No. 98 New England Patriots
|Date of birth:September 28, 1989|
|Place of birth: Miami, Florida|
|High school: Miami (FL) Northwestern|
|College: Miami (FL)|
|Undrafted in 2012|
|Debuted in 2012 for the New England Patriots|
|Roster status: Practice Squad|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Marcus Forston (born September 28, 1989) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a member of the New England Patriots. He was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He played college football for the University of Miami.
High school career
A three-year starter at Miami Northwestern High School, Forston was part of the 2007 national championship team as chosen by USA Today. He was teammates with Jacory Harris, Sean Spence, and Lavonte David. As a senior in 2007, he made 92 tackles, 20 sacks and forced seven fumbles while being double-and triple-teamed. Named first-team All-State, he also often lined up at tight end on goal-line situations (he caught one touchdown pass). As a junior in 2006, Forston made 65 tackles and 21 sacks as school won the 6A Florida state championship. His older brother, Dustin, played college football at Ole Miss and FAU.
Forston made numerous All-American teams, including USA Today, Parade, and EA Sports. He played in the U.S. Army All-American game and was considered one of the best defensive tackles coming out of high school in 2008, earning comparisons to Warren Sapp. In 2010, Rivals.com called Forston—in retrospect—“maybe the best nose tackle prospect in the past five years.”
Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was ranked the No. 1 defensive tackle in the nation. He chose Miami over Notre Dame, USC, Tennessee, and Alabama, calling Miami the "dream college right around the corner from my house."
Playing as a true freshman, Forston had an important role in the Hurricanes' rotation, recording 17 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and three quarterback sacks for the season. He is nicknamed “Big Boom” by his teammates.
Forston subsequently earned multiple All-Freshman honors, as he was named to FWAA′s Freshman All-America team,College Football News′ All-Freshman first team, and Rivals.com′s 2008 Freshman All-America team.
In 2009, an ankle injury kept Forston out for most of the season. He earned a medical redshirt for the 2009 season.
2012 NFL Draft
After a mediocre junior season at Miami, Forston entered the NFL Combine graded as the No. 15 prospect among defensive tackles. His workout performance was rather unimpressive, compared to other defensive line prospects.
New England Patriots
Right after the draft, Forston signed as an UDFA with the New England Patriots. After initially making the team, he was waived on September 26. He was then resigned to the team's practice squad.
- Miami Northwestern crowned Super 25 champion
- Forston's Profile at Takkle.com
- Rivals.com: Past vs. Present: Look back at the best
- Rivals.com defensive tackles 2008
- Dinich, Heather (March 10, 2008). "Newest Canes adjusting to college atmosphere". ESPN.com.
- Marcus Forston: Big man, bigger boom
- "AON Insurance/FWAA Freshman All-America Team". FWAA. January 8, 2009.
- Cirminiello, Richard (December 11, 2008). "2008 CFN All-Freshman Defensive Team". College Football News.
- "Rivals.com 2008 Freshman All-America teams". Rivals.com. December 17, 2008.
- "2012 NFL Scouting Combine: Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict struggles". The Oregonian. February 28, 2012.