Marcell Dareus has spent the past three seasons with the Buffalo Bills, establishing himself as a steady anchor along the defensive line. Dareus, a defensive tackle, was named to his first Pro Bowl in 2013 after collecting 7.5 sacks, including a two-sack performance in Week 4. Dareus signed a four-year deal worth a reported $20.4 million on July 29, 2011.
Early Years & College
Dareus was born in Birmingham, Ala., on March 13, 1990. Dareus, a four-star recruit, attended Birmingham Huffman where he was an all-state honorable mention and totaled 20 sacks as a senior. After graduating, Dareus went to Alabama and saw action at nose tackle in the season opener as a true freshman. He moved to defensive end his sophomore year, recording 6.5 sacks and earning Defensive MVP in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game. Dareus finished his collegiate career with 11 sacks and 20 tackles for loss.
In July 2010, Dareus was at the center of an NCAA investigation after he attended a party hosted by a sports agent in Miami. Dareus admitted to attending the party, but claimed he was lured there under false pretensions. He was suspended for the first two games of the 2010 season. Controversy followed Dareus to the NFL in May 2014 after he was arrested on felony charges for possession of synthetic marijuana. On June 3, 2014, Dareus was arrested again, this time for reckless endangerment after allegedly taking part in an illegal drag race and fleeing the scene of a car accident.
Dareus, a menacing and athletic pass-rusher, was drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft (3rd overall). Dareus started all 16 games, collecting his first NFL sack in a Week 4 loss. In three seasons in Buffalo, Dareus has 18.5 sacks and 153 tackles in 48 games. While continuing to emerge as one of the NFL’s elite pass-rushers, Dareus remains an enigma for his off-the-field antics. He was reportedly benched for the final two games of 2014 for chronic lateness and told to sit out spring mini-camps following his arrest on illegal drag-racing charges.
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Will Texas Offense Rise From Ash's Experience?
by Mike Casazza
If you want to trace it back to the beginning, if you want to put the blame on somebody, then Jan. 27, 2010, is probably the place for you and Marcell Dareus is your culprit...