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Drew Lock (3) - Missouri QB (photo by Missouri Athletics)
Drew Lock (3) – Missouri QB
(photo by Missouri Athletics)

The Dawgs are on the road to take on Missouri; so, who are the Tigers to watch? Murray Poole has three Mizzou players to keep your eye on.
Lock (6-4, 220) took over as Mizzou’s starting quarterback over the final eight games last season, replacing Maty Mauk who is no longer with the program. Lock was the first Tiger true freshman to start at QB since Corby Jones in 1995. He went 19-of-28 for a career-best 244 yards and a touchdown against BYU at Arrowhead Stadium on Nov 14 and finished the season going 129-of-263 for 1,332 and four touchdowns. In Missouri’s 2016 season opener, Lock completed 23-of-51 attempts for a new career-high of 280 yards and one touchdown, with no interceptions in a 26-11 loss at West Virginia. The Georgia defense clearly will have to bring pressure on Lock come Saturday evening in Columbia, Mo.
Harris joins a long line of outstanding defensive ends at Missouri. The 6-3, 260-pound junior earned Second Team All-SEC honors last season after leading the SEC in tackles-for-loss (18.5) and finished with seven sacks in his first season as a starter. Harris started all 12 games at defensive end for one of the nation’s most potent defenses. In the Tigers’ tough 9-6 loss to Georgia in Athens, Harris had a career-high nine tackles with a sack and totaled multiple tackles-for-loss in nine of 12 Mizzou games in 2015. He had a streak of four consecutive games with a sack beginning with the Florida contest last Oct. 10.
It goes without saying Georgia’s offensive front is going to have to be at its very best to keep Mr. Harris from harassing Georgia QBs Jacob Eason and Greyson Lambert.
If Charles Harris isn’t enough to deal with, the Bulldogs’ offense is also going to have to account for this guy. Scherer (6-3, 235) is a senior middle linebacker who tallied at least 90 tackles for the second consecutive season in 2015 while earning the team’s Aaron O’Neal St. Louis Player of the Year Award. Scherer finished the season ranked second on the team with 93 tackles (47 solo), a mark that ranked 11th in the SEC and eighth among non-seniors. He added 9.0 tackles-for-loss, one fumble recovery, two QB hurries and three pass breakups to his ledger. Scherer broke the 10-tackle mark in four games, including a season-high 12 at Georgia with a pass break-up. With Scherer and Harris leading the way, there’s no question the Bulldogs’ offense will be confronting its toughest defense of the new football season Saturday night.

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Murray Poole is a 1965 graduate of the University of Georgia Journalism School. He served as sports editor of The Brunswick News for 40 years and has written for Bulldawg Illustrated the past 16 years. He has covered the Georgia Bulldogs for 53 years.