Back To Natural Position?

Marcus Maxey is a junior defensive back from Navasota, Texas. Last season Maxey spent a lot of time on special teams finishing the season with 16 tackles. His presence on kickoff coverage was known, but he wants to earn more time on the defensive side of the ball.

At 6-3, 200 pounds he is the biggest defensive back on the team. He is also considered the most athletic according to his teammates. He has the versatility to play both safety positions, but early in spring practices he settled into the backup free safety role.

After the scrimmage in Lockhart, Maxey spent a lot of time at cornerback, his more natural position. He prefers to play corner, but will play wherever he is needed.

"I can play it full-time," Maxey said. "I know the position. I don't know what they will put me at. Maybe I will be there full-time. Cornerback is my natural position. I played there all through high school. Because it is my natural position it has always been my favorite position. I feel real good out there."

During nickel situations Maxey lines up at corner moving Antrel Rolle to the nickel position. Rolle played the nickel position last year because of his versatility.

New defensive backs coach Tim Walton, from LSU, stresses technique and winning at the line of scrimmage. Maxey and his defensive back teammates have praised Walton for how much they are learning already.

"He helps me bring out the best of my ability with my strength and speed. He has helped me harness my abilities. In particular he has helped me with my footwork. The only way to win at the line is to work on our technique. It might take time to develop, but if we keep working on it then it will become a habit."

Whether or not Maxey plays cornerback full-time remains to be seen. However, with Maxey's abilities look for him to be a contributor and an important part of the defense.

"I definitely see myself being a contributor to the defense. I want to help out the defense as much as possible. Overall as a team, I want to help us get back to the National Championship."

The defense had a good spring disrupting the progress of the offense. Losing four starters to the first round of the NFL Draft will be hard to replace, but when star players leave, new stars emerge.

"Overall the defense did pretty good in spring practices. We tried to get better each day. The defensive backs tried to help out the linebackers. The linebackers were helping out with the defensive line. Everybody was trying to make plays and help each other."

With only three seniors on defense it is important for the team to play together. Young players, although inexperienced, can be a force when all units are working hard to help each other.

"Whenever everyone gets focused to play hard we know that we will dominate. We play together well as a team with no one person doing their thing."

Christopher Stock is a Staff Columnist for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@grassy.com.

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