The AP released its all-SEC picks on Monday, and the SEC released its own list on Tuesday: Missouri was far more well-represented on both than we probably would have guessed at the midway point in the season.
Drew Lock was named first-team all-SEC at quarterback on both lists.
The junior beat Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham for the honor. He finished the regular season with 3,695 passing yards, a 58 percent completion rate, 43 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. His passer rating for the season was 169.4, fourth in the country. Over the last seven games, it was 193.3, which would have ranked second over an entire season.
J’Mon Moore and Albert Okwuegbunam were second-team offense on both lists.
When you’ve got an all-league quarterback, you’ve probably got some good receivers. Moore, who recently accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl, caught 60 passes for 1,017 yards and 10 touchdowns, while Okwuegbunam finished with 25 catches for 372 yards and 11 scores, almost all of which came over the last seven games. Making All-SEC as a three-star redshirt freshman is a pretty staggering accomplishment.
No one from the Missouri offensive line received enough votes to make either list, which could feel a little disrespectful for a line that ranked 13th in the nation in Adj. Line Yards and fourth in Adj. Sack Rate. But in voters’ defense, there wasn’t really a standout name, aside from maybe tackle Paul Adams — for the most part, it was just five equally good linemen.
Of course, that’s not a sufficient answer for guard Tre’Vour Simms...
I don’t respect the AP all SEC conference list.....✌— SEC_Simms7️⃣5️⃣ (@Lord_Farquaad75) December 4, 2017
Marcell Frazier was second-team defensive end on both lists.
Missouri had one representative on defense. Frazier led the team with 13.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks, much of which came in his second consecutive torrid November. It was a little surprising not to see either defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. or linebacker Terez Hall make the cut for either the media or coaches, but at the very least, the SEC does not lack for good tackles or linebackers. It’s probably pretty hard to stand out there. And hey, whatever fills the disrespect tank.
The big news here is Lock. It’s incredible how quickly his stock has risen; Mizzou fans now have to hold their breath and hope that it hasn’t risen too much. He could very well project as a first-round draft pick for 2018.