Locked in: Mizzou QB announces return for senior season

Mizzou QB Drew Lock vs Missouri State (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

The best news Missouri football fans could have hoped for came to fruition Tuesday afternoon.

Mizzou junior quarterback Drew Lock announced via Twitter he was returning for his senior season.

"I'm very excited to be coming back for my senior year, and I'm really optimistic about what we can do as a team next season," Lock said in a Mizzou Athletics release. "There were a lot of factors that went into this decision, but the main ones include: a feeling of responsibility and loyalty to my coaches and teammates at Mizzou – we have goals to achieve together; having the chance to play for a new coach in Coach Dooley, and his system that will continue to add to my development; and of course, getting my degree."

The Lee's Summit native led the country with an SEC-record 44 touchdown passes and helped lead the Tigers to their first bowl game since 2014.

“I’m proud of Drew and his family for how they approached this decision and how they handled themselves during the process,” head coach Barry Odom said in a release. “We were very thorough in gathering all the information possible to assist. Drew obviously has a great skill set that will continue to be developed at Mizzou.

Standout defensive lineman Terry Beckner, Jr. already announced that he would bypass the 2018 NFL Draft and play for the Tigers next year.

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