Maty Mauk Suspended for Remainder of Season: Latest Comments, Reaction

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 1, 2015

Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk throws a pass against Minnesota during the second half of the Citrus Bowl NCAA college football game in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. Missouri won 33-17. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Shortly after they reinstated Maty Mauk to the team, the Missouri Tigers suspended Mauk once again for disciplinary reasons. The junior quarterback will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, per Fox Sports' Stewart Mandel.

"Quarterback [sic] are held to a whole different standard than anyone else on the team," said Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkel, per Tod Palmer of the Kansas City Star. "Responsibility is huge."

Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Mauk isn't dismissed from the program entirely, and the coaching staff could re-evaluate his status once the season is over.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Ben Frederickson believes the close nature of the two suspensions reflects badly on both the player and the school:

Gabe DeArmond of PowerMizzou.com noted how the Tigers' 2012 recruiting class, which included Mauk, Dorial Green-Beckham, Markus Golden and Russell Hansbrough, has provided mixed returns for the team:

Pinkel originally suspended Mauk for the South Carolina game in late September for an unspecified violation of team rules. The QB then missed Missouri's matchups with Florida, Georgia and Vanderbilt—all of which were losses for the Tigers—while still on suspension.

Drew Lock replaced Mauk in the starting lineup and has largely struggled in the role. The freshman has thrown for 538 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the last four weeks, with Missouri failing to register a touchdown since its 24-10 win over the Gamecocks on Oct. 3.

"It puts a remarkable amount of pressure on a young player," Pinkel said of how Mauk's suspension will impact Lock, per David Morrison of the Columbia Daily Tribune. "At the end of the day, we don't asterisk things."

With Mauk ruled out for the rest of the campaign, Pinkel will hope Lock makes a little more progress on the field so the Tigers can become bowl-eligible.

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