92  Marcus Hands
Marcus Hands


Wilmington, N.C.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 281

Defensive Line


A high-impact, talented and imposing performer who hopes to bounce back from a third shoulder surgery to regain reputation as one of the top defensive ends at the Conference USA and national level ... When healthy, has the ability to completely take over a game on the defensive side of the ball, forcing many opponents to engage in double-team blocking assignments or base its running attack in another direction ... Enjoyed a full 13-game schedule in 2006 but played in only 12 combined games in 2005 (8) and 2007 (4) ... Did not participate in spring workouts but will open preseason camp listed on depth chart behind all-league ends Zack Slate and C.J. Wilson in what is arguably ECU's deepest and most talented position ... Despite shortened season, was still selected to the preseason first-team All-Conference USA squad by Phil Steele Magazine ... Successfully reached eligibility requirements prior to the start of preseason camp in 2005 ... Offers plenty of size, quickness, physical play and maturity to the Pirate program.

2007: Started all four games played at one of the defensive end positions ... Suffered season-ending injury at No. 5 West Virginia and underwent subsequent surgery for the third time in his career ... Recorded 14 total tackles (two solo, 12 assists) ... Despite limited time, still tied for fifth on the team with four QBHs ... Named mid-season first-team All-Conference USA by Phil Steele Magazine ... Had 17-game playing streak snapped against Houston (INJ) ... In two of his four games played, was part of a defensive front that held VT (73) and UNC (79) to 80 yards or less rushing ... Named to the preseason all-league (first-team) squad by C-USA head coaches ... vs. Va. Tech (9/1): Started at the right defensive end spot ... Recorded one total tackle (assist) which came on a TFL (-4 yards) with Jay Ross in the second quarter ... Recovered fourth career fumble in third quarter ... Credited with three QBHs ... vs. UNC (9/8): Notched 15th career start ... Finished the game with four total tackles (all assists) ... Helped hold Tar Heels to just 79 rushing yards ... vs. USM (9/15): Collected four total tackles (solo, three assists) with a half sack (-4 yards) and one TFL (-5 yards) ... Also credited with one QBH ... vs. WVU (9/22): Started fourth game on the defensive line ... Credited with five total tackles (solo, four assists) before exit ... Also had a half TFL (-1 yard) ... vs. Houston (9/29): DNP-INJ ... vs. UCF (10/6): DNP-INJ ... vs. UTEP (10/13): DNP-INJ ... vs. N.C. State (10/20): DNP-INJ ... vs. UAB (10/27): DNP-INJ ... vs. Memphis (11/3): DNP-INJ ... vs. Marshall (11/10): DNP INJ ... vs. Tulane (11/24): DNP-INJ ... vs. Boise State (12/23): DNP-INJ.

2006: Bounced back from a shoulder injury and subsequent surgery a year earlier to play in all 13 games ... Made eight starts at defensive end (first six games, last two contests) ... Credited with 30 total tackles (18 solo), which included a career-high tying seven stops at Rice (11/18) ... Added a pair of tackles for lost yardage (-13) and a sack and a half ... Shared team lead with two fumble recoveries (Van Eskridge) ... Keyed a defensive unit that allowed 107 or less rushing yards in five games ... vs. Navy (9/2): Recorded sixth career start and first since Memphis (10/22/05 ... Tallied just one tackle ... vs. UAB (9/9): Opened contest and contributed three tackles ... vs. Memphis (9/16): Credited with five tackles (three solo), two of which came behind the line of scrimmage (-13 yards) ... Collaborated with Scotty Robinson on a sack in the third quarter ... Wrapped up UM quarterback Martin Hankins in the fourth quarter for his first solo sack of the season ... vs. WVU (9/23): Recorded lone tackle in start on second-and-nine play in the first quarter ... vs. UVA (10/7): Started and logged one solo stop ... vs. Tulsa (10/14): Added another tackle in start against Golden Hurricane ... vs. SMU (10/21): Had six-game starting streak snapped, recording just one solo hit in a reserve role ... vs. USM (10/28): Came off bench to post two tackles ... vs. UCF (11/4): Credited with one solo hit ... Helped key a unit that held the Knights to 58 rushing yards ... vs. Marshall (11/11): Recovered a pair of fumbles in the first quarter as a reserve, but was not credited with a stop ... Bolstered a defense that allowed just 35 yards rushing, an opponent season-low ... vs. Rice (11/18): Bounced back from a zero-tackle effort a week earlier to match a career-best with a seven-stop day (six solo) in a reserve role ... Combined with Quentin Cotton on a TFL in the third quarter ... vs. N.C. State (11/25): Notched three tackles in win over Wolfpack at Carter-Finley Stadium ... vs. USF (12/23): Added four stops during the Papajohns.com Bowl ... Forced a fumble in the third quarter that was recovered by Scotty Robinson and stalled a 15-play USF drive.

2005: Stood second in C-USA and led all ECU defenders with 5.5 sacks before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery on 11/4 ... Played in eight games and made five starts (WVU, Southern Miss, Rice, SMU and Memphis) ... Tallied 21 total tackles (13 solo), including nine for lost yardage (-59) - which ranked second on the squad behind Chris Moore ... Also forced two fumbles, recovered another and batted away one pass ... Credited with defensive line-best three quarterback hurries ... Established himself as a constant on ECU interior defense with five straight starts before shoulder problems forced him to come off the bench vs. UCF ... vs. Duke (9/3): Registered first collegiate sack for a six-yard loss ... Brought down two Blue Devil defenders for two tackles (one solo) ... vs. Wake Forest (9/17): Came off the bench against the Demon Deacons but did not record any statistics ... vs. WVU (9/24): Made first collegiate start at end and penetrated the Mountaineers' offensive line for one sack, which resulted in a loss of seven yards ... Also credited with one batted pass ... vs. USM (10/1): Keyed the Pirates' pass rush as a starter, finishing the game with six tackles (five solo) and a forced fumble ... Led the team with three tackles behind the line of scrimmage that totaled 27 yards - the longest coming on a sack of Dustin Almond for 21 yards ... vs. Rice (10/8): Netted seven tackles (five solo) ... Reached the Owls' quarterback on two separate occasions, recording two sacks for a loss of 13 yards ... vs. SMU (10/15): Recorded three tackles (two assisted), including one tackle for a loss of six yards ... Picked up only fumble recovery ... vs. Memphis (10/22): Started and posted two tackles along with a sack (-4 yards) ... Re-injured shoulder late in the second quarter and did not return ... vs. UCF (10/29): Played sparingly due to injury as a reserve (no stats) ... vs. Tulsa (11/12): DNP-INJ (shoulder) ... vs. Marshall (11/19): DNP-INJ (shoulder) ... vs. UAB (11/26): DNP-INJ (shoulder).

2004: Helped lead Hargrave Military Academy to a 10-1 record as a freshman ... Credited with 30 tackles and 15 sacks.

High School: Enjoyed illustrious prep career at Wilmington's Laney High School ... A four-year letterman and team captain for coach Gordon Walters ... Part of a Bucs' program which posted a 39-6 record during his career (9-1 as a freshman, 8-2 as a sophomore, 15-1 as a junior, 7-2 as a senior) ... Booked a total of 142 tackles and 23 sacks during prep career ... Logged 40 stops and 15 sacks as a senior to earn All-America and all-area honors ... Also added 20 TFLs, an interception, two blocked field goals and a blocked punt during senior campaign ... Tallied 35 stops (five for lost yardage) and five sacks to earn all-area honors as junior after a 36-tackle, three-sack sophomore year ... Selected to play in the Carolinas Shrine Bowl and the East-West All-Star Game ... Opened high school career with 30 stops as a freshman ... Also earned letters in basketball (center), wrestling (ranked in state's top 10) and track (100-, 200-, 400-, 300-meter hurdles, shot put and discus).

Personal: Full name is Marcus Lamonte' Hands ... Born Aug. 22, 1984 at Wilmington, N.C. ... Major is family community services ... Says home games are the best thing about ECU Football ... Bears a physical resemblance to NFL great Julius Peppers, his choice as favorite player ... Hobbies include video games ... Picks Lee Corso as favorite sports announcer ... Lists Tony Dungy as the most impressive person he's ever met.