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4 Marquand Manuel
  • Strong Safety
  • 6-1, 204
  • Senior
  • Miami (Miami Senior HS)

CAREER A redshirt senior...Graduated in December 2000 (degree in 3 years) with a year of eligibility still remaining...Played in 46 regular season games with 35 regular season starts for 3,104 plays and also played in the 1999 Orange Bowl and started the 2000 Citrus Bowl, 2001 Sugar Bowl and 2002 Orange Bowl...36 starts at strong safety and two at weakside linebacker...Four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection (1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001)...Registered 308 career tackles and 38 "Big Plays" (11 pass deflections, eight QB sacks (-40), six forced QB hurries, three TBL, six interceptions, two FF and one FR)...118 tackles in 1999 ranked first on squad and 83 tackles in 2000 ranked second on team

2001 SEASON An experienced (39 career starts) redshirt senior who was the starter at strong safety...Graduated in December of 2000 and is pursuing a post-graduate degree...Received the unit's defensive Goodwill Gators Award this spring...Ranked among the nation's top seven safeties by The Sporting News...A preseason second team All-SEC selection by The Sporting News...2001 Academic All-District III selection and SEC Academic Honor Roll selection...Started all 11 regular season games and saw action on 639 snaps...Also played in the Orange Bowl...62 tackles (40 solo) with 13 "Big Plays" (2 TBL, 3.0 QB sacks, 2 FH, 2 FF, FR, 2 PD, INT) on season...62 tackles ranks fifth on team and third among defensive backs...13 "Big Plays" is second most among DB unit...Recorded five tackles (four solo) and one fumble recovery in season opener vs. Marshall...Led team with eight tackles (five solo) vs. UL-Monroe...Led team with eight tackles (four solo) vs. Vanderbilt...Three "Big Plays" (INT, sack, FH) with five tackles vs. South Carolina...Second on the team with nine tackles in the Orange Bowl with one pass deflection

2000 SEASON Played in all 12 regular-season games with nine starts (Kentucky as a fifth DB, Mississippi State, LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Florida State and SEC Championship Game vs. Auburn at strong safety)...Also started the Sugar Bowl...83 total tackles (55 solo), second-best on squad, with two "Big Plays" (pass deflection, interception)...784 plays ranked second-most on defense and fifth on the team...Registered interception vs. Georgia...Made nine tackles vs. Florida State...Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and the SEC Good Works Team...Received the defensive unit's Goodwill Gators Award at the conclusion of spring drills

1999 SEASON Starter at strong safety in all 12 games for 1,005 plays...Also started Citrus Bowl...Received UF's Best Effort on Defense Award...SEC Academic Honor Roll selection...118 tackles (73 solo) with 12 "Big Plays" (two TBL (-7), two sacks (-14), one forced fumble, four pass deflections and three interceptions)...118 tackles ranked first on squad...Led the squad or tied for team lead in tackles in six of 12 games (11 vs. Tennessee, 15 vs. Kentucky, 20 vs. Alabama, 9 vs. LSU, 11 vs. Vanderbilt, 8 vs. South Carolina)...1,005 plays ranked second on the team...In season opener versus Western Michigan, finished with six tackles (five solo) and one forced fumble...Against Tennessee, had a team-high 11 tackles (four solo) and one pass deflection...Had a team-high 15 tackles (nine solo) and a sack (-6) against Kentucky...Had a team-high and career-best 20 tackles (13 solo) and two TTFL (-7) against Alabama...Tied for a team-high nine tackles (five solo) against LSU, with two pass deflections and an interception...Four tackles (two solo) and an interception versus Auburn...Tied for a team-high 11 tackles (eight solo) with endzone interception versus Vanderbilt...Tied for team-high with eight tackles (six solo) and one quarterback sack (-8) against South Carolina...10 tackles (eight solo) versus Florida State...14 tackles (seven solo) and one pass deflection in the SEC Championship game with Alabama...Co-recipient of the defensive unit's Most Inspirational Award during spring

1998 SEASON Played in all 11 regular season games with two starts (The Citadel, Kentucky) for 676 playsAlso played in Orange Bowl...Was the top backup at strong safety who also played on UF's special teams...45 tackles and 11 "Big Plays" (four pass deflections, three QB sacks (-5), three forced quarterback hurries and one interception)...45 tackles ranked as fourth-best total among UF's defensive backs...11 "Big Plays" was second-best among UF's defensive backs...12 special teams tackles ranked second on team...676 plays ranked first among defensive backs and fourth overall on squad...Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll...Started at strong safety in season opener vs. The Citadel as Rod Graddy served a one-game suspension...Eight tackles, a pass deflection and a quarterback sack (-2) in start as a fifth defensive back vs. Kentucky...Six tackles and three "Big Plays" (one QB sack (-2), one pass deflection and one forced QB hurry) vs. Alabama...Three tackles and one QB sack (-1) vs. Auburn...Five tackles and first career interception vs. Georgia Eight tackles vs. Florida State...A co-recipient during spring of the defensive unit's Most Inspirational Award

1997 SEASON Did not see any game action and was redshirted...Worked with the scout team at defensive back

PREP Considered one of the state's elite defensive backs who gained a good deal of prep All-America recognition...Named to SuperPrep All-America Team and was ranked among the nation's top 15 defensive backs by that publication...PrepStar All-America recognition and ranked ninth-best defensive back in the SEC region by that publication...National Recruiting Advisor All-America Team and was ranked among the nation's top six free safety prospects by that publication...A first-team All-State (6A) selection in 1996...94 tackles with nine interceptions and eight passes broken up in 1996...15 career interceptions...High school coach was Nigel Dunn...A track standout who has run a 10.6 100 meters...Named to the Honor Roll all four years of high school...Also visited Clemson, Florida State, Miami and Michigan State

PERSONAL Born Marquand Alexander Manuel on July 11, 1979 in Miami, Florida...Parents: John Eaford and Marge Manuel...One of 18 children...Plays basketball and video games in his free time...Favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye...

Major: Received his bachelor's degree in December of 2000 in Criminology & Law...Currently in a Counselor Education graduate program

1998 29-16 45 0 3(-5) 3(-5) 3 0 0 4 1
1999 73-45 118 2(-7) 2(-14) 4(21) 0 1 0 4 3
2000 55-28 83 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
2001 40-22 62 2 (-8) 3 (-21) 5 (-29) 1 2 1 2 1
Totals 197-111 308 4(-15) 8 (-53) 12(-68) 4 3 1 11 6
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