Marcus Freeman (linebacker)
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Marcus Freeman Linebacker
Marcus Freeman
Marcus Freeman at Wright-Patterson 2009.jpg
Marcus Freeman at Wright-Patterson AFB
Current position
TitleDefensive coordinator
Biographical details
Born (1986-01-10) January 10, 1986 (age 33)
Huber Heights, Ohio, U.S.
Alma materOhio State
Playing career
2004-2008Ohio State Buckeyes
2009Chicago Bears
2009Buffalo Bills
2009Houston Texans
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2010Ohio State (DCQ/GA)
2011-2012Kent State (LB)
2013-2016Purdue (LB)
2017-presentCincinnati (DC/LB)
Accomplishments and honors
  • 2× Second-team All-Big 10

Marcus Freeman (born January 10, 1986) a former American football linebacker and coach, who is currently the Defensive coordinator for the University of Cincinnati football team. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ohio State.

Freeman has also been a member of the Buffalo Bills and Houston Texans.

Early years

Freeman was rated as one of the top three overall prospects in Ohio as a senior and named to the Parade All-America team. He was credited with 127 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a senior. He totaled 152 tackles, including 29 behind the line of scrimmage, and eight sacks as a junior Freeman was a four-year starter and a two-time first-team All-Ohio selection. He also ran track, competing in the 4×100-meter relay and throwing the shot and discus.

College career

Attended The Ohio State University (2004-08), appearing in 51 games (37 starts) over the course of his career. He started 26 games at weak-side linebacker and 11 games at strong-side linebacker and was a two-time Second-team All-Big Ten selection. He finished his career 19th on the school's all-time tackle list with 268 stops (140 solo) and was credited with 21.5 TFLs, 6.0 sacks, 15 PBUs, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery.

In 2008, he started all 13 games linebacker position He was a Second-team All-Big Ten selection, finishing with 84 tackles (39 solo) and added 9.5 TFLs, 4 PBUs, 1 fumble recovery and 3.5 sacks. Also named Academic All-Big Ten. In 2007, he was a second-year starting linebacker and a part of three special units and was Second-team All-Big Ten after he totaled 109 tackles 9.5 TFL, 5 PBU. In 2006, he made 71 stops, played 13 games and started 11 at linebacker and was second on the team with six pass break-ups and two interceptions. In 2005, he redshirted. In 2004, he finished his rookie season with four tackles, recording one solo stop and three assists, in 13 games.

Professional career


Pre-draft measureables[1]
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-0 * 239 * 4.51 * 1.53 * 2.72 * 4.08** 6.06** 37" * 9'05" * 30* 23 *
* represents NFL Combine

Chicago Bears

Freeman was drafted in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. He was waived on September 4, 2009.

Buffalo Bills

Freeman was signed to the Buffalo Bills practice squad on September 22. He later was released in early October.

Houston Texans

Freeman signed with the Houston Texans on November 4.


On May 1, 2010, Freeman retired due to an enlarged heart condition. He was the linebackers and assistant coach for Kent State University in 2011.[2][3]

He was hired as the Purdue University linebackers coach in January 2013. On January 1, 2016, Freeman was promoted to Co-defensive coordinator.

On December 13, 2016, Freeman joined the Cincinnati Bearcats football staff.[4]


  1. ^ Cowboys Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Marcus Freeman". Archived from the original on 19 January 2011. Retrieved 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Doug Lesmerises (December 21, 2010). "Assistant coach Marcus Freeman follows Darrell Hazell to Kent State: Ohio State Buckeyes Insider". Advance Ohio. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ Steven Petrella (December 13, 2016). "Purdue coach, ex-Ohio State LB Marcus Freeman announces he'll join Luke Fickell's Cincinnati staff". Cox Media Group. Retrieved 2016.

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