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Markus Golden
OLB #44
Height:
6-2
Weight:
260
Age:
26
College:
Missouri
Experience:
3

Quick Stats (2016):

TCKL
51
SCK
12.5
FF
4
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 82 62 20 16.5 0 1 0 0 -- 0 0 6 1
2016 ARI 16 3 51 41 10 12.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 4 1
2015 ARI 15 6 31 21 10 4.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 2 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 NE L 21-23 2 2 0 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2 TB W 40-7 2 1 1 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 @BUF L 18-33 6 4 2 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 LA L 13-17 2 2 0 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 @SF W 33-21 10 7 3 2.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 NYJ W 28-3 2 2 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 SEA L 6-6 2 2 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
8 @CAR L 20-30 3 1 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 SF W 23-20 2 2 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 @MIN L 24-30 3 2 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 @ATL L 19-38 1 1 0 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
13 WAS W 31-23 2 2 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
14 @MIA L 23-26 5 5 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
15 NO L 41-48 2 2 0 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
16 @SEA W 34-31 3 3 0 2.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
17 @LA W 44-6 4 3 1 2.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --

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Biography

NoteCARDS:

  • Selected by the Cardinals in the second round (58th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Missouri. Arizona entered the second round with the 55th overall pick but traded that pick to the Ravens and acquired an extra fifth-round choice (158th overall) before selecting Golden.
  • Played in 15 games with six starts as a rookie in 2015, totaling 37 tackles, 4.0 sacks, five tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. Also posted a team-high 16 QB pressures and finished second on the team with 14 QB hits.
  • Named the MVP of the 2015 Citrus Bowl, his final college game, after posting a game-high 10 tackles, four tackles for loss, a forced fumble and 1.5 sacks.

 Pro Career: Selected by the Cardinals in the second round (58th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft, Golden played in 15 games (six starts) in the regular season and also started both postseason contests as a rookie.

NoteCARDS:

  • Selected by the Cardinals in the second round (58th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Missouri. Arizona entered the second round with the 55th overall pick but traded that pick to the Ravens and acquired an extra fifth-round choice (158th overall) before selecting Golden.
  • Played in 15 games with six starts as a rookie in 2015, totaling 37 tackles, 4.0 sacks, five tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. Also posted a team-high 16 QB pressures and finished second on the team with 14 QB hits.
  • Named the MVP of the 2015 Citrus Bowl, his final college game, after posting a game-high 10 tackles, four tackles for loss, a forced fumble and 1.5 sacks.

 Pro Career: Selected by the Cardinals in the second round (58th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft, Golden played in 15 games (six starts) in the regular season and also started both postseason contests as a rookie.

2015: Played in 15 games (six starts) and totaled 37 tackles and 4.0 sacks … led the team with 16 QB pressures and finished second with 14 QB hits … also had five tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one special teams tackle … started both playoff games and had 11 tackles, three QB hits and two QB pressures … recorded three tackles in his NFL debut vs. NO (9/13) … shared a sack with Kareem Martin in the fourth quarter for his first career sack @ Chi (9/20); also had two tackles … had a half-sack with Calais Campbell in the first quarter vs. StL (10/4); added two tackles on defense and  one special teams tackle … had one solo tackle and registered team highs with three QB hits and three QB pressures @ Det (10/11) … made first career start and recorded season-high six tackles, including two for loss @ Pit (10/18) … recorded one tackle for loss, two QB pressures and a team-high four QB hits @ Cle (11/1) … sacked Andy Dalton in the fourth quarter and forced a fumble on the play that was recovered by Deone Bucannon and set up a Cardinals FG vs. Cin (11/22); was first full sack and first forced fumble of his career; totaled four tackles, two QB pressures and two QB hits ... split sack with Kevin Minter to force a punt on game-opening possession @ SF (11/29); also had two tackles … sacked Sam Bradford and forced a fumble that was recovered by Frostee Rucker in the third quarter @ Phi (12/20); also had four tackles and two QB pressures … had a half-sack with Calais Campbell in the second quarter vs. GB (12/27), part of the Cardinals nine total sacks in the game (third-best single-game total in franchise history and most since recording 10 sacks on 12/7/86 at Philadelphia); tied career high with six tackles, including two for loss  … inactive (knee) vs. Sea (1/3/16) … had four tackles, three QB hits and one QB pressure in Divisional Playoff vs. GB (1/16/16) … collected seven tackles, including one for loss, and one QB pressure in NFC Championship Game @ Car (1/24/16).

College: In three seasons at Missouri, appeared in 39 games (13 starts) and registered 143 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and an INT … returned a fumble recovery 30 yards for a TD (2014) and his only career interception 70 yards for a TD (2013) … voted a team co-captain by his teammates as a senior in 2014 … started 13 games and earned All-SEC second-team honors at DE from the league’s coaches and was an Associated Press All-SEC honorable mention selection as well ... named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week and the SEC and National Defensive Player of the Week following his performance at Tennessee after collecting six tackles, 2.0 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and two QB hits ... totaled 78 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 10.0 sacks and a team-high 12 QB hurries ... also forced three fumbles and recovered three more ... ranked ninth in the nation in tackles for loss and was 20th nationally in sacks … had a career performance in his final college game, earning MVP honors at the Citrus Bowl with a game-high 10 tackles, four tackles for loss, a forced fumble and 1.5 sacks … switched to DE as a junior after beginning college career at LB and was arguably MU’s most productive DE in 2013 despite playing only about 40% of the snaps ... led team’s DEs with 55 tackles on the year and added 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks with eight passes defensed ... made one of the plays of the season against Toledo when he returned an INT 70 yards for a TD to put Mizzou up 24-9 in the third quarter … appeared in all 12 games in 2012, playing primarily on special teams in his first season with Missouri after transferring from Hutchinson Junior College … totaled 10 tackles and forced a fumble ... was a key performer on various special teams units and helped clear the way for return man Marcus Murphy on each of his record-setting three punt return TDs on the season ... redshirted in 2011 to focus on academics … recorded 90 tackles, including 26 tackles for loss and 10.0 sacks as a freshman at Hutchinson JC in 2010 … added five forced fumbles and a pair of INTs.

Personal: A record-setting running back and linebacker at Affton (St. Louis, MO) High School ... as a senior, ran for a record 2,264 yards and 30 touchdowns while also collecting 108 tackles and 10 sacks ... his junior season saw him post a school-record 168 tackles and 16 sacks, while he also ran for 1,139 yards and 16 scores … was a team’s captain each of his final two years … in May of 2015, had his high school number (#2) retired during a ceremony at the school.

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