Saturday Sports: More on the South Dakota State Jackrabbits

Darren Hellwege logoIn this session KBIA sports commentator Darren Hellwege talks with Terry Vandrovec, the South Dakota State Jackrabbits beat writer for the Argus-Leader in Sioux Falls, South Dakota about Missouri’s first football opponent.

Length: 25:27

Saturday Sports: Mizzou’s Meister ready to see what a young team can do

Missouri defensive specialist Sarah Meister makes a dig on Wednesday night against Arkansas at the Hearnes Center.

Missouri defensive specialist Sarah Meister makes a dig in this photo from last season.

Darren visits with senior and long-time starting libero Sarah Meister about the upcoming season and this weekend’s North Texas Invitational tournament, and another run at an NCAA championship. Tigers will take on Mississippi Valley State, Northwestern State and North Texas. They will be at home next weekend, hosting the Tiger Invitational.

Length: 7:20


Pinkel, players have faith in Mauk to lead No. 24 Mizzou

By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

Missouri vs. Florida football, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2013 at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Karen Mitchell

Maty Mauk (7) will lead the Missouri Tigers at quarterback in the season opener Saturday. Photo by Karen Mitchell

For just the fifth time since 2003, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel will have a new starting quarterback under center to start a season.

Redshirt sophomore Maty Mauk earned the role after going 3-1 in place of injured starter James Franklin last year. The Kenton, Ohio, native completed 51 percent of his passes for 1,0171 yards and 11 touchdowns in the Tigers’ 12-2 campaign.

This year, Mauk will attempt to navigate an entire season as No. 24 Missouri’s starter, a task that begins Saturday against South Dakota State at Faurot Field.

“He’s a very natural leader,” “He’s a very non-threatening leader, you know,” Pinkel said, adding that Mauk is a natural Read more of this post

Saturday Sports: Team captain Braylon Webb

Darren Hellwege logoAs we count the days to the start of football season, Darren Hellwege talks with Tiger safety Braylon Webb about the importance of his experience in the young Tiger defense, and his having been named a team captain. Missouri’s football season begins Saturday at home, facing the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. The game is scheduled for 2:30 Central time.

Length: 4:13


Missouri volleyball learning how to bounce back from loss

By Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports

For the Southeastern Conference volleyball champions, this season is all about experimenting and taking on new challenges.

The Missouri volleyball team, which shocked many last year with its 35-1 record, still needs to establish an identity going into this season, coach Wayne Kreklow said at Wednesday’s media day session.

The Tigers lost two major pieces to the rotation — outside hitter Lisa Henning and setter Molly Kreklow. Henning, who Read more of this post

Saturday Sports: Tribune’s David Morrison on MIzzou football

Darren Hellwege logoIn this excerpt from Thinking Out Loud: Saturday Sports from Aug. 23, 2014, Darren Hellwege talks with David Morrison, the Missouri football beat writer for the Columbia Daily Tribune. They look back over fall camp and offer a comprehensive preview of the 2014 Tigers, which still has a lot of question marks at a lot of positions.

Length: 31:25

Mizzou QB Mauk set to become full-time starter 

By The Associated Press

Missouri vs. Florida football, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2013 at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Karen Mitchell

Maty Mauk has earned the starting quarterback position for Missouri.

Growing up in Kenton, Ohio, Maty Mauk didn’t know much about Missouri. But he got an offer to play quarterback for the Tigers, and decided to visit them during the Fourth of July weekend in 2011.

Five hundred miles later, he knew where he wanted to attend college.

“When I came on that first visit, it was a lot different than the other ones,” Mauk said Monday. “Here I knew it was Read more of this post

Coaches and teammates appear confident that Mauk will rise to the challenge

By Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports

COLUMBIA — Sophomore quarterback Maty Mauk was the center of attention at Monday’s media day.

The Missouri Tigers football team begins their season Saturday against South Dakota State. Mauk, who went 3-1 in the four games he started in 2013, said he is anxious to show fans what he can do as Missouri’s full-time starter.

“I think it’s a little bit different because I’m coming in knowing it’s my time to play,” Mauk said. “I’ve had all year. It’s been killing me to just go out there and practice. I’m ready to go. I’ve been ready. Saturday night, when we start, I’ll be ready to go.”

Mauk’s teammates and coaches said they have noticed a subtle change in the way he carries himself on and off the field. Coach Gary Pinkel says the most notable change is that Mauk has become a leader.

“I think he’s done a good job,” Pinkel said. “He’s a very natural, unthreatening leader. Players like him. He’s got a great work ethic. He works really hard; I think that’s what’s most important in a leader.”

Pinkel said he believes in his sophomore quarterback. But he said he wants Mauk to understand that the players around him can help Mauk reach his potential.

Mauk’s first play from scrimmage as a starter in 2013 was a 41-yard pass against Florida down the right sideline to wide receiver L’Damian Washington. Mauk said he’s willing to take chances if he perceives the reward to be worth more than the risk.

“If it’s there, I’m going to take it,” Mauk said. “I know where my guys are going to be, and I’m going to get them the ball and we’re going to score. We’re going to come into this game like it’s anybody else. We’re not going to take them light, and we’re going to come out ready to go.”

Junior offensive lineman Evan Boehm said Mauk’s playing style will not impact the way the offensive line plays.

“Maty is going to be Maty,” Boehm said. “We know that. All we have to do is sit back and protect. That’s our job. Our job is to protect Maty and to let him get the ball in the playmakers hands and to make calls for the running backs. If Maty decides to roll out, we’ll roll out. If he decides to stay in the pocket, he’ll have a pocket there.”

Mauk completed 28 of his 55 attempts for 322 yards along with one touchdown and one interception in the team’s three intra-squad fall scrimmages.

“I’m not worried about any of that,” Mauk said. “That’s a scrimmage. We’re going out there against our own defense. When we go out there and we go up against unscripted stuff, it’s going to be different. We’re going to be ready Saturday and we’re going to come out firing.”

“I am going to be comfortable. I can’t wait for it to be Saturday,” Mauk said. “It’ll be here before I know it.”

Time to recognize the greatness of Mizzou’s Pinkel

MU football coach Gary Pinkel holds 8-month-old Bristol Kennedy at the annual Fan Day event on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, at Memorial Stadium. Bristol is the daughter of Robert and Secley Kennedy of Columbia. Photo by Karen Mitchell

MU football coach Gary Pinkel holds 8-month-old Bristol Kennedy at the annual Fan Day event on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, at Memorial Stadium. Bristol is the daughter of Robert and Secley Kennedy of Columbia. Photo by Karen Mitchell

As Mizzou football prepares to start a new season, once again Tiger fans will expect big things of their team — and the rest of the football world will not. In spite of winning 12 games and the SEC East last year, nobody seems to respect the Tigers. The league’s Sports Information Directors pegged MU ninth best in the league in their preseason ratings, Read more of this post

Saturday Sports: Missouri soccer expects good year

Darren Hellwege logoDarren Hellwege talks with Missouri soccer’s associate coach Brian Dooley, who expects the Tigers to be a much better team this year, coming off a 8-9-3 year. The freshman class is expected to be strong, lead by Jessica Johnson and Alli Magaletta. Missouri beat No. 4 North Carolina 2-1 in an exhibition game last week. The Tigers played to a scoreless tie with Syracuse on Friday and faces West Virginia Sunday morning in the Penn State Invitational.

Length: 11:01

Listen to Darren’s interview with senior Kaysie Clark from earlier this week.


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