Mizzou’s starting quarterback for the South Carolina game won’t be junior Maty Mauk.
The team released a statement Tuesday night saying Mauk and junior OL Malik Cuellar were suspended for the game on October 3rd for “disciplinary reasons related to violating team policies.” Both men will not be available to play against the Gamecocks, and their status going forward will be evaluated after the South Carolina game.
Mauk is the Tigers’ starting QB, which presumably leaves true freshman Drew Lock in line to get his first career start. Lock is second on MU’s weekly depth chart. Cuellar is listed as the backup left tackle behind Connor McGovern for South Carolina. There’s no word on who might take his place.
In four starts this year, Mauk has completed 52% of his passes for 654 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions. He’s also MU’s second-leading rusher, with 36 carries for 145 yards and a touchdown.
Cuellar has seen limited game action as a junior-college transfer this season into the Missouri program.
Missouri Football’s statement reads, “University of Missouri Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel has suspended junior quarterback Maty Mauk and junior offensive lineman Malik Cuellar for disciplinary reasons related to violation of team policies.
“Neither student-athlete will be available for Saturday’s game against South Carolina, and their status going forward will be evaluated after the game.
“It is the policy of Mizzou Athletics that there will be no further comment on the situation.”