Is QB Drew Lock underrated at Missouri? | Bonehead Picks

Drew Lock is tops among the underrated line of Missouri QBs

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It’s almost time for the 2018 college football season to start. Not surprisingly, Alabama is ranked as the number one team in the country in preseason polls. They have been the dominant team in the country and the SEC for a decade but will face challenges from foes like Auburn and LSU. Alabama could play Georgia in the SEC Championship Game in a rematch of a thrilling National Championship Game last season but Georgia has to contend with a SEC East division with rebuilt programs at Florida and Tennessee as well as South Carolina and Missouri, which have experienced quarterbacks returning. Missouri’s starting quarterback, Drew Lock, is the best quarterback in the nation and continues a recent run of talented Missouri QBs.

In 2017, with Drew Lock as starting quarterback, Missouri returned to a bowl game for the first time since 2014. Lock had a huge 2017 season by passing for 3,964 yards and a SEC record 44 touchdowns. Passing for more touchdowns in a season than former SEC greats like Peyton Manning, Tim Couch, and Tim Tebow really speaks to Lock’s productivity.  Lock is the latest in the line of Missouri quarterbacks that have been productive since Missouri’s emergence in the mid 2000s under former head coach Gary Pinkel. In 2005, former Missouri quarterback Brad Smith helped Missouri start a string of seven consecutive bowl games. He is remembered for being a longtime New York Jets wide receiver but was an athletic and good quarterback at Missouri.

The next quarterback, Chase Daniel, would help take Missouri to another level. The undersized Daniel became a star prior to his Missouri career ending during the 2008 season when he helped lead the Tigers to the Big 12 championship game and a ten win season. Despite his college career, Daniel entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent, which was much different than the man who replaced him at Missouri, Blaine Gabbert. While Gabbert never became a star at Missouri or the NFL, he became the highest drafted quarterback from Missouri in NFL Draft history as the tenth overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. Drew Lock is the first star Missouri quarterback since the underrated James Franklin, who helped ease Missouri’s transition from the Big 12 into the SEC by quarterbacking the Tigers to a surprising 12 win season during the 2013 season.

The 2018 football season for Missouri will likely not end up with a SEC championship but they will have an opportunity to have a productive offense thanks to Drew Lock. Lock has to adjust to a new offensive coordinator and transition to more of a pro-style attack but he is arguably the best Missouri Tigers quarterback ever. That is a significant statement considering the recent history of the Missouri program.


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