Missouri coach Gary Pinkel didn’t use the phrase “Thursday decision,” but how the Tigers will use true freshman quarterback Drew Lock on Saturday against Southeast Missouri State is, well, one of Pinkel’s famed Thursday decisions.
“That’s when we talk about substitutions,” he said Wednesday on the inaugural SEC Teleconference of the 2015 season.
Of course, in the past when Pinkel has had a precocious backup quarterback, he’s never been shy about getting those players game reps.
Lock, it would seem, won’t be any different.
“We’ve done different things with different quarterbacks over the years,” Pinkel said. “What happens is, the second-team player has to practice at a high level in order to get some reps in a game. We’ve played them in a series first half, series second. We did that with Blaine Gabbert. We did that with Chase Daniel and some other players when I was at Washington with Chris Chandler, Mark Brunell and those guys. … We’ll see where that goes. (Drew’s) working very hard.”
Reading between the lines, it’s clear that if Lock wasn’t playing a high level or working hard in fall camp, he wouldn’t have been elevated to the No. 2 spot on MU’s quarterback depth chart.
Expect to see Lock play.