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Marquand Manuel
SS #40
Height:
6-0
Weight:
213
College:
Florida
Hometown:
Miami, Fla.
Experience:
8
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 116 365 282 83 1 0 15 2 1 33 -- 29
2009 DET 9 36 30 6 0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2008 DEN 16 83 61 22 0 -- 4 -- -- -- -- --
2007 CAR 16 18 16 2 1 -- 2 1 0 4 4 4
2006 GB 16 81 62 19 0 0 2 1 1 29 29 29
2005 SEA 16 71 58 13 0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2004 SEA 15 19 12 7 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2003 CIN 13 16 12 4 0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2002 CIN 15 41 31 10 0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

TRANSACTIONS:

  • Signed by the Detroit Lions June 2, 2009.
  • Signed by the Denver Broncos as an unrestricted free agent March 8, 2008 and released by the Broncos February 16, 2009.
  • Signed by the Carolina Panthers September 3, 2007.
  • Released by the Green Bay Packers September 1, 2007.
  • Signed by the Green Bay packers as an unrestricted free agent March 13, 2006.
  • Claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks September 6, 2004.
  • Waived by the Cincinnati Bengals September 5, 2004.
  • Drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round (181st overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft.

PRO: Brought additional experience to the Lions defensive backfield during his first year with the Lions after signing with this team as a free agent in June 2009. Has played both strong safety and free safety positions during his career.

  • Through 116 career games with 58 starts, Manuel has amassed 332 tackles (259 solo), a sack (11 yards), two interceptions (33 yards), 16 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
  • Now entering his ninth year in the league, Manuel spent 2008 with Denver after signing with the club as an unrestricted free agent March 8, 2008 and finished third on the team, leading all defensive backs with 82 tackles (62 solo).
  • Prior to his stint with the Broncos, Manuel also spent time with Carolina (2007), Green Bay (2006), Seattle (2004-05) and Cincinnati (2002-03).

2009: Had 35 tackles (29 solo) on the season with two pass defenses and one forced fumbles.

  • • Finished third on team with 7 solo tackles and a pass defense at New Orleans (9/13).
  • • Led defense with 8 tackles (6 solo) vs. Pittsburgh (10/11).

2008: Started in 14 games at strong safety and finished fourth on the team and led all defensive backs with 87 tackles (68 solo).

  • • Started in season opener at Oakland (9/8), tying for third on the team with seven tackles (all solo). Also added a pass defensed.
  • • Tied for a team high with nine tackles (seven solo) at Kansas City (9/28).
  • • Led the secondary with 10 tackles (8 solo) vs. Jacksonville (10/12).
  • • Finished with 10 solo tackles at Cleveland (11/6).

2007: Played in 16 games with two starts for Carolinam totaling 14 tackles (nine solo), one interception (four yards), one sack (11 yards) a pass defensed and five special teams tackles.

2006: Started in all 16 games at strong safety and led Green Bay’s defensive backs while placing fourth on the club with a career-high 103 tackles (72 solo). Also added on interception for a 29-yard touchdown return and four passes defensed.

  • • Recorded five or more solo tackles in eight games and reached double digits in total tackles three times.
  • • Scored first touchdown of his career at Detroit (9/24) when he intercepted a pass deflected by Ahmad Carroll and returned the takeaway 29 yards for a score. Interception also marked the first of his regular-season career (had one in the 2005 NFC Championship Game)
  • • Tied for the team-high with nine tackles (six solo) vs. Arizona (10/29).
  • • Matched a personal best with 12 stops vs. NYJ (12/3).

2005: Started 14 overall games (11 regular season, three postseason) for Seattle, appearing in all 19 games that season to help post a 13-3 record and advance to Super Bowl XL. Tied for third on the team with 67 tackles (54 solo) while adding two pass breakups and one fumble recovery.

  • • Posted a career-best 12 tackles (nine solo) at Arizona (11/6).
  • • Made his first career fumble recovery vs. St. Louis (11/13).
  • • Led the team with tree passes defensed in an NFC Divisional Game vs. Carolina (1/14).
  • • Returned an interception32 yards to set up a touchdown in the NFL Championship Game vs. Carolina (1/22).

2004: Played in 15 games for Seattle, finishing with 10 tackles (seven solo) on defense and had nine stops on special teams. Claimed off waivers by Seattle from Cincinnati on September 6.

2003: Totaled eight tackles (six solo) in 13 games with one start for the Bengals. Added five tackles on special teams.

2002: As a rookie played in 15 games and posted 34 tackles (27 solo), one forced fumble and three passes defensed. Also contributed eight tackles on special teams.

COLLEGE: A three-year starter at the University of Florida, played 46 games for his collegiate career and totaled 308 tackles, 8.0 sacks and six interceptions for the Gators. Started two games at outside linebacker in addition to seeing significant action at safey. Served as a key leader on Florida’s Southeastern Conference Championship team in 2000 that earned a berth in the Sugar Bowl. Totaled 118 tackle, three interceptions, 2.0 sacks , one forced fumble and four passes defensed as a sophomore.

  • • Finished his career with 256 tackles, nine tackles for a loss, six fumble recoveries and 22 passes defensed.

PERSONAL: Earned All-America honors at Miami Senior High School in Miami on a team that featured six other furutre NFL players (Andre Johnson, Sedrick Irvin, Blue Adams, Roscoe Parrish, Jamal Jackson and Atari Bigby).

  • • Established the Marquand Manuel Foundation to help kids in his hometown of Miami.
  • • Earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology and law from Florida as an honor roll student.
  • • Finished his collegiate career as a graduate student working toward a master’s degree in counseling education with a special emphasis on mental health.
  • • Was a four-time SEC honor roll selection.
  • • Oldest brother, John, was a Parade All-American and played football at Florida State University.
  • • In the ninth of 19 children and has a family of siblings whose ages differ by 25 years from oldest to youngest.
  • • Has a daughter, Madison.
  • • Marquand Alexander Manuel was born on July 11, 1979, in Miami.

MANUEL’S SINGLE-GAME BESTS

  • • Tackles: 12, 2 times, last vs. NYJ 12/3/06
  • • Interceptions 1, 2 times, last vs. SF, 12/2/07
  • • Long INT Return 29t, at DET, 9/24/06

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