Missouri Football 2014 Position Preview: QB

With pre-season football camp for the Missouri Tigers starting up in less then a month from now, ShowMeMizzou.com starts it's series of position previews for the coming 2014 season.

As Missouri prepares for the beginning of fall camp, ShowMeMizzou.com takes a look at the Tigers’ QB position, where barring injury, sophomore Maty Mauk is set to open the season as the starter. Mauk has improved significantly since last season, and he appears to be ready to step up as the next in a growing line of quality quarterbacks under Coach Pinkel at Missouri.

“What happens when a quarterback gets experience, everything starts slowing down,” Coach Pinkel had explained this spring, speaking of Mauk’s continuing development. “Now, he’s seeing things he didn’t see a year ago.”

Mauk himself acknowledged this spring that the game has slowed down for him since last season. And, he’s taken on the leadership role as Missouri’s starting QB quarterback, a role in which he appears to be comfortable and confident.

Look for Mauk to improve dramatically over his 51% completion rate of a year ago. In addition to his improvement as a passer, I’ll be watching during fall camp to see if Mauk has improved his ability to operate Missouri’s dynamic QB-option run game.

At the conclusion of Spring Football, junior Corbin Berkstresser was still listed as the primary back-up. It’s likely that he’ll begin fall camp as the number two QB. But, I expect Eddie Printz to continue to mount a serious challenge for that second-string job. That will be an interesting and closely contested competition throughout fall camp. Will Berkstresser demonstrate the consistency to be able to hold off the red-shirt freshman?

By the end of August, I expect that Printz will have overtaken Berkstresser for the number two position. Up to this point, when I’ve seen him in practices, and when he’s had time to throw, Printz has shown himself to be a more consistent passer. How they do when they don’t have time to throw may, however, end up being the deciding factor in the competition for the job as the back-up QB.

The fourth quarterback in camp is true freshman Marvin Zanders, who this spring showed that he can run the football. Will Zanders step up and impress the coaching staff enough with his passing to become part of the competition for the job as Missouri’s back-up QB?

Here’s what I expect the Depth Chart to look like at QB for the beginning of fall camp:

7 Maty Mauk 6’0” 200 (So)

13 Corbin Berkstresser 6’3” 225 (J)

9 Eddie Printz 6’3” 215 (RSF)

1 Marvin Zanders 6’2” 185 (F)

12 Colby Carpenter 6’2” 220 (RSF)

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