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  Marcus Cassel
Marcus Cassel

Player Profile
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Carson, CA

High School:
St. John Bosco

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 189

Position:
CB

Birthdate:
01/06/1983

Experience:
3V

UCLA -- This fifth-year senior figures to be in the thick of the battle for a starting cornerback position ... Does a fine job of making decisions in zone coverages and is one of the most experienced candidates.

2004 -- Cassel earned the starting nod at cornerback in the opener against Oklahoma State and went on to start seven games ... He made five tackles (three assists) against the Cowboys ... At Illinois, he recovered two fumbles in the first half, broke up one pass and made four tackles (one solo) ... At Washington, he made three solo tackles ... Against San Diego State, he made six tackles (four solos) ... Against Arizona, he had four tackles (three solos) and forced a fumble ... At California, he made seven tackles, including six solos, and also broke up a pass ... He made two solo tackles at Arizona State ... He came off the bench for a few snaps against Stanford and made one tackle ... He made one tackle off the bench versus Washington State and saw action against Oregon, USC and Wyoming ... On the year, Cassel made 33 stops ... His two fumble recoveries tied for fourth in the Pac-10 (0.18 per game).

2003 -- Saw action in 11 games ... Was a consistent member of the kickoff return unit on special teams ... Saw limited action at defensive back in the games against Illinois (10 snaps) and Washington (three) ... Finished the year with one tackle (Illinois).

2002 -- Appeared in four games overall as a redshirt freshman ... Credited with one tackle in the Washington game ... Served as a member of the punt return squad during the course of the season.

2001 -- Did not see action in his first year in the program and has one season of eligibility remaining.

HIGH SCHOOL -- Played two seasons as a defensive back for coach Kiki Mendoza at St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, CA ... PrepStar All-American (No. 6 defensive back in West) ... Rated nation's No. 15 cornerback by rivals.com ... Rated nation's No. 20 cornerback by FoxStudentSports.com ... SuperPrep All-Far West/California (No. 34 prospect) ... Tom Lemming All-West (No. 81 prospect) ... Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West (seven votes) ... Second-team All-State (Cal-Hi Sports) ... Selected L.A. Times All-South Coast/Southeast as a defensive back ... Pre-season SuperPrep All-Far West (No. 88 prospect) ... Selected to play in the CaliFlorida All-Star game ... As a senior, he made 63 tackles, had four interceptions and broke up 14 passes ... Scored a touchdown on a 40-yard interception return ... Served as team captain ... As a junior, he had six interceptions, made 83 tackles and broke up 18 passes ... Also participated in track and field ... Had best time of 10.9 in 100 meters and best marks of 22-6 in the long jump and 42-3 in the triple jump.

PERSONAL -- Full Name: Marcus Ray Cassel... Born: January 6, 1983 in Long Beach, CA ... Parents: Clyde and Joletta Cassel ... Has one brother, Jason ... Lists former NFL stars Deion Sanders and Walter Payton as the athletes he most admires ... Hobbies include music, sports and computers ... Lists his biggest thrill in athletics as making tackles ... Psychology major.

Varsity Statistics - M. Cassel
Tackles

Year

TT

T-AT

Sacks

TFL

INT

2004

33

22-11

0-0

.0-0

0

2003

1

1-0

0-0

.0-0

0

2002

1

0-1

0-0

.0-0

0

Totals

35

23-12

0-0

.0-0

0

Career Highs
Tackles: 7 vs. California, 2004


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