At this weeks session with the media, Brandon Kiley focused on three aspects of Missouri’s game against Toledo: Mauk’s maturation, Golden’s domination and Sasser’s exploitation.
Maty Mauk’s maturation key to Missouri’s offensive success
Quarterback Maty Mauk was named SEC offensive player of the week for his performance against Toledo.
Maty Mauk was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Toledo Rockets. Mauk threw for 325 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions in the Missouri (2-0) 49-24 win over Toledo (1-1). Those two interceptions could have come back to haunt other quarterbacks but Maty Mauk says his mindset never changed. (Length: 16 seconds)
Mauk bounced back quickly from his mistakes. His six total touchdowns, including one rushing touchdown, were a career high. Mauk said he sees a little bit of Brett Favre in himself and the comparison makes sense — Mauk is a gunslinger and he isn’t afraid to take chances. Senior wide receiver Darius White says he has never seen anyone throw a deep ball like Mauk. (Length: 9 seconds)
The Missouri coaches have always known Mauk has a live arm, but offensive coordinator Josh Henson is also impressed by Mauk’s presence in the huddle. Henson says Mauk’s maturity could lead to more opportunities to check into and out of plays at the line of scrimmage. (Length 30 seconds)
Markus Golden dominates again
Markus Golden came into the season with lofty expectations. He was named to the preseason watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is given to college football’s defensive player of the year. Thus far, he’s lived up to the hype. Golden has two and a half sacks in the first two games of the season, fourth most in the Southeastern Conference. Golden is also tied for the most tackles for loss (TFL) in the SEC. Sacks and TFL’s are individual statistics, but Missouri defensive tackle Lucas Vincent says Golden makes a point to thank the interior defensive linemen for doing the dirty work inside that frees him up to rush the passer. (Length: 7 seconds)
Golden had six tackles and a sack in Missouri’s week two victory over Toledo, due in large part to his speed off the snap. There were some plays when it looked like Golden was in the backfield before the offensive tackle ever got out of his stance. Golden says this was not a mirage. He saw something in the snap count that gave him a hint when the ball would be snapped. (Length: 20 seconds)
Golden’s speed off the ball is no surprise to those that know his background. Golden ran for a record 2,264 yards as a senior running back at Affton High School in St. Louis. He says that he believes the lateral movement and hip explosion that he developed in his time as a running back helps him in his current role as a pass rusher. (Length: 13 seconds)
Golden’s gaudy 2014 statistics are a reflection of what he says he has been working on for his entire life. He’s always made his goals abundantly clear: he wanted to be a Missouri Tiger. And now that he’s accomplished his first goal, he wants to be considered among the best pass rushers in the country. (Length: 25 seconds)
Sasser’s forced fumble ignites Missouri offense
Missouri was leading 14-7 late in the first quarter when Mauk was intercepted by Toledo safety Jordan Haden. The interception could have completely swung the momentum in Toledo’s favor, but Missouri senior captain Bud Sasser had different plans. Sasser lifted his right arm above his head and tomahawk chopped the ball out of Haden’s grip. Instead of Toledo having the ball with a chance to tie the game, Missouri got the ball with a chance to extend its lead. Senior wide receiver Jimmie Hunt says he believes that fumble was the turning point in the game. (Length: 24 seconds)
Offensive coordinator Josh Henson says that Sasser forcing a fumble in that situation was the deciding moment in Missouri’s Week 2 victory. (Length: 40 seconds)