43  Marcus West
Marcus West

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Columbus, MS

High School:
Columbus HS

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 268

Position:
Defensive Tackle

Experience:
4L


Career Summary: A four-year letterwinner for the Tigers who was a true freshman in 2001...Played in two games before breaking his hip and missing the remainder of the season...Received a medical hardship from the NCAA and was granted a second freshman season...Played in 10 of the 12 games in 2002...Recorded his first career fumble recovery against Murray State....Returned the fumble 34 yards for a touchdown...Finished the season with four tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery...Played 10 of the 13 games in 2003 after missing the first three games of the season with turf toe...Logged his second career fumble recovery against East Carolina...Became a regular starter on the defensive line in 2004, and started all 12 games...Led the team in sacks with six for a loss of 43 yards... Also led the team with 9.5 TFLs for 50 yards...Registered five tackles, one TFL, one pass breakup and a quarterback hurry in the Ole Miss game...Had a season-high six tackles against UAB, Louisville and Bowling Green...Logged two sacks against both Houston and Louisville...Ended his junior season with 52 tackles, including 26 solo stops.

Honors: Selected to the All-C-USA Second-Team in 2004...Named the Tigers' Defensive MVP for the 2005 season at the team banquet...Was a first teamer on the All-C-USA Team in 2005.

2005 Highlights: Voted by his teammates as a permanent co-captain for the season...Started all 12 games of the season at defensive end...Credited with seven tackles and one sack against Ole Miss...Had a career-high nine tackles in the Tulsa contest, including one tackle for lost yardage and one sack...Registered two tackles in the UTEP win, including two tackles for lost yards and one sack... Logged three tackles against UCF and Houston...Suffered a knee sprain early in the East Carolina game and was not able to return...Came back nine days later and recorded four tackles in the UAB game on ESPN...Credited with four solo tackles in the win over USM...Had three tackles and a fumble recovery in the Marshall win...Logged four tackles in the Motor City Bowl...Finished the season with 43 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery.

2004: Named to the 2004 All-Conference USA second-team...Started all 12 games for the Tigers...Led the team in sacks with six for a loss of 43 yards...Also led the team with 9.5 TFLs for a total of 50 yards...Registered five tackles, one tackle for lost yardage, one pass break up and one quarterback hurry in the season opener against Ole Miss...Credited with three tackles and one tackle for lost yardage in U of M win over Chattanooga...Logged two tackles and one tackle for lost yardage in the victory over Arkansas State...Had six tackles, two for lost yardage, and one quarterback sack against UAB...Had an outstanding game against Houston, recording five tackles, two quarterback sacks and two tackles for lost yardage...Had four tackles with one quarterback sack and a tackle for loss in the win over Tulane...Had five hits in the Cincinnati game...Logged six tackles, two quarterback sacks, one tackles for lost yardage and one fumble recovery in the Tigers' game with Louisville...Had five tackles in the Southern Miss game...Provided three tackles and one tackle for lost yardage in the victory over USF...Credited with six total tackles in the GMAC Bowl against Bowling Green State...Finished the 2004 season as the Tigers' sixth-leading tackler with 52 stops...Presented the Glenn Jones Award for leading through desire, dedication and courage at the Blue-Gray Game in the spring...

2003: Suffered a turf-toe injury during fall camp and missed the first three games of 2003...Had his most extended duty of the season against Mississippi State, logging three tackles against the Bulldogs...Registered two tackles in the Tigers' win over Houston...Had a fumble recovery in the Memphis win over East Carolina...Played in 10 games in 2003 and ended the year with nine tackles...

2002: Lettered as a redshirt freshman after receiving a hardship from the NCAA in 2001...Played in 10 of the team's 12 games...Worked as a defensive end and special teams member...Had one tackle, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery in the Murray State game...Returned his fumble for 34 yards and a touchdown in the Tiger victory...Was credited with two tackles in the Tulane contest...Finished the season with four tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup...

2001: Appeared in two games for the Tigers in the fall of 2001, but sustained a broken hip and missed the remainder of the season...Received a medical redshirt from the NCAA and repeated his freshman season...

Prep: Lettered as a tight end/defensive end at Columbus High for Coach Roy McCrory...Was a first team Associated Press All-State selection in Mississippi...Rated among the state of Mississippi's Top 40 Prospects by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger...Played tight end on a Columbus team that used a running offense...Had just six pass receptions during the 2000 season and turned one into a touchdown...Credited with 115 tackles and 12 quarterback sacks playing defensive line...Invited to play in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic...

Personal: Marcus West is the son of Vanessa Carter and John West...Born November 6, 1983, in Amory, Miss...Earned his bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies in December 2004.

WEST'S STATISTICS
Defense	G/S 	UT 	AT 	Tot 	FR 	Int 	Loss 	Sack
2001	2/0	1	0	1	0	0	0-0	0-0
2002	10/0	3	1	4	1	0	0-0	0-0
2003	10/0	7	2	9	1	0	2-4	0-0
2004	12/12	26	26	52	2	0	9.5-50	6-43
2005 12/12 26 17 43 1 0 5-20 3-16 Total 46/24 63 46 109 5 0 16.5-74 9-59
WEST'S CAREER STATISTICS Most tackles/Game: 6 vs UAB, Louisville & BGSU (`04) Most solo tackles/Game: 4 vs UAB (`04) Most Assisted Tackles/Game: 5 vs USM (`04) Most sacks/Game: 2 vs. Houston, Louisville (`04) Most Fumble Recoveries/Game: 1, 4 times; last vs Louisville (`04) Most Fumble Return Yards/Game: 34 vs Murray State (`02) Most Fumble Returns for Touchdown/Game: 1 vs Murray State (`02)
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