Read and reacts well to the football, picks his way through traffic and exhibits a natural burst when asked to attack downhill and take on the lead guy. Isn't a real stack and shed backer, but plays with natural leverage, can create a pop for himself and anchor with some consistency when taking on lead blocks.
However, is much better suited to slip blocks/run around them inside. Looks a bit tight and struggles to consistently keep himself clean. Will take himself out of plays at times trying to avoid blocks and looks limited to more of a run and hit scheme.
Gets washed out easily vs. lineman who reach him at the second level and isn't real long armed when trying to disengage. Showcases only average range in pursuit, plays faster because of read and react ability and seems to always be around the football. However, looks like a 4.8 guy.
Is a solid tackler, not the most overpowering guy and will slide off ball carriers when trying to shed and make a play through the hole. Nevertheless, breaks down well in a phone booth, but will overrun in space.
Looks comfortable in zone coverage, keeps his feet under him in his drop, re-directs well laterally and exhibits a burst out of his breaks in pursuit. Needs to do a better job feeling routes develop around him in zone and keeping his head on a swivel, especially on those underneath crossers.
Is physical off the line in man coverage as well keeps his feet under him, maintains balance and extends his arms well. Never looks overextended and can make it tough for backs/tight ends to separate initially when trying to release into their routes.
Impression: He's a natural leader and plays with a passion for the game. His size is the one negative to his game and he is a bit tight and lacks great range. Is a classic overachiever who could get a look late as a reserve only."
Average range — gets outrun to the perimeter and isn't a deterrent down the middle of the field in coverage (tight hips).
Camp body who doesn't look the part, and intangibles will have to carry him."
Not all that big at a generous 6-0 and a bulked up 240 pounds, but is smart and instinctive; also has good quickness and decent closing speed; light on his feet and can find his way through the traffic, but can be engulfed by bigger blockers at the point of attack;
More a sideline-to-sideline type, but can get in the backfield on occasion, but is not a natural blitzer; also limited in coverage, although appears to have the athleticism to do in passing situations; excellent student and character player."
The inside linebacker tallied 80 total tackles in 2010, good for second on the team (despite missing one game with a knee injury and being hampered in a few others with the same problem). He finished tied for first on the squad with eight tackles for loss while also recording 2.5 sacks and he was named a Second Team All-SEC performer.
One of the most experienced players in college football, Marve redshirted when he stepped on campus in 2007 and has been a starter ever since. So far this season (through seven games), Marve leads the team--by far--with 57 tackles (5.5 for loss) to go along with a sack, and interception, and a forced fumble.
Marve is slightly undersized at his position, standing at 6'0'' and 242 pounds (although he did add some muscle in between his junior and senior campaigns).
However, he can make up for any deficiencies with speed and he has been clocked as fast as 4.62 in the 40-yard dash. He is fundamentally sound in almost all aspects of the game, but is not exactly a physical specimen nor does he have that "wow" factor."