Carolina Football Practice Report
Kickoff set for 12:21 p.m. on SEC-TV
Kickoff at 7 p.m ET on ESPN2
Gamecocks travel to Missouri this weekend for the first time in school history
Last-second field goal downs South Carolina
"JJ" returns for his final season in the Garnet & Black... will compete for playing time at strong safety position this fall... presented with the "Everday Attitude" award for the defense by the coaches in the spring... has made seven starts among his 30 appearances over the past three seasons.
2013: Played in 12 games at the safety position, making seven starts... collected 25 tackles... made his first career start in the season opener against North Carolina... suffered a left shoulder injury in that contest and did not play against Georgia... returned to the starting lineup for five of the next six games... also started against Coastal Carolina... had a season-high five tackles against Vanderbilt... added four stops each against UCF and Kentucky... matched his career high with five stops in the Capital One Bowl win over Wisconsin... considered the Most Improved defensive back during the spring.
2012: Reserve safety who saw most of his action on special teams... played in 12 games... did not play against LSU... served as a backup to Brison Williams at the strong safety position... had two of his five tackles in the win at Kentucky... named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll... one of four players cited for the Outstanding Weight Room award at the 2012 Garnet & Black Spring Game.
2011: Saw action in six contests as a true freshman, primarily on special teams... recorded one tackle... tackle came in the win at Georgia.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga. in 2011... logged nearly 80 tackles, nine knockdowns and a pair of interceptions as a senior for the Jaguars... coached by Ron Gartrell... made the all-region and all-county first teams... selected to participate in the NUC All-World Bowl in Charleston, S.C., following his senior season... played at Hillgrove High in Powder Springs before transferring to Stephenson for his senior season... logged 81 tackles, an interception, four forced fumbles and six pass breakups as a junior... rated a three-star prospect, the 30th-best safety in the country and the 32nd-best player in the state of Georgia by Rivals.com... is a three-star prospect and the nation's 36th-best safety, according to Scout.com... three-star prospect, according to 247Sports.com... named to PrepStar's All-Southeast Region class... had numerous other offers, including those from Auburn, Clemson, Maryland, Ole Miss, NC State, USF, Stanford, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.
PERSONAL: Known by his family and friends as "JJ", Kadetrix Marcus was born January 26, 1993... is a business management major at South Carolina.