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Now it's his time

Mauk confident as he becomes go-to guy

Posted: July 26, 2014 at 2:11 a.m.

Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk (7) tries to warm up during pre-game drills prior to their NCAA college football game against Mississippi, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Oxford, Miss. No. 8 Missouri won 24-10. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Maty Mauk got a feel for running Missouri's offense last season when helped the Tigers win the SEC East title.

At a glance

LAST SEASON 12-2, 7-1 (first) in SEC East

COACH Gary Pinkel (102-62 going into 14th season at Missouri, 175-100-3 in 23 seasons overall)

RETURNING STARTERS Offense 4, defense 5, special teams 2

KEY RETURNING PLAYERS QB Maty Mauk, RB Marcus Murphy, C Evan Boehm, DE Markus Golden

SEC TITLE SCENARIO Missouri is predicted in most preseason polls to fall back into the SEC East pack after winning the division, but the Tigers may pull a surprise again if quarterback Maty Mauk plays as well as expected and the team finds some new playmaking receivers. The running game is solid, led by tailbacks Marcus Murphy and Russell Hansbrough. Defensive ends Markus Golden and Shane Ray should provide a big-time pass rush after combining for 11 sacks last season.

Missouri schedule

DATE;OPPONENT

Aug. 30;S. Dakota State

Sept. 6;at Toledo

Sept. 13;Central Florida

Sept. 20;Indiana

Sept. 27;at South Carolina*

Oct. 11;Georgia*

Oct. 18;at Florida*

Oct. 25;Vanderbilt*

Nov. 1;Kentucky*

Nov. 15;at Texas A&M*

Nov. 22;at Tennessee*

Nov. 28;Arkansas*

*SEC game

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