Missouri Tigers quarterback, Maty Mauk, spoke this morning at SEC Media days and compared himself to Johnny Manziel.
So should we be calling him Maty Football? I think it works!
“I feel like I have the ability to do similar things, and that’s what people are expecting of me back in Columbia (Mo.),”
The red shirt sophomore filled in nicely last season when James Franklin went down with a shoulder injury. He started in 4 games, throwing for 1,071 yards, 11 touchdowns and 2 interceptions and provided a spark the Tigers needed down that final stretch. (stats via CFB Sports reference)
Maty Mauk showed signs of becoming the next great Missouri quarterback, and with that is now high expectations from the fans which he mentioned himself. Now, don’t misquote Mauk here, he didn’t put himself on the same level as Manziel, the former Heisman Trophy winner, but simply compared his style of play.
“The stuff he could do was unbelievable. People had never (seen) it. You’re a freshman Heisman Trophy winner,” Mauk said. “He could turn anything into a big play. That’s what I liked about him, and that’s why I watch him on film.”
There is no denying that Mauk has a similar style of play that Manziel does. That “gunslinger” mentality who’s willing to do whatever it takes to make the play necessary whether it be good or bad.
Maty Football also has a decent set of wheels, proving to be a dangerous threat on the run, rushing for 229 yards on just 41 carries in limited action.
Some say that Maty Mauk has the potential to be the best quarterback in the SEC this season.
That’s not really a bold statement in the grand scheme of things considering Alabama’s, A.J. McCarron, LSU’s Zach Mettenberger, Georgia’s, Aaron Murray, and Texas A&M’s, Johnny Manziel, were all drafted into the NFL.
As a Missouri fan, I love the kid and what he brings to the table. With the guidance of coach Gary Pinkel and the style of offense he runs, there is limited reason to think Mauk couldn’t be the next great Mizzou quarterback.
We’ll just have to see how 2014 plays out.