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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
2009: Appeared in 11 games as a special teams' member and reserve linebacker ... Credited with 12 tackles with four on special teams ... Recorded three stops on kickoff returns and one on a punt coverage ... First career tackle was on a special teams assignment against Appalachian State in the season opener ... A week later, tallied a career-high four drops, including three solo, at West Virginia ... Also posted multiple tackles against Virginia Tech (three) and UAB (two) ... Made one stop vs. Rice and Tulsa ... Against the Golden Hurricane, registered the first sack and tackle for lost yardage of his career - tossing TU signal-caller G.J. Kinne for an 11-yard loss in the third quarter ... Also forced his first career fumble on the play as Kinne's loose ball was recovered by ECU's Scotty Robinson, leading to a Pirate field goal.
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.