Neither Rain, Nor Sleet, Could Stop Mauk

With eye-popping numbers posted since his freshman season, Maty Mauk looked to help his team reach the second round of the playoffs against Carlisle on Friday night.

When talking quarterbacks in the Class of 2012, one must put the name of Kenton (Ohio) signal caller Maty Mauk into the pile. Mauk, who grew up watching his older brother Ben Mauk set national records, is on pace to push his brothers marks if he can continue to have performances like he did against Carlisle.

The regular season had been kind to the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Mauk as he threw for 4,319 yards and 53 touchdowns. While many call Mauk a pure passer, he also posted 726 rushing yards and another 14 scores during the season.

Friday night, Mauk took the field with a bull's eye on his back and the weather changing just prior to kickoff. While Carlisle fans may have seen the sleet and rain as a possible friend, Mauk went about his business and wasted little time showing the crowd the ability making him one of Ohio's and the Midwest top quarterback prospects.

On the night, Maty Mauk continued to push forward towards the records of his brother Ben by going 21-42 passing for 537 yards and seven touchdowns. He also ran for a 4-yard score as well as Kenton won 62-20 and advancing to the next round of the playoffs.

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So far this season, Mauk has passed for 4,856 yards and 60 touchdowns giving him 12,705 yards passing and 142 touchdown passes during his three seasons as the starting quarterback for his father Mike Mauk. The 12,705 passing yards place the younger Mauk in seventh place All-Time in career passing yards and the 142 touchdowns moves him to eighth All-Time according to the National High School Sports Record Book 2010.

Keep in mind, while Maty is posting some great numbers, Ben Mauk ended his high school career with 17,364 (1st All Time) passing yards and 178 touchdowns (2nd All Time).

Breaking Down Maty Mauk

This is not the first time I have seen Mauk throw the football, however, it is the first time I have seen him perform during a game. Weather conditions were not great as there was rain, sleet, and cold with temperatures in the low 40's and a brisk wind.

The first thing that stands out when watching Mauk is the quick release. Make no mistake; Maty Mauk has one of the best releases I have seen. Mauk stays in the shotgun and is quick to set up and position himself to make a throw.

His throws have great velocity and he does a great job throwing the short, medium, and long balls with high accuracy.

Much like his brother, Maty does a great job of keeping his reads quick, decisive, and accurate and goes through his progressions very well.

Maty Mauk
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While Maty plays in an offense that allows for him to post high numbers, he shows great leadership and poise never getting too rattled.

Maty has the ability to keep plays alive by moving the pocket or scrambling around as he looks for an open receiver to make the next big play. He can go left or right and still deliver a quality ball. While the majority of the time he makes the big play, his confidence in this area at times places him in a position to make a mistake if he holds on too long to make the throw and not use his running ability to gain positive yardage.

Arm strength is not an issue for Maty as he can throw all the routes without having to muscle the ball with his body. His release is a quick snap, and his throws, are delivered with high velocity and a tight spiral the majority of the time.

Do not be fooled into thinking Maty Mauk is a product of a throwing offensive stat machine. While he is placed in a position to produce high numbers, his ability is one that places him as one of the top quarterbacks in the country. Top Stories