Mizzou suspends QB Maty Mauk, opening door for Lee’s Summit’s Drew Lock to start

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — Citing a violation of team policies, the University of Missouri’s football team has suspended starting quarterback Maty Mauk and offensive lineman Malik Cuellar for Saturday’s game against South Carolina. While a starter at QB isn’t named in a news release, former Lee’s Summit High School quarterback Drew Lock has been Mauk’s backup, making him the presumptive starter against the Gamecocks.

The athletic department says that the status of both Mauk and Cuellar will be re-evaluated after the game, and will not issue further comment about what led to their suspensions.

Lock has played in every game of his freshman season so far, completing 15 of 25 passes for 225 yards. He has thrown 1 touchdown, 1 interception and has been sacked twice in four games.

Rivals rated Lock the top recruit in the state of Missouri’s class of 2015, and he won the Simone Award after his senior season at Lee’s Summit, which is awarded to the best high school football player in the metro area.

While the Tigers are off to a 3-1 start this season, the offense has struggled mightily. Mizzou currently ranks 105th of 127 teams in total offense, with its passing attack tied for 76th and rushing attack tied for 117th. In its most recent game at Kentucky, Mizzou scored a touchdown in the first quarter, but was only able to manage a pair of field goals the rest of the way in a 21-13 defeat in Lexington.