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6-0 / 242
Sophomore linebacker honored by both coaches, AP panel
First-year starter ranked among league leaders in several defensive categories
Tennessee 53, Vanderbilt 28
Staff uses first day to introduce new schemes to team
Former VU Coach Fred Pancoast also honored with the Fred Russell Distinguished American Award
Photos from the 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl as Vanderbilt played against Cincinnati.
Vanderbilt played at Tennessee on Nov. 19, 2011. Photos by Joe Howell/Vanderbilt University.
No. 8 Arkansas played at Vanderbilt on Oct. 29, 2011.
The heart and soul of the Vanderbilt defense and a two-time team captain, Marve led the Commodores with 91 tackles while starting all 13 games at inside linebacker... His 49 solo tackles also topped the team... Earned postseason second team All-SEC recognition from both league head coaches and Associated Press writers... Marve finished year as the SEC's active career leader with 397 tackles in his career... Marve finished career ranked seventh among 'Dores in career total tackles and sixth in career tackles for loss (29.5)... Has started more games (49) than any other current Commodore... Playing final game in hometown, Marve contributed seven total tackles and 1.5 quarterback sacks vs. Cincinnati in AutoZone Liberty Bowl... Made at least four tackles in every game this season with a season-high of 12 against Elon, the most by a VU defender this season... Intercepted his first career pass against South Carolina, returning it 19 yards... Added nine tackles in performance vs. Gamecocks... One of two Commodores to record 10-plus tackles in two games (Elon and Army).
Despite playing with pain, dependable and physical linebacker continued his superb play for Commodore defense as a third-year starter... Started and played MLB in 11 of 12 games... Minor knee injury suffered at Connecticut forced Marve had to sit out Eastern Michigan game, effectively ending his bid to post three consecutive seasons of 100 tackles or more... Named to Coaches second team All-SEC unit during postseason ballot... Ended season sharing team lead with eight tackles for loss, second in total tackles (80) and third in solo tackles (49)... Opened year with 11-tackle effort vs. Northwestern... Contributed to win at Ole Miss with 10 tackles... Had 11 stops, including 1.5 tackles for loss, prior to getting injured at UConn... Came back three weeks later to earn team's Defensive Player of the Week honors after 10-tackle effort at Arkansas... Posted two sacks and 10 tackles in loss to Florida.
Received team's Captain's Award and Most Valuable Linebacker Award at postseason banquet... Solid presence in middle of Commodore defense, Marve started every game at inside linebacker... Earned second team All-SEC by head coaches... Led the SEC with 10.1-tackle per game average... Tackle total (121) was second highest in conference, becoming first SEC player to produce more than 100... Marve become first SEC player since Vanderbilt's Jamie Winborn to post 100-plus tackles in freshman and sophomore seasons... Also topped the Commodores with 57 solo tackles and three forced fumbles... Also contributed 6.5 tackles for loss and a quarterback sack... Posted double-digit tackles in seven of 12 games... Produced at least four tackles in every game... Career highs in solo tackles (11) and total tackles (18) came against Georgia Tech... Also posted 15 tackles against Mississippi State and 13 tackles against Kentucky... In season opener, contributed quarterback sack and pair of forced fumbles in win over Western Carolina... Had 11 tackles and forced fumble at LSU and 11 tackles in finale at Tennessee.
Became one of the team's top defenders as redshirt freshman linebacker... Punishing tackler with nose for the football... Started all 13 games at MLB... Topped the SEC with four forced fumbles... Named Freshman All-American by Rivals.com, and First Team Freshman All-SEC by league coaches... Topped the Commodores - and ranked among the NCAA's best - with 56 unassisted tackles... Also ranked second among 'Dores in QB hurries (3), third in total tackles (105), fourth in sacks (3) and fourth in tackles for loss (6.5)... Contributed at least five tackles in 12games... Topped the defensive effort in Music City Bowl win with 10 total tackles vs. Boston College... Showed talent early, contributing a sack in win at Miami (Ohio)... Produced remarkable outing in victory at Ole Miss, posting 11 tackles and the defensive play of the game - a forced fumble at the Vanderbilt 1-yard line in the closing minutes recovered by a 'Dore teammate... Also was instrumental in another failed Ole Miss drive, making a key open-field tackle at the 1-yard line... Contributed 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack and 16 total tackles in losing effort against Duke... Virtually duplicated the feat against Tennessee - two tackles for loss, a sack and forced fumble, and nine tackles.
Travelled with squad on road games, but never played in first year on campus... Impressed as middle linebacker on practice field... Named team's Defensive Scout of the Week after win over Ole Miss.
Two-year team captain and team MVP... Voted Tennessee 5A Mr. Football Lineman of the Year, first recipient ever from White Station... Named First Team All-State, "Best of the Preps" by Memphis Commercial Appeal, "All-South" by Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel and Nashville Tennessean's "Dream Team"... Helped Spartans to 12-2 overall record in 2006 and 5A state semifinals... Achieved 178 total tackles, including 133 solo stops, four QB sacks and eight forced fumbles as a senior, earning Region 8-5A most outstanding player... Credited with 120 solo tackles as a standout junior... Earned four varsity football letters... An academic honor roll student, and member of the National Honor Society.
Christopher Ryan Marve... Son of Clayton Samuel and Robin Samuel... Born March 1, 1989 in Fort Worth, Texas... Dad is engineer; mom is supervisor with Comcast... Oldest of seven siblings: two brothers, four sisters... White Station also produced former Commodore starting DE Curtis Gatewood... In December, completed undergraduate work for a double major (Human & Organizational Development and Sociology).