For three years, just about no one was saying Quincy Mauger’s name correctly.
In English phonetics, his last name would appear to be "Mau-ger." The problem is that his name isn’t from English origin. His parents, along with his ancestors before them, were born in Haiti, giving his last name a Haitian Creole pronunciation.
Therefore, he’s not Quincy "Mau-ger." He’s Quincy "Mo-zhay."
Mauger tried to get Georgia’s sports information department to change the pronunciation of his name in all of its guides last year but passed the word on too late. So another year went without his name being called correctly – at games, by reporters, by fans.
This year, it’s been fixed. And now, Mauger’s parents, Sandra Alexandre and Junior Mauger, will hear the true pronunciation of his name in Sanford Stadium and on television.
"My mom, she wanted me to get it right," Mauger said.
Mauger was born in West Palm Beach, Florida and hasn’t traveled to Haiti since he was a little child. Mauger said he does want to go back to Haiti and possibly help assist those in need.
Mauger eventually moved to Georgia and played high school football at Kell in Marietta. But even through recruiting, he was always known as Quincy "Mau-ger."
Mauger has heard his name butchered many times over the years. It’s something, until now, that Georgia’s star safety had gotten used to.
"Munger, Mogger, Mooger. I’ve gotten them all," Mauger said. "In English it’s ‘Mau-ger,’ but in French Creole it’s ‘Mo-zhay.’"