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2 Markus Manson
  • Running Back
  • 6-0 · 189
  • Sophomore (RS), 1L
  • Tuscaloosa, AL Hillcrest HS

A redshirt sophomore running back…

2005: Played in all 12 games with two starts (South Carolina and Florida State)…Ranked second on the squad with 365 yards on 81 carries, good for a 4.5 average…Led the Gators with 16 kickoff returns, totaling 313 yards, for a 19.6 yard average…Honored as the SEC Freshman of the Week on Nov. 7 after an outstanding performance in the shootout victory over Vanderbilt…Had a career-high 18 rushes for 61 yards and scored his first career touchdown with a two-yard run in the fourth quarter against Vandy…Set career highs in receptions (six), yards (48) and longest catch (16) versus the Commodores…Made his first career start at South Carolina and responded with 57 yards on 13 carries, including a long run of 11 yards…Totaled 39 yards on 11 rushes in the victory over Florida State and scored his second touchdown of the campaign in the fourth quarter with a two-yard run…Returned two kickoffs for 51 yards, taking one 30 yards…Carried nine times for 49 yards (5.4 avg.) in the victory over Georgia, with a career-best run of 22 yards…Led the Gators with 45 yards rushing in the win over Mississippi State on seven carries…Gained a season-high 68 yards on 10 carries against Louisiana Tech, all in the fourth quarter…Carried the ball four times for 22 yards in his collegiate debut versus Wyoming, with a long run of eight yards…

2004: Member of the scout team who did not see any game action…

PREP: Rushed for 1,701 yards in his senior season and led the Patriots with 22 touchdowns…A Super 12 selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 2003 and was named to The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News' Super 11...Rated fourth-best prospect in the state of Alabama in SuperPrep's All-America issue…Ranked the 15th-best running back prospect in the nation and ninth in the South by TheInsiders.com…Also ranked 39th on TheInsiders.com South Hot 100…Rated as the 11th-best running back prospect by Rivals.com and was 55th on their Southeast Elite 88 list…Listed as a four-star athlete…Ranked 34th among Gator Bait's Top 50…Carried the ball for 1,910 yards and had 20 touchdowns as a junior…Had seven catches for 105 yards and a touchdown during the 2002 season…Participated in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic…Also a star in track and field running the 55 meters, 100, 200, 4x100, long jump and triple jump…He won the indoor Class 6A state championship in the long jump and 55 meters in track in February 2003…Best 100 time is 10.7 seconds…Finalist for Alabama's Class 6A Back of the Year…Named MVP of the Class 6A AHSAA Indoor Track & Field Championships…Runs a 4.3 40-yard dash and has a 39.2-inch vertical jump…Chose Florida over Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Michigan State, Mississippi and Notre Dame…

MAJOR: Humanities and Letters.


CAREER RUSHING STATISTICS
Year No. Yds Avg. TDs Long
2005 81 365 4.5 2 22
Totals: 81 365 4.5 2 22
CAREER RECEIVING STATISTICS
Year No. Yds Avg. TDs Long
2005 9 55 6.1 0 16
Totals: 9 55 6.1 0 16
CAREER KICK RETURN STATISTICS
Year No. Yds Avg. TDs Long
2005 16 313 19.6 0 31
Totals: 16 313 19.6 0 31

MANSON'S CAREER HIGHS
Rushing Attempts: 18 (Vanderbilt, 2005)
Rushing Yards: 68 (Louisiana Tech, 2005)
Rushing TDs: 1 (twice, last vs. Florida State, 2005)
Longest Rush: 22 (Georgia, 2005)
Receptions: 6 (Vanderbilt, 2005)
Receiving Yards: 48 (Vanderbilt, 2005)
Receiving TDs: None
Longest Reception: 16 (Vanderbilt, 2005)

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