Amidst this Dennis Dodd work of praise for Missouri – certainly deserved, although “dominance of the SEC East” might be a bit of a stretch – we learn that Maty Mauk’s poor play last season may have been a result of injury.
Maty Mauk took the needle — several times — last season. Toward the end of 2014, his separated right shoulder ached so much, “Ibuprofen and Aleve became my best friend,” Mauk said.
The junior quarterback has plenty of excuses for last season, but he won’t use them. It looked like he wasn’t reading defenses properly or bolted from the pocket too quickly. He completed less than half his passes in SEC play.
But let’s be historically accurate. There was that shoulder dinged late against Georgia.
“Sitting in class and just having it dangling,” Mauk said, “It was just something that bothered you … It would be hard to get up for workouts on Sunday morning.”
At least Dodd’s not putting the blame for Mauk’s flame out against the Dawgs on his banged-up shoulder. At least not totally. So I guess compared to the excuses we heard after the Celebration, we’re making progress. Of a sorts, anyway.