs. Arizona State, including a tackle for loss … Utilized as the lone linebacker in the “dime” package because of his great athletic ability … Made a big stop in the Stanford game of a fourth quarter fourth-down play which set up UCLA’s final touchdown.

HIGH SCHOOL — Lettered three years in football for coach Ed Buller at Oak Grove High in San Jose, CA … Parade All-American … A SuperPrep All-American and ranked the nation’s No. 4 linebacker … Rated the nation’s No. 36 player by SuperPrep … SuperPrep’s Far West Defensive Player of the Year and the No. 6 player in the California/Arizona/Hawaii region … Rated the No. 36 player in the nation by The Sporting News … Rated the No. 39 player in the nation by RivalNet and by Tom Lemming (The Sporting News.com) … Rated the No. 44 player in the nation by the Cornwell 100 … Member of PrepStar Dream Team … Rated the No. 4 linebacker in the nation and No. 1 in the Western Region by PrepStar … A Super 30 All-Western selection by PrepStar and that magazine’s Defensive MVP of the Western Region … Ranked second (tied) nationally among weakside linebackers by the National Recruiting Advisor … Rated nation’s No. 45 player and No. 5 linebacker by Bobby Burton/ESPN.com … Member of Dallas Morning News National 100 … Member of CBS SportsLine/PrepStar Top 100 … Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram National 100 … Member of fansonly.com Top 100 … Member of Orange County Register Fab 15 … Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West squad with seven votes … Member of Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 … First-team All-State selection by Cal-Hi Sports … Selected Central Coast Section Player of the Year … Named first-team All-San Jose by the Mercury-News … As a senior, he recorded 119 tackles, including 19 quarterback sacks, and forced seven fumbles … Helped team record six shutouts and allow just 92 points in 13 games … MHAL League Player of the Year … Selected to play in the annual California-Texas Shrine All-Star Game … PrepStar pre-season Dream Team member … PrepStar pre-season Super 30 All-West selection … In SuperPrep’s pre-season issue, he ranked seventh nationally among linebackers and seventh among all players in the California/Arizona/Hawaii region … As a junior, he earned all-state acclaim and was his area’s Defensive Player of the Year … Accounted for 116 tackles, including 22 quarterback sacks … Also caused six fumbles and recovered three … As a sophomore, he was credited with 111 tackles, including 15 sacks and one fumble recovery.

PERSONAL — Full Name: Marcus Harrison Reese … Born: June 15, 1981 in San Jose,CA … Parents: John and Alma Reese … Has one older brother, Dwight, and two older sisters, Kerri and Angela … Lists winning the Central Coast Section championship as his biggest athletic thrill to date … Admires NFL linebackers John Mobley and Greg Lloyd for their speed and hard-hitting games … Brother played football at Wisconsin … Cousin, Dana, attended UCLA … Hobbies include basketball and video games … Earned spot on Director’s Honor Roll in Winter 2000 (3.01 GPA) … Sociology major.

Varsity Statistics - M. Reese
Tackles

Year

TT

T-AT

Sacks

TFL

Int

1999

37

20-17

0

4-8

1-1

2000

34

25-9

4-23

4-23

0

2001

34

25-9

1.5-15

4-17

0

Totals

105

70-35

5.5-38

12-48

1-1

Career Highs
Tackles: 10 vs. Washington, 2000; 9 vs. Ohio State, 1999


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