Junior quarterback Maty Mauk won’t start for Missouri on Saturday against South Carolina. Mizzou announced Tuesday that Mauk and junior offensive lineman Malik Cuellar had been suspended “for disciplinary reasons related to violation of team policies,” according to a release from the athletic department.
Both Mauk and Cuellar will miss at least the South Carolina game, which kicks off at 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, “and their status going forward will be evaluated after the game,” according to the release.
The suspensions are not related to a legal matter, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Mauk, who has started in parts of the last three seasons for Missouri, has completed 57 of 110 passes — 51.8 percent — for 654 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions this season. He’s second on the team in rushing with 145 yards in 36 carries, including the team’s only rushing touchdown.
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He was 15 of 30 passing for 180 yards and a touchdown in a 21-13 loss Saturday at Kentucky.
Mauk was not available at Monday’s media day. He was in Springfield, where his father, Mike, had surgery for colorectal cancer.
Presumably, Mauk’s suspension means that freshman quarterback Drew Lock, a Lee’s Summit graduate and the reigning Simone Award winner, will get his first career college start against the Gamecocks.
Lock is 15 of 25 passing for 225 yards with a touchdown and an interception in limited duty this season. He has played in one second-quarter series in each of the Tigers’ four games.
Lock also appeared in two fourth-quarter series against Southeast Missouri, throwing a 78-yard touchdown to senior running back Tyler Hunt on one, and led one drive in the fourth quarter against Connecticut.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel opted not to use Lock in the second half of close games at Arkansas State and Kentucky.
Based on the depth chart, sophomore Eddie Printz and redshirt freshman Marvin Zanders both will serve as backups to Lock. They are listed with an “or” designation as the Tigers’ third-string quarterback.
Cuellar is a junior-college transfer from the City College of San Francisco. He started the year as the Tigers’ backup right tackle, and he is now the backup left tackle.
With sophomore Nate Crawford, the normal starting right tackle, sidelined with a sprained ankle, senior Taylor Chappell shifted from the left guard back to the outside.
Chappell started 10 games at right tackle last season. Redshirt freshman Paul Adams is listed as his backup.