The Missouri Tigers made one of the most-interesting hires of the offseason in the SEC, bringing in former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley to replace the outgoing Josh Heupel as the team’s offensive coordinator.
That means Dooley will get to work with star QB Drew Lock in his senior season, giving him one of the most talented players in the country at his disposal.
On Tuesday, ESPN’s Ed Aschoff joined “3 Man Front” on WJOX and said he thinks Dooley’s offense should rely on Lock as much as humanly possible:
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“I think it’s really going to revolve around Drew Lock again,” he said. “He is probably the best quarterback in the SEC. He is going to be a guy who is drafted early next year. If they take anything away from him, then they’re already making a mistake. You have to run the ball in the SEC to be productive, we know that, but Drew Lock is your bread and butter. Let him throw the ball as much as you can.
“You’ve got talent at wide receiver. You’ve got talent at tight end. They’re going to be fine on offense — it’s stopping other people that’s going to be the issue. This seems like a team that, if they start turning the ball over, it’s all downhill for them. So if you’re Derek Dooley, you take Drew Lock aside and say ‘Ice that arm every single day. You’re throwing the ball 50 times.'”
The Tigers didn’t show much of their offense during the spring game, which was by design. We really won’t see what Dooley has planned until the Tigers kick off the 2018 season on Saturday, Sept. 1, at home against UT-Martin.