Eli Drinkwitz announces Missouri starting quarterback
Eli Drinkwitz announced the Missouri quarterback competition is over.
The Tigers will go with Brady Cook to start the season, the coach told reporters, Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Cook beat out Mississippi State transfer Jack Abraham and Tyler Macon to win the job. Macon last season played in 4 games, and got extended action in a loss at Georgia with Cook while Connor Bazelak was injured.
Cook is a known commodity for the Tigers are he played in 5 games last season, including as the starter in the Armed Forces Bowl against Army. In that game, he finished 27-of-34 for 238 yards and a touchdown, and also rushed for a career-high 53 yards and a touchdown. For the season, Cook finished 47-of-59 for 350 yards and 2 scores while rushing for 92 yards and a touchdown.
Cook, who is from St. Louis, redshirted his freshman year as he played in 3 games in 2020. He threw for a touchdown pass against Vanderbilt that year.
Earlier in fall camp, Bush Hamdan, Missouri’s quarterback coach, outlined what he would look for in the QB competition.
“Decision making and leadership,” he said. “Ultimately, the game always comes down to decision making, who’s going to put our team in the best situations.”
Mizzou will open the season on Sept. 1 at Faurot Field playing host to Louisiana Tech.