MOBILE, Ala. — News of Maty Mauk’s alleged drug use in a viral video reached his Missouri teammates on Monday night.
Offensive linemen Evan Boehm and Connor McGovern both spent four seasons with Mauk in Columbia, Mo. Tuesday, they completed the official Senior Bowl weigh-in process before speaking with SEC Country about their former quarterback.
“He’s got some things to fix that are bigger than football,” McGovern said. “He needs to work on that, and he will. He’s a smart kid. He just kinda needs to change some of his decisions.”
Neither lineman appeared surprised at the video, which placed Mauk under suspension for the second time in the past calendar year. He was also involved in a notorious moped incident during his first year on campus.
“With Maty, I don’t really know,” Boehm said. “It’s tough. Maty’s a tough kid. He’s got a tough family. He’ll find a way out.”
McGovern blamed “bad luck” for Mauk’s misfortune.
“He doesn’t make the best decisions all the time, but nobody does,” McGovern said. “He just happens to be a quarterback that makes some poor decisions and seems to get caught whenever he makes a bad decision. There’s a lot of people here, I’m sure, that have made poor decisions. They just didn’t get caught doing it.”
Some of Mauk’s current teammates claim the video in question is as many as two years old — a fact that might save what’s left of the rising senior’s career.
“I wish the best for the kid, and I hope something happens,” Boehm said. “He’s a great kid, and I love him to death, but… I also just feel for him right now.”