(Missouri Football App) – Another week passes by, and another Missouri Tiger receives a Southeastern Conference Player of the Week Award. Except this week players on both sides of the ball were honored for their efforts.
Quarterback Maty Mauk was named SEC Freshman Player of the Week for his performance in the Tigers’ 36-17 win over the Florida Gators. Michael Sam, meanwhile, was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week for the third time this season after recording three sacks in the victory. Sam leads the conference in sacks with nine and tackles for loss with 13, ranking second and fourth in the Football Bowl Subdivision, respectively. He’s the first Missouri player to win a conference player of the week honor three times in a season since quarterback Chase Daniel did it in 2007.
Mauk, who made his first college start, threw for 295 yards and a touchdown while adding a touchdown on a ground. He is the only quarterback to throw for more than 164 yards against the Gators this year.
The Tigers now have seven weekly SEC honors this season.
Mizzou Athletic News Release:
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Mizzou Football redshirt freshman Maty Mauk (Kenton, Ohio) and senior defensive lineman Michael Sam (Hitchcock, Texas) have been named the Southeastern Conference’s Freshman Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, the league office announced on Monday.
Mauk made his first-ever collegiate start as he subbed in for injured senior captain James Franklin and did not disappoint. He threw for 295 yards and a touchdown (with one interception), while also adding a rushing touchdown to seal the game in the fourth quarter, as he led the Tigers to a 36-17 win over No. 22 Florida. He is the only quarterback to throw for more than 164 yards against Florida’s vaunted defense this season.
Sam recorded 3.0 sacks against the Gators (22 yards lost), and added four tackles in all, to go with one other QB hurry. It marked the third time this season Sam has notched 3.0 sacks in a game (Arkansas State, Vanderbilt), an accomplishment that has only been reached 22 times across the Football Bowl Subdivision. Sam currently leads the SEC in both QB sacks (9.0 total / 1.3 avg.) and tackles for loss (13.0 total / 1.9 avg.), and he ranks second in the nation and fourth in the nation in those categories, respectively. His career sack total of 18.5 ranks fifth all-time at Mizzou.
The third honor for Sam marks the first time since 2007 that a Mizzou player has been recognized with a weekly conference honor three times in one season. Sam previously earned two Defensive Lineman Player of the Week recognitions from the SEC (Sept. 28, Oct. 5). Former Mizzou and current Kansas City Chiefs QB Chase Daniel was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week three times during the 2007 season (Oct. 8, Nov. 5, Nov. 26).
The two recognitions mark the sixth and seventh weekly SEC honors earned by Tigers this season. Head coach Gary Pinkel’s 2007 squad brought home a total of eight individual honors.
No. 5 Mizzou (7-0, 3-0) enters Homecoming week and will match up against No. 20 South Carolina (5-2, 3-2) on Saturday, Oct. 26, with a 6 p.m. kickoff on ESPN2. Ticket information can be found at MUTigers.com.
Mizzou’s SEC Weekly Honors
DE Markus Golden (Jr.) – Defensive Line (Sept. 7)
DE Kony Ealy (Jr.) – Defensive Line (Sept. 14)
DE Michael Sam (Sr.) – Defensive Line (Sept. 28)
DE Michael Sam (Sr.) – Defensive Line (Oct. 5)
LB Kentrell Brothers (So.) – Defensive (Oct. 12)
DE Michael Sam (Sr.) – Defensive (Oct. 19)
QB Maty Mauk (RSFr.) – Freshman (Oct. 19)