The Derek Dooley Show has officially moved back to the SEC, and most non-Vols fans are pretty stoked about it.
The former Tennessee coach and son of legendary Georgia coach Vince Dooley was hired by Barry Odom to replace new UCF coach Josh Heupel as Missouri’s offensive coordinator.
Drew Lock surprised some when he decided to forgo the NFL draft and return for his senior season with the Tigers, but in the process he may have set Dooley up for early success as an offensive coordinator.
Dooley, who spent the last five seasons coaching Dez Bryant as the Dallas Cowboys wide receivers coach, bring an NFL perspective back to the college game and is hoping to apply what he’s learned working with America’s team to one of the top returning quarterbacks in college football.
It’s a match made in Mizzou football heaven.
During a recent sit-down interview with the Missouri athletic department’s internal media, Dooley gave some interesting thoughts on how he will approach things with Lock as spring practice approaches.
Q: “You are the quarterbacks coach here as well, and obviously Drew Lock is returning. A really talented kid, but how do you want to help him grow in his senior year?”
Dooley: “Well, the first thing I don’t want to do is put some much on him that he can’t go out there and perform, because he has so much ability. He did some good things last year. We want try to at least do some of the things he did well last year and let’s carry them over, but at the same time we’d like to get him to develop a little bit more as far as what we’re doing conceptually, what we’re doing in the pass game, him understanding defensive structures a little bit more. I think it will help him having answers for everything they do defensively. We’ll do it in a little bit of baby steps. The more he can handle, the more we’ll give him.
“But the most important thing is that he goes out there and performs well. So what I’m not going to do is throw out 8 million plays in a system and say ‘Well, Drew couldn’t get it.’ We’re going to do what we can to try and win the football and try to make Drew a better quarterback.”
You can watch the duration of the interview with Dooley here:
— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) February 9, 2018