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Marquez Herrod
Player Profile:
Marquez Herrod 54957
Position: Defensive End
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 280
Year: Junior
City/State: Escondido, Calif.
High School: San Pasqual
Experience: 2 Letters

AT COLORADO: 2010 (Sr.)-THe saw action in seven games (the first seven of the year, no starts), seeing only 59 snaps of action as the Buffs were seldom in a 4-3 scheme and his position was all but eliminated. He had two solo tackles, one of which was a quarterback chasedown (near sack). He was the lone senior on the roster in CU's front four and was a preseason second-team All-Big 12 Conference selection by Lindy's Big 12 Football (third-team by Athlon Sports). In spring conditioning tests, he had the second-highest bench press on the team (427 lbs.) and tied for the second best hang clean (445) and power clean (391).

2009 (Jr.)-He earned honorable mention All-Big 12 Conference honors from the league coaches, and was a second-team All-Colorado selection by the state's chapter of the National Football Foundation.  He started all 12 games at left defensive end, playing 534 snaps from scrimmage.  He was in on 38 tackles, 27 solo and 10 for losses including a team-best six quarterback sacks.  He also led the team with 10 quarterback hurries and was second on the team with 11 third down stops, while adding three more stops for zero gains.  He had a career-high seven tackles against Wyoming (four solo), and had four in five games (CSU, Texas, Missouri, Iowa State, Oklahoma State).  He was CU's Lineman of the Week for the Kansas game, when he had two big quarterback sacks for 14 yards in losses.  One of the recipients of the team's Gold Group Commitment Award as selected by the coaches, as the honor recognizes excellence with class in a variety of areas.  He was the Iron Buffalo Award winner for the defensive linemen in the spring, presented to the player at each position who represents hard work, dedication, toughness and total poundage lifted in the weight room.

2008 (Soph.)-He saw action in 11 games, including three starts, missing the Kansas State gamed due to a sprained ankle.  He was in for 187 snaps from scrimmage and recorded 14 tackles (11 solo), including four quarterback sacks which tied for the team lead.  Two of those came in the opener against Colorado State, with the other sacks coming against Texas and Texas A&M; he posted a season-high four tackles (two solo) in the latter.  He also had three stops (all unassisted) against Florida State.  He earned two special teams points on the year, one for a wedge break and the other for a first downfield that altered the return path.  He bulked up some 40 pounds since he arrived on campus as a true freshman and his sophomore season.

2007 (Fr.-RS)-He saw action in all 13 games including the Independence Bowl (no starts), getting into nine games on defense (end, some tackle) and in all on special teams.  He had four tackles (three solo) in 71 snaps from scrimmage, with a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry.  On special teams, he had five tackles, four unassisted, with three knockdown blocks for eight total points, tying for eighth-most on the team.  He had two tackles in the win over Miami-Ohio, with his other stops coming against Baylor and Iowa State.  In the bowl game against Alabama, he recorded two solo stops.  He added 20 pounds to his frame in his the year since he first arrived at CU.

2006 (Fr.)-Redshirted; did not see any game action but practiced all fall at defensive end.  He was selected by his teammates for the Defensive Scout Award for his play on the scout team in practice.

HIGH SCHOOL-A SuperPrep All-Far West team member (the No. 90 player overall in California, the seventh defensive end), with PrepStar naming him to its All-West team.  Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 20 weakside linebacker in the nation and ranked him as the No. 73 overall prospect in California, while Scout.com ranked him as the No. 84 linebacker in the nation.  As a senior, he was named first-team all-CIF (North County), second-team all-Valley League and second-team all-San Diego County.  He registered 48 tackles as a senior year, with 15 for losses including five quarterback sacks, six quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and two blocked kicks.  As a junior, when he was honorable mention all-league, he recorded 38 tackles, eight for losses including four sacks, four quarterback hurries, a forced fumble, a recovery and a blocked kick.  Top career games included a big 13-10 win over Grossmount in the CIF quarterfinals his senior year, when he made eight tackles with two quarterback sacks in the game-the second once coming on fourth down at the end of the game to secure the win.  As a junior in a 43-37 win over St. Augustine, he sacked Jason Forcier (who went on to Michigan) four times in the game.  That same year, against rival Orange Glen, he had six tackles, including a sack, and a blocked punt to help his school reclaim the "Bear Trophy."   Under coach Mike Dolan, San Pasqual was 9-4 his senior year, advancing to the CIF semifinals, and was 8-3-1 his junior year, reaching the CIF quarterfinals.  He also lettered four times in track, and was a member of two undefeated teams (sophomore and junior seasons).  His 4x400 relay team finished with the fastest time in the county for 2005, and he also ran in the 4x100 relay and the 200-and 400-meter races.  He owns a personal best of 49.8 in the 400-meter dash.  His team reached the CIF Finals all four years of his prep career.

ACADEMICS-He is pursuing a double major in Psychology and Business (Management) at Colorado with a likely graduation date of May 2011. He earned second-team Academic All-Big 12 Conference honors as a redshirt freshman and again as a junior. He made the honor roll as a junior (both semesters) in high school.

PERSONAL-Born January 9, 1989 in San Diego, Calif.  His hobbies include listening to music, watching movies and ... sleeping.  He overcame a rough childhood, as he was a foster child who moved every eight to 12 months, and once lived at the Polinsky Children's Center for two years, an emergency shelter for children in San Diego.  He is proud of the fact that he is the first in his family to attend college.  (First name is pronounced mar-qwez.)

Defense Tackles  
Season G Plays UT AT Total TFL Sacks 3DS Hurr FR FF PBU INT
2007 8 71 3 1 4 1- 4 0- 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2008 11 187 11 3 14 4-34 4-34 1 0 0 0 0 0
2009 12 534 27 11 38 10-43 6-35 11 10 0 0 0 0
2010  7 59  0 
Totals 38 851 43 15 58 15-81 10-69 12 11 0 0 0 0

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Special Team Tackles: 4,1—5 (2007).

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