Maty Mauk is not the guy you see and think, he could stand to lose a few. The Missouri quarterback, listed as 6-foot and 200 pounds, will be heading to training camp down eight or nine pound due to a viral infection, according to ESPN.
“Something happened to me, and I lost some weight,” Mauk said Wednesday during the third day of SEC media days, via ESPN. “Obviously, it wasn’t [anything] bad. I feel fine, I feel great. The main thing is I feel fast. I kind of had speed already, and now I feel like high school again. I’m ready to go out there, and I’m ready to do what I have to do to make our offense as explosive as can be.”
When last year’s starter James Franklin went down with injury, many thought that Missouri’s lucky streak was up. Mauk started four games for the Tigers last season and boasted a record of 3-1, losing only to South Carolina in double overtime. He proved an very reliable quarterback with efficiency beyond his years, throwing only two interceptions to his 11 touchdowns. He says he has fully recovered from virus and has gained back a few pounds. He’s as good as new, if not better.
“I think I’m fine. I feel great,” Mauk said, via ESPN. “Whatever it was, I thank it because I feel great. … I feel as fast and as light as I’ve ever been.”
The root of the issue? The kid has been working too hard. While you don’t like to hear he’s sick, it’s good to know that it was because he was spending late nights in the weight room, not on the inflatable swan with champagne. Missouri is looking as good as ever. Their quarterback is lean and mean.