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44 Marcus Thomas
  • Defensive Tackle
  • 6-3, 290
  • Senior, 3L
  • Jacksonville
  • Mandarin HS

A true senior three-year starter at defensive tackle…

HONORS: Selected to the Honorable Mention All-SEC team by the Associated Press in 2005…Named to the Knoxville News-Sentinel All-Freshman Team in 2003…

CAREER: Has seen action in 36 games with 26 starts at defensive tackle…Blocked a field goal in the second quarter against Florida State that was returned 54 yards by Reggie Lewis for a touchdown…In research dating back to 1979, it is the only blocked field goal returned for a score by a Gator…

2006: Member of the Leadership Committee…

2005: One of two Gator defenders to block a kick during the 2005 season…Finished with 45 tackles on the season, one of eight Gators to break the 40-tackle barrier, including 10.5 for a net loss of 34 yards, as well as four quarterback sacks for a net loss of 20 yards…One of eight Gators to record a quarterback hurry with two, also one of 11 to force a fumble this season…Blocked an extra point attempt that was returned for a defensive extra point by Dee Webb in the second quarter of the Gators' loss at South Carolina…Blocked a field goal attempt in the second quarter against Florida State that was picked up by defensive back Reggie Lewis, who raced 54 yards to pay dirt…Notched four solo tackles against Iowa at the Outback Bowl including one for a loss of three yards, as well as one pass break-up and one sack…Added four to his tackle total in Florida's home win over Florida State, including one tackle for a loss of one yard…Added nine to his tackle total with two solo and seven assisted efforts in Florida's road swing at LSU…Notched six tackles, including four solo efforts, against South Carolina, as well as two tackles for a loss of 10 yards…Recorded six tackles against Alabama, including three for a net loss of 11 yards and one sack for a loss of seven yards, his first of the season…

2004: Started all 12 games, seeing the field for 644 snaps, tops among defensive tackles…39 tackles were tied for the most among defensive tackles…Tied for the team lead with 4.5 sacks…Seven tackles were second on the team vs. Middle Tennessee, including his first sack of the season…Five total tackles against LSU led all defensive linemen…Tied season high with seven tackles vs. Middle Tennessee…Led all defensive linemen with six tackles, including two sacks at Vanderbilt…Only tackle at Florida State was a sack…Two solo tackles vs. Miami in the Peach Bowl…Also saw action on special teams as a member of the punt return and field goal and extra point block teams…

2003: …Worked his way into the DT rotation and saw action in 12 games (missed LSU game with an ankle sprain) with two starts (Ole Miss and FSU)…Became the first true freshman to start on the defensive line since 1992, when Johnnie Church and David Barnard started for the Gators…Second among UF defensive tackles with 47 stops…Also had 3.5 TFL and 1.5 sacks…Saw action in 358 plays, the third highest total among UF's defensive tackles…First true freshman to see action on the defensive line since 2000 when Kenny Parker, Darrell Lee and Ian Scott played…20 of his 40 tackles came during last three games of the season…Recorded a line-high seven tackles vs. Iowa, also has a TFL in the effort…Recorded a career-high nine tackles versus FSU, also a TFL and a sack…Made a key stop on a two-point conversion to preserve a Gator victory vs. South Carolina…Recorded five tackles, .5 TFL and .5 sacks versus Vanderbilt…Ranked second on the defense with a line-high five tackles (all solo hits) in just 26 plays in his first career game vs. SJSU. Also recorded a TFL in the win…Tied for the line-high with five tackles vs. FAMU…Saw action on 11 plays and made one tackle vs. Miami…

PREP: A SuperPrep All-America who is also considered among the state's top two defensive linemen by the publication… Considered the south's top defensive tackle and ranked No. 6 in the country at that position by Rivals…Also listed as Florida's top defensive lineman by Rivals…First- Team All-State (6A)…Led the team in sacks as a senior with 30, just two shy of the state record…Played sparingly at fullback and rushed for over 100 yards in a game…80 tackles and 15 sacks as a junior…High school teammate of FSU's Chris Anderson…Chose Florida over Florida State and Miami…

2003 30-17 47 3.5 1.5 0 0 0 0
2004 28-11 39 7.5 4.5 0 0 0 0
2005 22-23 45 10.5 4 2 0 1 0
Totals: 80-51 131 22.5 10 2 0 1 0

Tackles: 9 (twice, last vs.LSU, 2005)
QB Sacks: 2 (twice, last vs. South Carolina, 2005)
Forced Fumbles: 1 (twice, last vs. LSU, 2005)
Interceptions: None

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