"We're working to be better, and I'm excited to be here," said Mackey, who prepped at Port Sulphur before being displaced in Carencro after Hurricane Katrina.
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"He's a heck of a football player," Tulane Coach Bob Toledo said. "The thing he'll do is run you down and tackle you. He just has a great knack to play football, and he's good on special teams."
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Given his stature, Nike Kyrie Shoes 2017 it's no surprise Mackey considers a former Saints linebacker one of his favorite players, along with the Baltimore Ravens' Ray Lewis. Sam Mills, who died in 2005 after a two year battle with cancer, was a five time Pro Bowl player at only 5 9.
Striving to make that happen, Mackey not only participated in summer drills with his teammates at Tulane, he also worked out at the Sonic Boom Speed Conditioning and Strength Training Academy in Metairie, where a number of Saints and other NFL players trained.
Mackey is aiming to help Tulane's defense improve from last season, when it allowed 37.2 points and 390.1 total yards per game.
"Just being around the atmosphere with pro guys working was amazing," said Mackey, a junior. "I'm pretty much self motivated, and being mentioned in some preseason award just makes me work harder. I have to prove myself and play with a chip on myDespite being undersized at 5 feet 11 and 227 pounds, Mackey led the team with 124 tackles last season, becoming the first Tulane player to finish a season with more than 100 tackles since 2005. He also tied for the team lead with three forced fumbles, this coming after he sat out the 2009 season after transferring from Duke.
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who will start at middle linebacker. Mackey has played all the snaps with the first team in preparation for the Green Wave's opener against Southeastern Louisiana at the Superdome on Sept. 3.
"He always wants to make a play and get to the ball all the time," Farley said.
Mackey said he worked at Sonic Boom to improve his speed, and since the start of training camp, he has played at a high level.
"I've heard all the criticism about my size, but a linebacker is not measured by the size of your body but by the size of your heart."
more impressive, considering he's undersized and is taking on much bigger offensive linemen.
As the lone Tulane player to be selected preseason All Conference USA, middle linebacker Trent Mackey has set the bar high for himself this season. He doesn't want to be good; he wants to be great.
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