Drew Lock to return to Mizzou football for senior yearPosted on 9 January 2018 at 6:38pm
COLUMBIA - Mizzou quarterback Drew Lock is putting the NFL on hold, despite having a record-breaking junior year.
He announced his return by tweeting a video saying "proud to be a true son."
Proud to be a TRUE SON... pic.twitter.com/xNK4aTfCGT
— Drew Lock (@DrewLock23) January 9, 2018
Lock considered early entry into the NFL draft but, according to a statement from Mizzou Athletics, decided to stay with the black and gold after consulting with family and coaches.
Lock said there were a lot of factors that went into the decision, including
"a feeling of responsibility and loyalty to my coaches and teammates at Mizzou" and "of course, getting my degree."
Lock, a sport management major at Mizzou, is scheduled to graduate in December.
The star quarterback had a breakout junior year and led the nation with an SEC-record 44 touchdown passes. He led the Tigers to seven wins, earning the school's first bowl game since 2014.
Lock offered thanks to head coach Barry Odom and said he's also looking forward to working with new offensive coordinator Derek Dooley.
Odom said, “I’m proud of Drew and his family for how they approached this decision and how they handled themselves during the process.”
He said he expects Lock to have "an unbelievable approach in his preparation and practice habits to lead our program."
Lock said he's "looking forward to exciting things to come."
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