Merrick, Considine Discuss Secondary Shuffle

With senior starter Sean Considine in a cast, Miguel Merrick steps up to the first team this Saturday against Michigan State. "I'll be in here helping those guys prepare," Considine said. "I'll come in at night. We watch film together. Even though I'm hurt and I'm not playing, it's not like I'm not still part of the team."


The saying is next man in, were you ready when that happened?

I was definitely ready. The coaches prepared me pretty well during the week. They prepare the whole team well. You've always got to go into the game thinking that you're going to play.

Did you know you would be going in at SS? Are you able to play both safety positions?

As a freshman, I played a little bit of free. But these last two years I've just basically been playing strong safety position.

Marcus (Paschal) has been able to flop back and forth. That's what happened.

What the difference between the two?

There's really no big difference. Maybe at free you play a little bit more of the pass and strong you're up on the run. But they're basically the same position.

Injuries are tough to deal with, but you're taking advantage of the situation. I'm sure you're not happy with what happened with Sean, but it's a good opportunity for you.

Injuries are a part of football. It's unfortunate what happened to Sean because he's such a great leader. Him being out there just helps out the whole secondary.

I have an opportunity to show what I can do. Hopefully everything goes well.

Playing the run versus the pass, when do you know when to make that commitment?

Basically, I'm just out there doing what Coach Phil Parker has taught me to do. Whenever it's a pass, I play pass. Whenever it's a run, I just try to play the run.

How would you evaluate your play on Saturday?

Being that it was the first time that I was in a game where we weren't already winning by a lot, I played OK. But there are a lot of things that I definitely need to work on. There's a lot of room for me to improve.

You came here as a WR. Were you tentative about make the switch to safety?

I had a bigger frame. Me coming in as a receiver, I always knew that there was kind of a chance of me going to defense. A lot of other schools recruited me as a DB.

I just trusted what Coach Ferentz and Coach Parker wanted me to do. That was playing defense, so I went with it.

You have pretty good size. Does that give you an advantage from a physical standpoint?

Yeah. I'm a little too heavy to play receiver. DBs tend to be a little bigger, so that did help, my size and my weight.



How's the foot?

I don't really think that it's going to be that big of a deal. It's just one of those deals where I just have to deal with it for now, have it in a cast for a week or whatever. I'll get out of this, get a little rehab and be ready to go.

How did it happen?

It was just one of those fluke things where I tried to make a cut and landed on my foot wrong.

Were you ready that it was broke right away?

Naturally that comes to your mind, especially when you're a fifth-year senior. You get worried about that type of stuff. We got it looked at. Hopefully what we're doing with it will take care of it.

In your mind, when will you be back?

If it was up to me, maybe I'd get this cast off and maybe see what I could do this weekend. But we're going to keep it in this cast, and then we've got the bye week. Personally, I don't think that I'm going to miss any more than this game.

How do you think Miguel and Marcus did back there in your absence?

Miguel came in and stepped up and did what we needed him to do. He wasn't out of position. He didn't give up a lot of big passes or anything.

I'm sure this week, he's been coming in here a little bit more than he was before to study a little film. He'll be ready.

How involved will you get this week in helping those guys out?

I'll be in here helping those guys prepare. I'll come in at night. We watch film together. Even though I'm hurt and I'm not playing, it's not like I'm not still part of the team. We need the W this weekend, so I'm going to do whatever I can do to make sure that we do that

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