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Marcus Benard
DL #58
Height:
6-2
Weight:
256
College:
Jackson State
Hometown:
Ypsilanti, Mich.
Experience:
5
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 37 62 44 18 14 0 3 0 0 0 -- 0
2013 ARI 12 17 15 2 2.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2011 CLE 4 3 2 1 0.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2010 CLE 15 28 18 10 7.5 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2009 CLE 6 14 9 5 3.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
Kick Return
YearTeamGRetYdsAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 37 4 26 6.5 11 0 0 0 0 0
2013 ARI 12 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 CLE 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 CLE 15 4 26 6.5 11 0 0 0 0 0
2009 CLE 6 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

Marcus Benard was signed by the New England Patriots as a free agent on January 24, 2012 ... Originally signed by Cleveland as a rookie free agent (5/1/09) ... Released by Cleveland (9/6/09) ... Signed by Cleveland to the practice squad (9/8/09) ... Signed by Cleveland to the 53-man roster from the practice squad (11/9/09) ... Placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List (10/12/11) ... Released by Cleveland (10/10/12).

CAREER TRANSACTIONS
Marcus Benard was signed by the New England Patriots as a free agent on January 24, 2012 ... Originally signed by Cleveland as a rookie free agent (5/1/09) ... Released by Cleveland (9/6/09) ... Signed by Cleveland to the practice squad (9/8/09) ... Signed by Cleveland to the 53-man roster from the practice squad (11/9/09) ... Placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List (10/12/11) ... Released by Cleveland (10/10/12).

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
  • Posted a team-leading 7.5 sacks in 2010.
  • Finished sixth among all rookies in 2009 with 3.5 sacks, despite appearing in only six games.


SEASONAL REVIEWS

2012 (0/0 – Cleveland):
  • Went through training camp with the Browns before being placed on Injured Reserve (8/27) after suffering an elbow injury during the preseason.
  • Released from the injured reserve list on Oct. 10, 2012.

2011 (4/0 – Cleveland):

  • Played in the first four games of the season as a reserve, recording two tackles, 0.5 sacks and one special teams tackle before being placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list due to a hand injury (10/12).

2010 (15/2 – Cleveland):

  • Played in 15 games, with two starts, finishing with 26 tackles and a team-leading 7.5 sacks, in addition to two passes defensed, two special teams tackles and four kickoff returns for 26 yards.
  • Posted 1.5 sacks in season-opener at Tampa Bay (9/12) in first career start.

2009 (6/0 – Cleveland):

  • Appeared in six games as a reserve, recording 11 tackles and 3.5 sacks on defense and three special teams tackles.
  • Spent the first nine weeks of the season on the practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster and making his NFL debut vs. Baltimore (11/16).
  • Tallied a career-high 2.0 sacks vs. Pittsburgh (12/10).
  • Tied for sixth among all NFL rookies with 3.5 sacks, despite only appearing in six games.
  • Signed with Cleveland as a rookie free agent.


COLLEGE
  • Played junior and senior seasons at Jackson State University after earning his associates degree from Grand Rapids Community College.
  • Earned All-Southwestern Athletic Conference honors as a senior after totaling 80 tackles and 16.0 sacks.
  • Posted 45 tackles and 9.0 sacks while playing in all 12 games as a junior.
  • Tallied 76 tackles and 17.0 sacks in two years at Grand Rapids.


PERSONAL
  • Born in Adrian, Mich. and played tight end for Ypsilanti (Mich.) High School.
  • Named all-district and to the Seniors of America List as a senior.
  • Voted the team's most valuable player and offensive player of the year as a senior.
  • Plays the piano, organ, guitar, drums and saxophone.
  • Has three sons, Domanic, Marcus Jr. and Ashai.
  • Majored in criminal justice at Jackson State.

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