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Marcus
Ball
#6 Linebacker
Marcus
Ball
#6 Linebacker
Height 6'1
Weight 209 lbs
Birth Date (Age) 1987-07-21 (31)
Born Norfolk, VA
School Memphis
INT / NAT INT
Defensive Tackles 37
Special Teams Tackles 1
Interceptions 1
Sacks 0

Argos: 3
CFL: 3
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by the Toronto Argonauts on February 10, 2012…re-signed with the club on May 28, 2017.

 

Games played through 2017

Regular season: 46 (14 with Toronto in 2017, 16 with Toronto in 2012, 16 with Toronto in 2013)

Playoffs: 4 (1 with Toronto in 2017, 1 with Toronto in 2013, 2 with Toronto in 2012)

Grey Cup: 2 (1 with Toronto in 2017, 1 with Toronto in 2012)

 

Career:

2017: Signed as a free agent by the Toronto Argonauts on May 27…Started 14 games in his third season with Toronto…had 56 defensive tackles, seven special teams tackles, two interceptions, one forced fumble and was named a 2017 East Division All-Star for the first time…Recorded a season-high seven tackles in Week 13 vs. EDM on September 16…Playoffs: Started at LB in the Eastern Final victory over Saskatchewan and recorded one special teams tackle…Grey Cup: Started at LB and recorded three defensive tackles and one special teams tackle in a win vs. Calgary.

 

2016: Re-signed by the Carolina Panthers on February 9…waived by the team on September 3…re-signed to the Panthers practice squad on September 4…released by the team on October 12…signed as a free agent to the San Francisco 49ers practice squad on November 29…played five games with the 49ers…registered four tackles (3 solo, one assisted).

 

2015: Released by the New Orleans Saints on May 4…signed as a free agent by the Carolina Panthers on May 21…released by the team on September 5…re-signed to the Panthers practice squad on September 29.

 

2014: Signed as a free agent by the NFL’s New Orleans Saints on April 2…played 12 games, starting in two, with the Saints…registered 16 tackles (12 solo, 4 assisted).

 

2013: Started 16 games in his second season with the Argonauts…had 69 defensive tackles, one special teams tackle, four sacks and three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Playoffs: Started in the Eastern Final vs. Hamilton…registered four defensive tackles, one special teams tackle and a sack.

 

2012: Started in 16 regular season games in his first season with Toronto…registered 75 defensive tackles, four special teams tackles, three sacks, one interception returned for a touchdown en route named to being named the Argos Most Outstanding Defensive Player…Made his CFL debut in Week 1 (June 30) at EDM…Playoffs: Started at LB and recorded 4 DT and 1 INT in a win against Edmonton in Eastern Semi-Final…Started at LB and recorded 5 DT and 2 INT in a win at Montreal in East Final. 100th Grey Cup: Started at LB and recorded 6 DT in a win against Calgary.

 

Notable:

All-Star Selections: Div. – 1 (’17)

Awards: Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Toronto (2012)

First CFL Game: June 30/12 at EDM

First CFL Tackle: June 30/12 at EDM (Steven Jyles)

First CFL Sack: Aug. 18/12 at CGY (Kevin Glenn)

First CFL FF: Sept. 23/12 at MTL

Most Tackles/Game: 8 (3X, Most recent: Jul. 4/13 vs. SSK)

Most Def. Tackles/Season: 72 (2012)

 

College:

Played two seasons (2009-10) at Memphis after transferring from Pearl River Community College (2008) and Florida State (2006-07)…finished his NCAA career with 144 tackles, one sack, five interceptions, one forced fumble and 13 pass knockdowns…registered 66 tackles, two interceptions and four pass knockdowns as a senior at Memphis.

 

Personal:

Marcus Ball became a new father in 2012 when he welcomed his daughter Marley Nicole. His parents are Catherine Geiger and Reggie Ball. His older brothers are Reggie Ball Jr., a former Georgia Tech quarterback, and Raeshon Ball, a former defensive back at Chattanooga. Marcus was born in Virginia but grew up near Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Stephenson High School where he was named First-Team All-Star and District Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. Stephenson is the same high school attended by former CFL player Byron Parker, Sean Lucas, Michael Grant and Anthony Cannon.

 

Seasons

Defence

YEAR TEAM GP DT ST SACKS INT TD FF
2012
TOR 16 72 4 3 1 1 1
2013
TOR 16 65 1 4 3 1 1
2017
TOR 14 57 7 0 2 0 1
2018
TOR 8 37 1 0 1 0 1
Total
54 231 13 7 7 2 4

Game Log

Defence

DATE WEEK OPP DT ST SACKS INT TD FF
06-15
1 SSK 3 0 0 0 0 0
06-23
2 CGY 4 0 0 0 0 0
07-07
4 EDM 6 0 0 0 0 0
07-13
5 EDM 3 0 0 0 0 0
07-21
6 WPG 3 1 0 0 0 0
07-27
7 WPG 7 0 0 0 0 0
08-02
8 OTT 6 0 0 0 0 1
08-18
10 BC 5 0 0 1 0 0
Total
37 1 0 1 0 1