Reese Hoping for a Larger Role

Marcus Reese finished the season as the starter on the strong side, but after a quick rise in training camp it looked like his total of two starts would be a lot higher.

A hamstring injury in training camp kept Reese from being the opening day starter and left the door open for Joe Odom. A foot injury later sidelined Reese for three weeks, during which Hunter Hillenmeyer emerged as the starter on the strong side.

"Every time I came back from an injury I feel like I've got to learn it again, get in the flow again because it's not like I'm an experienced player," Reese said. "Any time you're injured and come back, you don't have that spot, you feel like if you would have not gotten injured you would have developed more, been a better player."

For finished the season with 13 tackles, two for loss and a forced fumble. He also played on kick coverage.

Considering Reese's rookie season in the NFL, sticking on a 53-man roster was is a good start. He split his rookie season between the practice squad on San Francisco and Chicago. He signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent and eventually ended up on their practice squad. However, he was waived a little more than a week into the season because the team had a rash of injuries on the offensive line and they needed to add depth at the position.

Before landing in Chicago, Reese without a team for two months. The team then allocated him to NFL Europe, where he played for the Cologne Centurions. He finished second on the team in tackles.

The 6-foot-1, 233 pound Reese had a 4-year career at UCLA. His college stats were impressive and included 208 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 3 interceptions and 3 blocked punts. Reese earned second team All Pac-10 honors during his senior year.

Player Profile: Marcus Reese

Hometown: San Jose California
College major: Sociology.
Any plans for a career after football: Nope. It's too early to do that at this point. I want to see how far I can go in the NFL.
First football memory: I was 9 years old and my team won the area's Pop Warner Championship. That was exciting.
Favorite football memory: Starting at safety against Oregon State. I had my best game that day.
First job: Working in the hoops area at Great America. It was fun because it combined my love of sports with the necessity to work.
Favorite TV show: Chappelle.
Favorite video game: John Madden Football.
Favorite music: Any kind of rap.
Favorite food: Just about anything, Football is hard work so I'm usually hungry.
Any pet peeves: Not yet.
How did you like NFL Europe: It's a great opportunity to learn the game and being in Europe was interesting as well. I felt that I matured and raised my level of play while playing for Cologne.
What about pre game rituals or superstitions: Not that I can think of. Maybe that comes after you are in the NFL a little longer.
Any advice for young players in college or high school: I haven't been here long enough to have a whole lot to say but I would advise that they listen to their coaches and learn all that they can about the game. You want to be the best that you can be.
When did you realize you could get to the NFL: It was an evolution. I never had that as my overall goal, it is just something that happened. I progressed from one level tot he next. I always enjoyed what I was doing and was pretty successful. I guess being a pro became a possibility when I was a junior or a senior in college.
What are your goals now: I'd like to start eventually of course. It's within reach. To get there, I work as hard as I can every day.
Are there any surprises playing at this level: It's all pretty new still. I guess the speed of the game is different from college and there's so much to learn. But it's all manageable, it's just a matter of putting in the time and the effort.


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