COLUMBIA — Missouri football will be down a quarterback next season. Redshirt freshman Trent Hosick is transferring from the team, a school spokesman said Monday.
Hosick had not announced where he plans to play in the fall.
Hosick did not appear until the second half of Saturday's Black and Gold Game. Recently named starting quarterback Maty Mauk had been pulled to allow Hosick and other reserves, including true freshman Marvin Zanders, the chance to move up the depth chart and be Mauk's backup.
Junior Corbin Berkstresser and redshirt freshman Eddie Printz, the two quarterbacks directly behind Mauk on the depth chart, solidified their positions during the first half of the scrimmage. Printz would have been Hosick's most direct competition for a starting position in the future. Some Missouri receivers have already been putting in extra work with Printz.
"After Maty, the quarterback that I’m really looking to have a good connection with is Eddie (Printz)," redshirt freshman wide receiver J'Mon Moore said Saturday. "The chemistry is there, so (if) anything ever happened to Maty, I could definitely see Eddie Printz step up."
It remains to be seen whether a backup will play as big a role for the Tigers as Mauk did last season. After stepping in for the then-injured James Franklin in an October win against Georgia, Mauk often came in for select drives to give opposing defenses different looks.
Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Henson said he hasn't planned ahead far enough to know if the 2014 team would utilize its backup quarterbacks in the same way.
Hosick completed four of nine passes during Saturday's scrimmage, throwing for 107 yards and a touchdown. The score came in the game's closing minutes and was the only passing touchdown of the day.
Hosick was considered one of the top signees in Missouri's 2013 recruiting class. A dual-threat quarterback from Kansas City, the 6-foot-1-inch, 225-pounder led Staley High School to its first state championship in 2011. That team also featured current Missouri tailback Morgan Steward.
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