Eddie Lacy scores a touchdown while Roman Harper seals the Saints win over the Falcons
OUTLOOK: Marcell Dareus burst onto the national scene with his MVP performance in the BCS National Championship Game against Texas .... a powerful defensive end who can also slide inside in passing situations ... a tremendous pass rusher who can play the run as well ... named to the preliminary 2010 Lombardi Award Watch List ... played in 22 career games, making three starts ... has 37 career tackles, making nine tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks ... goes into preseason practice as the Tide's top returning defensive end ... recorded six tackles with a sack (-6) in the 2009 A-Day Game ... a two-time winner (2009, 2010) of the Dwight Stephenson Lineman of the A-Day Game Award ... in three 2010 spring scrimmages - including A-Day - Dareus had 21 tackles, 10 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss ... won the Lee Roy Jordan Headhunter Award for his play in spring practice.
2009 (SOPHOMORE): Marcell Dareus produced the two biggest plays of his Alabama career to date in the 2010 Citi BCS National Championship Game to earn Defensive MVP honors and vault the Crimson Tide to their 13th national championship ... a big contributor all season at defensive end for the Crimson Tide ... a dangerous pass rusher off the edge and excellent at the point of attack in the rushing game ... played in 14 games and made four starts while serving as the Tide's top pass rusher ... finished eighth in the Southeastern Conference and ranked tied for 90th nationally with 6.5 sacks (-44) or .46 per game ... had 33 total tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss (-49), seven quarterback hurries, an interception and two pass breakups. Virginia Tech: Made his first career start at defensive end in place of Brandon Deaderick ... helped the Tide defense hold the Hokies to just 155 yards of total offense ... got to the quarterback for the first time in his career by recording 1.5 sacks (-8). Florida International: Tallied two sacks for a loss of 17 yards against the Golden Panthers ... recorded four tackles ... helped lead the Tide defense that held FIU to just one yard rushing and 214 total yards. North Texas: Notched one assisted tackle in his third start of the season ... played just over one half as the Tide routed the Mean Green, 53-7. Arkansas: Dareus tallied two solo tackles and one tackle for loss (-1) as the Tide held the Hogs' high-powered offense to just 254 total yards and 63 yards on the grounds. Kentucky: Had five total tackles with four solo stops against the Wildcats ... also registered a quarterback hurry. Mississippi: Made three solo tackles in a 22-3 win over the Rebels ... registered one tackle for loss (-3) by dropping UM's Dexter McCluster in the backfield. South Carolina: Helped keep the Gamecocks out of the end zone and limit USC to 64 yards rushing, but did not have a tackle. Tennessee: Logged two solo and two assisted stops as the Tide limited the Vols' potent rushing attack to just 74 yards ... recorded a sack of seven yards in the fourth quarter ... broke up a pass in the Tide's 12-10 win. LSU: Had a big fourth quarter with two sacks (-12 yards) that killed any Tiger momentum as LSU managed only nine total yards in the stanza ... finished with four total tackles as the Tide allowed just 95 yards rushing. Mississippi State: Made two total tackles with a solo stop as the Tide defense limited MSU to 213 total yards. Chattanooga: Made one assisted tackle as the Tide routed the Mocs, 45-0. Auburn: Recorded two assisted tackles in the Crimson Tide's 26-21 win at Auburn ... had half of a tackle for loss ... registered one quarterback hurry. Florida: Harassed the Gators throughout the game ... recorded two quaterback hurries ... notched two total tackles with one solo stop as the Tide rolled to their 22nd SEC title. Texas: Knocked Texas quarterback Colt McCoy out of the game with a big hit in the first quarter and then intercepted a shovel pass in the final seconds of the second quarter, then used a stiff arm and a spin move to return it 29 yards for a touchdown ... garnered Defensive MVP honors for his play as the Crimson Tide surrendered just 276 total yards and a mere 81 yards rushing.
2008 (FRESHMAN): Dareus was one of 16 true freshmen to see the field in 2008 for Alabama, making his debut in the Crimson Tide's season opener against Clemson ... saw playing time at nose guard in third down situations during his campaign ... made four tackles on the season while recording three quarterback hurries ... played in eight games. Clemson: Dareus earned playing time at defensive end but did not record any statistics. Tulane: Did not play against the Green Wave. Western Kentucky: Garnered playing time at defensive end but did not record any statistics. Arkansas: Did not play against the Razorbacks. Georgia: Dareus did not play against the Bulldogs. Kentucky: Did not play. Mississippi: Dareus did not play vs. the Rebels. Tennessee: Earned his most playing time to date at Tennessee ... the absence of Terrence Cody on the defensive line provided Dareus more snaps ... made his first career tackle and recorded a quarterback hurry. Arkansas State: Logged significant action against the Red Wolves and recorded his second quarterback hurry of the season. LSU: He made his biggest contribution to date for the top-ranked Crimson Tide, registering three tackles ... played end and some nose guard in third down situations vs. the Tigers. Mississippi State: Dareus played but did not record any statistics against the Bulldogs. Auburn: Did not play vs. the Tigers. Florida: Dareus saw extensive action against the Gators as a pass-rush specialist on third down ... accounted for one quarterback hurry on UF quarterback Tim Tebow. Sugar Bowl vs. Utah: Played but did not record any statistics.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: SuperPrep magazine's No. 27 defensive lineman in the country and the publication's No. 7 player in the state of Alabama ... earned a four-star rating from Scout.com and listed as the nation's No. 5 defensive tackle prospect ... Scout.com All-American selection ... a three-star defensive lineman according to Rivals.com ... the No. 28 defensive tackle in the country according to Rivals and the No. 17 overall player on the Alabama Top 35 list ... named to The Mobile Press-Register Elite 18 ... SuperPrep/Scout.com Top 30 Alabama selection (No. 6) ... listed on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super Southern 100 ... No. 23 player on the Scout.com Southeast 150 list ... an ASWA All-State honorable mention ... totaled 117 tackles and 20 sacks as a senior at Huffman and also returned a fumble for a touchdown.