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Marcus Hudson

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 194 | College: North Carolina State
 
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Overview

The versatile defensive back has proven to be a capable performer at both free safety and right cornerback. He was challenged by opposing quarterbacks often during his senior season, but emerged victorious, deflecting 19 passes while allowing only two touchdown catches. His 19 pass breakups rank second on the school's single-season list, while his 33 career deflections rank fifth in Wolfpack history.

Hudson is from a football family. His brother Jerel played for Florida State, his older brothers Nate and Eric played at Bethune-Cookman and his brother Kevin played at Iowa State.

At South Dade High School, Hudson earned All-America honors from USA Today and Max Emfinger and was also an all-state choice. He intercepted five passes as a senior, returning a fumble and an interception for touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown and recorded 75 tackles.

In 2001, Hudson played more snaps (515) than any other true freshman on the North Carolina State squad. He played in 11 games, earning five starts at cornerback, but missed the Tangerine Bowl with a neck strain. He finished the season with 52 tackles (41 solos), two stops for losses, five pass deflections and a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Hudson started the first 12 games of 2002 at right cornerback before being replaced for the final two due to an ankle sprain. He made 36 tackles (26 solos) with three interceptions and three pass deflections. He was ruled academically ineligible for the 2003 season, spending the year with the scout team as a free safety. He started six of 11 games at free safety in 2004, producing 70 tackles (46 solos) with two forced fumbles, six pass breakups and two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.

Moving back to right cornerback for his final year, Hudson was an all-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention choice. He batted away 19 passes and intercepted two others, returning one for a score. He recorded 70 tackles (56 solos) with two stops for losses.

In 48 games at North Carolina State, Hudson started 35 times, appearing in 2,493 plays. He registered 228 tackles (169 solos) with nine stops for losses of 51 yards, including three sacks for minus-20 yards. He caused and recovered two fumbles while also deflecting 33 passes. He gained 194 yards with three touchdowns on eight interception returns, 94 yards on four kickoff returns and scored on a blocked punt return.

Analysis

Positives: Has a lean frame with smooth muscle tone, tapered thighs and calves … Plays a physical game to compensate for a lack of blazing speed … More quick than fast, but shows the range and change of direction agility to handle man coverage assignments in the short area (as a safety) … Has adequate read-and-react ability and has the quickness to mirror tight ends and backs … Shows smoothness and some quickness in his backpedal, coming out of his turns cleanly … Effective playing the zone, keeping the plays in front of him and breaking quickly when he locates the ball … Has the short area acceleration and burst to close on the ball … Shows good eyes tracking the ball in flight and the leaping ability and body control to adjust to the football to pluck it at its high point … Has natural hands and long arms to compete vs. bigger receivers in jump ball situations … Has the loose hips and weaving running motion to elude opponents on interception returns … His vision allows him to spot schemes, doing a nice job of closing on the ball and neutralizing the ball carrier's cutback lanes … Charges hard to fill in run support and has the upper body strength and wrap-up technique to generate good force behind his hits … Has true courage, sticking his hat in the pile, and is very active with his hands defeating blocks … Lacks timed speed, but is quick to close and fill … Has great timing and ball anticipation ability on special teams coverage situations … Despite his frame, he shows no hesitation stepping in the box to make the plays at the line of scrimmage.

Negatives: Has only an adequate feel for the pocket, as he tends to eye the quarterback too long, biting on fakes and play-action … Lacks the second gear to recover when beaten … Needs to improve his footwork, as he will take some false steps in transition … Has very good power behind his hits, but needs to be more aggressive using his hands in attempts to reroute the receiver … Better free safety prospect than at cornerback, as he performs better playing the ball and in the zone than when asked to cover one-on-one … Will show no regard for his body colliding with ball carriers, but seems to lack the instinctive feel for reading the run.

Hudson had a very good year, statistically, in 2005 at right cornerback, but he was challenged often because of his adequate feel for man coverage. He shows good turning motion in his backpedal, but does take false steps in transition and used more of a bail technique than a true pedal. He is effective at covering tight ends and backs in the short area, but is more comfortable playing the ball rather than mirroring and trailing receivers in one-on-one situations.

Hudson might lack the ideal size you want in a free safety, but he does a good job walking up in the box to lend support vs. the run. He might not have an instinctive feel there, but will collide and punish ball carriers, showing the range to redirect and neutralize the cutback lanes. He gets a good break on the ball when playing in the zone. While some might look at his high amount of pass deflections as a sign that he is capable of covering his man, he was challenged often and did allow 39 receptions in 2005 for an average of 15.17 yards per catch.

Hudson is a slippery runner on interception returns, showing the loose hips and wiggle to elude the opponent on runbacks. He is a solid special teams coverage contributor, but just lacks a feel for the passing game. He needs to be more active and forceful with his hands in attempts to reroute and is conscious that he does not have the explosion to recover by giving a big cushion in coverage. The problem is, receivers are quick to eat up that cushion (see 2005 Eastern Kentucky, Clemson, Boston College and Middle Tennessee games).

Hudson is best when allowed to roam the field and make plays on the ball in front of him. He has adequate timed speed, but not enough to handle receivers on deep routes. His ability to support vs. the run and previous experience there makes free safety his more logical pro position, but he will need to fill his frame out some.

Career Notes

Deflected 33 passes during his career, ranking behind Joe Johnson (51, 1987-90), Tony Scott (45, 1996-99), Lloyd Harrison (40, 1996-99) and Nelson Jones (34, 1983-86) on the school's career list … His 19 pass breakups in 2005 are topped only by Harrison's 23 in 1998 on the Wolfpack's single-season chart … His 194 yards on eight interception returns is surpassed only by Jack Whitley's 196 yards (1968-70) on the school's career list … His three interceptions returned for touchdowns set an N.C. State record.

2005 Season

All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention … Named team captain and chosen the squad's Most Valuable Defensive Back … Started all year at right cornerback, making 70 tackles (56 solos) with two stops for losses of 7 yards while participating in 803 plays … Recovered a fumble and intercepted two passes for 28 yards in returns, including a touchdown … Ranked third in the ACC with 19 pass deflections … Also blocked a punt.

2005 Game Analysis

Virginia Tech … Opened the season with four tackles (2 solos), including one for a 6-yard loss, and deflected two passes, but was beaten by receiver David Clowney for a 19-yard touchdown on a fourth quarter pass thrown by QB Marcus Vick … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR David Clowney-Three catches for 30 yards and a touchdown.

Eastern Kentucky … Added three tackles with three pass breakups on 43 plays … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Andre Ralston-Four catches for 78 yards.

North Carolina … Had seven tackles (6 solos) and deflected one pass … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Jesse Holley-One catch for 16 yards.

Georgia Tech … Batted away two passes and was in on four hits (3 solos) … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Damarius Bilbo-Two catches for 20 yards.

Clemson … Posted five tackles (4 solos) and a pass deflection, but lost a jump ball battle with Curtis Braham on a first quarter 6-yard scoring pass from QB Charlie Whitehurst that capped an 8-play, 83-yard drive … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Curtis Braham-Two catches for 12 yards and a touchdown.

Wake Forest … Collected eight solo tackles with a pass breakup … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Nate Morton-Five catches for 46 yards.

Southern Mississippi … Followed with a pass deflection and five hits (4 solos) … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Anthony Perine-One catch for 25 yards.

Florida State … Stopped tailback Leon Washington for a 1-yard loss and made six solo tackles and three deflected passes … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Willie Reid-Two catches for 14 yards.

Boston College … Facing a former cornerback, Will Blackmon, Hudson had a trying day. He was in on seven tackles (5 solos) and had a pass deflection, but gave up three long receptions … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Will Blackmon-Three catches for 151 yards, with a long of 61.

Middle Tennessee … Was challenged early and often, coming up with six tackles (4 solos) … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Cleannord Saintil-10 catches for 129 yards.

Maryland … Bounced back with six solo tackles, two pass deflections, a fumble recovery and two interceptions, returning one 28 yards for a touchdown and picking off another with less than a minute left in the game … Did not allow any receptions … Earned ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Derrick Fenner-No catches.

South Florida (Meineke Car Care Bowl) … Closed his career by blocking a punt and making nine tackles (7 solos) with a pass deflection.

2004 Season

Played in 11 games, starting six, including the first four at free safety … Participated in 466 plays, recording 70 tackles (46 solos) with three sacks for minus-20 yards and two forced fumbles … Deflected six passes and intercepted two others for 61 yards in returns with a touchdown … Gained 94 yards on four kickoff returns (23.5 avg) and recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown.

2004 Game Analysis

Richmond … Opened the season with six tackles (2 solos) and recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown.

Ohio State, Wake Forest and Florida State … Posted five tackles in each game and also caused a fumble against the Seminoles.

Virginia Tech … Added seven tackles (5 solos) with a 3-yard sack of QB Bryan Randall in the fourth quarter, causing a fumble on the play that set up State's game-winning scoring drive … Batted away two passes.

North Carolina … Came off the bench to collect nine tackles (6 solos).

Maryland … Earned ACC Player of the Week honors after registering 15 tackles (8 solos) with an 8-yard sack of QB Joel Statham and a pair of quarterback pressures.

Clemson … Sacked QB Charlie Whitehurst for a 9-yard loss and produced seven tackles (6 solos).

Georgia Tech … Intercepted a Reggie Ball pass, returning the ball 60 yards for a touchdown … Made three tackles.

Florida State … Followed with five solo tackles, causing a fumble when he stripped the ball from tailback Lorenzo Booker.

2003 Season

Was ineligible for competition in 2003, but did participate in practice … Moved to free safety during spring workouts and was named the Most Outstanding Player on defense.

2002 Season

Started the first 12 games at right cornerback, but suffered an ankle sprain vs. Virginia that limited his play in the final two games … Finished with 36 tackles (26 solos) and two stops for losses of 14 yards in 710 plays … Deflected three passes and had three interceptions for 5 yards in returns.

2002 Game Analysis

New Mexico … Opened the season with an interception, a pass deflection and two solo tackles.

East Tennessee State … Had another interception and a pair of solo hits.

Massachusetts … Returned an interception 5 yards and made a solo tackle that was good for a 13-yard loss.

Duke … Added a season-high seven tackles (5 solos) with a stop behind the line of scrimmage.

Wake Forest, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Maryland … Registered four tackles in each game.

2001 Season

Played more snaps than any other true freshman with 515 … Started the last four games of the season at cornerback and also started the Clemson game when the Wolfpack opened in a nickel package … Recorded 52 tackles (41 solos) with two stops for losses of 10 yards and a fumble recovery … Deflected five passes and returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown … Did not play in the Tangerine Bowl after he suffered a neck strain in pre-bowl workouts.

2001 Game Analysis

Led the team in tackles with 14 versus ninth-ranked Maryland … Posted the third-longest play in school history when he returned an interception from end zone to end zone, 100 yards, vs. Duke … Had a key fumble recovery in the win over Florida State … Tackled Virginia's Alvin Pearman for a loss of 6 yards on fourth down from the Wolfpack's 1-yard line in the fourth quarter to secure a shutout.

Injury Report

2001: Sat out the Tangerine Bowl vs. Pittsburgh (12/20) when he suffered a neck strain in pre-bowl workouts.

2002: Suffered an ankle sprain vs. Virginia (11/16) that limited his playing time vs. Florida State the following week (four plays).

2006: Did not participate in agility tests at the combine, complaining of left knee medial collateral ligament problems.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.59 in the 40-yard dash … 36.5-inch vertical jump … 10'0" broad jump … 4.22 20-yard shuttle … 6.91 three-cone drill … 30 -inch arm length … 9-inch hands.

High School

Attended South Dade (Homestead, Fla.) High School … Earned All-America honors from USA Today and Max Emfinger and was also an all-state choice … Intercepted five passes as a senior, returning a fumble and an interception for touchdowns … Also returned a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown and recorded 75 tackles.

Personal

Sociology major … From a football family -- his brother Jerel played for Florida State, his older brothers Nate and Eric played at Bethune-Cookman and his brother Kevin played at Iowa State … Married. He and his wife, Remi, have a son, Remari (3) … Born 11/15/82 … Resides in Homestead, Florida.

 
 

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