The SEC should have some of the top quarterbacks in the country again this fall. However, none of them rank in the top 10, according to Athlon Sports’ rankings of all 130 projected starting quarterbacks for the 2017 season.
Athlon released its list on Thursday, and although no SEC QB is among the top 10, the conference does have six quarterbacks in the top 25.
Alabama’s Jalen Hurts is the top-ranked SEC QB at No. 11 after leading the Crimson Tide to the national championship game as a freshman last season. Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham, who transferred from Baylor, is right behind Hurts at No. 12.
Arkansas’ Austin Allen (14), Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald (15), South Carolina’s Jake Bentley (22) and Ole Miss’ Shea Patterson (23) round out the other SEC quarterbacks in the top 25.
Who did Athlon rank as the top quarterback in the nation? That would be Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, who won the Heisman Trophy last season. Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, USC’s Sam Darnold, Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett and Washington’s Jake Browning round out the top five.
There are also some former SEC quarterbacks on the list — Memphis’ Riley Ferguson (25, former Tennessee QB), West Virginia’s Will Grier (26, former Florida QB), Houston’s Kyle Allen (32, former Texas A&M QB) and North Carolina’s Brandon Harris (69, former LSU QB).
Here’s where all of the SEC’s projected starting QBs rank according to Athlon:
- Hurts, Alabama (11)
- Stidham, Auburn (12)
- Allen, Arkansas (14)
- Fitzgerald, Mississippi State (15)
- Bentley, South Carolina (22)
- Patterson, Ole Miss (23)
- Jacob Eason, Georgia (27)
- Drew Lock, Missouri (35)
- Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt (49)
- Quinten Dormady, Tennessee (62)
- Danny Etling, LSU (66)
- Malik Zaire, Florida (78)
- Stephen Johnson, Kentucky (81)
- Nick Starkel, Texas A&M (82)
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