Maty Mauk will get the first crack at replacing James Franklin as Missouri’s next starting quarterback.
Of course, it’s not a given that Mauk will be the next in a line that also includes Brad Smith, Chase Daniel and Blaine Gabbert in addition to Franklin.
“Certainly, Maty played very, very well for a young player,” Tigers coach Gary Pinkel said Saturday. “There’s going to be competition there. He’s not an established starter, so he’ll be competing like everybody else. I think that there’ll be some good competition there and the best player will win. Maty, I think, expects it. That’s how we do it around here. That makes us better and I think that makes our players better.”
Mauk, who went 3-1 as a starter when Franklin went out at midseason because of a sprained shoulder, completed 68 of 133 passes, a 51.1 percent clip, for 1,071 yards with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions.
“Things will start slowing down for him, because as a quarterback it does the more things you see,” Pinkel said. “He’s had a lot of great experience in there in the four and a half games and some of the series he’s played afterward. Those will all be positive.”
Pinkel was pleased with his performance, but knows Mauk has plenty of room to grow and improve during the offseason.
“It’s just the general (stuff) — the fundamentals, the footwork,” Pinkel said. “That’s where quarterbacks become more accurate throwers by how well they use their feet. It sounds crazy to most people, but it’s true. It’s the consistency of their footwork, and being able to give themselves a frame to throw and the balance to throw.”
Eddie Printz, who redshirted last season, is expected to be Mauk’s primary challenger for the starting job as Missouri enters spring football.