2006: Sophomore Marcus Mead figures to battle for one of the Bears' two starting linebacker jobs ... No. 4 on the depth chart at Mike linebacker behind junior Nick Moore, redshirt freshman Joseph Pawelek and senior Paul Howard after missing spring drills due to injury.
2005: Saw action in 10 games (all but the SMU contest) as a redshirt freshman, mainly on special teams, to pick up his first varsity letter as a Bear ... Credited with one assisted tackle on season ... Played 47 snaps, 33 of which were on special teams.
2004: Sat out the season as a redshirt.
High School: Alva High School, Alva, Okla. ... A two-way starter (running back and linebacker) as a prep ... Alva's first NCAA Division I-A recruit since 1984 ... Named to the Enid News' All-Northwest Oklahoma all-star team and was tabbed District 2A-1 Linebacker of the Year ... Earned honorable mention all-state honors from The Daily Oklahoman ... Rushed 182 times for 1,047 yards and 10 touchdowns as senior ... Also recorded 86 tackles in 10 games ... Three-year letterwinner served as team captain during senior season ... Had 55 rushes for 329 yards and four scores to go with 26 tackles during injury riddled junior year ... Ran track as a junior ... Selected Baylor over Marshall ... Academic Honor Society member ... Coached by Steve Gale at the District 2A-1 school.
Personal: The son of Chandler and Karen Mead, Marcus Wayne Mead was born Aug. 27, 1985, in Woodward, Okla. ... Father, Chandler, is a professor and football assistant coach at NW Oklahoma State ... General studies major.