Quarterback isn’t all the time on the forefront of the dialog in relation to the SEC but, just like the conference, in 2019 the position simply means extra.
Quarterbacks undoubtedly will play a important position within the success, or lack thereof, for all 14 SEC soccer teams this season. Nine introduced their quarterbacks to SEC Media days with solely Kentucky, Mississippi State, Auburn, Vanderbilt and Arkansas arriving without their signal-caller.
The vary of expertise within the conference is critical. The convention presently options two of the highest quarterback prospects within the 2020 NFL Draft while four head into August with no starter named. Heading into the season, from worst to greatest, right here is how every SEC soccer group’s quarterback situation ranks.
14. Vanderbilt: Riley Neal vs. Deuce Wallace vs. Mo Hasan
The Commodores are in search of to exchange Kyle Shurmur who led their staff for the last three seasons, setting faculty data alongside the best way. They have 5 scholarship quarterbacks battling for the job. Riley Neal, a graduate switch from Ball State is a prime candidate to win the job. He threw for 7,393 yards and 46 touchdowns in 34 video games for the Cardinals. Deuce Wallace, who has served a suspension from the workforce, and Mo Hasan, who served as the back-up in 2018, are additionally prime contenders for the beginning position.
13. Mississippi State: Keytaon Thompson vs. Tommy Stevens
The Bulldogs completed with eight wins in 2018 with Nick Fitzgerald at the helm. Fitzgerald is now gone and they’re determined to find a quarterback who will help the offense elevate to the extent of success the defense found last season. Their battle is between Keytaon Thompson and Penn State switch, Tommy Stevens.
Thompson was the presumed inheritor to the position, with relative success backing up Fitzgerald. Thompson threw six touchdowns and one interception however accomplished just 46 % of his 39 attempts in 2018.
Stevens, reunited with head coach Joe Moorhead; who had served as offensive coordinator at Penn State previous to joining Mississippi State. Stevens is a dual-threat who threw for just 304 yards in restricted time at Penn State but ran for 506 yards and caught 14 receptions for 62 yards and two touchdowns. He had a powerful displaying at the Manning Passing Academy this summer time and expectations are rising.
12. Arkansas: Ty Storey vs. Nick Starkel vs. Ben Hicks
Last yr’s starter Ty Storey accomplished just 57 % of his passes and threw 11 interceptions (compared to 10 touchdowns) while leading the Razorbacks to a 2-10 document in 2018. They may forgo experience with the hope of a graduate switch sparking their in any other case stalled offense.
Ben Hicks stood out whereas with SMU. He threw for 9,081 yards and 71 touchdowns whereas starting 37 video games during the last three seasons for the Mustangs. Nick Starkel has a very good marketing campaign in 2017, his first (and only) yr starting for Texas A&M. He accomplished 60 % of his passes for 1,793 yards and threw 14 touchdowns, with six interceptions. Starkel, although, could not maintain off Kellen Mond.
11. Auburn: Joey Gatewood vs. Bo Nix
Auburn is in a uniquely challenging place. They have a pair of prime recruits in Joey Gatewood and Bo Nix battling, with neither having vital enjoying time beneath their belt. Joey Gatewood served because the backup to Jared Stidham final season. He’s a four-star prospect who 247Sports Composite ranked as their prime athlete in the 2018 recruiting class and No. 49 general within the class.
Bo Nix is a five-star prospect, in line with 247Sports activities Composite, and was ranked as the top dual-threat quarterback within the 2019 class and No. 33 general. Nix threw for 6,667 passing yards in two high school seasons and has a verified four.6 time in the 40.
10. Ole Miss: Matt Corral
Matt Corral lacks recreation expertise, like a lot of the quarterbacks, ranked under him on this listing. The redshirt freshmen, although, has already been named the starter for the 2019 season. Ole Miss also chose to convey Corral to SEC Media Days; a reflection of the leadership position they anticipate him to play for their workforce.
Ole Miss swayed Corral, who originally committed to Florida, as a centerpiece to their 2018 recruiting class. Corral was a four-star prospect from Lengthy Seashore, Calif. and was ranked the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the class.
9. Kentucky: Terry Wilson
Wilson manned the helm of Kentucky’s 2018 offense, which cruised additional than most anticipated. The Wildcats, though, lost a whole lot of expertise up entrance, including star operating back Benny Snell. Wilson is a dual-threat weapon who had inconsistent success last season. He completed 67 % of his passes, however only had 1,889 complete passing yards. Wilson additionally threw for eight interceptions, in comparison with 11 touchdowns. He also ran for 547 yards and 4 touchdowns.
eight. Florida: Feleipe Franks
This is where the rankings get robust; the subsequent five quarterbacks discussed may be interchanged in ranking with out much disagreement from me. Feleipe Franks shocked much of the soccer world together with his 2018 season; he threw for 2,457 yards and 24 touchdowns, with simply six interceptions after an unimpressive freshman campaign. His improvement has been credited, in large part, to Dan Mullen taking up the offense. Still, Franks has a career 56 % completion fee that is exhausting to look previous. The most important questions for Franks and Mullen this season is: Was 2018 the ceiling for Franks or is there more to return?
7. LSU: Joe Burrow
Burrow initially dedicated to Ohio State, because the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in the 2015 class. After dropping the job to Haskins he transferred to LSU. His first season in Baton Rouge got here with a lot success: he threw for 2,894 yards for 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. Burrow accomplished 58 % of his passing makes an attempt. Burrow appears to have extra room to develop with new passing recreation coordinator Joe Brady. He has the potential to finish as a top-three quarterback in the convention by the top of the season, however it is far from assured.
6. South Carolina: Jake Bentley
The Gamecocks know precisely what they’re getting with Jake Bentley in 2018. He has the expertise with 33 begins during the last three seasons. Bentley is consistent: in 2017 he threw for 2,794 yards, 18 touchdowns, and completed 62 % of his makes an attempt. In 2018 he threw for three,171 yards, 27 touchdowns and 62 % of his attempts.
Bentley’s experience and success might be important because the Gamecocks try to make a run at the SEC East. His recreation, although, comes off as capped to me. He has a very good arm and consists nicely beneath strain. He is stiff, though, and has inconsistent mechanics. He lacks mobility and sometimes puts the ball in dangerous places-especially struggling within the pink zone.
5. Tennessee: Jarrett Guarantano
This is probably greater than most, but Jarrett Guarantano’s top-five ranking represents what I view his ceiling to be. In 21 video games during the last two seasons, he has thrown for 2,904 yards, 16 touchdowns with simply 5 interceptions and has accomplished 62 % of his passes.
Guarantano, although, has been held again by poor offensive line play as a centerpiece of a rebuilding Volunteers offense. This season, though, Guarantano heads into the second yr underneath head coach Jeremy Pruitt with the potential of two extremely touted freshmen tackles and the potential return of Trey Smith. He additionally has a brand new offensive coordinator in Jim Cheney.
He has impressive arm expertise and displays big-play potential and the power to make good selections throwing the ball. His passing is rooted in good footwork and his quick launch. He’s efficient in extending the play together with his mobility and has burst when he decides to run with the ball.
four. Texas A&M: Kellen Mond
Mond gained the starting job in 2017, however it was throughout his sophomore season (2018) that he broke out. He is a real dual-threat weapon. In 2018 he threw for 3,107 yards and 24 touchdowns whereas additionally operating for 474 yards and seven touchdowns.
Mond is a constant menace to interrupt off an enormous play. His quickness and athleticism are on full display when he runs the ball. He also plays as massive as his 6’1″ 217-pound body suggests he should; he’s not afraid to swipe off defenders to keep a run going.
Though Mond’s operating capacity provides him upside, it is his arm which is on the middle of his success to date in School Station. Mond has good arm talent and may zip the ball within the brief area. He had the sixth most passing yards in the SEC in 2018.
3. Missouri: Kelly Bryant
Kelly Bryant led Clemson to the 2017 Nationwide Championship recreation, profitable an ACC title along the best way. In what was briefly probably the most controversial transfer in 2018, Dabo Sweeney chose to bench Bryant for Trevor Lawrence. Bryant then chose to transfer to Missouri and honored that commitment even after the Tigers have been handed their 2019 bowl ban.
In 2017, he accomplished 66 % of his 398 attempts for 2,802 yards and 13 touchdowns. His completion proportion was better than any SEC quarterback that season. Bryant also ran for 665, which would have ranked third among SEC quarterbacks, and 11 touchdowns in 2017.
Bryant has the opportunity to right away leap in and take the reins of the Missouri offense. He is a dangerous combination of expertise and talent. Missouri can’t play in a bowl recreation in 2019, but Bryant will help them cause chaos in the SEC East.
2. Georgia: Jake Fromm
Jake Fromm is every part a Georgia fan might want. Typically Fromm is even more than what they need; his capacity to take after which hold onto the starting job has led to the departure of two players (Jacob Eason and Justin Fields) with extra prestigious recruiting profiles than himself.
Fromm, although, is a pressure for the Bulldogs, serving to them win 24 games the last two seasons. He has thrown for 5,376 yards and 54 touchdowns with simply 13 interceptions whereas completing 65 % of his attempts.
Fromm’s recreation is centered around accuracy. He has great contact on passes and artistically leads receivers downfield. He has tight mechanics and is poised within the pocket. He reads defenses properly and sometimes comes by way of in clutch situations for Georgia.
Fromm is a constant supply of certainty for Georgia, and they’ll want him to be again in 2019.
1. Alabama: Tua Tagovailoa
The one option to describe Tua Tagovailoa is he’s particular. He is a next-level expertise that is surrounded by a supporting forged which makes it troublesome to fail. Together with Fromm, he is thought-about to be among the prime 4 quarterback prospects for the 2020 NFL Draft.
In 2018, his first full season as a starter, Tagovailoa totaled three,966 passing yards on 355 attempts. He threw for 43 touchdowns and just six interceptions en path to ending as the runner-up to Kyler Murray for the Heisman Trophy. He led the SEC in passing yards, touchdowns, passing completions and yards per attempt (11.2).
He has critical arm talent that permits him to throw the ball anyplace on the sector. His spectacular arm power is matched by his accuracy within the brief and midfield. He has nice contact, a quick launch and anticipates very properly. His ceiling, along together with his previous manufacturing is what provides him the nod as the top SEC quarterback heading into the 2019 season.