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Marcus Ball

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Stone Mountain, Ga.

High School:
Stephenson

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 215

Position:
LB


2007: Played in a career-high nine games and recorded a career-high 24 total tackles...13 unassisted tackles in nine games matched his tackle total for his freshman season...missed the Seminoles' games against Miami, Duke, Boston College and Virginia Tech because of a severely sprained ankle which he suffered in Florida State's game against Wake Forest...single-game career-high five tackles in the Seminoles' victory over Maryland and four tackles in Florida State's victories over NC State and Boston College...at least one tackle in each of the nine games he played in...first career quarterback sack in the Seminoles' victory over NC State...recovered a fumble in the Seminoles' nationally televised game against Wake Forest...single-season career-high three pass break-ups with two coming in the Seminoles' victory over No. 21 Alabama in Jacksonville.

As a Freshman (2006): Earned playing time in the first four games of the season (Miami, Troy, Clemson and Rice) before injuring his left knee on kickoff coverage in the third quarter against Rice...the injury was not caused by any contact -- his knee gave out as he attempted to cut and make a tackle... was tied for third on the team in tackles with 13 when he was injured...recorded his career-high of 10 tackles in the Seminoles' victory over Troy, one tackle against Clemson and two against Rice before he was hurt during that game...his 10 tackles against Troy - including a career-high six unassisted stops - led the team and ranks as his career-high for a single game...his 10 tackles against Troy was the most by a Seminole true freshman since 2006 first-round NFL draft selection Ernie Sims recorded 10 tackles against Wake Forest in 2003...also recorded a career-high two pass break-ups against Troy...recorded his first career interception against Rice in the Seminoles' 55-7 victory over the Owls...picked off a Joel Armstrong pass and returned it 54-yards to the Rice 15-yard line.

High School: Graduated from Stephenson in 2006...a four-star player and the third-ranked outside linebacker in the nation overall according to Rivals.com...the No. 37 overall prospect in the Rivals100 for 2006 and ranked as the No. 3 player in the state on the postseason Georgia Top 50 list...rated by Rivals.com as the No. 1 player in the state of Georgia prior to the 2005 season after recording 136 tackles and eight sacks as a junior in 2004...named a second-team EA Sports All-American...chosen as a Parade All-American and participated in the 2006 U.S. Army All-American game...the No. 18 overall recruit on the ESPN 150...rated as the No. 4 linebacker in the nation in the PrepStar100 and was listed as the No. 11 overall prospect on PrepStar Magazine's Top 100 Dream Team...a first team all-state selection by the Georgia Sports Writers Association who also named him Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year after he recorded 150 tackles and three interceptions as a senior...chose Florida State over Florida, Miami and Virginia Tech.

Personal: Born July 21, 1987...Marcus is the son of Catherine Geiger and Reggie Ball...the younger brother of former Georgia Tech quarterback Reggie Ball and current Tennessee Chattanooga senior defensive back Raeshon Ball...mother Catherine watched all three of her sons play in the same weekend in 2006...watched Raeshon play against Tennessee Tech on Aug. 31, was in Atlanta to see Reggie play Notre Dame on Sept. 2 and in Miami to see Marcus and the Seminoles play Miami on Monday night...attended Marcus's game against Miami with both Raeshon and Reggie...enrolled in undergraduate studies.

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