Missouri coach Barry Odom and offensive coordinator Josh Heupel don’t seem to be on the same page.
Quarterback Drew Lock was lifted from Saturday’s 26-11 loss to West Virginia during the second quarter in favor of redshirt freshman Marvin Zanders. Lock would later return and throw for a career-best 280 yards, which led to Odom telling reporters on Monday that he made a mistake in his quarterback decision.
"I know I pulled (Drew Lock) at the wrong time. I'm learning, too. We'll get better." – Barry Odom.
Love that. Accountable.
— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) September 5, 2016
Fast forward to Tuesday and it was Heupel’s turn to answer the quarterback questions. Apparently he didn’t get the memo because stood by the Tigers’ decision to pull Lock from the contest.
Odom said he shouldn't have lifted Lock for Zanders during 2Q drive but Heupel said today it's his call & he wouldn't have changed decision
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) September 6, 2016
It was Game 1 for the new staff, but it’s odd to see a head coach and offensive coordinator disagree in such a manner.
Regardless of the reasoning, Missouri seems to have found its guy with Lock improving as the game went along, completing 23 of 51 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown.
The contest was Heupel’s first with the Tigers after arriving in Columbia following a season as Utah State’s offensive coordinator.