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Drew Lock and the Missouri offense want to improve their efficiency and become even scarier

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

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A mostly quiet weekend while we wait for school to start, but Mizzou Football is still in full preseason stride so let’s start with some football camp notes:

Drew Lock irked by 2016’s inaccuracy:

Missouri players have talked about Drew Lock passing for 4,000 yards this season, but the junior quarterback doesn’t worry about statistics. Except for one number.

Lock completed just 54.6 percent of his passes last year.

“Which was horse poop now that I think about it,” he said Thursday.

Easy on the language there, Drew... there are kids reading. He’s right though, Lock wasn’t helped by some drops from a young receiving corp but he also missed his fair amount of throws. Reducing a handful on either side per game will make an already dangerous offense even better. These are the kinds of things the offense is focusing on to avoid leaving anything on the field this season.

See that’s why y’all read RockMNation, that sort of hard hitting analysis.

Jonah Dubinsky is doing all he can to keep his starting spot, despite not being on scholarship.... yet:

In high school, Dubinski had an offer to play at Air Force, but he couldn’t turn down a chance to walk on at Mizzou. He played guard on the scout team his freshman year. Then came Mizzou’s head-coaching change, but Dubinski wasn’t worried about his place in the program under the new staff. He was familiar with new coach Barry Odom, a former head coach at Rock Bridge. Odom later hired Rock Bridge coach A.J. Ofodile, Dubinski’s high school coach, as his director of recruiting. He was also familiar with new offensive coordinator Josh Heupel, who had recruited Rock Bridge players over the years, including former Oklahoma running back Trey Millard. Dubinski talked to Millard about what to expect from Heupel’s offense. He felt better about his future after their conversation.

But Dubinsky will have plenty of competition as this offensive line actually has depth now, according to Blake Toppmeyer.

Kendall Blanton is going to play a fairly major role this season if things go as planned.

At 6-foot-6 and 268 pounds, Blanton is a month of protein shakes away from joining the offensive line, but Lock’s biggest target runs and catches like a wide receiver. Blanton caught 16 of the 28 passes thrown his way last year and could become the ultimate chess piece for Lock and coordinator Josh Heupel this fall.

Tight ends coach Joe Jon Finley does not temper his thoughts on Blanton’s potential.

“As high as any tight end that’s played the game,” he said. “He’s got every tool you can ask for.”

Having a safety net for Lock is another item on the “improve your accuracy numbers” checklist, and having a breakout season from Blanton can help this offense when it needs that safety valve.

And Walter Palmore is practicing!

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