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Drew Lock Back for More

By BJ Bennett
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Few in college football have a resume quite like Drew Lock's.

Drew Lock's decision to come back to Missouri for his senior year is one that could help shake things up in the SEC East in 2018. Fresh off a new league record 44 touchdown passes, Lock brings a downfield dynamic that many teams teams just don't have. The Tigers led the league in both scoring offense and total offense, averaging 51.3 points per game and 579.5 yards per game over the second half of the regular season.

Most impressively, Missouri won six consecutive games in that span, laying the foundation, along with Lock's return, for the very near future.

Nationally, Lock had few peers last fall. First and foremost, nobody threw more touchdown passes than his 44, a mark no power five quarterback has topped since Sam Bradford in 2008. Lock's 165.67 passer rating ranked fourth in all of college football, behind only Oklahoma Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph and McKenzie Milton of undefeated Central Florida. The Tigers had the most passing plays of 50 yards or more in the country, with 19.

Much of what Lock did last year came with an immediate place in the SEC record books. In addition to his single-season touchdown mark, Lock's 3,964 passing yards are good for fourth-ever in the league. His 9.46 yards per pass attempt rank in the conference's top ten. Already, Lock's name is alongside the likes of legends Rex Grossman, Cam Newton and others for notable one-year production. Back for another go, Lock is poised to soon be featured prominently on many career rankings.

Simply for point of reference, should Lock duplicate what he did as a junior (3,964 passing yards, 44 passing touchdowns), he would finish his Missouri career with 12,659 yards and 115 scores; it that were to happen, Lock would slot second in the SEC all-time on each distinguished list, behind only Georgia great Aaron Murray. Given Lock's inconsistencies as a freshman, the possibility of such is even more impressive.

There's no guarantee Lock can match what he just did moving forward. His offensive coordinator, Josh Heupel, is now the head coach at Central Florida. Superstar receiver J'Mon Moore is now gone. That said, Lock has almost-unrivaled momentum carrying him into this off-season. He has clearly found his rhythm and, despite the aforementioned numbers, is still working to improve.

Few in college football have a resume quite like Lock's. A blue-chip quarterback prospect awarded with countless honors, he was also heavily recruited as an all-state basketball player, with offers from multiple power five schools. With a year still to go, his impact can be found on the field, off the field and in print; all with ink that is still drying. 

Lock, actually born in Columbia, is part of a proud Missouri legacy. His father played football for the Tigers, as did his grandfather. Entering his senior season, with a professional future clearly on the horizon, this Lock still has more to prove. Get used to reading a lot more about Drew Lock, potentially for years to come.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports