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Missouri’s Maty Mauk studies Manziel to grow his own game

07/17/2014 12:54 PM

07/17/2014 12:55 PM

Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk possesses some of the same improvisational ability that made former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel a cult hero.

Still, Mauk, whose performance last year in four starts when James Franklin was injured spawned the phrase “Mauktober,” doesn’t like the idea of “Maty Football.”

That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a lot of respect for Manziel.

“He might have been the best college football player to ever play,” Mauk said Wednesday at SEC Media Days. “That’s somebody that I can, not necessarily be like, but I can model my game after that. He can turn any play into something. … He can change a game so quick by being able to make plays. That’s something I feel like I can do and that I have to do.”

Now entrenched as the Tigers’ starting quarterback entering the 2014 season, Mauk hopes to continue using his legs — Missouri coach Gary Pinkel lauded Mauk’s 4.51 40-yard dash — to make plays while also developing his game from the pocket.

Manziel made similar strides between his Heisman Trophy-winning freshman season and his sophomore campaign with the Aggies.

“He’s someone that I can look to,” Mauk said. “I watch him on film all the time. He was a great player and someone I’m going to try to play like.”

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @todpalmer.

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