Texas A&M may be moving on from Johnny Manziel, but the quarterback is not forgotten by the of the rest of the SEC. For Missouri Tigers quarterback Maty Mauk, he’s not at an unreachable status either.
Mauk said at SEC Media Days Wednesday that he wants to play like Johnny Manziel and can do similar things, according to reports.
“I feel like I have the ability to do similar things, and that’s what people are expecting of me back in Columbia (Mo.).”
To be fair, he was also quoted as giving Johnny Manziel credit.
“The stuff he could do was unbelievable. People had never (seen) it. You’re a freshman Heisman Trophy winner. He could turn anything into a big play. That’s what I liked about him, and that’s why I watch him on film.”
Mauk’s statement may have been bold, but who cares? It’s an awesome mentality to have if he has the work ethic to back it up.
He might need to get his completion percentage up to get on Johnny Football’s level, but with a little more than 900 passing yards and 165 rushing yards in the four complete games he had, three of which were wins, there is a lot to be excited about with him.
One thing for sure, Mauk will have a bigger spotlight on him. He’s either naive or gutsy, and whichever one is true depends on his mental toughness and skill level.
For now, it’s something to admire in a guy who refuses to be star struck by the superstar of college football the past two years. And with the offense he plays in, it’s not like he won’t have opportunities to rack up yards on the ground and through the air.
Mauk has already shown athleticism and dual-threat abilities, but if he’s going to get on Manziel’s level, he needs to be a little bit more efficient when throwing the football.