Quincy Mauger‚Äôs increased playing time continued in the secondary against LSU. The Tennessee game now could top that for the freshman safety.
With freshman free safety Tray Matthews‚Äô status in doubt for Saturday with a strained left hamstring, Mauger figures to get even more snaps.
‚ÄúI got a lot of reps at first nickel safety,‚Äù Mauger said early in the week. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm still working hard, just learning my plays and being helpful to the team but so far it‚Äôs looking good.‚Äù
Junior Corey Moore, senior Connor Norman and senior Marc Deas could also factor into the rotation at safety. Josh Harvey-Clemons is the starting strong safety in the base 3-4 defense.
Mauger, a 6-foot, 200-pound Kell High School product who enrolled early, said he‚Äôs looking to improve minor details‚Äîlike if he‚Äôs positioned in the right spot or if he‚Äôs playing aggressive enough. He had a career-high four tackles against LSU.
‚ÄúI thought he did a pretty good job,‚Äù secondary coach Scott Lakatos said. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs a pretty sharp guy. He practices hard, knows most of what we‚Äôre doing. There‚Äôs a few things he‚Äôs got to work on like everybody else, but we‚Äôre pretty pleased with the way he was out there for the most part.‚Äù
Mauger played more against LSU because it was ‚Äúpart of the game plan,‚Äù Lakatos said.
Now he could play more out of necessity.
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