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|
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|
|at South Carolina||17||36||47.2||204||0||2||33.9|
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.