Welcome to our Wednesday List, a look at three SEC players who will be most in the spotlight in the weekend’s games. Suffice it to say, if these guys shirk from the glare, their teams are in trouble.
3. Missouri QB Drew Lock
The skinny: Lock didn’t exactly distinguish himself against SEC competition last season; his completion percentage was 53.3 and he had as many picks as TDs (10). Against non-conference foes, he threw 13 TD passes and zero interceptions, and averaged almost 35 yards more per game. He had a great start to this season, throwing for a school-record 521 yards and seven TDs in a win over FCS opponent Missouri State. South Carolina’s defense certainly is not elite (the Gamecocks surrendered 504 yards in a win over NC State), but it’s better than Missouri State’s. Lock needs to be sharp because Mizzou’s defense once again appears rancid, and the only way the Tigers win this is in a shootout. Lock vs. South Carolina’s Jake Bentley should be enjoyable to watch. Bentley has the better defense (“better” is a relative term, of course), so that makes it even tougher for Lock.
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