Pack Pride Profile: CB Marcus Hudson

CB Marcus Hudson has established himself as one of NC State's most dynamic defenders. We break down the rising senior in this report.

Marcus Hudson

Senior Cornerback

No. 1

6-2, 200 pounds

South Dade High School, Miami, Fla

2004 stats

- Last season, Hudson collected 70 tackles, two fumbles caused, three tackles for loss, six pass breakups, two interceptions and scored two touchdowns- one on an interception return and one on a punt block.

- In 2004, Hudson was in for a total of 466 plays. He recorded a tackle, pass-breakup, interception, caused fumble or touchdown on 18% of the plays (82).

Awards

- Named ACC defensive back of the week after notching 15 tackles against Maryland

High School Accolades

- 5A all-state first team

- No. 38 player in Florida according to SuperPrep

- USA Today All-American

2005 Outlook

- From cornerback to free safety and now back to cornerback, regardless of the position, Marcus Hudson has been a huge part of the Wolfpack defense whenever he's been on the field. Last season he was arguably NC State's most active defensive back and he will be counted on to lead a pencil-thin CB crew in 2005. He has NFL-type size and has shown he can hang with some of the conference's top wide receivers- notching a personal best three pass-breakups against Miami last year. Hudson is one of those rare, electrifying CB's that seems to thrive on making big plays. There was a 100 yard interception return against Duke as a freshman and a 60 yard interception return against Georgia Tech as a junior. His six career INT's lead all active NC State defensive backs.

Recognition potential

- Hudson is probably the standout among the NC State defensive back corps. He possesses NFL-caliber size and has backed that up by showing the ability to make huge plays during crunch time. He may be somewhat overlooked on the conference scene right now but we believe Hudson could become a major player for post-season awards later in the year. With an ultra-talented defensive line in front of him, if QB's are forced into errant throws, Hudson could have a field day as a senior if those passes come his way.


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