It’s a new era of Missouri football, and Maty Mauk is going to be a part of it.
Mauk has been reinstated by first-year Missouri coach Barry Odom, according to Yahoo.com’s Nick Bromberg.
Mauk was suspended twice during the 2015 season by former coach Gary Pinkel. After being reinstated in late October, Mauk was suspended a week later, this time costing him the rest of the season.
“We had long talks together and understand on both sides of it,” Odom said. “I wanted to hear, really, what he wanted. Did he want to be here? Did he want to get his degree? Does he want to play football? Those were some things that only he and I could work out and talk through so we have done that over the last few days.”
Mauk is expected to compete for the starting quarterback job this spring, Odom said.
Mauk began 2015 as the Tigers’ starter under center. He passed for 654 yards and six touchdowns compared to four interceptions before earning his first suspension for a violation of program policies in late September.
Mauk was replaced by freshman Drew Lock, who led the team a 2-6 record.
Mauk is 17-5 as Missouri’s starting quarterback and appeared in four games for the Tigers this past season.
Pinkel never provided the reason for Mauk’s season-ending suspension.