CollegeFootballNews.com Preview 2017: SEC Team’s Quarterback Situation & Ranking
Going into the summer, what’s the quarterback situation and ranking for every SEC team?
Not every quarterback battle is settled, but where does each SEC team stand at the most important position? The ranking is based on the entire quarterback situation.
Kyle Shurmur only threw nine touchdown passes, but he was terrific down the stretch throwing for 221 yards or more in all four November games, with 416 yards in the win over Tennessee. Can he hang on to the job if Missouri-then-Virginia transfer Marvin Zanders comes in – if he really does sign on – and provides more of a dynamic option?
And the starter will be … Kyle Shurmur, Jr.
– Vanderbilt 2017 Preview
While last year’s Week One starter Brandon Harris is off to North Carolina, former Purdue transfer Danny Etling is even more firmly entrenched as the starter. He might not be anything more than serviceable, but he’s experienced. Lefty Justin McMillan needs time and reps to show what he can do.
And the starter will be … Danny Etling, Sr.
– LSU 2017 Preview
Stephen Johnson turned in a major performance to beat Louisville late in the year, but can be consistently great for an entire season? He’ll get his shot to do even more with the starting gig, while veteran Drew Barker is a terrific backup option.
And the starter will be … Stephen Johnson, Sr.
– Kentucky 2017 Preview
Austin Allen did a terrific job of keeping the passing attack going after his brother, Brandon, threw for ten more yards the year before. 6-2, 212-pound sophomore Ty Storey got a wee bit of work last year, and now he’ll be groomed to be the starter for 2018.
And the starter will be … Austin Allen, Sr.
– Arkansas 2017 Preview
10. South Carolina
Jake Bentley wasn’t expected to do anything in his freshman season, but he turned into the spark the program needed. So good that star recruit Brandon McIlwain chose to transfer, the pressure is on Bentley to do even more. Michal Scarnecchia is a good veteran option to have in the bank.
And the starter will be … Jake Bentley, Soph.
– South Carolina 2017 Preview
Tennessee might have been a disappointing dud, but Joshua Dobbs did everything he could to save the season. He’s gone, but the Vols have a terrific situation, with Quinten Dormady a great-looking option who appears ready to step in and be more than fine, while Jarrett Guarantano will someday be the starter.
And the starter will be … Quinten Dormady, Jr.
– Tennessee 2017 Preview
It would’ve been interesting if Marvin Zanders didn’t transfer – first to Virginia, now to …Vandy? – but Drew Lock is coming off a big sophomore season and should rise up and be an even more important playmaker. 6-4, 215-pound Jack Lowary looks the part of another top Mizzou passer.
And the starter will be … Drew Lock, Jr.
– Mizzou 2017 Preview
7. Ole Miss
The one positive out of the disastrous second half of last season was the rise of Shea Patterson as a rising star passer to rally the beleaguered program around. He’ll take his lumps in what might be a rough year, but the talent is undeniable. JUCO transfer Jordan Ta’amu should own the backup job.
And the starter will be … Shea Patterson, Soph.
– Ole Miss 2017 Preview
6. Texas A&M
Easily the SEC’s most interesting quarterback situation – with some due respect to Florida – Jake Hubenak is the veteran who knows the offense, Nick Starkel was a good recruit with the upside to shine in the system, and Kellen Mond is a fantastic recruit who might just take over right away. It’ll be Mond’s gig soon enough, but since the opener is at UCLA …
And the starter will be ... Jake Hubenak, Sr.
– Texas A&M 2017 Preview
Here’s the thing – if it’s not Jacob Eason, then was his freshman season of seasoning a waste of an investment? He saw the SEC wars, and he was fine for a true freshman. However, Jake Fromm will get every opportunity to jump in and take over if Eason isn’t sharp.
And the starter will be … Jacob Eason, Soph.
– Georgia 2017 Preview
Just when it seemed like Feleipe Franks was about to get a shot to grow into the starting job, everything changed. Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire signed on, but can he take over with only a few fall practices to show what he can do? Kyle Trask is still in the hunt for at least the No. 2 job, while last year’s starter Luke Del Rio will at least still be around once he gets healthy.
And the starter will be … Malik Zaire, Sr.
– Florida 2017 Preview
It was one of the biggest transfers of the offseason. Former Baylor starter Jarrett Stidham will take over the starting job, but Sean White is a veteran who always seems to find his way onto the field. In a true emergency – or in a few funky packages – John Franklin III could move from receiver back to under center.
And the starter will be … Jarrett Stidham, Soph.
– Auburn 2017 Preview
2. Mississippi State
There isn’t a whole lot of quarterbacking star power in the SEC compared to the Pac-12 or Big 12, but there are plenty of very good ones. Nick Fitzgerald could be the best of the bunch. A very tall, very mobile all-around threat the hype will quickly kick in as the season approaches. 6-4, 222-pound Keytaon Thompson os the star of the near future.
And the starter will be … Nick Fitzgerald, Jr.
– Mississippi State 2017 Preview
While there might be chatter about super-recruit Tua Tagovailoa is Jalen Hurts struggles early on … nah. Former key recruits are doing big things elsewhere, with David Cornwell expected to start at Nevada, Blake Barnett will likely get the call at Arizona State, and Cooper Bateman is pushing for a receiver job at Utah. Hurts is really that good, and he’ll show why again this year.
And the starter will be … Jalen Hurts, Soph.
– Alabama 2017 Preview