As one of several wide receivers Tide coaches hope will help take some pressure off all-star Julio…
Putting Defenders In Bama Maze
At 5-10 and around 179 pounds, Marquis Maze is neither big nor tall, but he won't beat teams by running over opponents. The Alabama sophomore wide receiver will run around them or away from them and widen the gap between them with every step.
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In a sport where speed is everything at skill positions like receiver, Maze has no equal in Crimson.
For a long time on campus, it was thought that running back Terry Grant was the fastest Tider. This spring Maze ended that discussion with a post-practice race.
And to think earlier this year some fans and media types were all wondering if Alabama could come up with someone to take the heat off sophomore sensation Julio Jones.
The roster actually has some good returning athletes besides Maze, like Mike McCoy and Darius Hanks who are sure to see playing time along with a few talented incoming freshmen.
By all accounts however, it was Maze who stole the spring spotlight as well as the MVP honors from the spring A-Day Game with 87 yards receiving and 47 yards rushing.
And this was against what many think could be one of the nation's top defensive units.
Nick Saban usually has a smile on his face when he talks of Marquis Maze.
"He's a guy who can be a playmaker for us," Saban said. "I'm very encouraged by the spring that he had, but it's still too early to ask for a depth chart."
People inside the program are all amazed by Maze and see him as the quick 'Home run hit" the Tide may turn to when in the mood to stretch the field.
And while Maze won't be leaving people asking "Julio Who?", he is the perfect compliment to Julio's style of receiver.
While Julio can leap and do the sideline catches or bust a short route into a long gain with broken tackles and run over corner-backs, Maze is the pure deep threat that all teams dread.
Don't forget, it was Maze who pulled in the last touchdown pass Greg McElroy threw last year, that perfectly timed bomb in the corner of the end-zone to wrap up the 36-0 win over Auburn.
They have a successful history with one another and if the spring game was any indication, they will continue to add to it.
Saban always likes to say, there is no starting lineup until the day before the first game, but right now my money is on Maze to get the yeoman's work on the other side of Julio.
And opponents can start fretting over him now.
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