Unproven Missouri still confident in SEC football

1 year 11 months 1 week ago July 17, 2014 Jul 17, 2014 Thursday, July 17 2014 Thursday, July 17, 2014 1:40:00 PM CDT in Mizzou Xtra
By: The Associated Press

HOOVER, Alabama (AP) - Missouri made a surprising run to the top of the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division in just its second year in the league.

Staying on top might be even more of a challenge.

The Tigers lost a huge chunk of their team after finishing 12-2 last season, including 7-1 in the SEC. Only nine starters return, including just four on offense.

But new starting quarterback Maty Mauk was confident during Missouri's appearance at SEC Media Days on Wednesday. In his mind, this is no rebuilding year for the Tigers.

"People can say and do what they want, but we know what we have," Mauk said. "We have playmakers. We have an offensive line that is healthy coming back. We have a quarterback with experience and we have a defense that - people think we lost Kony (Ealy) and (Michael Sam) - but they obviously haven't watched Shane (Ray) and Markus Golden and Charles Harris."

Mauk earned quite a bit of experience last season as a redshirt freshman when starter James Franklin went down with an injury, making four starts and throwing for 1,071 yards, 11 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He also rushed for 229 yards and a touchdown.

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said he wasn't surprised Mauk played so well in difficult SEC environments last season and expects rapid improvement this fall. He'll have three experienced lineman blocking for him, which should help.

"(Mauk's) a winner. Players know it," Pinkel said. "He's a remarkable competitor. They know it. They respect the way he leads because he leads in a very, very positive way."

There are some questions about who will be Mauk's primary targets this season in the passing game. The team's top returning receiver - junior Dorial Green-Beckham - was dismissed from the team in April.

Bud Sasser is the most experienced receiver returning. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior caught 26 passes for 361 yards and a touchdown last season.

But even with the question marks, Missouri enters the season with nearly universal respect across the league after they made their impressive run through the Eastern Division. The Tigers lost to Auburn in the SEC championship game.

Pinkel said recruiting has improved and the experience was "tremendously positive."

"But this is a new year," Pinkel said. "It's a great challenge. We want to continue to compete at a high level. That's our challenge this year as we go into year number three."

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a bill that requires every student in Missouri public schools to... More >>
32 minutes ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 3:04:08 PM CDT in News
LIBERTY (AP) — A Kansas man is charged with stealing a shuttle van at an airport and then trying to... More >>
34 minutes ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 3:01:39 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court has thrown out a $7.5 million judgment to a former St. Louis... More >>
38 minutes ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 2:57:43 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – The Columbia Fire Department has responded to multiple false alarms since Sunday, as residents in southwest Columbia see... More >>
1 hour ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 2:14:00 PM CDT in News
PINE LAWN (AP) — An audit released Tuesday by Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway gives the St. Louis County town of... More >>
1 hour ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 2:06:12 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – A panel of experts said new codes on planning and zoning will drastically change what can be built... More >>
1 hour ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 2:02:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A Columbia business owner pleaded guilty in federal court today to distributing synthetic marijuana, according to a... More >>
1 hour ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 1:58:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lawsuits alleging that Emporia State University discriminated against two minority assistant professors are continuing in... More >>
4 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 11:19:00 AM CDT in News
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A St. Charles man is a step closer to being able to build a home... More >>
4 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 10:52:15 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri appeals court says a liberal activist group has no right to video-record state... More >>
5 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 10:29:13 AM CDT in News
CREVE COEUR, Mo. (AP) — Many cities and counties have banned smoking indoors, but the St. Louis suburb of Creve... More >>
7 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 7:48:20 AM CDT in News
COOL VALLEY, Mo. (AP) — Police in north St. Louis County are searching for a woman who attacked a light... More >>
7 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 7:43:13 AM CDT in News
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say two teenagers have died in a crash near Kansas City. The Kansas... More >>
8 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 7:16:00 AM CDT in News
KINLOCH, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say an officer in suburban St. Louis has shot and wounded a suspect while responding... More >>
9 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 6:26:10 AM CDT in News
EDWARDSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A woman convicted of fatally stabbing another woman in Granite City in 2013 has been sentenced... More >>
10 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 4:44:09 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Officials from the University of Missouri recognized State Farm Insurance Company today for their recent donation of $128,600... More >>
14 hours ago June 28, 2016 Jun 28, 2016 Tuesday, June 28 2016 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 12:55:00 AM CDT in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - The Supreme Court of the Untied States voted against Texas’s anti-abortion laws, Monday morning. A five to three... More >>
17 hours ago June 27, 2016 Jun 27, 2016 Monday, June 27 2016 Monday, June 27, 2016 10:17:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Better Business Bureau warns a series of real estate seminars might not be what they claim. ... More >>
20 hours ago June 27, 2016 Jun 27, 2016 Monday, June 27 2016 Monday, June 27, 2016 7:27:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 82°
4pm 82°
5pm 83°
6pm 85°
7pm 83°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

3:00p
The Dr. Oz Show
4:00p
Dr. Phil
5:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 5
3:00p
The Bill Cunningham Show
4:00p
King of the Hill
4:30p
The Cleveland Show

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
2016 U.S. Summer Olympic Trials
8:00p
America's Got Talent
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
Containment
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld