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Gator All-Star Week: Marcus Maye

It is ‘All-Star Week’ here at Fightin’ Gators as we highlight the players we feel are in for a banner year with the 2016 Florida football team. With that in mind, our Friday All-Star is senior safety Marcus Maye.

How he got to Florida: Marcus Maye was a 4-star Under Armour All-American out of Melbourne that had offers from everywhere but really only looked in the direction of Florida during the recruiting process. After committing, he tried recruiting a couple of his friends that were big time prospects to Florida and was one of the guys that really helped put together a nice 2012 class.

Gator All-Star Week: Jalen Tabor (Saturday)

Gator All-Star Week: DeAndre Goolsby (Sunday)

Gator All-Star Week: Caleb Brantley (Monday)

Gator All-Star Week: Johnny Townsend (Tuesday)

Gator All-Star Week: Jarrad Davis (Wednesday)

Gator All-Star Week: Quincy Wilson (Thursday)

What he’s done at Florida:  Maye started off his career at Florida as a redshirt, waiting his time behind some talented players already on the roster. As a redshirt freshman in 2013 he saw action in 12 of 13 games with two starts on the season and totaled 16 tackles. As a redshirt sophomore in 2014 Maye started nine of the 11 games he played in and was third on the team in tackles with 62. He had six passes defensed, an interception, and two forced fumbles. As a redshirt junior last season Maye racked up 82 tackles (4th on the team) while starting 12 of the 13 games he played in. He had eight passes defensed, five forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.


Why he is a projected All-Star candidate: He’s already an all-star having garnered a couple of All-American accolades and several All-SEC accolades last season. He’s now the undisputed leader in the secondary with the loss of Vernon Hargreaves and Keanu Neal to the NFL Draft in April.

Maye has a nose for the ball and his physical play allows him to play in the box or outside, but always scraping and clawing for the football when it is close.

He isn’t a great cover guy, but he has improved immensely in the open field and if asked to play up near the line of scrimmage he can absolutely act as another linebacker on the field.

He’s the third secondary member we have called an All-Star this week and being a part of yet another talented secondary should only help him have a very big season.


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