The San Francisco 49ers threw Stanford grad Shayne Skov right into the fire in the team's first preseason game against the Houston Texans, a 23-10 loss on Saturday.
The second-year linebacker played 66 defensive snaps and nine plays on special teams. Skov's 75 total snaps were easily a game-high, six more than rookie linebacker Eli Harold's 69.
Skov's eight tackles, including one for loss, were second on the team behind Nick Moody's nine.
When asked to sum up his busy, yet productive day at the office, Skov took a modest approach.
"OK. I thought I made some plays but also made some uncharacteristic mistakes," Skov said. "It was my first game in a year, and I'm still growing as a player."
Defensive coordinator Eric Mangini took the opportunity on Monday to compliment the young player's promising performance.
"He started the game and ran the defense really well," Mangini said. "He's a very, very smart guy and does a great job with adjustments. Very rarely do you have to coach Shayne on the same mistake. He sees it, he understands what the coaching point is and typically it doesn't happen again. He's getting a lot of playing time, which is great for him and helps us see where he's going at this point. I was happy with what he did."
Saturday marked the most playing time Skov has gotten in a game since his college days with the Cardinal.
The linebacker knew he'd start and likely see extended snaps, but an injury to Desmond Bishop called for Skov playing the entire contest.
The added reps for Skov have been a theme of his offseason. Whether it's with the first-, second- or third-team defense, No. 48 rarely leaves the field.
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