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A Tale of Two Locks

Jamie Squire | Getty Images

Jamie Squire | Getty Images

Missouri quarterback Drew Lock is one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC, unless he’s playing SEC competition.

Considered either the first or second best quarterback prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft by most experts, Lock has all of the tools to be successful.  In four years at Missouri, the 6’4″ pocket passer has thrown for 10,674 yards and 87 touchdowns.  Through seven games in 2018 he’s completing 67 percent of his passes, the highest-percentage in his career.

Lock is at his best against the Tigers’ worst opponents.  Missouri defeated four non-conference foes by an average of 22.3 points.  In those games Lock’s numbers are staggering.

Drew Lock in Non-Conference Wins
Opponent Completions Attempts Completion % Yards TDs INTs QBR
UT-Martin 19 25 76 289 4 0 96
Wyoming 33 45 73.3 398 4 0 94.6
at Purdue 26 43 60.5 375 3 1 82.8
Memphis 23 29 79.3 350 4 0 98.8
Average 25.25 35.5 72.275 353 3.75 0.25 93.05

His most impressive statistic, 15 touchdowns to only one interception, is completely flipped against SEC opponents.  The Tigers have lost to all three SEC foes — Georgia, at Alabama and at South Carolina — by an average of 11.6 points.  In those games he threw five interceptions and only one touchdown.

Drew Lock vs. the SEC
Opponent Completions Attempts Completion % Yards TDs INTs QBR
Georgia 23 48 47.9 221 0 1 26.5
at South Carolina 17 36 47.2 204 0 2 33.9
at Alabama 13 26 50 142 1 2 8.2
Average 17.6 36.6 48.4 189 0.33 1.7 22.9

To this point, Missouri’s SEC schedule has not been easy, but Kentucky’s defense is comparable, if not better than all three of their previous SEC opponents.

In passing defense, only Georgia’s ranks higher than UK’s.  The Cats are ranked higher in total defense, rushing defense and scoring defense than all three opponents.  Alabama is the only Missouri SEC opponent with more total sacks.

It’s hard to stop Drew Lock when he’s firing on all cylinders, but SEC Drew Lock throws more interceptions than touchdowns and is completing less than half of his passes.  If that Drew Lock shows up Saturday, the UK defense will have a field day.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

15 Comments for A Tale of Two Locks

  1. secrick
    4:03 pm October 24, 2018 Permalink

    You just made me feel a lot better about this game.

    • USMC5150
      6:33 am October 25, 2018 Permalink

      I see KSR censored the hey Kentucky post after people posted on here. Don’t post it on your sports site for one and if you do don’t go back and erase what everyone wrote.

  2. Justin
    4:07 pm October 24, 2018 Permalink

    Its not just this season. This has been the storyline for Lock’s entire collegiate career.

    • Cincy Cayt
      8:13 pm October 25, 2018 Permalink

      Was about to say same thing. The man knows how to pad stats.

  3. UKfanman01
    5:22 pm October 24, 2018 Permalink

    And Vegas still has Mizzou as a favorite. I’m not high on Terry Wilson, but I do think the Cats will win

  4. jorgepancho
    6:42 pm October 24, 2018 Permalink

    I’ve been making this point in comments here all week. Glad to see KSR agrees.

  5. Alex90
    7:51 pm October 24, 2018 Permalink

    Wow, great post! These stats are pretty telling so why is he rated the #2 qb?

  6. Aar
    9:05 pm October 24, 2018 Permalink

    Sounds like an offensive line pass protection challenge.

  7. dismore
    11:17 pm October 24, 2018 Permalink

    UK’s defense better than AL’s. Come on. I’m a blue blood but that’s a big stretch.

    • mashburnfan1
      12:19 am October 25, 2018 Permalink

      We give up less points per game.

    • 4everUKblue
      7:23 am October 25, 2018 Permalink

      Most of the points scored on Bama are scored on their second and third string after the game is way out of hand.

    • Cincy Cayt
      8:14 pm October 25, 2018 Permalink

      Haha I laughed at that too, but gotta go by the numbers, right?

  8. davis2319
    11:40 pm October 24, 2018 Permalink

    Hopefully SEC lock rears his head Saturday. Will be a tough game (not nearly as tough as A&M). UK gets the win 28-17 you heard it here first.

  9. KYjellyRoll
    10:03 am October 25, 2018 Permalink

    28-17 was my prediction on espn comments section lol