A few minutes after Lee’s Summit High School coach Eric Thomas had whistled for the final play of an afternoon scrimmage, his quarterback, Drew Lock, was still slinging passes to wide receivers.
Fittingly enough, Thomas was answering a question about his idea of the perfect quarterback.
Smart. Athletic. A rocket arm. Those qualities headlined his list.
“In other words,” he said, pointing toward the field, “everything you see in Drew Lock.”
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Sure enough, the natural abilities were impressive. But his execution was even better.
Lock, a senior, threw for 2,717 yards and 28 touchdowns this fall in only 10 games. He is The Star’s All-Metro football player of the year.
While the Tigers finished only 4-6 this season, Lock led an offense that scored 33.7 points per game against some of the state’s toughest competition. Six of those 10 games came against state-ranked teams in Missouri, which made his efficiency all the more striking.
And Lock, who has committed to Missouri, put up those numbers against defenses who knew exactly what was coming. Lee’s Summit’s backfield accounted for only 12 carries per game. Nevertheless, Lock threw nearly three touchdowns per game.
“I’ll never forget my time at Lee’s Summit. It’s been a great ride,” Lock said after winning the Simone Award earlier this month. “I think it’s prepared me for the next level, especially when you consider all the teams we played. I can’t wait to get to (Missouri) and compete there, too.”