Markus Golden is a defensive end for the University of Missouri Tigers of the Southeastern Conference. Phil Steele named Golden a 2014 pre-season second team All-SEC selection. He was also named one of the top 100 prospects in the nation to watch for the 2015 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com.
Golden attended Affton High School in Missouri. He starred as both a running back and a linebacker at Affton. In his senior season Golden recorded 108 tackles and 10 sacks. On offense he ran for 2,264 yards and 30 touchdowns.
Golden attended Hutchinson Community College where as a freshman he tallied 90 tackles, 26 tackles for loss. He also recorded 10 sacks while forcing five fumbles and picking off two passes.
Golden transferred to Missouri in 2012 and played in all 12 games, mostly on special teams. He made 10 tackles and forced one fumble.
Despite playing behind future NFL players Kony Ealy and Michael Sam; Golden had a breakthrough season for Missouri in 2013. He was first among all the defensive ends on the team in tackles with 55. Golden had 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. He also broke up eight passes. Golden was named the SEC DL Player of the Week for his performance against Toledo which included returning an interception 70 yards for a touchdown.
Golden will finally be atop the depth chart in 2014 and big things are expected from Missouri fans and the media.
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