Athlon Sports ranks every starting QB in the nation: SEC has 4 of top 10, 4 ranked outside top 85
The SEC likes to brag about its dominance on the football field but the truth of the matter heading into the 2018 season is the league is separated into two completely different categories when it comes to quarterback play. There is the haves (Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina) and the definite have-nots (Tennessee, LSU, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, and potentially Texas A&M depending on what Jimbo Fisher can get out of his signal callers) as summer approaches.
That’s something wisely picked up on by Steven Lassan of Athlon Sports in his annual rankings of every single starting quarterback in the nation. His full list for 2018 has just been released and while several SEC quarterbacks are featured near the top of the list, there are just as many dangling at the bottom.
There are a few interesting notes on Lassan’s list, as he has Stanford graduate transfer Keller Chryst beating out Jarrett Guarantano for the starting role on Rocky Top, Cole Kelley beating out Ty Storey on the Hill, Feleipe Franks outlasting Kyle Trask in the Swamp and junior college signee Terry Wilson beating out Gunnar Hoak at Kentucky.
What makes Franks’ terrible ranking all the more troublesome for Gator fans, the #1 QB on the list? You guessed it, former Florida QB Will Grier. Interestingly enough, Grier opens the season against Tennessee in Charlotte.
Here is the full list of quarterbacks and their ranking in Lassan’s poll over at Athlon Sports:
- #2 — Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
- #6 — Drew Lock, Missouri
- #9 — Jarrett Stidham, Auburn
- #10 — Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State
- #11 — Jake Fromm, Georgia
- #14 — Jake Bentley, South Carolina
- #24 — Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt
- #29 — Jordan Ta’amu, Ole Miss
- #42 — Nick Starkel, Texas A&M
- #72 — Keller Chryst, Tennessee
- #86 — Myles Brennan, LSU
- #89 — Cole Kelley, Arkansas
- #94 — Feleipe Franks, Florida
- #95 — Terry Wilson, Kentucky