Thursday, January 31, 2013
Coaches' take: Quincy Mauger
By David Ching
ATHENS, Ga. -- Quincy Mauger is not afraid to make his voice heard. But unlike many of the most vocal players you’ll find, negativity rarely accompanies all of the talking.
S Quincy Mauger has already proved that he is a hard worker.
“He’s always chitter-chattering with his teammates, but in a positive way, not a negative way,” said Derek Cook, who coached Mauger at Kell High School in Marietta, Ga. “There’s certain guys that do that, but when they say things, they’re ugly. They try to motivate each other, but they do it in a way that’s degrading. That’s not him. He just basically does what he’s got to do to get the best out of other people.”
The three-star safety’s communication skills are among the strengths that prompted Georgia’s coaching staff to offer Mauger a scholarship when they watched him up close during their camp last summer, but they liked more than just that.
“Quincy’s a safety that really impressed us in camp,” Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. “We actually got to work with him and he played really well in our camp. Very good communicator, very good ball skills, has a knack for being around the ball. He’s a solid-size guy that gives us some flexibility in the back and he’s a good young prospect.”
Cook said Mauger brought a bit of everything to the table at Kell, working hard to excel not only in football, but also in the classroom. Mauger -- who plans to pursue a degree in Georgia’s new engineering program -- managed to complete his high school studies early in order to enroll at UGA earlier this month. And he didn’t cut corners to get there.
“I’m going to give you a little insight into how he is,” Cook said. “He had to take an online math class over the summer so that he could early enroll. He could have taken any math. All he needed was a math credit. He takes AP calculus online -- online now, by himself -- and he makes an A in it.”
Mauger brought that same relentless style to his football preparations, working hard to improve his speed in order to neutralize a potential weakness. It paid off as when the 200-pound defensive back participated in Georgia’s summer camp, he ran a 4.5-second time in the 40-yard dash in front of the Bulldogs’ coaching staff and they offered him a scholarship on the very same day.
Adding serviceable speed to a football arsenal that already included a position-versatile skill set, good hands and big hitting ability was enough to convince Mark Richt’s staff that Mauger can play at an SEC level where most of his previous offers came from less prominent schools.
Mauger’s versatility might be a factor to consider as his career progresses. He can easily add more weight to his thick, athletic frame, Cook said, and contribute at a position other than safety -- just like he filled multiple roles in high school.
“I think in the back of their minds they’ve probably already had that conversation, ‘If he comes in here and he jumps up to 225, 235 pounds in the first year or so, he might be a linebacker,’ ” Cook said. “At 6-1 or so and 225, 235 pounds and running a 4.5, I don’t know if that’s a safety or if that’s a linebacker. That’s a hybrid.
“So he might be able to play that outside linebacker that has run and pass responsibilities at times. He can do both of those two things.”