Missouri Football: Tigers may start a new quarterback, soon

COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 4: Quarterback Drew Lock
COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 4: Quarterback Drew Lock /

The Missouri Tigers may have to answer who the next man up at quarterback will be, if Drew Lock calls it quits a year early and declares for the NFL Draft.

I’m not a huge fan of speculation, because I enjoy living in the moment, or at the very least, living in the season. However, since the end of this football season is three games away – barring a bowl appearance – a little speculation might be fun.

Lock’s eventual departure from the program is inevitable. It’s not a matter of if, but when. Lock has one more year of eligibility remaining as an undergrad, so the chances that he stays for his last year are realistic. However, he recently gave consideration to the question about declaring for the draft.

At the end of the season, Lock will have completed his third year as the Tigers’ starting quarterback. In that time, he has amassed 7,526 passing yards and 58 touchdowns for an overall 132.9 passer rating.

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Since taking over at the position, Lock has broken and set many school records at Missouri. So far, Lock’s biggest letdown has been his lack of ability to show up big in conference play. Against the SEC, Lock has only managed four wins, for an overall 4-12 record.

If Lock is thinking about declaring for the draft, then he is in prime position to showcase his ability with four of the Tigers’ last games of the season against SEC opponents.

Granted, the Tigers’ remaining slate is against weaker SEC opponents, but looking beyond the strength of schedule, the wins would count for more than losses.

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To date, Lock has not lead the Tigers to consecutive wins against SEC opponents. After drubbing the Gators for their first SEC win, Lock is in prime position to lead Missouri to a 4-0 stretch against the Tigers’ remaining schedule to end the year and earn a bowl berth.