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Marcus Spears
DE #96
Height:
6-4
Weight:
315
College:
LSU
Experience:
9
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 124 236 143 93 10 0 12 0 0 0 -- 0
2013 BAL 5 10 5 5 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2012 DAL 15 25 7 18 1 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2011 DAL 16 16 13 3 1 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2010 DAL 8 19 11 8 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2009 DAL 16 25 17 8 2.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2008 DAL 16 35 23 12 1 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2007 DAL 16 30 19 11 2 -- 3 -- -- -- -- --
2006 DAL 16 45 29 16 1 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2005 DAL 16 31 19 12 1.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

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Marcus Spears signed with the Ravens on 3/18/13...Released by the Cowboys on 3/13/13...Originally drafted by Dallas in the first round (20th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Career

• Has 314 tackles (173 solo), 10 sacks (-63.5 yards), 12 PD, 3 FFs and 1 FR
• Posted a career-high 8 tackles twice in 2008 (10/26 vs. TB and 10/5 vs. Cin.)
• Returned a FR 59 yards vs. KC (12/11/05), the longest return by a rookie in Cowboys history

Download 2011 Bio Update Transactions

Marcus Spears signed with the Ravens on 3/18/13...Released by the Cowboys on 3/13/13...Originally drafted by Dallas in the first round (20th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Career

• Has 314 tackles (173 solo), 10 sacks (-63.5 yards), 12 PD, 3 FFs and 1 FR
• Posted a career-high 8 tackles twice in 2008 (10/26 vs. TB and 10/5 vs. Cin.)
• Returned a FR 59 yards vs. KC (12/11/05), the longest return by a rookie in Cowboys history

2012: (with Dallas – 15/6) Produced 35 tackles and 1 sack despite missing a game with a knee injury

• Netted a solo tackle and a sack (-2 yards) in game 14 vs. Pit. (12/16)
• Produced 4 tackles (2 solo) in game 10 vs. Cle. (11/18)
• Recorded a season-high 5 tackles in game 2 at Sea. (9/16)

2011: (with Dallas – 16/5) Recorded 29 tackles (16 solo), 1 sack and 2 PD after missing the final eight games of the previous season with a calf injury

• Produced 3 solo tackles and a PD in game 14 at TB (12/17)
• Contributed a season-high 5 tackles, including a sack (-8 yards) in game 5 at NE (10/16)

2010: (with Dallas – 8/7) Contributed 24 tackles, including 13 solo, despite missing the final eight games of the season with a calf injury

• Contributed 3 tackles before leaving the game with a calf injury in game 8 at GB (11/7)
• Posted a season-high 5 tackles (3 solo) in game 7 vs. Jax. (10/31)
• Had a tackle and a QB pressure for a defense that held the Bears’ offense to 1-of-11 on third down for a 9.1 conversion percentage - the lowest since the N.Y. Giants went 1-of-11 (10/16/05 - OT) in game 2 vs. Chi. (9/19)
• Placed on Injured Reserve (calf) on 11/10, snapping a streak of 88-consecutive games played

2009: (with Dallas– 16/14, 2/2) Produced 50 tackles (27 solo), a careeer-high 2.5 sacks (-20 yards) and 2 PD

• Netted 2 tackles and a half-sack in game 14 at NO (12/19)
• Had 3 solo tackles and a sack (-9 yards) in game 6 vs. Atl. (10/25)
• Recorded a season-high 6 tackles, including 3 solo, in game 5 at KC (10/11)
• Recorded 7 tackles (5 solo) while starting both postseason contests for the Cowboys

2008: (with Dallas – 16/15) Contributed a career-high 65 tackles, 1 sack, 2 PD and 1 FF

• Recorded 7 tackles and a sack (-6 yards) in game 15 vs. Bal. (12/20)
• Tied a career high with 8 tackles, including a TFL, for a defense that did not allow a TD in game 8 vs. TB (10/26)
• Established a career high with 8 tackles (5 solo) and 1 PD in game 5 vs. Cin. (10/5)

2007: (with Dallas – 16/16, 1/1) Recorded 28 tackles (19 solo), 2 sacks (-8 yards), 2 PD and 2 FFs for a defense that ranked third in the NFL (yards per game allowed)

• Totaled 3 solo tackles, 1 sack (-6 yards) and 1 FF in game 16 at Was. (12/30)
• Had a season-high 4 tackles, including 3 solo, in game 6 vs. NE (10/14)
• Recorded 2 tackles and a half-sack (-0.5 yards) in game 4 vs. STL (9/30)
• Started and netted 2 tackles in the Cowboys’ lone postseason game vs. NYG (1/13/08)

2006: (with Dallas – 16/16, 1/1) Contributed 48 tackles (31 solo),1 sack and a career-high 3 PD after starting all 16 games for the first time in his career

• Netted a season-high 6 tackles in game 13 vs. NO (12/10)
• Totaled 2 tackles and a sack (-8 yards) in the game 2 vs. Was. (9/17)
• Posted 1 tackle, starting the Cowboys’ lone playoff game

2005: (with Dallas – 16/10) Recorded 35 tackles (27 solo), 1.5 sacks, 1 PD and 1 FR as a rookie

• Produced 2 solo tackles, including his first-career sack (-6 yards), in game 16 vs. STL (1/1/06)
• Posted 4 tackles (3 solo) and his first-career FR (returned 59 yards) in game 13 vs. KC (12/11)
• Contributed 7 tackles, including a career-high 6 solo, in game 9 at Phi. (11/14)

College: Finished his career at LSU with 34.5 TFL and 19 sacks - the fifth-most in school history...Had a career year as a senior, earning first-team All-America honors from the Walter Camp Foundation and American Football Coaches Association, second-team All-America honors from Sports Illustrated, first-team All-SEC honors and was a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award and Lombardi Award...Tied his career high in tackles (49) and set career highs in TFL (17) and sacks (9 - the fourth most in LSU single-season history) and added 21 QB pressures for a defense that finished third in the country in total defense in 2004...Had 49 tackles, 23 QB pressures, 13 TFL, 6 sacks, and 6 PD to earn first-team All- SEC honors during LSU’s National Championship season as a junior in 2003...Returned an INT 20 yards for a TD to give the Tigers a 21-7 lead en route to a 21-14 win over Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl to claim the national title...As a sophomore, totaled 46 tackles, 16 QB pressures, 3.5 TFL and 3 sacks as a first-time, full-time defensive player...Played TE, FB and DE as a freshman, recording 2 receptions for 20 yards to earn freshman All-SEC honors as a TE...Also posted 8 tackles and 1 sack on defense...Majored in communication studies.

High School, Personal: Was one of the most highly touted two-sport athletes (football and basketball) in the country following his senior season at Southern University Lab (Baton Rouge, LA) HS...Rated the top TE prospect in America and the third-best overall prospect after earning consensus All-America honors...Became the first Louisiana player since 1991 to be named first-team 1A All-State on offense and defense as a senior...Finished his senior season with 28 catches for 435 yards and 3 TDs and 245 rushing yards and 6 TDs...Also posted 11.5 sacks and 4 FRs...Was also one of the nation’s top basketball prospects...His sister, Deidre, was a three-year letterman on the basketball team at LSU (two year starter)...Marcus and his wife, Aiysha, have a daughter, Macaria Reagan and a son, Marcus Raishon Jr.

Community: Was the co-chair (with former teammate DeMarcus Ware) for the Taste of the NFL from 2006-10: The Ultimate Dallas Cowboys Tailgate Party for the North Texas Food Bank...Was the keynote speaker at the U.S. Army All- American Bowl Kick-Off Luncheon in San Antonio, TX in 2007... Attended the Dallas Cowboys Draft Day/Fan Appreciation Party in 2008-09...Was a Cowboys Youth Football Camp Guest Speaker/Coach in 2009 and was a  spokesperson for NBC’s Biggest Loser Pound for Pound Challenge Campaign PSA in 2009...Was a guest reader for youth from Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas at UPS Store in 2010...Participated in the 2011 Super Bowl XLV NFL Charities Bowling Classic and NFL Experience Football 101 workshop...Was a mentor for the 2012 Dallas Cowboys U High School Camp...Made annual team holiday hospital visits and was active with the yearly Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program...Took part in the Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon and Cowboys Family Cookbook benefitting Happy Hill Farm.

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