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Marquis Cooper
Marquis Cooper

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Gilbert, Ariz.

High School:
Highland

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 215

Position:
ILB

Birthdate:
03/11/1982

Experience:
4V

Washington: An athletic linebacker that seemed to be in on every play, finishing the season at or near the team lead in tackles three out of four years 2003: Returned as a starter at inside linebacker and led the team in tackles with 89 ... finished the season with eight tackles for loss, four sacks and two interceptions ... recorded the longest interception return of the season (38 yards) against Washington State ... Had a team single-game season high in tackles (13) against Stanford ... started all 12 games at inside linebacker ... did not participate in spring drills after off-season shoulder surgery ... switched from outside linebacker to inside following his sophomore season ... known for good vision, speed and ability to close on the ball. 2002: Started 11 of 13 games at inside linebacker ... an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection ... named the Players’ Defensive MVP at the postseason awards banquet ... finished the regular season with 100 tackles, to share the team lead with fellow inside linebacker Ben Mahdavi ... 7.7 tackles per game tied for eighth in the Pac-10 ... made an impact in nearly every defensive category, totaling 11 tackles for-loss, three sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery and a forced fumble ... anchored a Husky rush defense that allowed just 97.7 yards per game, the 11th-best total in the nation in 2002 ... finished first or tied for first in tackles in six games ... recovered a fumble by Washington State’s Mike Bush in the Huskies’ 29-26 triple-overtime win over the third-ranked Cougars ... came off the bench to lead all Huskies with 11 tackles in season-opener at Michigan ... notched a career-high 13 tackles — including three for-loss — in UW’s 41-29 win over Oregon State, earning coaches’ defensive player of the week honor ... four tackles for-loss against Wyoming tied for the eighth-most ever by a UW player in a single game ... also totaled a pair of sacks against the Cowboys, for 21 yards ... efforts against the Cowboys earned second coaches’ defensive player of the game honors ... had nine solo tackles in the Sun Bowl against Purdue, including two tackles for loss. 2001: Played in all 12 games as the backup to Ben Mahdavi … has appeared in all 24 games of his two-year career … ranked in the team’s top-10 in tackles despite not starting a game … notched first-career interception in second quarter of Huskies’ 47-43 loss to Texas in the Holiday Bowl ... recovered first-career fumble in fourth quarter of Huskies’ 31-28 win over Arizona … had season-high five tackles against the Wildcats … forced a fumble in 42-28 win over No. 11 Stanford.. 2000: One of several freshmen to make major contributions in 2000 ... played primarily on special teams, and backed up Jeremiah Pharms at outside linebacker ... finished the season with seven tackles ... one of seven freshmen to appear in every game ... blocked and recovered punt at ASU to set up Huskies’ first touchdown ... named co-special teams MVP for that game.

High School and Personal: Born March 11, 1982 in Mesa, Ariz. ... parents are Donna and Bruce ... has a younger sister, Donielle ... father is a sportscaster at KPNX in Phoenix … played for coach Mike Reardon at Highland High School … recorded 48 tackles, 23 solo, five tackles for loss, five interceptions, and four forced fumbles in 1999 … an all-state selection at defensive back in 1999 … an All-Fiesta Region Conference first-team selection at defensive back in 1999 … named his conference’s defensive player of the year … a PrepStar all-Western Region selection at linebacker … regional defensive player of the year at free safety … a member of Prep Football Report’s All-West team … also competed for Highland’s track and basketball teams … set school record in the 400 meters (49.99), and has a personal best of 21.3 seconds in the 200m … was named his school’s defensive player of the year in basketball … a sociology major.

Year     G-S   Solo   Asst.   Tot.   Loss  FC    FR   PD   Int.   Sacks
2000    11-0      4     3       7     0-0   0   0-0    0   0-0    0-0
2001    11-0     23    11      34     0-0   1   1-0    0   0-0    0-0
2002    13-11    60    50     100    13-55  1   2-36   2   1-0    3-28
2003    12-12    62    27      89   8.5-39  0   0-0    7   2-58   4-24
Totals  47-23   149    91     230  21.5-94  2   3-36   9   3-58   7-52

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