Junior QB Drew Lock (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) was named All-SEC First Team Quarterback while DE Marcell Frazier (Portland, Ore.), WR J’Mon Moore (Missouri City, Texas) and TE Albert Okwuegbunam (Springfield, Ill.) each earned All-SEC Second Team honors.
Lock is the first Mizzou player to earn First Team All-SEC distinction since 2015 when LB Kentrell Brothers earned the same honor. He is the first Mizzou QB to earn First Team All-SEC and the first Mizzou QB to earn a first team all-conference nod since Chase Daniel did so in 2007. The junior QB reset the SEC’s single season passing touchdown record with 43 this season, also passing Daniel’s previous school record of 39 in 2008. Lock leads the nation in passing touchdowns heading into bowl season.
Lock’s five-touchdown performance in the regular season-finale at Arkansas gives him six such games in his career and a national-best four this season. He has more five-touchdown games than any SEC quarterback in the last 20 seasons (Tim Couch is second with five from 1996-98). Only four Power 5 QBs have ever thrown for more TD passes in a single season (BJ Symons, Sam Bradford, Graham Harrell (twice), Kliff Kingsbury) than Lock’s 43. All five did so in 13 or more games. His 43 TDs this season rank 23rd in NCAA history. Lock’s 448 yards at Arkansas also give him five career 400-yard games, also a school record.
On the year, Lock leads the SEC in nine major categories while leading the nation in passing TDs (43), points responsible for (264) and passing yards per completion (16.5). He completed 224-of-358 passes (58.2 percent) for 3,695 yards, the third-most ever for a Mizzou QB. He closed his season by throwing at least three TD passes in eight straight games, becoming the first Power 5 quarterback this century to accomplish that feat.
Frazier’s All-SEC Second Team nod gives Mizzou a defensive lineman on the All-SEC team in every year since joining the conference (dating back to 2012). Frazier had a monster senior season, emerging as one of the leaders and top playmakers along #DLineZOU, leading the SEC in total tackles for loss (13.5) while ranking second in TFLs per game (1.12). He also added 36 tackles (20 solo) with 13.5 for loss and 7.0 sacks with eight QB hurries and five pass break-ups. He closed his season in a flurry, tallying 11.0 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks over his final eight games, registering at least 0.5 TFLs in all eight of those games. Frazier was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week following his dominant performance against Tennessee (11/11) during which he tallied 2.0 sacks and two more QB hurries with three tackles. He was equally as impressive at Arkansas, tallying a career-high eight tackles, a career-high 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, one QB hurry and a career-high three pass deflections.
Moore is just the second Mizzou pass catcher to post two 1,000-yard seasons after hauling in 60 catches for 1,017 yards and 10 touchdowns, earning All-SEC Second Team honors for the second consecutive year. He finished the regular season ranked second in the SEC in total yards (1,017) and yards per game (84.8) while his 10 receiving TDs ranked third in the SEC and 15th nationally. Moore now ranks fourth in school history in career receiving yards (2,412) and in career TD grabs (21). He needs two in the Texas Bowl to move into sole possession second all-time at Mizzou Has nine career 100-yard games, the fourth-most in school history, trailing only Justin Gage (11), Danario Alexander (10) and Jeremy Maclin (10).
Moore had one of the best games in his career to close the 2017 regular season at Arkansas (11/24), posting 10 catches for 160 yards, including a 19-yard fourth-quarter TD that gave Mizzou the lead. He made a diving, sprawling and spinning catch inside the pylon in double coverage to haul in the go-ahead TD.
Okwuegbunam is Mizzou’s first All-Conference TE since Michael Egnew in 2011. He led all tight ends and all freshmen nationally in touchdown grabs (11) and finished the season as the top graded TE in the SEC, according to Pro Football Focus. His 11 TDs ranked ninth nationally among all players and led the SEC while resetting Mizzou’s freshman record, which was nine originally held by Jeremy Maclin. A native of Springfield, Ill, he had five games with multiple receiving touchdowns as he emerged as one of the nation’s top red zone threats midway through the season – he had 20 of his 25 catches and 10 of his 11 touchdowns over the final eight games of the season.