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Name: Connor Bazelak 
College: Missouri     Number: 8
Height: 6-3   Weight: 212
Position: QB  Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: rSo/2024

40 Low: 4.80
   40 Time: 4.89
  40 High: 5.00
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Weight: 212

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 Data Scout Notes: 2021: POBrien...**2020: Co-ROYC/ARTC

 Connor Bazelak, Missouri, Player News

  11/21/21 - QB Connor BazelakrSo/2024, Missouri, 6-3, 212 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  Connor Bazelak threw a 2-point conversion pass to Daniel Parker Jr. to lift Missouri to a 24-23 overtime victory over Florida on Saturday. The Tigers (6-5, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) drew within a point on Tyler Badie's 13-yard touchdown run, and Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz elected to go for 2 rather than send the game to a second overtime with a PAT kick. Parker, a tight end, slipped undetected into the left side of the end zone and caught the lobbed pass. Badie rushed 27 times for 146 yards. Bazelak completed 15 of 26 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown. Florida (5-6, 2-6 SEC) got the ball first in overtime, and Emory Jones caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Trent Whittemore on a trick play to give the Gators a brief lead. Jones completed 20 of 32 passes for 261 yards and a touchdown.

Missouri entered the game with the nation's 118th-ranked defense, and Florida had yielded 92 points in its last two games. No matter - the defenses dominated in a stingy battle of field position and field goals. Missouri led 9-6 at halftime on three Harrison Mevis field goals. Florida finally broke the touchdown drought on its first drive of the second half. Jones hit Jacob Copeland on a 49-yard pass to set up a Dameon Pierce 2-yard scoring run. Missouri answered early in the fourth quarter when Bazelak connected with tight end Niko Hea on a 41-yard touchdown pass. Missouri missed a chance to take the lead with 1:04 left in regulation when Mevis - who had made 17 of 18 field-goal attempts this season - pushed a 46-yarder wide right. Florida coach Dan Mullen elected to run out the clock and take his chances in overtime rather than throw the ball. - Missouri/AP College Football


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  09/18/21 - QB Connor BazelakrSo/2024, Missouri, 6-3, 212 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  Connor Bazelak squeezed a full day of production into one half Saturday as he led Missouri to a 59-28 victory over Southeast Missouri. Bazelak completed 21 of 30 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns for the Tigers (2-1). He spread the ball to 10 receivers and connected on a 46-yard touchdown pass to D'onte Smith and a 52-yard TD pass to Chance Luper. Missouri running back Tyler Badie entered the game as the national leader in yards from scrimmage with 392.

He played sparingly Saturday against an overmatched FCS opponent, but he made the most of his limited chances, rushing nine times for 81 yards and two touchdowns and catching two passes for 14 yards and another score. Missouri built a 38-0 halftime lead. In the second half, Brady Cook and Tyler Macon played quarterback for the Tigers. On his first career pass attempt, Macon connected with JJ Hester down the middle on a 65-yard touchdown. Quarterback CJ Ogbonna carried 12 times for 96 yards for SEMO (0-3). Shamenski Rucker scored two rushing touchdowns for the Redhawks. - Missouri Football/AP College Football


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  08/29/21 - QB Connor BazelakrSo/2024, Missouri, 6-3, 212 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  Just about every Missouri football player has answered an interview question about Connor Bazelak over the past few months. That's par for the course of being the starting quarterback for a Southeastern Conference program on the rise, especially for a player whose personality differs from the head coach responsible for putting Bazelak in that dignified position. Eli Drinkwitz's role in Bazelak's elevation from ACL surgery a little less than 20 months ago to one of the league's top passers will be on display from play No. 1 against Central Michigan in the Tigers' season opener Sept. 4.

Drinkwitz is the bombastic savant who jokes "Twitter isn't real" at press conferences. Bazelak isn't nearly as outspoken publicly, but his methodical strategy is effective. "Just a guy who is in total control," Missouri wide receiver Keke Chism said of Bazelak. "He's already a great leader, being so young. Just for him, it was all about taking that next step, and I feel like he's done that within this offense. He's learned so much in so little time to where he has total control of this offense. "And we're 100% behind him. You look at a guy that's going to be able to go to the line of scrimmage and dissect defenses and be able to make changes on the fly to put us in the right situations to be successful. So having a quarterback like that ultimately gives you a step ahead of your competition." - Columbia Daily Tribune


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  08/06/21 - QB Connor BazelakrSo/2024, Missouri, 6-3, 212 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  There's a clear No. 1 quarterback entering camp in Bazelak, which takes the biggest question coach Eli Drinkwitz had to answer last season already off the table. Bazelak showed maturity as the signal-caller, good enough to win co-Southeastern Conference freshman of the year honors in 2020 alongside Auburn's Tank Bigsby. Drinkwitz and Bazelak admitted last year that there was more potential in the team's passing game, as Drinkwitz had limited time with his team because of the coronavirus prior to taking the field against Alabama. That's not the case this season.

Bazelak has had a full offseason, now nearly two years removed from ACL surgery, to hone his game and find ways to become a top-tier quarterback in the SEC. Drinkwitz has seen plenty of great signal-callers in-person in his coaching career - Cam Newton, Ryan Finley and Zac Thomas to name a few. He believes Bazelak has the same level of potential. Should the Dayton, Ohio, native show it in 2021, Missouri would reap the benefits. - Columbia Daily Tribune


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  08/04/21 - QB Connor BazelakrSo/2024, Missouri, 6-3, 212 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  As Missouri's Eli Drinkwitz opens his second preseason camp Friday, he's got one crucial box already checked. "We have a commodity at the quarterback position," he recently said. Only a few peers across the Southeastern Conference can say the same heading into the start of practices. But at Mizzou, for the first time since 2018, the Tigers return their starter at the game's most important position. Connor Bazelak has appeared in games each of the last two seasons, but thanks to the NCAA's extra year of eligibility for all athletes, Bazelak technically returns as a redshirt freshman again this fall.

Last season, when he started the last eight games of MU's Southeastern Conference-only 10-game schedule, Bazelak was named the league's co-freshman of the year. At last month's SEC media days, Drinkwitz joked that Bazelak could win the award again this year. "I don't know if that's possible," he said. "But maybe with COVID exception it is...We're excited about the growth he can show and earn." Few SEC teams have the same luxury. Last year, SEC quarterbacks Mac Jones (Alabama) and Kyle Trask (Florida) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the Heisman Trophy voting. Kellen Mond broke every significant career passing record at Texas A&M. All three have moved onto the NFL, leaving the SEC with a conspicuous void of star power at the position. - Post-Dispatch


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  12/28/20 - QB Connor BazelakrSo/2024, Missouri, 6-3, 212 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  2020 SEC ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (COACHES): QB Connor Bazelak, Missouri,...In his first game as lead signal caller, Bazelak led the Tigers to a 45-41 win over defending national champion LSU (Oct. 10) as he completed 29-of-34 passes for 406 yards and four TDs, earning SEC Freshman of the Week honors. It marked the first of three freshman weekly honors for Bazelak, who also earned the honor against Vanderbilt (Nov. 28) after going 30-of-37 for 318 yards and Arkansas (Dec. 5) after throwing 32-of-49 for 380 yards. Bazelak's season mark of 2,366 yards ranks fourth in the league, while his completion percentage (67.3) and QB rating (132.05) rank sixth. All three marks rank first among SEC freshmen signal callers. - Missouri Football

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  12/22/20 - QB Connor BazelakrSo/2024, Missouri, 6-3, 212 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  2020 SEC CO-FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Connor Bazelak, Missouri,...With his top freshman nod, Bazelak becomes the first Tiger to earn offensive Freshman of the Year honors since Jeremy Maclin in 2007. Bazelak has shined since being inserted into the starting quarterback role for the Tigers in week three, as he has earned five wins in eight starts as Mizzou's field general.

In his first game as lead signal caller, Bazelak led the Tigers to a 45-41 win over defending national champion LSU (Oct. 10) as he completed 29-of-34 passes for 406 yards and four TDs, earning SEC Freshman of the Week honors. It marked the first of three freshman weekly honors for Bazelak, who also earned the honor against Vanderbilt (Nov. 28) after going 30-of-37 for 318 yards and Arkansas (Dec. 5) after throwing 32-of-49 for 380 yards. Bazelak's season mark of 2,366 yards ranks fourth in the league, while his completion percentage (67.3) and QB rating (132.05) rank sixth. All three marks rank first among SEC freshmen signal callers. - Missouri Football


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  12/07/20 - QB Connor BazelakrSo/2024, Missouri, 6-3, 212 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  DEC 7 SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Connor Bazelak, QB, Missouri,...Went 32-for-49 (65.3 percent) for 380 yards, his second straight game over 300 yards, as he improved to 6-1 as a starter in his young career...On Mizzou's game-winning drive with just 43 seconds remaining, he moved the offense 60 yards in seven plays, going a perfect 4-for-4 for 54 yards and three first downs...He was 8-for-11 for 150 yards in the fourth quarter as he helped rally Mizzou from down 14 points in the final frame, good for the largest fourth-quarter comeback in school history...He's now fourth in the SEC in passing yards per game (250.3) and fifth in completion percentage...He has thrown just two interceptions on the year, the fewest of any SEC quarterback with at least five games played. - SEC Football

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  11/30/20 - QB Connor BazelakrSo/2024, Missouri, 6-3, 212 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  NOV 30 SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Connor Bazelak, QB, Missouri,...Was sensational as he improved to 5-1 as a starting quarterback in his young career...Was highly productive and efficient despite not throwing a touchdown Saturday, going 30-of-37 (81%) with 318 passing yards...It stood as his second game this season with a completion percentage greater than 81% and 300-plus passing yards...Since 2000, Bazelak and Chase Daniel, a 2007 Heisman finalist, are the only Tiger QBs with multiple contests of 81% or higher completion percentage...He was the first Mizzou QB to complete 30 passes in a game since Kelly Bryant did so in last year's season-opener at Wyoming...In his six career starts, Mizzou's freshman QB is now 134-for-183 (73.2%) for 1,416 yards and five touchdowns against only one INT, most importantly winning five of those six games. - SEC Football

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  11/21/20 - QB Connor BazelakrSo/2024, Missouri, 6-3, 212 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz was proud his team wouldn't let the obstacles they've faced this season keep them from success. And he happily congratulated them, COVID-19 worries and all, after the Tigers' 17-10 victory over South Carolina on Saturday night. "Can you grab me hand sanitizer? I've been touching a lot of players," he said. Coronavirus has severely impacted the Tigers this year: they had just 52 scholarship players available this week and defensive coordinator Ryan Walters remained at home because of contact tracing concerns. Still, Missouri and quarterback Connor Bazelak opened a 17-0 lead in the first half and defense held on to defeat the Gamecocks 17-10 on Saturday night.

The Tigers hadn't played since Oct. 31 because of a bye week and a postponement of their game last week with Georgia. Drinkwitz wasn't sure he'd get this one either with his dwindling roster. "That's a (Division) I-AA roster right now," Drinkwitz said. Instead, they played like a winning SEC team as Bazelak threw for 203 yards and a touchdown and the defense, under substitute coordinator David Gibbs, choked off the Gaemcocks when it mattered most. "I'm really excited we got the win and (the defense) really took us home," Bazelak said. Larry Rountree III rushed for a score and became the Tigers all-time time rushing leader among running backs for the Tigers (3-3 Southeastern Conference). - Missouri/AP College Football


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  10/12/20 - QB Connor BazelakrSo/2024, Missouri, 6-3, 212 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  OCT 12 SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Connor Bazelak, QB, Missouri,...In his second career start, Bazelak engineered an unbelievable day for the Mizzou offense as the Tigers defeated No. 17 and defending national champion LSU, 45-41, Saturday at Mizzou's Memorial Stadium...The win marked Mizzou's first over a ranked opponent since Nov. 3, 2018, at No. 13 Florida and it was Mizzou's first win over a defending national champion since Sept. 9, 1978, when Mizzou defeated fifth-ranked Notre Dame, 3-0...It was also Mizzou head coach Eliah Drinkwitz's first win since taking over the program...At 85.3 percent (29-of-34), Bazelak posted Mizzou's best-ever completion percentage against a ranked opponent or FBS opponent, a mark that is also a Mizzou freshman record and ranks second in school history.

The only performance better than Bazelak's was Chase Daniel's 94.1 completion percentage against Southeast Missouri during his senior season in 2008...He is just the fourth Mizzou QB to have an .830 completion percentage or better when passing at least 30 attempts; the other three - Drew Lock, Blaine Gabbert and Chase Daniel - played in the NFL...Bazelak's passer rating of 242.4 was the sixth-best mark in program history, with the other five coming against SEMO, Iowa State, Missouri State, Nevada and Idaho as it was the best-ever rating against a ranked team for a Mizzou QB...Before Bazelak's performance Saturday, the previous best rating by a Mizzou QB in an SEC game was Drew Lock's 210.3 at Florida in 2018...The redshirt freshman passed for over 406 yards and four touchdowns - the first Mizzou freshman to pass for four touchdowns in a game since Maty Mauk against Kentucky in 2013...Only five Mizzou QBs have ever thrown for more yards than Bazelak did Saturday - keep in mind it was his second career start. - SEC Football


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  10/09/20 - QB Connor BazelakrSo/2024, Missouri, 6-3, 212 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  Missouri has settled on a quarterback. Connor Bazelak, coming off a promising day at Tennessee on Saturday, is the Tigers' starter heading into Saturday's game against No. 17 Louisiana State, coach Eli Drinkwitz said Tuesday. Bazelak, a redshirt freshman, will make his second career start - he started last year's finale at Arkansas before suffering a torn ACL - but he received his most extensive playing time in Saturday's loss at Tennessee in relief of Shawn Robinson. MU's new depth chart reflects the change: There's no longer an OR listed between the two quarterbacks.

"Well, he got in and we moved the ball offensively," Drinkwitz said. "He moved the ball on third downs. He made good decisions in the pocket. There are some things that he missed and some things that he's got to improve on, but I just felt like he handled the situation well and he gave us a chance. And we're gonna stick with him." Through two games, Bazelak has been much more aggressive attempting to throw the ball downfield. He showed that again Saturday, when he completed 13 of 21 passes for 218 yards. For the season he's averaged 8.2 yards per attempt compared to 6.4 for Robinson. Bazelak has attempted far more passes beyond 10 yards, completing 7 of 17 for 162 yards, compared to Robinson, who's attempted just 3 of 4 for 81 yards, 54 coming on one touchdown pass to running back Tyler Badie. - Post-Dispatch


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