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Mizzou’s Pinkel On QB Mauk’s Performance: “We Kind Of Scared Him A Little Bit”

gfx - they said itMissouri quarterback Maty Mauk led the Tigers to a 31-3 thumping of Tennessee on Saturday night.  At times he appeared to be running for his life as he weaved and darted through and past Volunteer defenders for 113 yards on 14 carries.  Turns out, he might have actually been running for his job.

Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel says that before Saturday night’s clash, he informed Mauk that starting quarterback James Franklin — who dressed for the game — was ready to go if the redshirt freshman struggled:

 

“We kind of scared him a little bit.  If anything got fuzzy, he was out of there.”

 

The understudy’s time in the spotlight appears to be drawing to a close.  Pinkel said he thinks Franklin is “going to be very close next week… we think it’s very possible he’ll be ready.”

Missouri has gone 2-1 with Mauk at quarterback and he’s provided reason for hope in 2014 and beyond.  But Franklin is a more accomplished passer and his accuracy makes Mizzou’s offense even more dangerous.

 

  Player   Comp/Att   Pct   Yds/Gm   TD   INT   Rush Yds/Gm   Rush TD
  J. Franklin   132-of-195   67.7%   262.8   14   3   48.3   3
  M. Mauk   45-of-92   48.9%   124.7   5   2   22.6   1

 

The once-beaten Tigers will make their first trip to Kentucky as an SEC member on Saturday.

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Kentucky’s Stoops Says It Would Be “Reckless” To End The Cats’ QB Rotation

maxwell-smith-and-jalen-whitlow-black-jerseysMaxwell Smith is the dropback passer.  Jalen Whitlow is the dual-threat guy.  Neither has done a particularly scintillating job of commanding Kentucky’s offense.

For that reason, the quarterback merry-go-round in Lexington won’t stop until someone claims the starter’s gig once and for all.  According to head coach Mark Stoops:

 

“With the quarterback situation we need to continue to evaluate that, both guys struggled at times Saturday, that had to do with a great Florida defense and us not executing.  We will continue to look at that situation as we go forward…

We’re in a little bit of a quandary right now with what to do.  We’re going to try to give it to one person, give him the reps and see what he can do.  I think we need to do that.  It has not been clear-cut at this point; it would reckless for us to name one guy at this point because nobody has taken the job and we’re going to evaluate it this week…

We need to take one of these guys to take our team.  We just practice and practice every day, and play our games and hope one guy takes charge.  He hasn’t done that yet and I think like most people we feel the same frustration at times.”

 

A comparison of the two signal-callers to date:

 

  Quarterback   Comp-Att   Yds   TDs   INTs   Yds/Att   Rush Yds   Rush TDs
  Smith   44-of-76   634   4   1   8.3   -25   0
  Whitlow   33-of-50   321   1   1   6.4   169   2

 

Pick your poison, folks.  The Wildcats fell 24-7 to Florida last weekend.  This week they travel to South Carolina.  They’ll follow that up with a visit from Alabama.

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