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THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Maty Mauk steps up, former Vanderbilt star joins team as graduate assistant

Sunday, August 31, 2014 | 5:56 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — This week's most-read story features Missouri starting quarterback Maty Mauk and an array of anecdotes from his childhood including the root of his nickname and the time he wrecked his parent's car when he was a toddler. Also among this week's most read stories are the Mid-Missouri PrideFest, the new renovations at Memorial Stadium and the latest on where former Tigers stand in the NFL. 

Here are the 10 most popular stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics.

1. Missouri's football team is now being led by red shirt sophomore Maty Mauk, a "wild child" who grew up in a household in Ohio dominated by football. The Tiger quarterback's upbringing has shaped both his style of play on the field and how he interacts with teammates and coaches off it.  (2,937 page views) 

2. Austyn Carta-Samuels is Missouri football's newest graduate assistant, but his road to coaching at Columbia took more turns than most. Circuitous would be one word to describe Carta-Samuels’ path. “Miraculous” is the word he uses. (1,168 page views)

3. After Tuesday's mandatory cuts to its roster, the St. Louis Rams waived former Tiger T.J. Moe while his Missouri teammates, Michael Sam, Tim Barnes and E.J. Gaines, made it on to the 75-person roster. Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL, was later cut from the team. (1,044 page views)

4. Memorial Stadium's $45 million east side expansion, a project that began in April 2013, is now complete, and 400 fans, alumni and students were given a tour of the renovations before its debut at the Tigers' first home game Saturday against South Dakota State. (801 page views)

5. Classes at MU began Monday with the largest student body in school history, creating a mix of emotions from MU students and faculty. (620 page views)

6. Columbia hosted the annual Mid-Missouri PrideFest on Aug. 24 and people from around Missouri attended despite scorching heat to celebrate the LGBTQ community. (595 page views)

7. Missouri senior Lucas Vincent was once a child model before he joined the Tigers defensive line. (564 page views)

8. The San Francisco 49ers suspended former Tiger Aldon Smith for nine games after the linebacker violated the team's substance abuse and personal conduct policies. Smith apologized to his teammates, coaches and 49ers fans and vowed to learn from his experiences when he returns to the team. (462 page views)

9. Former Tiger and reigning SEC co-defensive player of the year, Michael Sam, was released from the St. Louis Rams after the team cut its roster to 53. Sam was the first openly gay player to be drafted in the NFL. (455 page views)

10. Fr. Tolton Catholic High School revealed its new dance team at the Trailblazers football game Friday. The team was formed after Tolton's head cheer coach saw that many girls were interested last winter, and the team has been practicing together for the upcoming season since July. (454 page views)

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Stephens.


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