As the Missouri Tigers prepare to begin Spring Football, ShowMeMizzou.com takes a look at the QB position.
The incumbent two-year starter, James Franklin, sits atop the depth chart. Reports from off-season conditioning suggest that Franklin is not only healthy again, but that the senior is looking good and taking charge at the position, and of the team. A healthy Franklin will go a long way towards improving Missouri’s offensive production from a year ago. Franklin enters his senior season second on Missouri’s career list, trailing only Chase Daniel, in completion percentage (62.2%) and passer efficiency rating (134.03).
Last season, Corbin Berkstresser was thrown into the fray, and at times he didn’t appear to be at all ready. But, Missouri won for the very first time under Coach Pinkel with a back-up QB when Berkstresser got the job done against Arizona State. He gained valuable experience, and he showed himself to be a team-first player as well as a great teammate. To borrow a phrase from Coach Pinkel, Berkstresser has been in the arena. When the talented sophomore can set his feet, he throws the football well. He has good size for the position, and a strong throwing arm. But he’s going to have to improve upon his 50% completion percentage from last season.
During the season, Maty Mauk took practice reps with the Missouri offense. He comes into the spring with the opportunity to move up the depth chart. During fall camp, Mauk displayed very good quickness and athleticism as he was able to scramble for first downs and more. He has a strong arm, but his throwing mechanics inhibit his accuracy. He’s pretty accurate when he has a clear line of sight to the receiver, but his throwing motion and release point limit his accuracy when he has to throw over the defense. Hopefully, that will quickly be corrected, and Mauk will be able to develop into a strong challenger at the QB position.
A pair of true freshmen QBs have arrived in time for Spring Football. This will undoubtedly accelerate their orientation and early development. Trent Hosick brings superior intangibles and leadership to the position, as well as undeniable physical talents, including impressive strength and athleticism. It’s been reported that Hosick has already bench-pressed as much as 400 pounds. He also has a strong throwing arm, and he adds to the competition at the QB position.
Eddie Printz is another true freshman who came in early out of high school, and who will be competing to move up the depth chart this spring. Printz also possesses a strong arm to go along with good height and a picturesque throwing motion. He has also demonstrated an advanced understanding of the passing game, and comes from a spread offense in high school that is very similar to Missouri’s.
In addition to an abundance of quality scholarship QB prospects, Missouri also has a number of quality walk-ons at the QB position, including Eric Laurent, Alex Demczak, Reid Swearingen, and Colby Carpenter.
With so many quality candidates, the QB position will offer one of the more interesting competitions of the spring.
1 James Franklin 6'2" 230 (S)
13 Corbin Berkstresser 6'3" 225 (So) 7 Maty Mauk 6'1" 200 (RSF)
11 Trent Hosick 6’2” 230 (F)
9 Eddie Printz 6’3” 210 (F)
16 Eric Laurent 6’2’ 205 (RSF)
17 Alex Demczak 6’0” 200 (J)
38 Reid Swearingen 6’3” 190 (RSF)
12 Colby Carpenter 6’2’ 220 (F)