COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Maty Mauk begins his tenure as the full-time starter at quarterback when No. 24 Missouri opens its season against South Dakota State on Saturday.

The 6-foot, 195-pound sophomore went 3-1 as a starter last season in relief of an injured James Franklin, who graduated and was released by the Detroit Lions on Monday. Mauk played in 13 of 14 games, completing 51.1 percent of his passes for 1,071 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions.

Coach Gary Pinkel praised Mauk on Monday, calling his leadership style "non-threatening."

Mauk will have to contend without the Tigers' top three receivers from a year ago, as L'Damian Washington, Dorial Green-Beckham and Marcus Lucas have all departed. Bud Sasser, who caught 26 passes for 361 yards, returns as the top wideout.