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99 Marquis Ragland

Had a superb 2014 season where he earned second-team All-MEAC honors…Showed an ability to be able to block kicks on field goals…Has tremendous speed, causes disruption with his ability to get in the opponent’s backfield…Did not play in 2012 to focus on academics…Has played a major role in the Aggies having one of the best rush defenses in the nation over his past two seasons…Comes in No. 1 on the depth chart at nose tackle…Has big-hit ability which should help the Aggies force turnovers…Helped the Aggies rank third in the nation in turnover margin…Has the best bench press on the team at 445 pounds…Also can lift 225 pounds 27 times, which is also tops on the team…He is tied for third on the team in squat max at 525 pounds…Also has a 98 ½ inch reach and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.88 seconds…Has played in 22 games with 15 starts and has 84 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and nine career sacks.

2014 Season: Started all 12 games…Made 69 tackles (38 unassisted), 15.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks…Also forced two fumbles, recovered a fumble and blocked three kicks…Ranked seventh in the nation in blocked kicks…Also ranked 36th in the nation in sacks and 43rd in tackles for loss…In the conference, ranked 29th in tackles, tied for third in sacks and fifth in tackles for loss…Had a career-high nine tackles (six unassisted) along with a career-high three tackles for loss which included 2.5 sacks in a 45-0 A&T win at Aggie Stadium over Morgan State on Nov. 8…Had eight tackles including seven unassisted in a 31-14 win over Hampton at Aggie Stadium on Oct. 9 in a nationally-televised game on ESPNU…Had five solo tackles, two tackles for loss and a blocked kick in a 38-22 win at Howard on Sept. 27…Had a key blocked field goal in the Aggies 17-12 win at Elon on Sept. 13.

2013 Season: Played in 10 games with three starts…Made nine solo tackles and six assisted tackles for a total of 15, including 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack…Made three solo tackles and one assisted tackle in the Aggies 59-12 win over Virginia University of Lynchburg on Nov. 2..Had two solo stops and two assisted tackles, including a tackle for loss in the Aggies 41-14 win over Savannah State on Nov. 16…The following week, he made three solo tackles against N.C. Central in a 28-0 win.

High School: Named first-team Mid-South all-conference on defense...Earned second-team honors as an offensive player.

Position: Defensive Line
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 271
Year: Redshirt Junior
Hometown: Fayetteville, N.C.
High School: Seventy-First
Major: SSFM/Leisure Studies
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