COLUMBIA — Senior defensive tackle Marvin Foster’s season and Missouri career ended Saturday when he tore his biceps tendon during a 31-3 victory against Tennessee.
By TOD PALMER
The Kansas City Star
Coach Gary Pinkel said Foster, who had been Matt Hoch’s primary backup this season, had surgery Sunday to repair the injury.
“I went to the hospital and saw him today,” Pinkel said. “He’s doing well. He’s been through so much here. He’s had a lot of surgeries.”
Foster, a fifth-year senior, missed the 2009 season with a knee injury and suffered a torn pectoral muscle prior to the 2010 season, though he recovered an appeared in five games that year.
He has already graduated with a bachelor’s degree with health sciences and had eight tackles, including a half-tackle for a loss in nine games this season.
Britt, Mauk win SEC honors
Missouri snagged two more weekly awards from the Southeastern Conference on Monday, breaking the program record for such honors in a single season.
Senior left tackle Justin Britt was chosen SEC offensive lineman of the week and redshirt freshman quarterback Maty Mauk was the freshman of the week, giving the Tigers nine weekly honors on the year.
The previous Missouri record was eight awards during the 2007 season.
Britt helped pave the way for 502 yards of offense during the ninth-ranked Tigers’ 31-3 victory against Tennessee last Saturday.
Missouri gained 339 yards on the ground, the most since in a conference game since racking up 376 yards in a 45-7 win against Iowa State on Nov. 29, 2003.
Meanwhile, Mauk rolled up 277 yards of total offense — completing 12 of 25 passes for 163 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, while adding 114 yards rushing on 13 carries.
It was Mauk’s second freshman of the week honor in three starts since taking over for injured senior starter James Franklin. He also won the award for his performance against Florida.
Bauer recommits to Tigers
De Smet offensive tackle Andy Bauer recommitted to Missouri on Monday.
Bauer originally committed to Missouri in April 2012 after his sophomore season, but reopened his commitment last fall then committed to Mississippi during the summer.
But Bauer reversed course again and will honor his original commitment to Missouri.
“Through much prayer, discernment and communication with my family I have decided to attend and play football for the University of Missouri,” Bauer’s statement read in part.
Bauer, 6 feet 6 and 304 pounds, had hip surgery to repair a torn labrum and hasn’t played as a senior. He is the top-ranked prospect in Missouri for the Class of 2014, according to Rivals.com.
He is the No. 11 offensive tackle and is ranked 105th overall by the recruiting service with nearly 40 BCS programs, including Alabama, Florida State, Kansas State and Ohio State.
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