Build your favorite Missouri football player: Quarterback

Missouri has a long line of players who have excelled in their respective positions and have individual qualities that help set them apart. You know, like Drew Lock’s arm strength, or the athletic ability and quick jerks of a guy like Sheldon Richardson.

That’s a good starting point for this question: How would you build your ideal player? We start this week with Quarterback.

The makings of the best quarterbacks are broken down into these categories:

  1. arm strength
  2. accuracy
  3. Make a decision
  4. Possibility to extend turns

arm strength: Drew Lock, 2015-2018

This was a layup.

Few players had a trait as elite as Drew Lock’s arm strength during his time in Missouri. He could (and still can) throw the ball with ease and take it 60-70 yards across the field. Especially when Josh Heupel was the offensive coordinator, they threw a lot of shots down the field and gave him a chance to show that part of his game.

Here’s an example of him flicking the ball 60 yards while getting blasted on his thru:

Lock had a ton of natural arm talent that had the potential to pop out at any moment, and his arm strength was a big part of that.

Decision Making & Accuracy: Chase Daniel, 2005-2008

A winner in two categories!

Daniel was my choice in the Decision Making category for a number of reasons. He took care of the ball based on how many times he got it in the air. 1,609 tries and just 41 career interceptions. No quarterbacks before or after him had seasons in which they tossed the ball more than 500 times, and they all had higher interception rates compared to their pass attempts.

From an accuracy standpoint, there’s no real argument for another player. He holds the school record for graduation percentage in a season as well as a career. Daniel also ranks sixth in Big 12 history for completion rate (68%), right behind names like Baker Mayfield, Graham Harrell and Colt McCoy.

Granted, Daniel had some really good talent in his skill positions, as well as an offense that was at its peak before the spread became more popular. Still, it’s hard to look back and see a lot of passes that went wrong. Daniel had very smooth mechanics with a repeatable movement, so you rarely saw BAD misses.

NCAA Football - Colorado vs. Missouri - September 30, 2006

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Extend moves: Kelly Bryant, 2018

He hasn’t been here for a very long time, but there’s no doubt that Kelly Bryant was a truly talented player when he was healthy in Missouri. A large part of that came from his ability to use his legs; not always to run, but also to lengthen plays and generate attacks.

Sometimes it was electrifying:

Other times…. Not so much:

Bryant’s time in Missouri might not have gone as everyone wanted, but he had an electricity for him when everything was right. He was really fun to watch and brought something we hadn’t seen from a Missouri quarterback in a while.

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