Missouri quarterback competition: Eliah Drinkwitz not ruling out adding QB

The Missouri Tigers have an ongoing quarterback competition this spring and while they are not actively searching for another QB through the transfer portal, they are “not actively shying away from it either,” head coach Eliah Drinkwitz said to reporters. Missouri rumored to be the final destination for former Arizona State Sun Devils quarterback Jayden Daniels, who committed to the LSU Tigers last week.

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Brady Cook and Tyler Macon are in a competition for Missouri’s starting quarterback spot this spring, but they could be challenged by Sam Horn, who was rated as a 4-star prospect by three of the four major recruiting sites and will not be on campus till the summer. In his spring football press conference, Drinkwitz said Horn will have an opportunity to win the job as a true freshman.

Cook played in five games last season and completed 46 of 58 (79.3%) of passes for 345 yards with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions in his second year in the program. In three games, Macon completed 9 of 17 (53%) of throws for 143 yards with a touchdown pass and zero picks as a true freshman.

If the coaching staff does not feel comfortable with its quarterback situation at the end of spring practice, there is still plenty of time for the Tigers to bring in somebody with more college football experience. Some of the top quarterbacks still available in the transfer portal include JT Daniels (Georgia Bulldogs), Justin Rogers (UNLV Rebels) and Jack Sears (Boise State Broncos).

The Tigers need to replace Connor Bazelak, who started the majority of Missouri’s games the last two seasons and transferred to the Indiana Hoosiers this offseason.

Drinkwitz had been the primary quarterbacks coach, but that is now Bush Hamdan’s role this season. The quarterback position should be intriguing to follow throughout the offseason at Missouri, and it’s one that probably will not be decided till fall camp.

The Tigers are coming off a 6-7 season in 2021, capped off by a loss to the Army Black Knights in the Armed Forces Bowl as they head into Year 3 of the Drinkwitz era.

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