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Marcus Demps

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 198 | College: San Diego State
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The most experienced Aztec player on the defensive side of the ball, the talented defensive back hopes to join his older brother Will (New York Giants), in the National Football League. The Aztecs coaching staff considered Marcus to be one of the best players on the team. Known for his versatility, Demps can play at cornerback or free safety and has seen action as a starter at both positions during the course of his career.

Demps prepped at Highland High School, where he was a two-year starter at strong safety.

He was a two-time All-Golden League selection and was named to the Antelope Valley Press second-team as a junior and first-team as a senior, despite missing three games with a foot injury. He was also selected to the All-Valley team by the Los Angeles Daily News. Demps had two interceptions as a junior and helped lead the Bulldogs to an 8-3 record. He also picked up a pair of letters in track.

Demps joined San Diego State in 2001, but redshirted after suffering a broken finger that required surgery. He played mostly on special teams as a reserve free safety in 2002, posting 24 tackles (16 solos). Demps played in nine games in 2003, starting five times at free safety. An ankle sprain caused him to miss three games, finishing with 39 tackles (24 solos), a sack and two stops for losses.

After two years at safety, Demps shifted to right cornerback, starting every game. He came up with 35 tackles (30 solos), eight pass deflections and two interceptions while also causing two fumbles. He was slowed late in the season by a knee sprain, but did not miss any action.

Demps again shifted positions, moving back to free safety in 2005. He earned All-Mountain West Conference first-team honors, joining his brother as the only Aztec defensive backs to earn All-MWC honors (Will was an All-MWC first-team choice in 2000 & '01). He posted a career-high 72 tackles (41 solos), adding two sacks and 6.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He intercepted four passes and deflected four others.

In 41 games at San Diego State, Demps started 29 times. He finished his career with 170 tackles (111 solos), three sacks for minus-20 yards and 9.5 stops for losses of 41 yards. He gained 49 yards on six interception returns and deflected thirteen passes. He recovered two fumbles and caused three others.


Positives: Has adequate overall muscle development and a frame that can carry at least another fifteen pounds of bulk … Alert and aggressive tackler who will play with pain … Has steady acceleration and good agility to compensate for poor timed speed … Alert to blocking schemes and is quick to break down plays … Shows good route awareness, using his hands effectively to disrupt the receiver's route progression … Does a good job of keeping plays in front of him working in the zone … Hard hitter who uses his arms well to wrap and secure … Plays with good tackling technique in run support, taking proper angles to close … Has good depth in his pass drops and is effective at reading the quarterback's eyes … Attacks the line of scrimmage with force in attempts to plug the rush lanes.

Negatives: Lacks the speed and acceleration to be anything more than a liability in man coverage … Too stiff in his hips to recover when beaten on pass routes … Struggles to come out of his breaks cleanly and uses more of a bail technique rather than a true backpedal …

Fails to generate explosion closing on the ball … Despite having four interceptions in 2005, he lacks natural hands and more than a few easy picks resulted in deflections when he let the ball absorb into his body … Hard hitter, but poor hand placement prevents him from playing off and shedding blocks … Looks herky jerky in his running stride, lacking the body control to redirect.

Career Notes

Joined his brother Will (2000-01) as the only Aztec secondary players to earn All-Mountain West Conference first-team honors (2005).

2005 Season

All-Mountain West Conference first-team choice … Started every game at free safety, tying for fourth on the team with 72 tackles (41 solos) … Had two sacks for minus 7 yards and 6.5 stops for losses of 22 yards … Led the team with four interceptions for 46 yards in returns and had four pass deflections … Caused and recovered a fumble.

2005 Game Analysis

UCLA and Colorado State … Made five tackles in each game, adding a stop behind the line of scrimmage and a pass break-up vs. Colorado State.

Air Force … Caused a fumble when he tackled Chad Hall for a 3-yard loss and produced eight hits (2 solos).

Ohio State … Followed with a nine-tackle (6 solos) performance.

San Jose State … Picked off a pass, deflected two others and had a pair of solo tackles, including one that stopped QB Chad Bozzo for a 4-yard loss on an option.

Brigham Young … Sacked QB John Beck for a 5-yard loss and intercepted a Beck pass that he returned 28 yards.

Nevada-Las Vegas … Totaled six hits with an assisted stop behind the line of scrimmage.

Utah … Added ten tackles (4 solos) and recovered a fumble by tailback Quinton Ganther.

New Mexico … Took down tailback DonTrell Moore for a 2-yard loss and registered a season-high twelve tackles (10 solos).

Texas Christian … Made seven hits (4 solos) and sacked QB Jeff Ballard for a 2-yard loss.

Colorado State … Deflected a pass and intercepted another while coming up with five tackles (3 solos).

Wyoming … Had a 20-yard interception return and a stop behind the line of scrimmage.

Hawaii … Closed out his career with five tackles and a pass break-up.

2004 Season

After two years at safety, Demps became the team's starting right cornerback … Recorded 35 tackles (30 solos) with a stop for a 3-yard loss … Intercepted two passes and deflected eight others … Also caused a pair of fumbles … Bothered late in the year by a knee sprain, but did not miss any game action.

2004 Game Analysis

Idaho State … Made six tackles (4 solos) and caused a fumble when he stripped the ball from fullback David Beverly.

Michigan … Intercepted a Chad Henne pass and deflected two others while also posting three solo tackles.

Nevada … Added five tackles (4 solos), including one that stopped halfback Drew Robinson for a 3-yard loss and also intercepted a Jeff Rowe pass for a 3-yard return.

Utah … Deflected one pass and produced six tackles (5 solos).

Brigham Young … Made one solo tackle before suffering a knee sprain.

Nevada-Las Vegas … Posted four tackles (3 solos) and deflected two passes.

2003 Season

Started the year as a backup at free safety, but moved into the starting lineup when mononucleosis sidelined Josh Dean … Returned to the sidelines due to an ankle injury that caused him to miss the Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming contests, finishing with five starting assignments … Recorded 39 tackles (24 solos) with a 13-yard sack and two stops for losses of 16 yards … Recovered a fumble and deflected one pass.

2003 Game Analysis

Had a 13-tackle effort and recovered a fumble vs. Texas-El Paso … Added a stop behind the line of scrimmage and eight stops at UCLA … Had a 13-yard sack vs. Air Force and credited with a blocked punt vs. Eastern Washington.

2002 Season

Played in nine games as a freshman, primarily on special teams and at free safety … Ended the season with 24 tackles (16 solos), including a season-best 12 at Air Force when he got his first career start against the Falcons' option attack … Had six tackles vs. Colorado State and two stops vs. Utah.

2001 Season

Redshirted as a freshman after suffering a broken finger that required surgery early in the season.

Injury Report

2001: Suffered a broken finger in September that required surgery, sitting out the season.

2002: Sat out the Arizona State and Colorado games with a knee sprain (medial collateral ligament).

2003: Suffered a sprained ankle that sidelined him for the Wyoming, New Mexico and Utah games.

2004: Bothered late in the season by a knee sprain suffered against Brigham Young.

2005: Sat out Pro Day in April with a left hip pointer.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.65 in the 40-yard dash … 34-inch vertical jump … Right-handed … Wears contacts … 20/36 Wonderlic score.

Combine: 4.77 in the 40-yard dash … 2.78 20-yard dash … 1.67 10-yard dash … Bench presses 225 pounds 17 times … 31-inch vertical jump … 9'9" broad jump … 4.09 20-yard shuttle … 11.1 60-yard shuttle … 6.91 three-cone drill … 31 -inch arm length … 9-inxch hands.

High School

Attended Highland (Palmdale, Cal.) High School, playing football for head coach Lin Parker … Two-year starter at strong safety … Two-time All-Golden League selection and was named to the Antelope Valley Press second-team as a junior and first-team as a senior, despite missing three games with a foot injury … Selected to the All-Valley team by the Los Angeles Daily News … Had two interceptions as a junior and helped lead the Bulldogs to an 8-3 record … Also picked up a pair of letters in track.


Criminal Justice major … Brother, Will, was a two-time All-Mountain West Conference first-team selection (2000-01) at San Diego State as a safety and played four season with the Baltimore Ravens before signing with the New York Giants as a free agent in 2006 … Son of Kye and William Demps … Born 8/19/83 in Minot, North Dakota … Resides in Palmdale, California.


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