Nebraska Senior DT Kevin Maurice's Workload Is About To Get Big

Nebraska senior defensive tackle Kevin Maurice knows the workload is about to get bigger in 2016.

Year: Senior

2015 recap:

Down the stretch in 2015, Maurice showed he’s more than capable of being a starting defensive tackle in the Big Ten. The former Florida prep finished the year with 21 tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack, despite logging just one start and playing in ten games.

Maurice’s best game of the season came in a loss to Illinois. The junior had a career-high eight tackles in an extended role. 

2016 preview:

After the loss of Vincent Valentine and Maliek Collins early to the NFL, much of the burden when it comes to production from the defensive tackle spot will fall on Maurice.

“His future is whatever he wants it to be,” Collins said of Maurice to reporters during bowl prep. “I think he has all the potential to be a great player. It’s just whatever he wants to do.” 

After starting just one time last season, Maurice knows his workload is about to get a lot bigger in 2016.

"It's just a mentality," said Maurice. "I'm just preparing, trying to get better with technique, so hopefully later in the season I'm more consistent. 

Now a senior in the room, he knows it's his time to lead. 

"It is crazy," said Maurice. "We have a whole bunch of young cats that we are trying to bring along, but the good thing is about those guys is they want to learn.

"I feel good. Especially with Coach Parrell He's got a better feel for the inside guys. He played the position. So everything he's teaching he's done it." 

How he ended up in Lincoln: After 70 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and nine sacks during his senior year, the first-team Class 8A Florida All-State Player decided to focus in on his recruitment.

A bowl game recruiting visitor, Maurice played at Freedom high school in Orlando. Nebraska practiced on Maurice's home-field during the Capital One Bowl in 2013. 

The Huskers offered on January 3rd, just two days after their loss to Georgia on New Year's Day. On January 4th, Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis was in-home and that's when the senior pulled the trigger despite never visiting Lincoln.

"Nebraska is a great program with great tradition," Maurice said at the time. 

Nine days later, Maurice headed north for an official visit and left not doubting his decision. Maurice had offers from Boston College, Memphis, Navy, Marshall and Florida Atlantic.

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