Five questions with Florida redshirt senior safety Marcus Maye.
Q: Season openers can be tricky with teams showing new offensive wrinkles. How much does it help to have vets on defense?
A: “Just knowing that we can communicate with each other. We know what our D-line’s going to do. We know what our linebackers are going to do. Everybody knows what they’re going to get in the secondary. So just having us being an experienced defense is definitely going to help make things a lot easier.”
Q: How good can the secondary be?
A: “I feel like we can be great. We’ve put in the work. We’ve been together for a couple years now. We’ve got a lot of guys that have played in a lot of ball games. I feel like we’ve got the best guys outside. You’ve got Duke (Dawson) at the nickel and then the safeties. I feel like as a group, as a whole, we can be great.”
Q: Marcell Harris and Nick Washington are still fighting for second safety spot. What have you seen from them?
A: “I’m excited to see what they’ve got. They both can run. They both know what they’re doing. Marcell’s one of those hard-hat guys and stuff like that. Nick, he can cover. He can hit. You can put him deep and also in the box.”
Q: With Jalen Tabor out for the season opener, how have things shaped up at cornerback?
A: “The guys filling in, they’re good. We’ve got (Joseph) Putu. We’ve got Chauncey playing out wide and Duke Dawson. Those guys are good enough to play. With Jalen being out, it’s nothing that’s going to hurt. Those guys are going to step up and play right away.”
Q: If you had two circle two games on your schedule, which would you choose and why?
A: “Definitely the LSU and Florida State games for me. Just because we’ve haven’t beaten those guys in a while. Those game mean the most, to play against a great team.”