2016 NFL Draft
  Marques Anderson
Marques Anderson

Player Profile

Long Beach, CA

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 207

Free Safety


UCLA — Anderson enters his senior year as one of the most physical safeties in the nation … He should be a prime candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented to the nation’s top defensive back, as well as All-America honors … A versatile performer, he will start at free safety but possesses the coverage ability of a cornerback … He switched from strong safety during Spring Practice … Marques is an exposive performer with big-play potential … He possesses the size, speed and strength to be an impact player and is one of the best athletes on the squad … During his career, he has caused or recovered 12 opponent fumbles … He is very strong for a defensive back with impressive testing numbers across the board.

2000 — One of the top safeties in the West as a junior, Anderson earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 acclaim from the league’s coaches … Playing strong safety, Anderson ranked third on the squad with his 73 tackles but his 6.6 average was second only to Robert Thomas’ 7.3 … He led the squad with 11 tackles for loss and four fumble recoveries and ranked second with three quarterback sacks, three forced fumbles and 12 passes defensed … In the regular season, he was tied for second in the Pac-10 with his four fumble recoveries, tied for fifth with his three fumbles forced and 15th with his average of 6.7 tackles per game … Anderson started and played in 11 of 12 games and played at least 70 snaps seven times, including 90 versus Oregon State, 85 at Oregon, 84 versus Stanford, 83 at Washington and 82 against USC … He was credited with four tackles in the opener against Alabama, including one sack, and also broke up two passes … In the win over Fresno State, he added five tackles including one for loss and broke up two passes … He was at his best in the win over Michigan, making a team-high eight tackles, including one for loss … He also forced a fumble and broke up a pass … Against Oregon, he had eight tackles, including two for losses (one sack) … Anderson, who sat out the ASU game after undergoing a routine medical procedure for a non-football condition, returned to action against California … He made five tackles against the Golden Bears and his diving interception at the Cal 39-yard line set up the first of UCLA’s two fourth-quarter touchdowns … He also recovered a fumble just before halftime that resulted in another Bruin touchdown … Against Oregon State, he made seven tackles, including one for a loss … He also recovered two fumbles and forced one … Late in the game, he forced another fumble at the goal line but the play was ruled dead on a false start by the Beaver offense … In the game at Arizona, Anderson made several big plays with his five tackles, one for loss, and an interception … He ran down Wildcat quarterback Ortege Jenkins from behind to prevent a touchdown (Jenkins then threw an interception) … Anderson’s interception led to a UCLA touchdown (by Brian Poli-Dixon) which put the Bruins ahead at the time, 14-7 … In the victory over Stanford, he was credited with eight tackles, including his third sack of the year and a second stop behind the line … At Washington, he made a career-high nine tackles and forced his third fumble of the year … In the regular-season finale against USC, Anderson scored the first touchdown of his career, recovering a fumble in the end zone on the first play of the game … He also made eight tackles, including 1.5 for losses, and broke up one pass … In the Sun Bowl against Wisconsin, he was credited with six tackles and made his third interception of the year.

1999 — Missed the entire season due to off-field discipline.

1998 — Anderson performed as both a starter and a key reserve during his sophomore season … On the year, he started six games (Texas, Houston, Washington, USC, Miami and Wisconsin) and played at least 60 defensive snaps eight times, including 86 at Houston, 76 versus USC and 73 at Washington … He also played on several special teams units (punt and punt coverage and field goal block) … After doing a good job as the team's nickel back during the middle of the season, he returned to the starting lineup at Washington and also started against USC, Miami and Wisconsin … Anderson made the biggest play of his career against Stanford, stripping the ball from Jeff Allen before he could score the go-ahead touchdown (UCLA recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchback) … He had seven tackles against the Cardinal and made 48 in his final eight games (season-high eight versus Oregon, five at California, seven versus Stanford, four at Oregon State, seven at Washington, five versus USC, seven at Miami and five versus Wisconsin) to give him 58 on the year … He also broke up 11 passes and led the team with four forced fumbles, including the big play against Stanford and two versus USC.

1997 — Anderson became an impact player as a true freshman, starting five times and earning first-team Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News for his efforts … Also selected defensive winner of UCLA’s John Boncheff, Jr. Memorial Award for Rookie of the Year … Concluded the season with 42 tackles (34 primaries), second to Larry Atkins among 1998 returnees … Ranked third on the squad with three interceptions for 32 yards … Also credited with seven passes defensed to rank fourth on the team and first among returnees … Played in 11 of 12 games, starting five, and played at least 50 snaps six times, including 74 at Oregon, 71 versus Oregon State, 70 against Texas and Arizona and 65 at USC … In the Cotton Bowl win, he accounted for seven tackles while forcing a fumble and helping UCLA hold the Aggies to just 55 yards passing … In the regular-season finale against USC, he came off the bench to make five tackles and help defense R. Jay Soward … In his first career start at Texas, responded with five solo tackles and his first career interception … He added three tackles in his second start versus Arizona, three tackles and his second theft against Houston, two stops at Oregon and five tackles against California … In the victory over Washington, he came off the bench to make three tackles and his third interception of the year set up UCLA’s fourth TD of the first half.

HIGH SCHOOL — Earned three letters in football for coach Jerry Jaso at Long Beach Poly High School … SuperPrep and PrepStar All-West selection … Honorable mention Best in the West … As a senior, he was credited with four interceptions, 85 solo tackles and 40 assists … Posted career totals of 13 interceptions, 14 pass deflections, five fumble recoveries, three blocked punts, two caused fumbles and 203 tackles … Also earned four letters in track and field for coach Don Norford … As a senior, he was captain of both the football and track teams … Named all-league in both sports as well … Rated as the fourth fastest 400-meter runner in the Southern Section of the CIF … Team MVP for track team … All-CIF and CIF champion in the 400 meters … Best 400m time of 47.25 … Also a member of the school record-setting 4 x 100 relay.

PERSONAL — Full Name: Marques Deon Anderson … Parents: Maurice and Susan Anderson … Born: May 26, 1979 in Harbor City, CA … Has two sisters, Andrea (a former All-American and two-time Pac-10 400-meters champion for the Bruin women’s track team) and Ashley … Earned spot on Director’s Honor Roll in Winter 2000 with his 3.48 GPA … American Literature major.

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Career Highs
Tackles: 9 vs. Washington, 2000; 8 vs. USC, 2000; vs. Stanford, 2000; vs. Oregon, 2000; vs. Michigan, 2000