Who are the projected starting quarterbacks for each SEC team?
Alabama Crimson Tide
Current Projected Starter: Tua Tagovailoa, Jr.
If Tagovailoa isn’t the best quarterback in college football, he’s in the top three. With Jalen Hurts now an Oklahoma Sooner, the spotlight is on sophomore Mac Jones as the likely No. 2, but another Tagovailoa – new recruit, Taulia – is making some noise.
Current Projected Starter: Nick Starkel, Jr.
Ty Storey is now at Western Kentucky and Cole Kelley bolted to SE Louisiana, but the Hogs upgraded at the position getting Ben Hicks from SMU and Starkel from Texas A&M. Throw in redshirt freshman Connor Noland – a baseball player who saw time in four football games last season – and it’ll be a battle throughout the offseason.
Current Projected Starter: Bo Nix, Fr.
Good luck trying to figure this one out before kicking the season off against Oregon. There’s a ton of talent in place to take over for Jarrett Stidham, but it’s a battle. Junior Malik Willis has been the backup, but Joey Gatewood was an outstanding recruit with the size, talent and athleticism to become a star, and Cord Sandberg is a mature power pitcher who can throw.
But it’s Nix who’ll get the longest look as the superstar recruit this season who’s the perfect fit for the Gus Malzahn offense.
Current Projected Starter: Feleipe Franks, Jr.
Did Franks turn the corner last season? He might have been mediocre at times, and he has to be more accurate, but he threw 24 touchdown passes and just six picks. However, redshirt freshman Emory Jones is the former superstar recruit who appears to be stronger and readier to roll. Junior Kyle Trask is more than just a decent backup option.
Current Projected Starter: Jake Fromm, Jr.
With Justin Fields now an Ohio State Buckeye, the pressure is on Fromm to not only be even better, but to stay healthy. The pressure is on the coaching staff, too, to find a ready-to-roll No. 2 guy. D’Wan Mathis is the big recruit, but former JUCO transfer Stetson Bennett knows the system after running the scout team. Basically, Georgia is hosed if Fromm goes down.
Current Projected Starter: Terry Wilson, Jr.
Wilson might not be Tom Brady throwing the ball, but he’s the leader of the attack after a strong season finding a way to get the job done. However, junior Gunnar Hoak has the passing skills to do a bit more. Hoak’s the backup, but he’s a reliable option.
Current Projected Starter: Joe Burrow, Sr.
It’s a fantastic situation. Burrow stepped in and became the steadying quarterback the team and offense needed, and sophomore Myles Brennan is the more talented backup option who’ll be a solid No. 2, at least.
Mississippi State Bulldogs
Current Projected Starter: Keytaon Thompson, Jr.
Nick Fitzgerald is gone, but Thompson is more than good enough to keep the offense going and do even more with the passing game. Redshirt freshman Jalen Mayden will get a little work here and there with the talent and upside to provide a push for the No. 1 gig. Four-star freshman talent Garrett Shrader is a Joe Moorhead type of prospect who might just be good enough throw his hat into the starting ring.
Current Projected Starter: Kelly Bryant, Sr.
It’s a fantastic situation. Clemson transfer Bryant is an elite college quarterback looking to prove he can be an NFL talent, TCU transfer Shawn Robinson is in the system for next season when he’s eligible, and sophomore Taylor Powell and Lindsey Scott are talented options for the No. 2 spot. Junior Micah Wilson is moving to receiver.
Ole Miss Rebels
Current Projected Starter: Matt Corral, RFr.
The 6-1, 207-pound Corral is the likely main man to take over for Jordan Ta’amu and run offensive coordinator Rich Rodriguez’s attack, but he’ll have to hold off true freshmen Kinkead Dent and Grant Tisdale for the job. Tisdale is the better talent, but it’s an open competition that will go through the summer.
South Carolina Gamecocks
Current Projected Starter: Jake Bentley, Sr.
Bentley is the firmly entrenched starter with the battle on for the backup pecking order. Expect it not to be figured out until August with sophomore Jay Urich fighting with redshirt freshman Dakereon Joyner and star recruit Ryan Hilinski – the star of the spring game – to groom for the 2020 starting gig.
Current Projected Starter: Jarrett Guarantano, Jr.
Guarantano appears to have settled the situation a little bit after a decent year, but it’s a thin roster behind him. Redshirt freshman J.T. Shrout is a gunner, and new recruit Brian Maurer will get his shots, but a mid-level grad transfer – like Keller Chryst from Stanford last year – would be a nice insurance policy.
Texas A&M Aggies
Current Projected Starter: Kellen Mond, Jr.
With Nick Starkel transferring to Arkansas, it’s all Mond’s show now going forward. It’ll be a steady fight throughout the summer for the backup job, with sophomore Connor Blumrick an interesting, safe option to go along with the more talented true freshman Zach Calzada and sophomore James Foster.
Current Projected Starter: Riley Neal, Sr.
Neal is a former Ball State starter who was fine when healthy, but inconsistent. He’s a good grad transfer, but he’s hardly the sure-thing starter. Junior Mo Hasan was the main backup last season, but junior Deuce Wallace is the No. 1A guy in the starting battle with Neal.