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Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Discusses Regular-Season Finale At Marshall
Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Discusses The Upcoming UCF Game
Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Discusses The Upcoming UTEP Game
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Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Discusses The Upcoming Southern Miss Game
Is looking forward to putting together a complete season and avoid the misfortune of late season-ending injuries which have halted development in back-to-back campaigns ... Made an immediate impression as true freshman in 2009 before suffering a right foot injury after 11 games, then asserted himself as a starter in 2010 before a right wrist injury in late October required surgery ... Sat out spring drills as a precautionary measure, but is expected to be cleared for a "full-go" this fall ... A physical, intense and quick athlete who opened career as a hybrid end/linebacker in the 4-3 scheme, but should benefit greatly from unit's move to a 3-4 where he is a projected starter at one of the outside linebacking slots ... Physical approach, intensity, mental toughness and work ethic also enables leadership role.
2010 Game-by-Game Statistics
2010: Experienced action in seven games and started four before leaving the UCF contest in the fourth quarter with a right arm injury that required season-ending surgery ... In the starting lineup against Tulsa, Memphis, North Carolina and Southern Miss ... Closed shortened season with career highs in total tackles (23), solo hits (eight), assists (15), pass breakups (three), quarterback hurries (two) and tackles for lost yardage (1.5) ... Made 19-of-23 tackles on rushing plays ... Matched 2009 effort with 1.0 sacks ... Tallied a pass breakup in two of the last three games played ... Before injury, was tied for third on the team with three pass breakups ... Recorded personal-best eight tackles at Southern Miss with season-high three solo stops ... Made first career start in season opener versus Tulsa, recording six tackles (five assists) ... Other multiple-hit contests were versus Memphis (four), at North Carolina (two) and against Marshall (two) ... Only game without a stop was at Virginia Tech ... At Southern Miss, booked six-of-eight stops in second half, including two and a pass breakup during the Golden Eagles' first six plays of the third quarter ... First-quarter sack of Memphis' Cannon Smith (nine yards) was Powell's first since Nov. 15, 2009, at Tulsa ... Recorded first career block during second quarter against Tulsa, knocking down a 46-yard field goal attempt by Kevin Fitzpatrick ... QBH during opening quarter versus Tulsa was first of career ... Credited with 0.5 TFL (one yard) versus the Golden Hurricane ... Broke up passes versus Tulsa, Southern Miss and Marshall.
High School: A three-sport athlete at West Montgomery High School ... Was a two-year football letterman who completed his prep career with 166 total tackles for coach Elbert Thomas ... Booked 68 stops, recovered one fumble and accounted for three touchdowns as a senior team captain ... Enjoyed standout performance as a junior, helping the Warriors establish a No. 1 state defensive ranking and state finals appearance ... Credited with 98 tackles, six interceptions and two fumble recoveries ... Earned program's "Big Hit" award for tackle against Albemarle High School ... Also lettered in track as an all-conference performer and state qualifier (400 relay) ... Other letter came as shortstop in WMHS's baseball program.
Personal: Full name is Marke Quansha Powell ... Born August 17, 1991 at Pinehurst, N.C. ... Son of Chris and Rowena Powell ... Major is communications ... Says current Tennessee Titans' running back Chris Johnson is favorite all-time Pirate player ... Video games and working out are top hobbies ... Lists Denver Broncos' Brian Dawkins as favorite NFL player ... Acknowledges parents as most influential people in his career.