Over the next 20 days, GatorCountry will preview the players that make up the 2013 Florida Gators football team as we inch closer and closer to the season.
Each day we will count down using the player whose jersey number corresponds with how many days there are left until Florida kicks off against Toledo in the Swamp on August 31
Today we take a look at redshirt freshman Marcus Maye.
Maye is an athletic safety from Holy Trinity High School in Melbourne. Maye was an Under Armour All-American in high school and chose to attend Florida over scholarship offers from Alabama, LSU, Florida State, Auburn, Miami, Michigan, Tennessee and Texas A&M to name a few.
Maye hurt his meniscus playing basketball in high school and used a redshirt his first year on campus.
Maye has good. but not great speed and is a smart player who puts himself in good positions on the field to make plays. He takes good angles in pursuit and breaks down well when tackling. Maye wraps up and drives through tackles.
Maye plays a very similar style of football as Matt Elam. He isn’t as big of a hitter as Elam but is a player who can easily come down to play in the box and cover slot receivers. He pursues the ball carrier well and has a high motor.
Maye has good hands and shows good ball skills with an ability to go up and fight for the ball at its’ highest point.
Maye isn’t the fastest player in Florida’s secondary and he doesn’t have great fluidity in his hip movements. This could make it hard for him to cover smaller, faster slot receivers in man coverage.
What to Expect
Word out of camp is that Maye has begun to take a lead at one of the safety positions. He’s currently still in a battle at the position but throughout the off-season his name popped up most when talking to players and coaches about the safety spots.
Expect Maye to win one of the starting jobs at safety and play a very similar role as to what Matt Elam played in the defense last season.