COLUMBIA — Dimetrios Mason had the most successful season for a Missouri freshman receiver since Jeremy Maclin’s 1,055-yard 2007 campaign but said Friday that he wasn’t completely sold on the position heading into the fall.
The reason why? The two-way player from Loganville, Georgia, still had thoughts of playing corner, the position at which he entered 2016 preseason camp.
“It took me a while to really buy into being a receiver and fully do everything that a receiver would do and have a receiver mindset,” Mason said. “Once I got that receiver mindset, I’m more about attacking the ball.
“I was very surprised by what I did (last season), but at the same time I know I could do better,” he added. “This year, I’ve been dialed in and focused on the offense and the coaches and just understanding Drew (Lock) and being on the same page as him.”
Lock, who also talked to reporters after Friday’s practice, shared in Mason’s expectations for even better production from the Tigers’ passing game and said it starts with cutting down on mistakes. Junior offensive lineman Paul Adams said Thursday that his goal was for Lock to throw for 4,000 yards behind an offensive line that returns seven game-tested players gunning for five starting spots, but Lock said the only numbers he’s going to care about in 2017 are wins and completion percentage.
“We talked about balls going out of bounds or me leaving them short,” Lock said. “We left 1,000-plus yards and double-digit touchdowns out there, so if I can be better with my completion percentage, there’s really…
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