Drew Lock might very well play in the NFL — but not in 2018. Fresh off his record-breaking junior season, Missouri’s first-team All-Southeastern Conference quarterback decided to return for his senior season and put the NFL draft on hold. “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 statement released by MU on Tuesday. “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 (Derek) Dooley, and his system that will continue to add to my development; and of course, getting my degree. I feel like all of these factors combine to give me the best chance to succeed at the next level. Thank you to Coach (Barry) Odom and everyone on the Mizzou staff for being patient and very helpful to my family and me during this process. I’m looking forward to exciting things to come!” The NFL’s Draft Advisory Council had cautioned Lock to stay in school for another season after he led the country with 44 touchdown passes, both a school and conference record, but Lock didn’t commit to a decision until Odom chose an offensive coordinator to replace Josh Heupel, who left the staff to become the head coach at Central Florida. Odom kept Lock plugged into the hiring process throughout the last month, his father, Andy Lock, said Tuesday in a phone interview. “That was very respectful,” Andy Lock said. “I appreciated that and Drew appreciated that. It got to the point where a few (candidates) didn’t work out, but he really liked Coach Dooley.” Last week, Odom flew to Dallas to interview the former Tennessee head coach who spent the last five years coaching the Dallas Cowboys’ wide receivers. On Friday, Dooley agreed to the job and has since had multiple phone conversations with Lock about his plans for the offense.