Mauk Gives Coaches Confidence for Future

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COLUMBIA - Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel has officially announced James Franklin will start against Ole Miss, but the coaching staff has made it clear it appreciates what redshirt freshman Maty Mauk accomplished in four starts. 

Mauk tied a school record Saturday against Kentucky with five touchdown passes. Mauk completed 17 of his 28 attempts for 203 yards in a 48-17 blowout of the Wildcats. Mauk went 3-1 in four starts and was named SEC Freshman of the Week after each win. 

Offensive Coordinator Josh Henson said Mauk's performance gave him confidence Missouri can build around the Ohio product in the future. 

"I thought today was probably his most complete game he's played as far as the accuracy of his throws, Henson said. "He didn't go rush for 114 yards today and make a bunch of plays with his feet, he made plays with his arm today I thought."

Henson said Mauk has gotten better with each start and said more improvement will come with more experience. Mauk said his coaches designed a gameplan Saturday that was easy for him to execute and he said he feels he played at a higher level each week. 

"What it takes is time and that's obviously what it came down to and now we're out there executing just like we did before," Mauk said. 

During his tenure as the starter, Missouri's coaching staff said Mauk will need to improve on the accuracy of his throws. Head Coach Gary Pinkel said Mauk often throws it down the field when he should throw a shorter pass. Pinkel also said Mauk has a tendency to stare down receivers. 

Henson said he is proud Mauk came in during a tough stretch in Missouri's schedule and delivered wins.