Marcell Harris Wants to Prove Himself at Safety

Marcell Harris is ready to prove he belongs at safety. The Florida defensive back discusses his role with the Gators with FightinGators.com.

Marcell Harris is older and wiser. 

 “The game has slowed down for me, honestly," said the 6-foot-1 safety. "Now, I see a lot of things better and I’m moving better, and I feel a lot better coming out of my breaks. So, this year for me, I feel like it should be one of the best.”

The Florida defensive back recorded 29 tackles in his career with the Gators, however, with his size many of questioned whether Harris would be comfortable adjusting to a more linebacker role. 

"I feel like I’m a safety and always will be a safety," he said.  "I have never played middle linebacker... With that being said, we have a lot of plays where we go down to the box and a lot of plays where the safeties rotate. So, we have to be down in the box.”

One of the big questions after spring practice is who line up next to Marcus Maye at safety. Maye, one of the best safeties around, is set to lock up one safety position, however, Harris and Nick Washington is battling for the other spot. 

“Competition level is very high," said the red-shirt junior. "Every safety is out there trying to make a play. It doesn’t matter if you play safety or cornerback; we’re all trying to make plays. Me and Nick, we’re going to come out and compete every day.”


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