72 Marcus Perez

Marcus Perez Ohio State
usaUnited States
Medina, OH
High School
Current Team
Ohio State
1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000

Major: Business Management (1998-00), Unknown (1996-97)

Weight: 250 (2000), 240 (1997-99), 260 (1996)

2000 Media Guide: Marcus Perez is in his fourth year as a Buckeye and continues to be one of the team’s top pass rushers. He has increased his strength each season and is in excellent physical condition. Although he is not listed on the preseason depth chart, Jim Heacock, defensive line coach, said Perez will factor into the scheme this year. “Marcus Perez has really good pass rushing abilities,” he said. “I’m going to try and play as many guys as I can. If I can get a guy like him that is really good at pass rushing, I’ll definitely use his skills in third-and-long situations.

1999: Played in all 12 games last year … did not register a tackle … played a season-high three minutes against Illinois.

1999 Media Guide: Marcus Perez is entering his fourth season with the Buckeyes. He has been a reserve defensive end who possesses the physical skills and quickness that make him a solid pass rusher. “Marcus has the athletic ability and the kind of quickness and pass rushing skills that we can use,” defensive ends coach Shawn Simms said. Perez has continued to work on his strength and size.

1998: Played as a defensive end with a six-minute outing vs. Toledo his most extended playing time of the season.

1998 Media Guide: Entering his third full year with the program … has been a reserve defensive lineman who possesses good physical skills and quickness that make him a solid pass rusher, but needs to continue to work on his strength and size … ends coach Shawn Simms says Marcus “has quickness but he must get stronger to be able to play the run better … once there, he will be a fine player for us.”

1997: Saw limited action as a second-year sophomore … appeared in six games and had two tackles … six minutes vs. Bowling Green and six vs. Illinois were his most minutes.

1997 Media Guide: Redshirted last year as a freshman … will more than likely be used in a reserve role this year … has good speed and quickness and has shown signs of being a good pass rusher … might get some playing time this year when the situation calls for an extra pass rusher … needs to get stronger in order to be more effective against the run, but has good work habits and wants to get better … another good, young player with a bright future assuming he continues to show improvement … had a good spring.

1996: Redshirted.

High School: Had 12 sacks and 56 tackles including 13 for a loss as a senior at Medina High School …  as a junior, tallied 76 tackles and 18 sacks … All-America selection by SuperPrep … rated the 33rd best defensive lineman in the country by SuperPrep and the 15th best player in the Midwest … rated the second best defensive lineman in the Midwest by Bluechip Illustrated … rated the 18th best player in the Midwest by Prep Football Report … honorable mention Best of the Midwest by the Detroit Free Press … rated the seventh best player in Ohio by The Ohio Football Recruiting News … two-year starter and three year letterwinner in football … helped lead Medina to a 8-2 record as a junior … Three year letterwinner in track … high school coach was John Semenick.

Personal: Chose Ohio State because “its the place where dreams happen” … plans to major in business … has one sister … the son of Greta Perez. His father, Jose, is deceased … originally from Chicago, but moved to Ohio when he was in sixth grade … Full name is Marcus Anthony Perez.


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