As the Tigers head to Toledo to take on the Rockets, it’s not just a homecoming for Gary Pinkel, who is the career head coaching wins leader at both schools. It’s also a homecoming for Missouri sophomore starting QB Maty Mauk, who grew up in Kenton, Ohio, about 90 minutes south of Toledo. Earlier this week, Mauk said that “a few hundred’ people from his home town will be at the game on Saturday.
“There’s a lot of people that are going to be there from my home town,” said Mauk. “But I’ve just got to block that out, and get myself prepared, ready to go and play.”
“It’s always going to be my home,” explained Mauk, speaking of Kenton. “But right now, it’s a business trip.”
Mauk went on to talk about how he and the Missouri offense did last week in their season opener.
“It’s about being consistent in execution,” said Mauk. “There’s a lot of little things that we can fix. It’s just making sure that all of us are on the same page…………………………………….. We’ve already moved on from (last week). We know what we’ve got to work on. And, we’re going to get ready to play this week.”
In addition, the Tigers’ young QB realizes that they can rely on the run game.
“Our run game is something that we can really rely on, and that opens up the pass,” explained Mauk. “When you have running backs like we have, you’ve got to use that.”
Mauk talked about some of the communication breakdowns up front along the offensive line that Missouri experienced last week.
“It’s nothing to worry about,” explained Mauk. “I know they’re going to get it right. And we’re all going to get everything right. We’re going to be ready to go……………………………………………. We just have to make sure we’re all communicating, and executing the right plays.
The Missouri quarterback coach, Andy Hill, talked about Mauk’s performance in the season opener.
“It was good and average,” said Coach Hill. “He wasn’t bad, really, at anything. You know, we started off hot. We’ve got to maintain our consistency. The second and third quarters, we didn’t do much on offense. A lot of the times, it was the quarterback not doing what he needs to do. But, we kind of took turns (making mistakes), offensively. I think if you stay with your reads, know what you're doing, you know. We didn’t get sacked, but we were running around a little bit more than we wanted to be. Some of that was self-induced because we were looking the wrong way. But honestly, he’s started five games………………………………………………. We’ve got to make it easy for him as coaches. And, he’s got to be able to execute on the field.”
Coach Hill said that Mauk does a good job with his pre-snap reads.
“He knows what he’s doing,” said Coach Hill. “He’s doing fine. He’ll be fine. You’ll see.”
Coach Hill said that there were “all kinds of different reasons why” the Tigers didn’t execute consistently on third downs. It wasn’t just the QB.
“We have a set play we want to run,” said Coach Hill. “Let’s go run it. It’s not that hard.”