Entering Week 1, NFL.com had no SEC representation in its college football quarterback power rankings. But it took just one week of games to quickly change that, and now the SEC owns 30 percent of the list.
Missouri’s Drew Lock, Ole Miss’ Shea Patterson and Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham moved onto the list, taking the 8-9-10 spots. But if this trio continues what they started in the first week of the season, then there’s no reason they shouldn’t continue to move up.
Lock was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week after passing for 521 yards and matching the conference record with seven touchdowns. He led Mizzou’s offense to 72 points in the season-opening win over Missouri State. NFL.com noted that Lock “narrowly” missed the top 10 entering Week 1.
Patterson threw for 429 yards and four touchdowns in his fourth career game, a season-opening win over South Alabama.
Stidham, who NFL.com noted also just missed out on its preseason top 10, didn’t have the best showing in his Auburn debut. He threw for two touchdowns and 185 yards in a season-opening win over Georgia Southern. However, many believe Stidham is poised to be a breakout star, and a big showing against Clemson this Saturday would certainly help.
South Carolina’s Jake Bentley also received one 10-place vote in the NFL.com power rankings.
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