Spring Ball Outlook 2015: Quarterback

ShowMeMizzou.com begins a series of stories about the coming spring football 2015 season, starting with a look at the quarterback position.

The Missouri players are immersed in their Winning Edge winter conditioning program, and are about to head into Spring Football. ShowMeMizzou.com previews the 2015 Tigers position by position, beginning with the quarterbacks.

Below is the expected Depth Chart for the Missouri QBs as the Tigers head into spring ball.

This spring, junior QB Maty Mauk is the returning starter. For all of his oft-noted deficiencies, he is coming off of an 11-3 season in 2014. That’s the best record of any first-year starting QB at Missouri under Coach Pinkel.

In addition, Missouri led the conference in red-zone efficiency, scoring on a league-leading 93% of their trips into the red zone. I think that also has to go into the plus column for Mauk, who improved as a QB throughout the 2014 season.

His continued improvement will be a major focus this spring. Particularly, Mauk needs to become a more efficient passer. That will be a challenge for the junior, who will be working with an almost completely new and relatively inexperienced group of receivers. Job one for the Missouri signal-caller this spring has to be getting on the same page and beginning to developing a good rapport with his young receivers.

The expectation here is that at the beginning of the spring, the Depth Chart at QB for Missouri will look pretty much like it did last fall. Heading into the spring, sophomore Eddie Printz is expected to be taking the second-team snaps behind Mauk. Printz has just continued to improve, and this spring, he’ll be trying to show everyone that he’s capable of consistently playing at a championship level.

Corbin Berkstresser will likely begin the spring listed behind Printz. It’s his last spring at Mizzou, and the strong-armed senior continues to be an asset for the Tigers.

Red-shirt freshman QB Marvin Zanders may challenge to move up the depth chart. He’s probably the best athlete of the group, and he has all the physical tools to be a legitimate dual threat. It’ll be interesting to watch his development this spring.

QB 7 Maty Mauk 6’0” 200 (J) 9 Eddie Printz 6’3” 215 (So) 13 Corbin Berkstresser 6’3” 225 (S) 1 Marvin Zanders 6’2” 185 (RSF)

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