How do the SEC quarterback situations break down going into fall camp and the season?
SEC Quarterback Depth Chart Projection, Ranking & Breakdown
Who has the best quarterback situation in the SEC going into the season, and who might struggle a bit? They’re the depth chart rankings of all the quarterbacks, remembering that it’s not just about the starter, it’s about what’s behind him, too.
14. Arkansas Razorbacks
Current Projected Starter: Cole Kelley, Soph.
Someone has to put up the massive numbers in the Chad Morris offense. Kelley is the massive passer who can run, but Ty Storey appears to be right there in the hunt for the starting gig. The job is wide open, but neither option is anything amazing.
13. Vanderbilt Commodores
Current Projected Starter: Kyle Shurmur, Sr.
The situation just got a whole lot rougher. Shurmur is a good, veteran presence who can make the offense go, but there’s no depth now that top backup options Deuce Wallace has been suspended for the year for the dreaded violation of team rules. That means fall camp will put the spotlight on new guy Allan Walters along with Mo Hasan to try taking over the No. 2 job.
12. Kentucky Wildcats
Current Projected Starter: Terry Wilson, Soph.
With Drew Barker retiring from football, the eggs are in the basket of former Oregon transfer Terry Wilson – maybe. If he’s not the guy, it’s Gunnar Hoak, or redshirt freshman Danny Clark. Hoak is the sharpest passer of the bunch, but Wilson has the big-time upside.
11. Tennessee Volunteers
Current Projected Starter: Jarrett Guarantano, Soph.
It’ll be one of the SEC’s fiercest quarterback battles. Guarantano should be the starter when the smoke clears, but Keller Chryst didn’t transfer in from Stanford to sit on the bench. Those two will be the main men in the race, but 6-3, 210-pound freshman JT Shrout and 6-1, 209-pound sophomore Will McBride will get equal chances to take over.
10. LSU Tigers
Current Projected Starter: Joe Burrow, Jr.
This just got interesting in a bit hurry. The addition of graduate transfer Joe Burrow from Ohio State gives the Tigers a potentially big-time passer who can finally take the offense and make it more explosive. However. Myles Brennan isn’t going to to anywhere in the race – he knows the offense – and Lowell Narcisse and Justin McMillan will get equal shots at the open job.
9. Florida Gators
Current Projected Starter: Feleipe Franks, Soph.
It’s going to be Franks, right? After all, he has the right size, the right skills, and the right talent to blow up for new head coach Dan Mullen. So why does it seem like everyone wants Kyle Trask to take the gig? Trask looked just good enough this offseason to be the No. 1 guy, but Franks has too much upside. Freshman Emory Jones has the talent to push for time if he can look stronger than he did in spring ball.
8. Ole Miss Rebels
Current Projected Starter: Jordan Ta’amu, Sr.
The Rebels might have lost Shea Patterson to Michigan, but Ta’amu is a baller who’ll make the passing game rock again. He’s a dangerous passer who’ll hit 300 yards on a regular basis, with Matt Corral waiting in the wings. There are other options working at other positions, but the quarterback situation will work around the top two all fall.
7. South Carolina Gamecocks
Current Projected Starter: Jake Bentley, Jr.
The Gamecocks are loaded with quarterbacks – there are currently eight on the roster, but seven of them are waiting in line behind the 6-4, 224-pound Bentley. 6-3 veteran Michigan Scarnecchia and 6-4 redshirt freshman Jay Urich will fight it out for the No. 2 job.
6. Texas A&M Aggies
Current Projected Starter: Nick Starkel, Soph.
This would’ve and should’ve been when Kyler Murray was about to turn into a Heisman-caliber leader and star for the Aggie offense, but instead he’s doing that for Oklahoma before becoming an Oakland A. Starkel is the easy, safe choice to run Jimbo Fisher’s offense, but Kellen Mond is 1A in the race that should take all fall camp to figure out.
5. Mississippi State Bulldogs
Current Projected Starter: Nick Fitzgerald, Sr
It’s this simple. If Nick Fitzgerald is 100% healthy, he’s going to be special for new head coach Joe Moorhead – that might still take a little bit. Keytaon Thompson proved last year that he’s more than good enough to take over if needed.
4. Auburn Tigers
Current Projected Starter: Jarrett Stidham, Jr.
It’s a fun situation for the Tigers. Stidham is the sure-thing NFL-caliber starter. Malik Willis is the solid-looking No. 2 option. and Joey Gatewood is expected to be the superstar of the near future. The key this year will be to sprinkle in the other parts to do more than get their feet wet.
3. Missouri Tigers
Current Projected Starter: Drew Lock, Sr.
Lock is the potential first quarterback off the board in the 2018 NFL Draft, but can he possibly match the massive numbers of last year? He won’t – the offense is too different under new head coach Derek Dooley. He’ll be fantastic, though, with 5-11, 210-pound Lindsey Scott, Jr. waiting in the wings along with 6-3 sophomore Micah Wilson.
2. Georgia Bulldogs
Current Projected Starter: Jake Fromm, Soph.
Fromm is the best young quarterback in college football, looking Aaron Rodgers-like at times throughout the College Football Playoff with the poise, the presence, and the arm. Okay, maybe not the Rodgers arm, but he was brilliant as a freshman. Justin Fields, though, might be just too good to keep off the field. At the very least, there should be a little bit of a rotation, but watch for Fromm to keep the job. For now.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide
Current Projected Starter: Tua Tagovailoa, Soph.
Jalen Hurts has never received enough credit and love for what he did in a national championship chase one year, and a near miss the season before, but consider it a stunner if Tua Tagovailoa isn’t the starter.
The upside is too big for the national championship hero to not get the first and longest look, but Hurts is way too careful with the ball and way too experienced. The X factor? Mac Jones might just be the team’s best passer.