Maxey's Time

Marcus Maxey was energized and ready to go during spring practice last week as he entered his last season with the Hurricanes. The Hurricanes defensive back played primarily in the nickel spot last season, but is looking to make an impact as one of the starters this year. Coaches love his big play ability and enthusiasm he brings to practice.

With the loss of Antrel Rolle after last season, Maxey not only lost a teammate, but also one of his best friends. However, he still feels very confident in what the secondary will do this upcoming season.

"You know what they say, we don't rebuild we just reload," he said. "Everybody knows their standing and our stance on winning as a team."

Although Maxey is a senior and the loss of Rolle opens up a clear spot for a new defensive standout, the springtime isn't about competition to Maxey. He doesn't get ahead of himself, but rather takes these practices as an opportunity to tune-up and gel with teammates.

"We start out the season with everybody playing as one, there isn't one standout. We're playing together as a defense." He said, "Everybody is helping out. We're helping the D-line and they help the linebackers. It's interchangeable with us as individuals at positions, but we just want to play as an entire unit."

Maxey also said that his main focus would be to do whatever his coaches ask of him, "whether it be inside or outside, I just want to have a solid spring leading into two-a-days."

Since the start of the spring practices, both sophomore and junior receivers Lance Leggett and Ryan Moore (respectively) have been improving on both route running and receiving. For some defense backs it could be frustrating, but Maxey welcomes the receivers challenges.

"They're probably looking at it the same way we are. It's cool off the field, but on the field it's business and our job is to make each other better. With two young guys like that, you can't help but get better."

Maxey is an incredibly versatile defensive back with the ability, knowledge, and game experience to play inside (at the nickel position) or excel outside. Last year he started all twelve games at nickel back with a forced fumble and fumble recovery highlighting his season. He was responsible for 21 total tackles and three pass break-ups. At 6-3, 198 pounds, Maxey plays very physical and has the innate ability to jam receivers. He isn't the give-some-space-and-catch-up type corner a la Devin Hester, which gives the Hurricanes one more option.

In last year's Peach bowl, Maxey played as a reserve defensive back and started on all special teams units.

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