I've gone over the record book to ascertain Lock's current place among QBs in school history. Lock's 2017 season was one for the ages. As displayed in the graphic above, Lock's 44 TD passes last season led the nation and established a school, as well as an SEC, single-season record. Last season, Lock was 242-419-13 (57.8%) for 3964 yards (third-most single-season passing yards in school history) and of course, the 44 TDs. His single season passer rating in 2017 of 165.67 is a school record. As he enters his senior season, Lock is 608-1116-31 (54%) for his career. His 8695 career passing yards and his 71 career passing TDs both rank 2nd in school history. Another statistical season like last year could put him ahead of Chase Daniel for 1st place in both categories. Lock enters his senior season with a career passer rating of 135.37, which is 3rd in school history, behind Daniel, and just behind James Franklin. Lock has already left a legacy at Missouri, where both his father and his grandfather played football. But this, his senior season, is about expectation. This year is expected to be the crowning performance of his college career. One of the factors Drew Lock cited in his decision to return to Missouri for his senior season revolved around modifications in the offense under new Offensive Coordinator Derek Dooley. One aspect of those modifications is the expressed intention to better prepare Lock for the NFL. There's a common misconception among some about Drew Lock as pertains to his accuracy as a passer. Some look at the completion percentage and jump to the conclusion that Lock is not an accurate passer. They are mistaken, as those of us who have witnessed Lock's receivers drop upwards of 30-40 passes per year would know. The reality is that Lock is a very accurate passer. One observer at the Manning Passing Academy says that Lock is the most-accurate passer he's seen in more than a decade.
How good will Drew Lock be? Will he stay healthy? That second question may be the most important question facing Mizzou this season. This Spring, there was an ongoing competition for the back-up QB job that did not really provide an answer to the question of who is Drew Lock's back-up? That question, and that competition, continues into the Fall.
Pre-Camp Depth Chart
3 Drew Lock 6’4” 225 (S) 18 Lindsey Scott 5’11” 210 (So) OR 19 Jack Lowary 6'4" 225 (J) 2 Micah Wilson 6'3" 215 (So) 5 Taylor Powell 6'2" 200 (RSF)