Greatest SEC Quarterback of 2017, Week 14: Jake Fromm’s big chance is here

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Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham has raced up our national leaderboard over the past month, and for good reason: He’s led perhaps the best team in the country to a pair of wins over top-ranked opponents.

But he’s not the passer who will determine the outcome of the SEC Championship Game on Saturday afternoon. That would be Georgia freshman Jake Fromm, who is averaging just 17.3 attempts per game while handing off to an über-talented stable of running backs.

In most matchups, the Bulldogs can lean on their defense and ground game to get them through. Not against Auburn.

Back in early November, Fromm completed a pair of big passes on the Bulldogs’ first drive against the Tigers, giving them a 7-0 lead. But he completed just 1 pass over the next 30 minutes as Auburn ran away with the win. Saturday, if the Bulldogs running game disappears, it will be up to Fromm to make big plays.

Per our custom quarterback metric, QBG, Fromm is currently ranked No. 9 in the SEC and No. 62 in country. Those numbers can change drastically if he helps Georgia pull off the upset at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

To give you an idea of how QBG works, here are the core factors:

  • Passing yardage
  • Rushing yardage/sack yardage
  • Total points (touchdowns plus team conversions)
  • Interceptions
  • Efficiency (output vs. above-average number of attempts)
  • Win/loss
  • Strength of opponent
  • Era (output pitted against contemporary stats)

Note: This is not a ranking of the “best” quarterbacks with the tightest spirals or the quickest decision-making abilities or the fastest 40 times. It’s about “greatness,” that all-important factor that — until now — was unquantifiable.

NATIONAL: Week 2 • Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6Week 7 Week 8Week 9Week 10 • Week 11Week 12Week 13Week 14

SEC: Week 2Week 3 • Week 4Week 5Week 6Week 7Week 8Week 9Week 10Week 11Week 12 •  Week 13

Here’s how the SEC QB rankings shake out entering Week 10 (key below):

⬆️⬆️⬆️ Major mover
⬆️ Notable mover
🔥 Consecutive great games
❄️ Consecutive disappointing games
⛔️ Negative score in most recent game

1. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn ⬆️

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National ranking: No. 4. An efficient passer all season, Jarrett Stidham has given Gus Malzahn and the Auburn offense a dimension it’s been sorely lacking since dual-threat star Nick Marshall left three years ago. His consistent play helped the Tigers slay a pair of No. 1 teams over the past month, and — along with an elite defensive line and a powerful running game — makes them a legitimate national title threat. 

2. Jalen Hurts, Alabama

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National ranking: No. 11. While the Alabama offense was effective enough to grab a third-quarter lead against Auburn, Jalen Hurts and Co. failed to make big plays down the stretch of a 26-14 loss. Hurts’ 2017 “greatness” score will rely heavily on Alabama’s potential backdoor inclusion in the College Football Playoff. 

3. Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State ⛔️

Quarterback-Nick Fitzgerald-Mississippi State
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National ranking: No. 21. Nick Fitzgerald suffered a gruesome dislocated right ankle in the Egg Bowl, and his season is over. His coach is gone now, too, so it’s reasonable to wonder if the rising senior can make the same impact in 2018.  

4. Drew Lock, Missouri

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National ranking: No. 25. Drew Lock passed Andre Woodson to claim the SEC’s single-season touchdown pass record, posting 5 scores vs. Arkansas to give himself a comfortable cushion at the top. He sits at 43 and has the potential to extend that to 46, 47 or 48 in the Tigers’ bowl game.

5. Jordan Ta’amu, Ole Miss

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National ranking: No. 34. Ole Miss’ biggest win of the season came after Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald went down with an injury. But even if Fitz had stayed healthy, Jordan Ta’amu and the Rebels offense were playing well enough to pull off the upset. The JUCO transfer put the finishing touches on an excellent first season, setting up an intriguing 2018 quarterback battle vs. Shea Patterson.

6. Danny Etling, LSU ⬆️

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National ranking: No. 43. Where did that come from? Danny Etling threw for 347 yards (his most in an LSU uniform) and tossed 3 touchdowns on just 30 attempts as the Tigers beat down Texas A&M. This has clearly been the best season of his career, and he has Ed Orgeron’s team riding high entering bowl season.

7. Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt

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National ranking: No. 46. Vandy had not defeated an SEC opponent all season, but even the Commodores weren’t bad enough to lose to Tennessee. Kyle Shurmur took sole ownership of the school’s single-season passing touchdown record in the big win.

8. Shea Patterson, Ole Miss

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National ranking: No. 55. Another week, another strong performance from Jordan Ta’amu in Shea Patterson’s absence. The offseason is finally here for Ole Miss, which means the quarterback competition has officially begun.

9. Jake Fromm, Georgia

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National ranking: No. 62. Fromm was excellent against Georgia Tech, averaging 14 yards per attempt and throwing 2 touchdowns. As mentioned in the intro, he’ll need to maintain that level of play against Auburn to give the Bulldogs a real shot on Saturday.

10. Jake Bentley, South Carolina ⬆️

Quarterback-Jake Bentley-South Carolina
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National ranking: No. 84. Jake Bentley had his least “great” game of the season against No. 2 Clemson, but he did enough to move past dormant Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond into the top 10. The Gamecocks offense still lacks firepower, and Bentley’s yards per attempt number needs a serious facelift in the bowl game.

11. Kellen Mond, Texas A&M (9.26)
12. Stephen Johnson, Kentucky (7.48) ❄️
13. Nick Starkel, Texas A&M (7.02)
14. Austin Allen, Arkansas (6.77) ⬆️
15. Feleipe Franks, Florida (4.35)
16. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama (3.41)
17. Cole Kelley, Arkansas (3.23)
18. Jarrett Guarantano, Tennessee (2.73)
19. Quinten Dormady, Tennessee (1.96)
20. Keytaon Thompson, Mississippi State (1.64) ⬆️

21. Malik Willis, Auburn (1.21)
22. Malik Zaire, Florida (0.75)
23. Luke Del Rio, Florida (0.58)
24. Myles Brennan, LSU (0.30)
25. Micah Wilson, Missouri (0.29)
26. Deuce Wallace, Vanderbilt (0.27)
27. Will McBride, Tennessee (0.17)
28. Jake Hubenak, Texas A&M (0.13)
29. Jacob Eason, Georgia (0.04)
30. Drew Barker, Kentucky (0.03)
31. Devin Adams, Auburn (0.01)
32. Shawn Stankavage, Vanderbilt (0.00)
33. Brice Ramsey, Georgia (-0.33)

Greatest single-game QB performances

QB Game PAtt-Yds-TD-Int RAtt-Yds-TD QBG
1 Jarrett Stidham, AUB vs. #1 UGA 23 — 214 — 3 — 0 7 — 3 — 1 33.60
2 Nick Fitzgerald, MSU vs. #12 LSU 23 — 180 — 2 — 0 14 — 88 — 2 21.24
3 Jarrett Stidham, AUB vs. #1 ALA 28 — 237 — 0 — 0 12 — 51 — 1 15.08
4 Jalen Hurts, ALA @ #16 MSU 19 — 242 — 1 — 0 19 — 40 — 1 12.31
5 Drew Lock, MIZ @ #4 UGA 25 — 253 — 4 — 1 2 — 15 — 0 11.05
6 Jordan Ta’amu, OLE @ UK 40 — 382 — 4 — 0 10 — 8 — 0 10.97
7 Jordan Ta’amu, OLE vs. Louisiana 36 — 418 — 3 — 1 7 — 13 — 2 9.99
8 Jalen Hurts, ALA vs. #3 FSU 18 — 96 — 1 — 0 15 — 55 — 0 9.86
9 Shea Patterson, OLE vs. Vandy 35 — 351 — 4 — 0 7 — 8 — 1 9.45 
10 Danny Etling, LSU vs. TAMU 30 — 347 — 3 — 0 4 — (-5) — 0 9.41
11 Jalen Hurts, ALA vs. Col. St. 17 — 248 — 2 — 0 11 — 103 — 1 9.26
12 Shea Patterson, OLE vs. So. Ala. 35 — 429 — 4 — 0 6 — 6 — 0 8.74
13 Jalen Hurts, ALA vs. Ole Miss 19 — 197 — 2 — 0 10 — 101 — 1 7.68
14 Danny Etling, LSU vs. #10 AUB 24 — 206 — 1 — 0 6 — (-9) — 0 7.64 
15 Jarrett Stidham, AUB @ TAMU 27 — 268 — 3 — 0 7 — 27 — 0 7.59
16 Jordan Ta’amu, OLE @ #14 MSU 22 — 247 — 2 — 1 11 — (-8) — 0 7.35
17 Drew Lock, MIZ vs. Idaho 33 — 467 — 6 — 1 2 — (-2) — 0 7.32
18 Jalen Hurts, ALA vs. #19 LSU 24 — 183 — 1 — 0 14 — 44 — 1 7.21
19 Kyle Shurmur, VAN vs. #18 KSU 23 — 205 — 1 — 0 2 — 0 — 1 6.76
20 Jake Fromm, UGA vs. MSU 12 — 201 — 2 — 0 1 — 0 — 0 6.59
21 Nick Fitzgerald, MSU vs. UK 26 — 155 — 1 — 0 12 — 115 — 2 6.50

 

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