Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 9-1-10: #4 OLB, #32/750 Overall, 2 2010: Won the Rudy Award and the ACC's Brian Piccolo Award...started all 13 games and began playing full-time against Virginia Tech...third on the team with 65 tackles and 50 solo stops...tied for first on the team with two forced fumbles, second on the team with four interceptions and four pass break ups...also had 3.5 tackles for a loss...tallied five tackles (three solo) and one forced fumble against Nevada...2009: Entered the 2009 season as the defending ACC Player of the Year and the league’s active leader in career tackles with 247...missed the entire season due to Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, which he overcame...earned numerous honors for his courage and outreach, including the Disney Spirit Award, an honorary Lott Trophy and the ACC Commissioner’s Cup…2008: First Team All-American by Rivals.com and Scouts.com ... AP Third Team All-American and honorable mention by Pro Football Weekly and SI.com...ACC Defensive Player of the Year...finalist for the Butkus Award, presented annually to the nation's top linebacker...quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy...three-time ACC Player of the Week...his six interceptions were the eighth most in the country and the most by a linebacker...returned two picks for touchdowns which was tied for best in the country...his 5.79 solo tackles per game ranked 11th in the nation...led the team with 110 tackles and 81 stops, six interceptions, eight pass break-ups, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries...also had 13 tackles for a loss which ranks second…2007: Started all 14 games...finished the season second in total tackles with 97 (55 solos, 42 assists)...led the team with 12 tackles-for-loss (60 yards) to go with 1.5 sacks, 4 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, one quarterback hurry and an interception…2006: Played in all 13 games as a true freshman; started vs. Buffalo and at Miami...finished the season with 42 tackles (32 solo), including 5.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sacks; had one interception and forced two fumbles.
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Draft Scout Mark Herzlich News
11/04/12 - LB Mark Herzlich made his third career start, and his first this season in place of the injured Chase Blackburn. Because the Giants were mostly in their nickel defense, Herzlich took part in just a handful of snaps with the base defense.
10/31/12 - MLB Mark Herzlich is making sure that he's fully ready to step in in the event he gets the call this week because Chase Blackburn is likely to be unavailable with a hamstring injury.
"This week is a big week for our team and for me especially," he said. "If I get a chance to go out there and start, then I'll go out there and make the most of it."
If that does happen, the second-year linebacker can do so knowing that he has the full confidence of head coach Tom Coughlin.
"He's obviously studied and been in the same room with Chase and knows a lot of those mannerisms," Coughlin said of Herzlich. "If Chase is able to go, fine. If he's not able to go, I'm sure he'll be a big help to Mark this week or to any number of linebackers depending on the personnel set that we're in."
One thing that will still need to be determined if Herzlich gets the start is whether he'll wear the radio on defense to make the calls.
"That's up to the coaches," he said. "I feel like I'm ready for that responsibility – I can listen to calls and repeat them so hopefully I'll have that responsibility as well."
Even if he doesn't, Herzlich is just thankful for having the opportunity to contribute more on defense.
"I'm excited for every game, but also I've been waiting a long time for this opportunity and it's showing its head right now," he said. "I'm going to make the most of it."
07/30/12 - LB Mark Herzlich, who is entering his second year as a pro, has looked very good in pass coverage thus far. Herzlich, who has been working with the second-team defense, is hoping to win the starting middle linebacker job, a position he briefly held last season before a broken ankle caused him to miss several late-season games, and the playoffs.
02/05/12 - LB Mark Herzlich, the cancer survivor who one week ago as he walked off the team plane shared his excitement via Twitter about having won his battle against Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, to be well enough to play in the Super Bowl, was one of the Giants' inactive players.
02/01/12 - LB Mark Herzlich was optimistic about his chances of getting back on the field this Sunday following an eight-game absence due to a high ankle sprain and chipped bone in the ankle. Herzlich, who had been the starting middle linebacker prior to his injury, will likely be limited to special teams and spot duty on defense if he is indeed active for Sunday.