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Comparing Drew Lock to Maty Mauk

Freshman Drew Lock led two drives for Mizzou on Saturday against Connecticut.
Freshman Drew Lock led two drives for Mizzou on Saturday against Connecticut. skeyser@kcstar.com

Missouri has no plans to change its quarterback rotation.

Junior Maty Mauk remains the starter and freshman Drew Lock will continue to play the first series of the second quarter.

Depending on how Lock’s series goes and the game situation, the floppy-haired, uber-confident kid from Lee’s Summit might merit another drive in the second half.

“We just get gut feelings,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said.

Lock didn’t get another chance after throwing an interception Sept. 12 at Arkansas State, but he did last Saturday against Connecticut after leading the Tigers into field-goal range in the second quarter.

“It’s kind of up in the air as far as the second half,” Lock said.

He wasn’t happy to only get one play at Arkansas State, but he understood the rationale for keeping him on the sideline.

“It was a tight situation on the road, my first time being there,” Lock said. “They’re going to go with the veteran guy. I’m fully aware of that.”

During another tight game against Connecticut, Lock learned he’d play in the fourth quarter on the defensive series before he was re-inserted into the game.

The Tiger-Striped crowd of 70,079, which had booed Mauk in the second quarter, cheered as Lock returned to the field.

“I truly feel as if them putting me in there like that (means) they’re pretty confident in me,” Lock said. “That means a lot to me to see that this early.”

Of course, that series also showed a touch of Lock’s immaturity. He threw back-to-back balls toward the end zone from the Huskies’ 33 when chain-moving check-downs probably were open.

“It started off pretty well,” Lock said. “We moved the ball pretty easily on them and then a little immaturity came out in me and I started taking shots toward the end zone to maybe kind of be the hero.”

Ironically, that Lock immediately recognized it speaks to an advanced maturity, so there’s a balance there he’s still trying to strike.

Some Missouri fans believes there’s a quarterback controversy, but it’s not as cut and dried as those folks might have you believe (do yourself and read Star columnist Vahe Gregorian’s column on the subject).

Mauk has led Missouri to six touchdowns on 32 drives this season, or 18.8 percent of his drives. Lock’s six drives have netted one touchdown, which equates to 16.7 percent.

Obviously, it’s a small sample size and perhaps Lock would be more successful with regular action, but the idea that Lock has vastly outplayed Mauk isn’t a given.

Two of Lock’s drives this season have netted points. There was the 78-yard touchdown to senior running back Tyler Hunt on a broken play against Southeast Missouri and a field-goal drive earlier in that same game.

Nine of Mauk’s drives have netted points.

The average drive for Missouri’s offense led by Lock is 5.3 plays for 34.5 yards and 1.67 points. For Mauk, it’s a relatively similar 5.3 plays for 25.1 yards and 1.59 points.

Raw quarterback efficiency ratings favor Lock, whose 141.26 rating dwarfs Mauk’s 112.89 rating. But ESPN’s Total QBR — which attempts to measure a quarterback’s total contribution toward victory, including rushing yards, in the context of the game situation — favors Mauk.

The bottom line is that Missouri’s coaches trust Mauk to finish games. He’s proven time and again he can do it.

They are building that trust in Lock, so he’ll continue to get opportunities.

But unless or until the Tigers tumble in a few games or Lock unequivocally surpasses Mauk as the top quarterback option, neither of which has happened yet, it’s going to remain Mauk’s job.

Drives led by Maty Mauk

Southeast Missouri

Plays

Yards

Time of possession

Result

5

64

1:15

J’Mon Moore 27-yard TD pass

6

30

1:59

Interception

5

54

1:59

Nate Brown 23-yard TD pass

3

-5

1:52

Punt

3

2

0:58

Punt

3

6

1:04

Punt

10

76

3:58

Andrew Baggett 23-yard FG

3

6

1:50

Punt

3

-2

2:26

Punt

10

62

4:29

Turnover on downs

Arkansas State

Plays

Yards

Time of possession

Result

12

60

4:14

Andrew Baggett 30-yard FG

6

23

3:07

Punt

3

-1

1:10

Interception

7

30

3:14

Punt

1

11

0:07

Nate Brown 11-yard TD pass

3

3

0:46

Punt

6

25

2:19

Punt

6

62

2:20

Wesley Leftwich 32-yard TD

6

65

2:28

Sean Culkin 21-yard TD pass

3

-4

1:28

Interception

3

-4

1:08

Punt

7

16

2:14

Andrew Baggett 41-yard FG

5

20

2:34

Punt

Connecticut

Plays

Yards

Time of possession

Result

5

33

1:50

Punt

3

2

1:54

Punt

2

5

0:43

Interception

6

15

3:16

Punt

7

32

3:00

Punt

3

-2

0:28

Punt

15

68

6:34

Mauk 2-yard TD run

5

54

2:34

Turnover on downs

3

-2

2:01

Punt

Drives led by Drew Lock

Southeast Missouri

Plays

Yards

Time of possession

Result

8

48

3:15

Andrew Baggett 39-yard FG

5

92

1:51

Tyler Hunt 78-yard TD pass

3

5

1:04

Punt

Arkansas State

Plays

Yards

Time of possession

Result

1

-5

0:13

Interception

Connecticut

Plays

Yards

Time of possession

Result

7

29

2:57

Missed FG

8

38

3:31

Turnover on downs

Drive comparison

The average drive led by junior Maty Mauk is 5.3 plays for 25.1 yards and takes 2 minutes, 14 seconds. He’s led MU to points on nine of 32 possessions. Led by freshman Drew Lock, the Tigers have scored on two of six possessions and his average drive is 5.3 plays for 34.5 yards in 2:09.

Maty Mauk

Category

Drew Lock

32

Drives

6*

6 (18.8)

TD (% of drives)

1 (16.7)

3 (9.3)

FG (%)

1 (16.7)

9 (28.1)

Scoring (%)

2 (33.3)

4 (12.5)

INT (%)

1 (16.7)

17 (53.1)

Punt (%)

1 (16.7)

10 (31.3)

Three-and-out (%)

1 (16.7)

2 (6.3)

Turnover on downs (%)

1 (16.7)

1.59

Avg. points per drive

1.67

112.89

QB rating

141.26

44.7

Total QBR

21.7

*Lock also led a drive that resulted in a missed field goal

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @todpalmer.

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