Power ranking every QB Mizzou will face in 2019
The Missouri Tigers have a favorable schedule in 2019, with only a couple of games that appear tough on paper. Of course, football isn’t played on paper, so they’ll need to overcome some demons to have a special season.
Fortunately for coach Barry Odom and his crew, there aren’t many elite quarterbacks in their way.
Who are the worst quarterbacks on the Tigers’ schedule and who is the best? Here, we power rank each thrower the Tigers will face:
No. 12: Sean Chambers, Wyoming
The Cowboys needed to replace Josh Allen last year, but they still took things slow with Chambers, who appeared in 4 games to preserve his redshirt. He did go 3-1, including 3-0 as a starter. He threw for 266 yards, 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. He also ran for 329 yards and 2 scores. He’s unproven but could be talented.
No. 11: Daniel Santacaterina, Southeast Missouri State
Santacaterina transferred from Northern Illinois after playing sparingly in 2016 and 2017. As a starter at SEMO, he threw for 2,839 yards, 28 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He added 203 yards and 3 touchdowns as a rusher for good measure. As far as FCS quarterbacks go, Santacaterina is a dangerous one.
No. 10: Riley Neal, Vanderbilt
The Commodores haven’t named their starter, but I’m guessing it’ll be Neal, who transferred in from Ball State this year. Neal threw for 7,393 yards and 46 touchdowns (to go with 25 interceptions) in 4 years with the Cardinals. He’ll have talented receivers to work with in Kalija Lipscomb and TE Jared Pinkney, so we’ll see how quickly he builds chemistry with them.
No. 9: Austin Kendall, West Virginia
Kendall comes to the Mountaineers from Oklahoma, where he’s backed up a pair of Heisman-winning quarterbacks in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Last year, he threw for 122 yards and 1 touchdown as Murray’s backup. He’s largely unproven, but he could be a solid replacement for Will Grier, who was outstanding in Morgantown.
No. 8: Ben Hicks/Nick Starkel, Arkansas
The Razorbacks haven’t named a starter, but whoever they go with will likely bring more to the table than Arkansas’ quarterbacks did in 2018. Hicks worked with coach Chad Morris at SMU, while Starkel showed flashes of brilliance at Texas A&M. Whomever Morris chooses, the Tigers will have until the end of the regular season to prepare for, at least.
No. 7: Kaleb Barker, Troy
Barker tore his ACL in Week 6 of the 2018 season, but before he went down, he was putting up some incredible numbers. He completed 73% of his passes for 1,013 yards, 10 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He also ran for 261 yards and 3 scores. That would have been a fantastic season if he stayed healthy. The Tigers would be wise not to sleep on Barker.
No. 6: Matt Corral, Ole Miss
This might seem high for a redshirt freshman who only appeared in 4 games last season, but I’m a big believer in the new Ole Miss quarterback. In his 4 appearances, Corral threw for 239 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. He can also run, adding 83 yards and 2 scores with his legs. This will be the Tigers’ homecoming game, so the defense might be more geared up to stop the Rebels than normal. Either way, Corral will be the key to that game.
No. 5: Terry Wilson, Kentucky
Wilson has some work to do as a passer, but he is perhaps the best dual-threat quarterback the Tigers will face this year. Wilson threw for 1,889 yards, 11 touchdowns and 8 interceptions in 2018, adding 547 yards and 4 scores with his legs. Expect those numbers to increase this season. After last year’s bad memories against Wilson and the Wildcats, the mental game will be a big factor in Lexington this fall.
No. 4: Jake Bentley, South Carolina
Bentley’s touchdown passes have increased every year, but so have his interceptions. Meanwhile, his completion percentage has dropped each year. South Carolina fans want to see improvement, but will they get it? The Gamecocks have had the Tigers’ number the past few years, but 2019 could be different. Still, Bentley has talent, so he’ll be a big focus in the game plan that week.
No. 3: Jarrett Guarantano, Tennessee
Guarantano is entering his first season with Jim Chaney as his offensive coordinator, but that could be a huge benefit for him. After throwing for 1,907 yards, 12 touchdowns and 3 interceptions in 2018. Those aren’t great numbers, but he did take care of the ball. No. 3 might seem high for him on this list, but the Tigers don’t play many elite quarterbacks in 2019.
No. 2: Feleipe Franks, Florida
Franks took control of the starting job last season, using his cannon arm to throw for 2,457 yards, 24 touchdowns and 6 picks. He added 350 yards and 7 scores with his legs, which are a big weapon. He returns a dangerous receiving corps and a talented backfield, so Franks is deserving of this No. 2 spot.
No. 1: Jake Fromm, Georgia
Fromm is unquestionably the No. 1 quarterback the Tigers will face this fall. In addition to Georgia being the toughest team on the Tigers’ schedule, Fromm has the talent to tear apart most defenses. Fromm threw for 2,761 yards, 30 touchdowns and 6 interceptions while completing 67.4% of his passes. There are some question marks in the Georgia receiving corps, but Fromm has the talent to get the best out of the players around him.