Missouri announced Sunday that junior quarterback Maty Mauk has been suspended for the rest of the season for what the school termed “disciplinary reasons.”
Mauk had been reinstated last week following a four-game suspension and was expected to vie with true freshman Drew Lock for the starting job for Thursday’s home game with Mississippi State. But now comes this latest suspension, and it’s fair to wonder if Mauk ever will play another down for the Tigers.
Lock started the four games in Mauk’s absence, and the Tigers went 1-3 in those games, winning the first one against South Carolina but then losing to Florida, Georgia and Vanderbilt. The Tigers have scored just 12 points in the past three games, going 3-of-41 on third down in that span.
Still, the offensive malaise isn’t strictly on Lock. The Tigers’ offensive line has been a mess, which has hurt the rushing attack. Further hurting the rushing attack is that starting tailback Russell Hansbrough was injured on his first carry of the season and hasn’t been 100 percent since. The passing attack hasn’t been able to make up for the lack of a running game; the Tigers’ receivers are inexperienced, and that issue is exacerbated because the Tigers get nothing on the ground.
When announcing Mauk’s return last week, Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel said Mauk was “welcomed with open arms, like anybody that goes through suspension. That’s what we do here. They’re part of the family.”
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