After showing down the stretch he was more than capable of being a starting defensive tackle in the Big Ten, senior Kevin Maurice is poised for the role as "the guy" in 2016.
“I definitely want to take that role," said Maurice. "We've got a lot of young guys, and I’m one of the older guys on the team, so they try to feed off the information that I give and the things that I do so I do want take that role as a leader among our group.”
Last season 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.
"Kevin Maurice needs to be as good a player as he is consistently," said head coach Mike Riley. "He’s got to be that guy that we can really rely on."
Maurice realizes if the defense wants to improve the numbers from a year ago, it will start upfront.
“I think we can be real great," said Maurice. "If we can get to the quarterback, it will help the back end, and if we play with our technique and our assignment football, we’re going to help our linebackers as well. I think we can be real good with the guys that we have.
“We just have to be more detailed in what we do and get better every day. Get detailed in what our assignment is telling us to do and attack it every day like no other. We should be fine. Young guys can go in there and learn the playbooks and study it and just pay attention to detail.”
The Huskers will start practices later today.
“We’re very ready. It’s been a long time, and we’re very excited to get back to it," said Maurice. “You can kind of tell from my summer workouts, guys are much more comfortable in what we’re doing and every day everybody was attacking the day and that’s going to play a key role coming into camp.”