Auburn University Tigers
Vigor High School
Marks made his announcement prior to New Year's that he was leaving Auburn and forgoing his senior year to enter the 2009 NFL Draft. When Tommy Tuberville stepped down as the Tigers' head coach, the decision to leave the team became easier for Marks.
"I just feel good about it," Marks said. "Once a man makes a decision, and he feels solid about it, he's going to feel solid about it."
At Vigor High School, Marks helped his team reach the first round of the playoffs, as he recorded 81 tackles and 17 sacks as a senior. The three-ye,Ú starter posted 87 tackles and 11 sacks as a junior, leading the squad to the Class 6A state quarterfinals. He also lettered three times in basketball, averaging 15 points a game. Tuberville noticed him why recruiting another player at his schooL. Once he saw Marks dunk a basketball, he offered him a scholarship on the spot.
Marks enrolled at Auburn and played in the team's first three games of the 2005 season. He recorded one solo tackle before the coaching staff decided to red-shirt him. He returned to claim the right defensive tackle position in 2006, earning freshman All-American third-team honors. He collected 38 tackles (26 solos) that included 3.5 sacks and 11 stops for losses, as he also recovered three fumbles.
As a sophomore, Marks was named AII-SEC second-team. He posted a career-high 43 tackles (20 solos) with a pair of sacks and nine stops behind the line of scrimmage. He started all 13 games at right defensive end, playing the entire season with a hernia that required surgery after the season.
Marks played in eleven 11 in 2008, moving back to his more natural right tackle position. He finished with 32 tackles (15 solos), 10 stops for losses and a pair of sacks, earning AII-SEC second-team honors from the league's coaches. .
Marks started 37 -of-40 games during his Auburn career... Recorded 114 tackles (62 solos) with 7.5 sacks for minus 35 yards, 30.0 stops for losses totaling 101 yards and ten quarterback pressures... Recovered four fumbles, caused two others and deflected seven passes.. .In the 2007 New Mexico State game, he became the first Auburn player to have and interception and fumble recovery in the same game since 2005.
Marks earned second-team AII-SEC recognition from the league's coaches and honorable mention from the Associated Press... Started 11 games at right defensive tackle... Recorded 32 tackles (15 solos) with two sacks for minus 7 yards and a pair of OB pressures... Ranked second on the team and 10th in the SEC with ten stops for losses of 34 yards.
Recipient of the team's Eddie Welch Atttude and Effort Award on defense by the coaching staff...Shifted to right defensive end, starting every game, despite playing most of the schedule with a hernia that required surgery after the season... Still finished with a career-high 43 tackles (20 solos), adding two sacks for minus 15 yards and nine stops for
losses of 35 yards... Registered seven quarterback pressures... Deflected three passes and had an 8-yard interception return... Caused and recovered a fumble... Also blocked two field goals.
Marks received Freshman All-American first-team honors from Rivals.com and third-team recognition from The Sporting News... Also named Freshman All-Southeastern Conference by the league's coaches... Took over right defensive tackle duties, starting all thirteen games... Recorded 38 tackles (26 solos) that included 4.5 sacks for minus 13 yards, one pressure and 11 stops for losses of 32 yards... Caused one fumble, recovered three others and deflected two passes.
Saw action in 3 games before he was red-shirted...Had one solo tackle vs. Ball State.
5.0 in the 40-yard dash... 1.68 10-yard dash... 2.88 20-yard dash...4. 76 20-yard shuttle...7.83 three-cone drill...33-inch vertical jump... 9'6" broad jump... Bench pressed 225 pounds 16 times.
Attended Vigor (Mobile, Ala.) High School, playing football for head coach Kerry Stevenson...Helped his team reach the first round of the playoffs, as he recorded 81 tackles and 17 sacks as a senior... The three-year starter posted 87 tackles and 11 sacks as a junior, leading the squad to the Class 6A state quarterfinals... Also lettered three times in basketball, averaging 15 points a game.
Sociology major... Son of Elaine Marks and Matthew Winston... Born 2/23/87... Resides in Mobile, Alabama.