College Football 2016: Power Ranking the SEC Quarterbacks
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The SEC is more known for its running backs and defense, but quarterbacks have made more of an impact over the recent years in the best conference in college football. From Cam Newton, Johnny Manziel, AJ McCarron and Aaron Murray, we’re seeing the QB position have more of an impact in the SEC.
With the 2016 season rapidly approaching, here is how each quarterback stacks up in the SEC.
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1. Chad Kelly, Ole Miss - Chad Kelly has been hit or miss throughout his career, but he led the SEC with more than 4,000 passing yards and 31 touchdowns last season. A more consistent year from Kelly, and Ole Miss has a shot to compete for an SEC title.
2. Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee - Joshua Dobbs has a shot to be the most improved quarterback in this conference if he can boost his 59.6 completion percentage. Dobbs has all the potential in the world, it’s time he puts it all together in his senior season.
3. Brandon Harris, LSU - Brandon Harris is your typical LSU quarterback who has his moments but is overall a game manager at best. Harris finished the final five games with at least one interception. However, Harris has a chance to blossom after a full season under his belt.
4. Trevor Knight, Texas A&M - Trevor Knight is a transfer from Oklahoma and has more than 3,000 passing yards and 25 touchdowns in about a season and a half. Knight brings playmaking ability and experience to a struggling Aggies program.
5. Austin Allen, Arkansas - Austin Allen will get his first real season at quarterback after just 19 pass attempts the last two seasons combined. Allen is a tough kid with a strong build and could surprise some folks this season.
6. Jacob Eason, Georgia - Jacob Eason balled in the georgia spring game and will take the field this season for the first time when it counts. While others are more experienced than him, Eason has all the tools to be another great QB, as his accuracy and arm strength are above-average.
7. Blake Barnett, Alabama - Alabama struggled to find a quarterback last season, but Blake Barnett should be the go-to guy after redshirting. A five-star recruit, Barnett has all the tools to manage the game and make plays when he needs to in order for the Tide to push for another SEC crown.
8. Drew Barker, Kentucky - Drew Barker will get his first full season at the starting quarterback position after having just 70 pass attempts as a freshman. Barker showed flashes last year and had a touchdown pass against Vanderbilt late in the season.
9. John Franklin, Auburn - The four-star recruit from the 2016 class, John Franklin has the elite arm and the running skills to make Auburn fans get excited. It’s not just about getting the young quarterback some real reps.
10. Luke Del Rio, Florida - Luke Del Rio is the son of Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio and brings that high IQ to the field. Del Rio has a chance to shine right away, but we’ve heard that a lot with Florida recently and it hasn’t worked out well.
11. Perry Orth, South Carolina - The good news is that Perry Orth finished the final four games with eight touchdown passes. The bad news is he didn’t do much the rest of the season. Will the real Orth please stand up?
12. Drew Lock, Missouri - Drew Lock has a solid skill set and the potential to be pretty good, but he didn’t do much with Missouri last season and finished with four touchdowns to eight interceptions. Lock has a lot of showing and proving to do this season.
13. Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State - Replacing the best quarterback in school history in Dak Prescott won’t be easy the redshirt sophomore. The good news for Nick Fitzgerald is that he’s a big boy at 6’5” and has a strong arm.
14. Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt - Kyle Shurmur was able to get 103 pass attempts in last in the season, but he completed less than 43 percent of those passes. Shurmur has to step up in his first full season in order for Vanderbilt to have a solid season and for coach Derek Mason to keep his job.