Marcell Dareus

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Marcell Dareus
Marcell Dareus.jpg
Marcell Dareus in 2012.
No. 99 Buffalo Bills
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-03-13) March 13, 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth: Birmingham, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 331 lb (150 kg)
Career information
High school: Birmingham (AL) Huffman
College: Alabama
NFL draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Career history
Roster status: Awaiting Contract
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Tackles: 201
Quarterback sacks: 28.5
Forced fumbles: 2
Stats at NFL.com

Marcell Dareus (born March 13, 1990),[1] nicknamed "Mr. Big Stuff"[2] after his size and his favorite song, is an American football defensive tackle for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Bills third overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Alabama, playing defensive end in the Crimson Tide's 3-4 defense. He was seventh in the Southeastern Conference in quarterback sacks in the 2009 season,[3] and was also named Defensive MVP of the 2010 BCS National Championship Game.

High school career[edit]

Dareus attended Huffman High School in Birmingham, Alabama, where he played football, basketball, and competed in track & field as a shot putter. In football, he was an ASWA All-State honorable mention at defensive lineman. He totaled 117 tackles and 20 sacks as a senior, and also returned a fumble for a touchdown. He was teammates with Andre Smith. Dareus was listed on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super Southern 100, as well as the Mobile Press-Register Elite 18.

Considered a four-star recruit by Scout.com, Dareus was listed as the No. 5 defensive tackle in the nation in 2008.[4] He chose Alabama over offers from Auburn, Tennessee, North Carolina, among others.

College career[edit]

In his true freshman season at Alabama, Dareus played in eight games, making his debut in the Crimson Tide's season opener against Clemson.[5] He registered four tackles while recording three quarterback hurries.[5] Dareus saw playing time at nose tackle in third-down-and-long situations, replacing the pure run-stuffing Terrence Cody.

As a sophomore, Dareus was a big contributor all season at defensive end for Alabama. He played in 14 games and made four starts while serving as the Tide's top pass rusher. He totaled 33 total tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss (−49), seven quarterback hurries, an interception and two pass breakups.[6] He finished eighth in the Southeastern Conference and ranked tied for 90th nationally with 6.5 sacks (−44) or .46 per game.[6] For his performance, including a 28-yard interception return for a touchdown, Dareus was named defensive MVP of the 2010 BCS National Championship Game.[7]

In July 2010, Dareus was investigated by the University of Alabama in conjunction with the NCAA into whether Dareus paid his own expenses when attending a party in Miami, Florida hosted by a sports agent, and whether the circumstances constituted a NCAA violation.[8] In early September, the NCAA suspended him for the first two games of the season in addition to requiring him to pay back the $1,787.17 received in impermissible benefits to the charity of his choice.[8] After the university decided to not appeal the ruling, he made his 2010 debut against Duke in week three.[8][9] For the season, he totaled 34 total tackles, 11.0 tackles for loss (−41), 4.5 quarterback sacks (−26), ten quarterback hurries and four pass breakups.[10] In the week following the Capital One Bowl victory, Dareus declared his eligibility for the 2011 NFL Draft on January 7.[11][12] At the time of the announcement, he was projected as a first round pick.[11][12]

College career statistics[edit]

Year GP–GS Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Fumbles Blocked
Solo Ast Total Loss–Yards No–Yards Int–Yards BU PD QBH Rcv–Yards FF Kick
2008[5] 8–0 1 3 4 0–0 0–0 0–0 0 0 3 0–0 0 0
2009[6] 14–4 19 14 33 9.0–49 6.5–44 1–28 2 3 7 0–0 0 0
2010[10] 11–11 20 14 34 11.0–41 4.5–26 0–0 4 4 10 0–0 0 0
Total 40 31 71 20.0–90 11.0–70 1–28 6 7 20 0–0 0 0

Professional career[edit]

2011 NFL Draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 3⅛ in 319 lb 33⅜ in 10⅛ in 4.93 s 1.68 s 2.83 s 4.62 s 7.83 s 27 in 8 ft 10 in 24 reps x
All values from NFL Combine [13]

Dareus was selected third overall by the Buffalo Bills in 2011. He was the highest selected defensive lineman in Crimson Tide history, and the highest selected Alabama defensive player since Cornelius Bennett in 1987.

Buffalo Bills[edit]

Dareus in the 2014 season.

Dareus was selected with the 3rd overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills on April 28, 2011.[14] On April 29, the day after the first round, the Bills announced that Dareus would wear jersey number 99. On July 29, 2011, Dareus signed a 4 year deal with the Bills worth $20.4 million.[15] Dareus started all sixteen games for the Bills, registering 5.5 sacks, the most for a Bills rookie since the now-retired Aaron Schobel, despite suffering injuries to his shoulder and hand during the season.[16]

In 2011 Dareus became a member of School of the Legends (SOTL), an official partner of the NFLPA.[17]

In 2012, Dareus was excused from the team after his younger brother was shot and killed.[18] He was named to his first Pro Bowl in 2013 as an injury replacement for Justin Smith of the 49ers.

On May 5, 2014, Dareus was arrested in Cleburne County, Alabama, on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, but was released within an hour.[19]

On June 3, 2014, Dareus was arraigned in Hamburg, New York on charges over a car accident stemming from an alleged drag race.[20] On May 21, 2015, it was announced that Dareus would be suspended from the first game of the 2015 season, due to a violation of the leagues substance abuse policy.[21]

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2011 BUF 16 43 32 11 5.5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2012 BUF 16 39 26 13 5.5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
2013 BUF 16 71 46 25 7.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2014 BUF 15 48 35 13 10.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Career 63 201 139 62 28.5 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 12

[22]

Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions/fumbles returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dareus, Marcell (November 19, 2012). "@marcelldareus on Twitter". Retrieved December 27, 2012. My birthday is March 13, 1990. I'm sorry but Wikipedia is wrong.... 
  2. ^ "'Top 100 Players of 2015': No. 53 Marcell Dareus". NFL.com. Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
  3. ^ "2009 Southeastern Conference Year Summary | College Football at Sports-Reference.com". Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Marcell Dareus Recruiting Profile
  5. ^ a b c University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. "2008–09 Cumulative Season Statistics: Overall Defensive Statistics". RollTide.com. Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. "2009–10 Cumulative Season Statistics: Overall Defensive Statistics". RollTide.com. Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  7. ^ Whiteside, Kelly (January 8, 2010). "Alabama sidesteps Texas' charge to emerge with BCS title". USA Today. Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c Goodbread, Chase (September 3, 2010). "Marcell Dareus suspended two games". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  9. ^ Goodbread, Chase (September 6, 2010). "Dareus suspension won't be appealed". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. "2010–11 Cumulative Season Statistics: Overall Defensive Statistics". RollTide.com. Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b Reynolds, Brian (January 7, 2011). "Ingram, Dareus, Jones going pro, Hightower returning". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved January 7, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Kausler, Jr., Don (January 7, 2011). "Tide's Marcell Dareus, Mark Ingram, Julio Jones announce they are going pro". The Birmingham News. Retrieved January 7, 2011. 
  13. ^ http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/profilexnews.php?pyid=82383&draftyear=2011&genpos=DT
  14. ^ Goodbread, Chase (April 28, 2011). "Four UA players go in first round". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  15. ^ Gaughan, Mark (July 29, 2011). "Bills' First-Rounder Dareus Gets $20.4 million Deal". The Buffalo News. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  16. ^ [1]
  17. ^ Anthony Stalter (2011-06-06). "Kevin Carter talks NFL lockout, Steve Spurrier and SchoolOfTheLegends.com". The Scores Report. 
  18. ^ https://sports.yahoo.com/news/bills-dt-dareus-excused-brother-164215061--nfl.html
  19. ^ "Marcell Dareus arrested in Alabama". ESPN. May 7, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Marcell Dareus charged with drag racing, sent home by Bills". USA Today. June 3, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Marcell Dareus suspended for first game of '15 season". Around the NFL. May 21, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Marcell Dareus Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 

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