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Marcus Buggs
MLB #53
Madison, TN
TOTAL 9 21 14 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
2009 BUF 5 21 14 7 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2008 BUF 4 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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PRO: Signed to the team’s practice squad on August 31, 2008 after being released a day earlier… Originally signed as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2008.

PRO: Signed to the team’s practice squad on August 31, 2008 after being released a day earlier… Originally signed as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2008.

2008 Game Notes:
• Promoted to 53-man roster on October 22, 2008…saw his first regular-season action on special teams at Mia. (10/26)…placed on injured reserve November 21, 2008 due to a high ankle sprain.

COLLEGE: Totaled 168 career tackles (109 solo) in 45 games played, starting 24. … In 2007, started all 12 games at linebacker, becoming one of the Southeastern Conferece’s most productive performers… received postseason Captain’s Award after vote by teammates… ranked third on the team with 76 total tackles … represented team’s linebackers on Leadership Council. … In 2006, started all 12 games at linebacker, leading the team with 10.5 stops for losses, marking the most by a Commodore in four year.  First career interception came in win over rival Tennessee State. … In 2005, following a move to linebacker in spring practice, played in all 11 games at strongside linebacker. … In 2004, played in 10 of 11 games, starting twice at free safety. … In 2003, redshirted after playing in opening-season game vs. Ole Miss.

PERSONAL: Graduated with a degree in human and organizational development… 2005 SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient… son of Leon and Carolyn Buggs… full name is Marcus Leon Buggs.. parents own Cal’s, a soul food restaurant north of Nashville… has an older sister… cousin, Waymon Buggs, starred as Vanderbilt receiver in the 1980s… has worked connecting homeless in Nashville to social services through the Campus for Human Development agency… captain and two-year starter at tailback and cornerback for Middle Tennessee prep power… averaged 11.3 yards per carry (878 yards on 78 attempts) and scored 17 touchdowns to lead team to a 11-2 record and berth in 2002 state playoffs… helped lead squad to state title in 2001… earned four letters in track with personal best of 10.7 in 100 meters.

COMMUNITY: In 2008, Marcus participated in the Toyota Rookie Club appearing at numerous community events throughout Western New York and Southern Ontario.  The Toyota Rookie Club helps the franchises newest players become more involved in the Western New York community. Each month, Marcus and all first year players did one community appearance as a group.   The Toyota Rookie Club events included a visit to Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo to paint ceiling tiles for the rooms and hallways and host a pizza party, a visit to the Lincoln M. Alexander Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario to discuss the importance of sport and activity with the student-athletes and to present the football team with $3,000 in new equipment for the school’s football program, and a trip to the Northwest Buffalo Community Center in November 2008 where the Rookie Club Members served Thanksgiving Dinner to approximately 300 children and families.  In addition to serving food, the players introduced themselves to the community members during a brief ceremony, sat and ate with them, and signed autographs.

The final Rookie Club appearance of 2008 took place at the Annual Bills Holiday Party.  The Rookie Club and Bills veterans hosted nearly 100 children from a number of different local community organizations. The Annual Holiday Party gives children from the organizations an opportunity to celebrate the holidays with the Bills players, Jills cheerleaders, Billy Buffalo, and Santa Claus. The children received a holiday dinner, pictures and autographs and gifts from a wish list that they had previously submitted.

Marcus also participated in the What Moves U fieldhouse party where ran through a series of interactive stations with over 300 children from the Buffalo Public Schools and spoke with the students about the importance of staying active at least 60 minutes each day and living a healthy lifestyle.