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The 2011 preseason Sun Belt Conference defensive player of the year as selected by the coaches, Massaquoi opted to leave Troy with a year of eligibility remaining since he is 23 years old. The defensive end spent two seasons with the Trojans after one at Butler Community College. Massaquoi failed to completely deliver this past season as a junior with 29 total tackles and six sacks for a Troy team that went 3-9. It represented a major drop-off from his 13.5 sacks and team-high 49 total tackles in 2010, to help the Trojans go 8-5 and post a 48-21 rout of Ohio in the New Orleans Bowl. Massaquoi showed some positive signs at the NFL scouting combine as his broad jump of 10 feet placed him in a tie for fifth place among defensive linemen. His 33.5-inch vertical jump placed him among a trio of defensive linemen in 13th place. His lack of size and strength are concerns, and his 20 reps in the bench press at the combine were well behind other top players within his position group. A native of Liberia, Massaquoi is the cousin of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and Minnesota Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. It is difficult to determine whether Jonathan Massaquoi can function as a pass rusher in the NFL, whether as a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme or as an outside linebacker in a 3-4. He projects as a possible fourth-round selection.