Alabama football notes: Wide receiver Marquis Maze amazes Crimson Tide with wildcat pass

Special to the Ledger-EnquirerOctober 6, 2010 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — It’s not easy to score perfectly on the college football passer efficiency chart. One must throw a 99-yard touchdown on his only attempt to reach 1261.6.

So Alabama wide receiver Marquis Maze’s efficiency of 589.6 is impressive, but his touchdown pass Saturday was 80 yards short of perfection. Still, his 19-yarder to Michael Williams in the second quarter the 31-6 win over Florida drew high praise from his teammates. The former high school quarterback lofted his first collegiate pass for the score coming out of the wildcat formation.

“He’s been telling us he can throw the whole time, but we didn’t believe him,” quarterback Greg McElroy said. “But he did a great job.”

Mark Ingram, the only other wildcat quarterback to attempt a pass for the Crimson Tide, gives the throwing advantage to Maze. Ingram’s pass against Auburn last season fell incomplete.

“He put that ball right on the money,” Ingram said. “Even if I did say I had a better arm, he proved me wrong. I’m 0-for-1 and he’s 1-for-1.”

Lester left out

Although he leads the SEC in interceptions, Crimson Tide safety Robert Lester didn’t get in on the act against Florida on Saturday, when three of Gator passes were picked off.

“It actually had me kind of upset because I kind of got used to getting them,” Lester said with a smile. “So I feel like I had a bad game.”

He has four total interceptions after grabbing two against Arkansas, but linebackers snagged two of the three hauled in Saturday. There might be something behind that, he said.

“I think it is the quarterback kind of being afraid to put it out there,” Lester said. “I mean, I can’t blame him. If he doesn’t want to put it out there ...”

Barron honored

Mark Barron wasn’t named SEC Player of the week after beating Florida. His teammate Courtney Upshaw took that honor.

But Barron pulled one of a different nature with a larger scope.

The junior safety was named Lott Trophy Impact Player of the Week, a national award. His 11 tackles against the Gators included nine solo stops, and he broke up two passes.

Alabama will receive $1,000 for its general scholarship fund, and a laptop computer will be donated to academic services in the athletics department.

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