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Missouri’s Mauk wants to emulate Johnny Manziel’s game

Maty Mauk

Time will evaluate just what kind of legendary status Johnny Manziel left behind at the collegiate level, but the player that appears ready to step into the spotlight this fall, at least within the SEC, just might be Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk.

“He’s somebody that I want to — not necessarily be like — but I can model my game after him,” Mauk said at SEC Media Days on Wednesday, according to USA Today. “He can change a game so quick by being able to make plays, and that’s something I feel like I can do and something I have to do.”

Last season, as a freshman, Mauk filled in to lead Missouri’s offense when James Franklin had to be sidelined due to injury. The pressure was on as Missouri tried to keep an undefeated season going. In a four-game stretch in late October into November, Mauk passed for 10 touchdowns and 910 yards with just two interceptions. Missouri went 3-1 in that stretch, with the only loss coming against South Carolina in the final moments of the game. Mauk was not much of a rushing threat for Missouri, so he will have some work to do before envisioning doing some of the things that worked so well for Manziel.

“I can run, too. I think I put a dual-threat in there… that’s what people don’t know,” Mauk said. Mauk is already adapting to life without Dorial Green-Beckham as he prepares for the upcoming season. One thing Mauk will not be looking to follow in Manziel’s footsteps is the off-field attention. That should be comforting news for Missouri fans.

“I don’t like attention,” Mauk said. “I like to be able to go home and not have people following me. I want to be able to focus on football and get as good as I can and help this team succeed.”

Will anyone be able to live up to the hype machine driven by Manziel? Could Mauk be the new most electric player in college football? That seems pretty optimistic, but it is most definitely something to shoot for.

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4 Responses to “Missouri’s Mauk wants to emulate Johnny Manziel’s game”
  1. Straight Cash Homie says: Jul 16, 2014 6:51 PM

    You mean his party habits then right?

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 16, 2014 6:53 PM

    What made Manziel, Johnny Football, beyond just the physical tools which weren’t world class by any means, was his massive ego and ridiculous competitiveness.

    He wanted to win at all costs and took crazy risks because deep down he believed it would work. Most times it did. But I’m not sure Mauk has that same ridiculous self confidence.

  3. mogogo1 says: Jul 16, 2014 6:55 PM

    No offense to Mauk, but coaches get scared to death hearing comments like that. Manziel was a once every generation kind of player. So many of his great plays were THIS close to being disastrous decisions. He was constantly pulling rabbits out of hats in situations that end badly for any other QB. Nobody wants their QB emulating that style of play because it’s far too high risk.

  4. coachbeck says: Jul 17, 2014 1:57 AM

    From a good family. Good kid.

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