Junior Marquel Lee looks to continue to terrorize opposing offenses entering the 2015 college football season. Coming off a sophomore season where Lee tallied up 101 tackles, 5 sacks, and a forced fumble, his continued evolution as one of the conference's best linebackers will be a vital piece of the puzzle for the Demon Deacon defense (say that three times fast) next year.
Lee, listed at 6'3" 235 lbs out of Waldorf, Maryland, will primarily play alongside Brandon Chubb and Hunter Williams at the linebacker position. Lee's 101 total tackles in 2014 was third on the team behind only Ryan Janvion (115) and Chubb (109), while he led all Demon Deacon defenders on the year with 62 assisted tackles. He recorded at least five tackles in every single game and finished the season with back-to-back double digit tackle performances against Virginia Tech and Duke.
Lee is listed by Phil Steele as a fourth team All-ACC linebacker, where fellow linebacker Hunter Williams is also listed, but Lee will have ample opportunity to prove that he is a well-rounded defender as offenses will struggle to contain the physical and aggressive Demon Deacon linebackers. With three major contributors at the linebacker spot projected by Steele to be on one of the first four All-ACC teams (Chubb is projected as one of the top linebackers in the country and is first team All-ACC), the defense will look to rely upon the middle portion of the unit to help anchor a defense which ranked an impressive 41st in the nation last year in total defense - allowing only 369 yards a game.
What does the Wake Forest community expect to see from Marquel Lee this year and how important will he be to the success of the 2015 Demon Deacon football team? Let us know below and as always if you have any questions, comments, or concerns keep us posted. Go Deacs!
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