With so many underclassman quarterbacks declaring for the 2018 NFL Draft — Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen and others — it was getting to be a crowded quarterback class.

Even though Mizzou QB Drew Lock led the nation in touchdown passes in 2017, he was likely going to have his stock affected by the influx of talent at the position.

Therefore, Lock decided on Tuesday that he would return to Mizzou and lead the Tigers for his senior season in 2018, as announced by Mizzou’s Twitter account:


Lock even released a hype video of sorts to celebrate his decision to return to Columbia next season:

Lock will be working with his third offensive coordinator in four years as Derek Dooley takes over, but getting that experience could be a big help at the next level.

Now that he’s returning, he’ll likely receive at least some dark-horse Heisman buzz before next year, and could rise into the first round of many teams’ draft boards ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft.