COLUMBIA, Mo. • Missouri players have talked about Drew Lock passing for 4,000 yards this season, but the junior quarterback doesn’t worry about statistics. Except for one number.
Lock completed just 54.6 percent of his passes last year.
“Which was horse poop now that I think about it,” he said Thursday.
Eight regular starters in the Southeastern Conference posted better completion percentages last year. Among Mizzou quarterbacks who have attempted at least 100 passes over the last decade, only three completed a worse percentage, including Lock in 2015, when he completed 49 percent as a true freshman.
This fall, Lock wants to complete around 65 percent of his throws. The most accurate SEC quarterback last year was Auburn’s Sean White at 63.9 percent. Lock completed 65 percent of his throws in just two games last year, against the weakest competition on the schedule, Eastern Michigan and Delaware State.
After analyzing every throw he made last year, Lock and his coaches figured he left at least 1,000 yards and more than 10 touchdowns on the field based on throws that sailed out of bounds or fell short of his target. For the season he threw for 3,399 yards and 23 touchdowns.
“If I can be better my with completion percentages there’s really no telling how many yards I can throw (for) this year,” he said.
Lock expects to have more full-field reads this year compared to last season, when some of his passing plays were limited to routes on one half of the field. Offensive coordinator Josh Heupel has also given Lock more freedom to…
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