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Maze confident despite injury

1/23/2012

MOBILE, Ala. – There was a glimmer of what Marquis Maze was capable of, but it was over within minutes. The wide out from Alabama came to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Monday despite an injured hamstring. He was able to participate in wide receiver drills, but couldn’t take any live snaps on the wet turf at Fairhope Stadium.

After practice – two hours Maze spent with his hands in his pockets, fidgeting, while others took their reps – he let out a sigh and said he hoped he could have done more.

“It was very tough and frustrating,” Maze said. “But I know I have the opportunity to go to the combine and showcase my speed and the other stuff besides football. Hopefully I get back within the nick of time to get back and play in this game.

“I’m probably about 65 percent right now. Hopefully, I get there and get ready for it.”

Maze said he’s trying to do all that he can in spite of the nagging waiting game.

“I just get mental reps, listening to plays in the huddle and listening to the terminology because it’s different than what we ran at Alabama,” Maze said, adding that coaches have told him to prepare as if he will compete.

Asked if he thinks he could come in late and make an impact, Maze responded with the confidence Alabama fans grew accustomed to during his four seasons with the Tide.

“I think so,” Maze said. “If I get a few practices I think I can.”

Alabama coach Nick Saban dropped by the practice and praised his former wide receiver’s determination in taking up the Senior Bowl invitation.

“I think Marquis did a great job for us. He was a great leader, a great competitor,” Saban said. “Fortunately the injury wasn’t too bad – more than he could come back in the (BCS title) game but he’s rehabbed it and wanted to give it a try out here and we’re here to support him.”