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Missouri QB Corbin Berkstresser committed to final season, plus final spring offensive numbers

“I’m definitely committed to this team, and I’m all in right now,” Corbin Berkstresser says of his final season as a Missouri quarteback. The senior started the spring buried on the Tigers’ depth chart behind incumbent starter Maty Mauk, Eddie Printz and Marvin Zanders.
“I’m definitely committed to this team, and I’m all in right now,” Corbin Berkstresser says of his final season as a Missouri quarteback. The senior started the spring buried on the Tigers’ depth chart behind incumbent starter Maty Mauk, Eddie Printz and Marvin Zanders. The Kansas City Star

Missouri senior quarterback Corbin Berkstresser knows his odds of starting again aren’t great.

He started the spring buried on the Tigers’ depth chart behind incumbent starter Maty Mauk, Eddie Printz and Marvin Zanders.

Berkstresser’s spring reps reflected that reality, but he isn’t ready to give up his college playing days despite speculation that he might walk away with a year of eligibility remaining.

“I’m definitely committed to this team, and I’m all in right now,” Berkstresser said.

During spring camp, Berkstresser admitted that he contemplated not playing next season but quickly decided against it.

“There was thought of that, but just briefly and nothing that I really gave serious consideration to,” said Berkstresser, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound Lee’s Summit graduate who started four games as a redshirt freshman. “Someone spoke to me about it one time and I said, ‘That’s always an option,’ but right now I’m all in, definitely.”

Berkstresser went 2-2 as a starter for Missouri when James Franklin was injured in 2012. He helped guide the Tigers to wins against Arizona State and Kentucky, losing starts against Alabama and Texas A&M.

During that season, Berkstresser completed 88 of 177 passes, a 49.7 completion percentage, for 1,059 yards with five touchdowns and seven interceptions.

He attempted one pass, which was incomplete, in three appearances as a sophomore and didn’t see the field as a junior.

Nonetheless, Berkstresser, a lifelong MU fan, is ready for one final ride.

“I’m trying to make the most of the next few months to come, whether that’s a leadership position off the field, on the field or in the classroom, whatever it may be,” Berkstresser said. “I just want to be a leader and a guy anybody can come to and talk to with any help they need.”

Berkstresser actually posted the best rating of the Tigers’ five quarterbacks — a 109.8 after completing 15 of 22 passes for 109 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions — this spring, his final spring in black and gold.

“I wouldn’t say it’s emotional,” Berkstresser said. “I’m just trying to the role of helping the team whichever way I can right now. I’m trying to leave emotions out and just enjoy playing the game I love.”

Final Missouri spring offensive stats

Passing

Player

Comp

Att

Pct.

Yards

TD

INT

Rating

Maty Mauk

34

66

51.5

296

3

3

95.1

Marvin Zanders

22

52

42.3

262

0

1

80.8

Eddie Printz

45

85

52.9

259

0

4

69.1

Corbin Berkstresser

15

22

68.2

109

0

0

109.8

John Eierman

5

13

38.5

22

0

1

37.3

Rushing

Player

Rushes

Yards

Avg.

TD

Russell Hansbrough

22

160

7.3

1

Maty Mauk

13

83

6.4

0

Marvin Zanders

9

68

7.6

0

Andrew Stevens

19

53

2.8

0

Tyler Hunt

20

49

2.5

0

John Eierman

4

42

10.5

0

Eddie Printz

5

30

6.0

0

Miles Drummond

12

30

2.5

0

Steven Blakley

9

13

1.4

0

Ish Witter

15

11

0.7

0

Receiving

Player

Receptions

Yards

Avg.

TD

J’Mon Moore

13

136

10.5

2

Marcell Kellum

6

112

18.7

0

Raymond Wingo

5

73

14.6

0

Jason Reese

7

67

9.6

0

DeSean Blair

7

61

8.7

0

Wesley Leftwich

7

58

8.3

1

Tyler Hunt

7

55

7.9

0

Eric Laurent

9

43

4.8

0

Kendall Blanton

8

43

5.4

0

Thomas Richard

9

42

4.7

0

Clayton Echard

9

31

3.4

0

Miles Drummond

6

27

4.5

0

Ish Witter

3

25

8.3

0

Aaron Bailey

2

25

12.5

0

Jeffrey Kadriu

4

22

5.5

0

Andrew Stevens

4

18

4.5

0

Keyon Dilosa

3

17

5.7

0

Russell Hansbrough

2

16

8.0

0

Oke Akushe

1

10

10.0

0

Jake Brents

4

8

2.0

0

Shawn McCalmon

1

8

8.0

0

Steven Blakley

2

5

2.5

0

Field goals

Player

FGM

FGA

Long

Misses

Andrew Baggett

10

12

50

41, 41

Luke Jackson

4

5

41

46

Nick Coffman

3

5

32

50, 33

Turner Adams

0

2

41, 41

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