Has been the team's starting free safety, when available, over the last three seasons ... Looks to bounce back after injuries troubled him through much of the 2007 season ... Has an excellent instinct for being around the ball ... Has appeared in 34 games, starting 25 ... Has made 131 tackles for his career ... Enjoys singing as a hobby and has made his own music videos.
2007 (Junior): Played in eight games, missing five contests because of three separate injuries ... Had 32 tackles for the year, including a season high of seven in the win over Louisville ... Notched an interception against Arkansas, an acrobatic leaping grab -- taking the ball away from the receiver -- which was one of ESPN's Top-10 "Plays of the Day."
2006 (Sophomore): Led team in interceptions with four ... Forced five fumbles during the season, tying for the national lead for most fumbles caused ... Responsible for three turnovers vs. Central Michigan, tallying an interception, fumble recovery, and causing a fumble that was recovered by the Wildcats ... Had 65 tackles on the season with career-best nine at Louisville and in the Music City Bowl vs. Clemson ... Played well in the bowl game with a caused fumble and pass breakup in addition to his nine stops ... Second on the team in pass breakups with six.
2005 (Sophomore): Started the first two games at free safety before enduring a season-ending injury vs. Idaho State ... Made seven tackles ... Received a medical hardship and retained the year of eligibility.
2004 (Freshman): Played in all 11 games ... Started the last three at free safety after Muhammad Abdullah moved to strong safety ... Made 27 tackles for the season, featuring two for loss ... 21 of his tackles came in his three starting assignments, including a season-high of eight against Vanderbilt and Tennessee ... Got an interception against South Carolina ... Tied for the team lead in fumbles caused with two.
High School: Outstanding safety prospect with good size and athleticism ... First-team all-state as a senior by Louisville Courier-Journal, second-team all-state by The Associated Press ... Named to the Lexington Herald-Leader "Class of the Commonwealth" listing of the top-22 seniors in Kentucky ... District Player of the Year ... Two-year starter at free safety and wide receiver at Fort Campbell (Ky.) HS ... Team went to the state playoffs both seasons, including an 11-2 mark and a trip to the state final eight his senior year ... Teamed with fellow UK signee Gabriel Wallace to anchor a defense that allowed fewer than six points per game ... Senior season featured 136 tackles and four interceptions, returning two of the picks for touchdowns ... Caught 35 passes for 746 yards, an average of 21.3 yards per catch ... Returned two punts for touchdowns ... Honorable-mention all-state as a junior ... Made 100 tackles in his junior campaign, intercepted six passes (returning two for touchdowns), and returned two punts for TDs ... On offense, he had 532 receiving yards on 26 catches and also rushed for 189 yards on just 28 carries ... Two-year all-area selection by the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle and the Kentucky New Era newspapers; was the Leaf-Chronicle area Most Valuable Player his junior year ... Also a two-year choice on the All-Western Kentucky Conference team ... Played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Vincent HS in Milwaukee, Wisc. ... Started at safety and was the team's backup quarterback as a freshman, then started at both positions his sophomore year ... Helped lead team to the Milwaukee city championship both years and participated in the state playoffs ... Picked All-South Region by PrepStar magazine ... The No. 5 prospect in Kentucky as named by SuperPrep and Rivals.com ... Listed the No. 40 safety prospect nationally by Rivals.com ... Played in the Kentucky-Tennessee High School All-Star Game ... Coached by Shawn Berner ... "Marcus is an exceptional athlete who has the ability to change a game," Berner said. "He has great leadership ability." ... His recruiting finalists included Kentucky, Illinois, and Louisville.
Personal: Born in Chicago, Ill. ... Son of Linda Kaye McClinton ... Major is community communications and leadership development.
Cummunity Cats: Helped work at a youth football clinic (2005) ... Participated in the Skeeter Johnson Walk for Life and an event at Hayes Middle School (2007) ... Guest visitor at the Dance Blue Marathon and also took part in events with the Boy Scouts and UK Children's Hospital (2008).
McClinton Career Statistics
Year Position G-GS Tackles TFL-Yds. Int.-Yds. PBU FC 2004 Free Safety 11-3 27 2-2 1-0 1 2 2005 Free Safety 2-2 7 0 0 0 0 2006 Free Safety 13-13 65 2-3 4-13 6 5 2007 Free Safety 8-7 32 0 1-22 2 0 Totals 34-25 131 4-5 6-35 9 7
McClinton Game-by-Game Statistics
Opponent Tackles Int.-Yds. PBU at Louisville 9 0 0 Texas State 2 1-0 0 Ole Miss 5 0 1 at Florida 3 0 2 Central Michigan 8 1-13 0 South Carolina 2 0 1 at LSU 4 0 0 at Mississippi State 1 1-0 1 Georgia 6 0 0 Vanderbilt 5 1-0 0 UL-Monroe 7 0 0 at Tennessee 4 0 0 vs. Clemson 9 0 1 Totals 65 4-13 6
Opponent Tackles Int-Yds. PBU Eastern Kentucky 1 0 0 Kent State INJ Louisville 7 0 0 at Arkansas 3 1-22 1 Florida Atlantic 5 0 0 at South Carolina 4 0 0 LSU INJ Florida 3 0 1 Mississippi State 4 0 0 at Vanderbilt INJ at Georgia INJ Tennessee INJ vs. Florida State 5 0 0 Totals 32 1-22 2