Missouri coach Barry Odom still hasn’t named a starting quarterback for the 2016 season, but it would come as a shock to most if sophomore Drew Lock doesn’t earn the job.
At the Black and Gold Game on Saturday, Lock took most of the first-team reps and led the Missouri offense to two touchdowns, completing 9 of 13 passes for 134 yards. While Odom hasn’t released a depth chart or named any starters, he was complimentary of Lock’s performance.
“He efficiently ran the offense and didn’t try to press and do too much, which was exciting for me to see,” Odom told reporters, including Tod Palmer of The Kansas City Star. “I’ve said it a number of times, his skill set is off the charts.”
Lock started eight games as a true freshman in 2015 after Maty Mauk was suspended. He finished the season with four touchdowns and eight interceptions, but receiver Richaud Floyd said Lock has made a “big jump” since then and is the team’s best option at quarterback.
After the scrimmage, Lock told reporters that the improvement has come with experience and more practice time.
“Reps on reps on reps — it’s crazy what it’ll do to you,” Lock said. “Practice makes perfect, and I think we’re feeling that today as far as me being comfortable with everything.”
To win the job, Lock has to beat out fellow sophomores Marvin Zanders and Zane Jacoby, as well as junior college transfer Jack Lowary.