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39   Marcello Church
Marcello Church

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
St. Petersburg, Fla.

High School:
Lakewood High School

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 230

Position:
LB

Birthdate:
03/24/1982


Senior Year (2005): Saw action in 12 games IN 2005...recorded a career-high tackles for loss in the Miami and NC State games when we was credited with two... haD eight tackles for loss on the season which markED a career-high...a great special teams player who blocked his second career punt in the NC State game...has played defensive end for the Seminoles on passing downs...has tied a career-high in tackles with 26... third on the team in quarterback sacks with 4.5...missed the Orange Bowl due to an injury he suffered in the ACC Championship game.

Junior Year (2004): Finished the season with a career-high 26 total tackles...also had 4.5 tackles for loss and a sack...served as the second team weakside linebacker behind A.J. Nicholson...played in 11 games...had his best game of the season against Virginia when he recorded five tackles, one sack and one tackle for loss.

Sophomore Year (2003): Played behind All-ACC selection Michael Boulware at strongside linebacker...played in all 13 games, including the Orange Bowl, at linebacker and on special teams...finished the season with 13 total tackles, nine of which were solo stops...recorded a career-high three tackles at Notre Dame...had one or more tackles in nine games...recognized as the Kicking Game Player of the Week by coaching staff following the win over NC State...was named the most improved linebacker following 2003 spring practice.

2002: Redshirted after an injury kept him from practice time early in the season...was expected to see considerable playing time after performing well as a true freshman in 2001.

Freshman Year (2001): Blocked a punt that led to a touchdown against Virginia Tech in the Gator Bowl...appeared in all but one game as a true freshman...finished 23rd on the team with 14 tackles...best outing came at Duke with two unassisted tackles...had three intimidations with two at Clemson and one against Alabama-Birmingham.

High School: Regarded as one of the top linebackers in the state...member of Max Emfinger's Top 100...had an impressive senior season at Lakewood High in St. Petersburg...also played running back and rushed for 1,089 yards as a senior.

Personal: Majoring in social science...born March 24, 1982.

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