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NC A&T Football BIO
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73 Marcus Pettiford

Has one of the most amazing stories on the team … Experienced academic troubles in the spring of 2106 before being deemed ineligible for the 2016 season … Did not attend N.C. A&T during the 2017 spring semester … Through the Accelerating Academic Success Program funded by an NCAA grant N.C. A&T received in 2015, Pettiford survived his academic shortcomings and became a key player in an historic 2017 season … After a rigorous summer schedule, assistance from learning specialist and Pettiford’s remarkable determination to become a success in the classroom, Pettiford became a member of the N.C. A&T football team again in the fall of 2017 .. Would become a part of the most successful football season in N.C. A&T history … N.C. A&T went 12-0, won their ninth Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title, won the 2017 Celebration Bowl over Grambling State and were named HBCU National Champions … Earned a 3.32 grade point average for the 2017-18 school year, was removed from academic probation, made the Dean’s List and declared a major … Earned first-team All-MEAC honors from his right tackle position … Entered the 2018 season as the replacement for All-American Brandon Parker at left tackle … Had an outstanding first season with the Aggies … Became a starter late in the 2015 season … Fast, agile lineman who can reach linebackers quickly …  Runs one of the faster 40-yard dash times among the offensive linemen.

2017 Season: Started all 12 games during the Aggies historic season … Earned first-team All-MEAC honors last season after playing 649 snaps with 24 knockdown blocks, an average grade of 83.3 percent … In one of the biggest games of the season, graded out with an 87 against Bethune-Cookman on Oct. 21 … Graded out at 86 percent against arch-rival N.C. Central on Nov. 18 … Aggies offense complied 5,122 yards of offense and surrendered only 11 sacks all season … Played on an offense that led the MEAC in scoring offense, first downs, third-down conversions and passing offense while ranking second in red zone offense and rushing offense … Team was 13th in the nation in fewest sacks allowed.

2016 Season: Did not play in a game …

2015 Season: Played in 12 games with eight starts … Started mostly at the right tackle position … Began to grade out well at the start of October … Graded out well at Norfolk State on Oct. 10 and at home against Bethune-Cookman on Oct. 17 … Made the start against Alcorn State in the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl and graded out well.

High School: Played three varsity seasons at Durham Hillside … Was a three-year starter for Hillside … Was selected to play in the 2014 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas … Played all five offensive line positions in high school.

Position: Offensive Line
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 293
Year: Redshirt Junior
Hometown: Durham, N.C.
High School: Hillside
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