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Maty Mauk, Mizzou adapting to life without DGB

Dorial Green-Beckham, Maty Mauk AP

The shock of Dorial Green-Beckham’s dismissal from the team probably hasn’t completely worn off at Mizzou just yet, even if quarterback Maty Mauk insisted “it’s behind us and we can’t do anything about it.” (via ESPN.com)

Mizzou’s spring game on Saturday, then, serves as an early look at who Mauk and the Tigers turn to in the absence of the team’s best returning receiver. It doesn’t help that Mizzou lost the 167 combined catches L’Damian Washington and Marcus Lucas had in last season’s run to the SEC Championship, either.

The good news is that Mizzou’s receivers still have good size and athleticism. Mauk, in the ESPN story, raved about 6-foot-3 Texas transfer Darius White, who only has 13 career catches to his name. Bud Sasser, who’s listed at 6-foot-2, caught 26 passes for Mizzou last year (and also threw a 40-yard touchdown to Washington at Georgia). Veteran Jimmie Hunt (22 catches in 2013) will also see an increased role in the Tigers’ offense.

Mauk lays out a few other players he’s been encouraged by in spring practice, and noted that Mizzou is being picked to finish near the bottom of the SEC East (not exactly an unfair assessment — in addition to the receivers, Mizzou lost QB James Franklin, RB Henry Josey, OL Justin Britt, OL Max Copeland, DE Michael Sam, LB Andrew Wilson and CB E.J. Gaines, among others).

But Mauk is somewhere between being diplomatic and confident in the guys around him with DGB no longer on the team. There’s still talent in Mizzou’s receiving unit; though we won’t find out if it’s good enough to compete in the SEC until the fall.

 

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5 Responses to “Maty Mauk, Mizzou adapting to life without DGB”
  1. psly2124 says: Apr 18, 2014 12:11 PM

    Dgb will be in prison within 5 years

  2. richatthelake says: Apr 18, 2014 12:36 PM

    Also lost future 1st rounder, DE Kony Ealy.

    Mauk will give these receivers every opportunity to step up their production.

  3. microbrewuga says: Apr 18, 2014 1:43 PM

    I want Mizzou to be strong, but not too strong.

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Apr 18, 2014 2:45 PM

    richatthelake says: Apr 18, 2014 12:36 PM

    Also lost future 1st rounder, DE Kony Ealy.

    Mauk will give these receivers every opportunity to step up their production

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    Also lost 2013 SEC DPOY Michael Sam. Two big time pass rushers lost at Mizzou plus their budding superstar in DGB…

  5. sportsbastard says: Apr 20, 2014 6:03 PM

    The SEC Ease needs to fear Markus Golden, honorable mention all-SEC as a backup DE last season, he’s a potential DPOY candidate this fall.

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