Drew Lock put in the work this summer and the 2015 Missouri quarterback and was excited to see the results this fall.
After an impressive sophomore season that helped him earn early offers from Missouri and Louisville, the 6-foot-4, 195-pounder from Lee’s Summit High School spent time tweaking his fundamentals with his coach in the offseason.
“I worked on a lot of things in my throwing motion,” Lock said. “It was solid to begin with, but there were little things that could make me so much better as a passer and being more accurate. That’s what I want to show people this year, how accurate I can be.”
The junior quarterback admitted that the change took some time and was tough, but he’s confident he has it down now.
“When you throw with the same motion every single time and then you try to tweak something, it’s going to take multiple multiple reps to try to fix that,” he said. “Then when you go into a game, you’re not going to be thinking about the way you throw. You’ve got to get it down before you get into the game.”
It’s clear he’s got it down now. After throwing for 192 yards and two touchdowns in the Tigers’ season-opening win a couple of weeks ago, Lock threw for 381 yards and seven scores in a 77-55 shootout win over Kearney last week.
Lock is hoping for a better season than 2012, when the Tigers were bounced in the first round of the Class 6 State Playoffs, Missouri’s largest classification.
“Actually, I know we’ll be better than last year,” he said. “Generally we haven’t been a powerhouse in Missouri, but we’re looking to change that and become one this year.”
Lock’s personal goal is to be an all-state player this year, but the quarterback’s first concern is his team and he’s hoping Lee’s Summit succeeds in running the ball.
“Being a mostly passing team, people will start to prepare for us passing, which is what teams started to do toward the end of the year because they saw how much we did it,” he said. “I think if we could establish a solid running game, that’ll open up the throwing game and we can have a sound offense that can score some points. Our defense has gotten better from last year.”
Lock’s offseason wasn’t limited to individual workouts though as he spent plenty of time with his teammates. Lee’s Summit had lifting sessions three days a week and held informal practice as well.
“I think it helped us a lot,” said Lock. “We did a lot of 7-on-7s, which helped me get in rhythm with some of the wide receivers and get the timing down.”
A two-sport prospect, Lock also has offers to play basketball at Missouri and Oklahoma. He camped at Notre Dame in June and has some fall visits in mind.
“I think I’m going to go a game at Tennessee and I’d like to get back up to Notre Dame for a game,” he said. “I really want to go see a game and see what it feels like on Fridays and Saturdays up there.”
Lock has stayed in touch with Irish offensive coordinator Chuck Martin since his trip to South Bend.
“They’re going to watch me this year, they want to see me play basketball is what he said. He wants to see how much of an athlete I can be and we’re going to keep in touch.”