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NFL Media Analyst Daniel Jeremiah lists Missouri junior QB Drew Lock as one of the three quarterbacks we'll be talking about in one year.

Lock is joined on the list by NC State junior QB Ryan Finley and Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham. It's amazing how much things have changed since Missouri was 1-5, as Lock (6'4/220) has gone from intriguing-but-volatile prospect to a legitimate candidate for top pick in 2019. As Jeremiah notes, "everyone loves his size and strength" and he ended up leading the FBS with 43 touchdowns.
Jan 15 - 11:47 PM

Missouri junior QB Drew Lock will return to school for the 2018 season.

Lock (6'4/220) was given a "return to school" grade from the NFL's draft advisory board in December, but at the time, said that he had heard more encouraging opinions from other sources. He ultimately took the advisory board's advice in a move that we think is right on the money. While Lock exploded statistically during the 2017 season, throwing for 3,964 yards (9.5 YPA) with a 44/13 TD/INT ratio, much of that came against subpar competition. Consistency is an issue. He'll also need to show improvements in his discipline and accuracy (just 54.5-percent completions for his career) if he's to ever rise above existence as a strong-armed gunslinger who can't cut it against representative defensive units.
Jan 9 - 6:49 PM

Missouri hired Dallas Cowboys WR coach Derek Dooley to serve as offensive coordinator.

Dooley steps in as replacement for Josh Heupel, who took the head-coaching position at UCF earlier this offseason. He's been working as Cowboys' wide receivers coach for the past five years. While this will be Dooley's first offensive-coordinating gig, he has plenty of experience in the SEC, having served as an assistant with Nick Saban for five seasons at LSU and later taking over as head coach at Tennessee in place of Lane Kiffin from 2010-12. That stint with the Vols did not pan out -- Dooley was fired midway through the 2012 season after his team had compiled a 15-21 record during his time helming the ship.
Jan 5 - 6:47 PM

Missouri sophomore WR Johnathon Johnson finished with three receptions for 85 yards in Wednesday's loss against Texas, including a 79-yard touchdown in the Texas Bowl.

Johnson's 79-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter appeared to be a wake-up call for the Longhorns defense, as they clamped down and allowed just three points for the remainder of the game. Johnson posted 85 or more yards on five separate occasions and appears to have some nice big-play ability for a Tigers offense that should continue to make waves into 2018.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 02:30:00 AM

Missouri freshman RB Larry Rountree III rushed for a game-high 74 yards on 14 attempts in Wednesday's 33-16 setback at the Texas Bowl, and he added three receptions for 37 yards against Texas.

Rountree had the second- and third-longest offensive plays of the night, shaking free for a 17-yard rush while also posting a 25-yard catch on the team's final scoring drive of the evening in the third quarter. He wrapped up the second with 703 rushing yards, and looks to have a bright future in Columbia. Rountree also added career highs with the three grabs and 37 yards, and if he can add catching passes to his repertoire, he'll be that much more valuable in 2018.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 02:12:00 AM

Missouri junior QB Drew Lock completed 18-of-34 passes for 269 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Wednesday's 33-16 loss against Texas in the Texas Bowl.

Lock had just one big play, a 79-yard touchdown strike to WR Johnathon Johnson on the first play of the second half. It looked like Mizzou's offense might awaken after its first-half slumber, but the Longhorns recovered and held the Tigers down for the remainder of the game. It was a stark contrast from the video game-like numbers Mizzou put up in the second half of the season. The NFL Draft Advisory Board did not assign Lock a first- or second-round grade, but he's still mulling over his future. Expect an announcement on whether or not he'll return very soon.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 02:02:00 AM

The NFL Draft Advisory Board did not assign Missouri junior QB Drew Lock a first- or second-round grade, recommending instead that he return to school for the 2018 season.

Lock (6'4/220) was forthright enough to admit that the advisory board suggested he come back to the Tigers for his senior season, but whether he follows that advice is a different story. Said the junior gunslinger, "I’m actually still considering (declaring) due to things I’ve heard otherwise." One factor that will play into his declaration decision is whom Missouri ends up tabbing as offensive coordinator to replace Josh Heupel -- Lock's offensive coordinator for the past two seasons -- who took the head-coaching position at UCF earlier this winter. Lock has thrown for 3,695 yards (58.2% completions) with a 43/12 TD/INT ratio this season. He'll cap off the year in the Texas Bowl, against Texas, later on Wednesday.
Wed, Dec 27, 2017 12:34:00 PM

Missouri senior DE Marcell Frazier accepted an invite to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Frazier has been one of the best pass-rushers in the SEC the last two years. He finished sixth in the conference last year with seven sacks, and led all SEC defenders with 14 tackles for loss in that time frame. He also had five passes defended, largely thanks to his 6-foot-5, 265-pound frame. NFL Draft Scout currently views him as a late-round pick, while ranking him as the 12th best defensive end in the class.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 07:11:00 PM

Former Florida OL coach Brad Davis will be the new offensive line coach for Missouri.

Davis takes over for Glen Elarbee, who followed former Tigers' offensive coordinator Josh Heupel to Central Florida when he took the head coaching job. Davis was not retained by new Florida coach Dan Mullen, who came to the Gators by way of North Texas. He's also coached offensive lines for East Carolina and North Carolina, among other coaching stops.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 06:44:00 PM

Missouri hired Arkansas LB coach Vernon Hargreaves as its inside linebackers coach.

He'd been with the Hogs for the past three seasons. Hargreaves previously served as an assistant at UConn (1985-97), Miami (1998-2005), Florida International (2006), East Carolina (2007-09), South Florida (2010-12) and Houston (2013-14).
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 10:27:00 AM

Missouri HC Barry Odom said that he expects sophomore RB Damarea Crockett (shoulder) to be able to play against Texas in the Texas Bowl.

Crockett injured his wing against Georgia in October and subsequently sat out the remainder of the regular season. While Odom believes the 5-foot-11, 212-pounder should be able to suit up come bowl time on Dec. 27, he indicated that the sophomore's carry-load remains up in the air. The emergence of Larry Rountree will likely lead to siphoned-off carries for Crockett even if he's close to full strength.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 12:44:00 PM

Missouri has been given a two-year contract extension.

With the extension, Odom is now under contract through the year 2023. It's a remarkable turnaround when you consider how hot the seat was here, especially when Missouri started the year 1-5. Since then, the Tigers have won six straight, and will play Texas in the Texas Bowl on December 27.
Sat, Dec 9, 2017 04:05:00 PM

Missouri promoted secondary coach/co-DC Ryan Walters to defensive coordinator.

Starting the season, the Tigers were rolling with DeMontie Cross as defensive coordinator, but he was fired just two games into the campaign. Walters has been coaching up the secondary with Missouri since the winter of 2015, when he came over from Memphis. Mizzou finished the season ranked 89th in total yards surrendered on average, but the defense did play better by degrees as the year rolled along. We'll have our first chance to see Walters in full capacity as defensive coordinator when the Tigers take on Texas in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 27.
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 07:32:00 PM

Dan Patrick relayed word from an NFL scout who really likes Missouri junior QB Drew Lock's NFL potential.

Early in the process, Patrick brought up Patrick Mahomes' name as a quarterback who will be selected higher than many viewed at that point. That ended up being true, and the same scout who mentioned Lock's name was the one who brought up Mahomes' name. As of now, Lock is still deciding on his NFL future.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 10:31:00 AM

Missouri redshirt senior WR J'Mon Moore has accepted an invitation to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Moore (6'3/205) was the leading receiver in the SEC in 2016, and while he didn't lead the conference in 2017, he did better his numbers with 62 catches for 1,017 yards and ten touchdowns. He was a huge part of Missouri's turnaround over the second-half of the season, and he'll be one of the more heavily scouted wideouts this January.
Source: Senior Bowl
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 10:18:00 PM

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