Final 2019 power ranking of former SEC quarterbacks

Goodbye from the transfer portal, where players look for that one final moment of glory after leaving their original (or even second) home. In the SEC’s case, there are plenty of quarterbacks who didn’t make it happen at their first or second stops — only to be looking for salvation at yet another program somewhere else across this great land of ours.

You know the names. You might not know where they all are now. So we offer this as a public service …

Feast your eyes on the final 2019 power rankings former SEC quarterbacks!

10. Woody Barrett, Kent State (last week: 10)

Barrett, a former Auburn QB for a hot minute, finished his season on the bench for the Golden Flashes — where he has been for most of the season. Barrett’s 2019 passing stats: 20-of-40 for 205 yards and 3 TDs.

9. Cole Kelley, Southeastern Louisiana (last week: 9)

The former Arkansas Razorback backs up Chason Virgil, and went 2-of-5 for 34 yards in a 35-34 FCS playoff game victory against Villanova. Kelley added 6 carries for 6 yards for the Lions, who visit No. 6 seed Montana in the 2nd round Saturday.

8. Layne Hatcher, Arkansas State (last week: 8)

Hatcher, who transferred from Alabama, went 23-of-38 for 342 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 34-30 Red Wolves’ loss to South Alabama. Hatcher, who added a 1-yard TD run in the loss, has thrown for 2,553 yards and 23 touchdowns against 9 interceptions this season for Arkansas State.

7. Justin McMillan, Tulane (last week: 6)

Despite going 22-for-37 for 242 yards, McMillan and the Green Wave fell 37-20 to SMU. The former LSU helmsman also rushed 15 times for a 50 yards. Tulane is 6-6 and bowl eligible, so McMillan could get one more game in 2019. He finished the regular season with 2,229 passing yards and 14 TDs against 10 INTs.

6. Quinten Dormady, Central Michigan (last week: 7)

The former Tennessee (and Houston) transfer went 15-of-19 for 250 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the Chippewas past Toledo 49-7 on Friday to win the Mid-American Conference West Division title.

The Chippewas (8-4, 6-2), who won 1 game and were winless in the conference last season, will face MAC-East champion Miami (Ohio) in the conference championship on Saturday at Ford Field in Detroit. It’s CMUs first trip to the title game since 2009.

On the year, Dormady has thrown for 1,916 yards with 13 TDs and 5 INTs.

5. Ty Storey, Western Kentucky (last week: 5)

The former Arkansas Razorback went 23-of-30 for 294 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 31-26 victory over Middle Tennessee. Storey, who added 62 yards on 12 carries and a rushing TD, has led the Hilltoppers to a 8-4 record — throwing for 2,209 yards and 12 touchdowns this season.

4. Jacob Eason, Washington (last week: 4)

The former Georgia QB ended a forgettable Huskies regular season with a bang, as he threw for 244 yards and a TD, and added a rushing score,to lead Washington to a a 31-13 victory over Washington State — keeping possession of the Apple Cup for the 7th consecutive season.

Washington finishes the regular season at 7-5. Eason’s passing stats this season: 238-of-373 for 2,922 yards and 22 touchdowns against 8 interceptions.

3. Shea Patterson, Michigan (last week: 3)

The former Ole Miss QB and his No. 13 Wolverines fell short to No. 1 Ohio State in The Game, as the Buckeyes swarmed to a 56-27 victory. The Buckeyes turned the game into a rout by outscoring Michigan 28-3 to earn a 42-16 cushion late in the 3rd quarter.

During the pivotal surge, Patterson lost a fumble on an accurate, shotgun snap from the Ohio State 12 trailing by 8 points midway through the 2nd quarter.

“The turnover by myself was huge,” he said. “You can’t fumble the ball down there.”

Patterson was 18-of-43 for 305 yards with an interception late in the game. He completed 14-of-19 attempts in the first half for 250 yards before the Buckeyes slowed down the one-dimensional offense.

Patterson’s season numbers: 2,828 yards with 22 TDs and just 6 interceptions.

2. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma (last week: 1)

Oklahoma finally discovered some offense besides Jalen Hurts. And it was just in time.

The senior graduate transfer from Alabama went 13-of-16 for 163 yards and 1 TD, and rushed for 61 yards on 16 carries and another score, in the No. 7-ranked Sooners’ 34-16 victory over No. 21 Oklahoma State in Bedlam.

Hurts was overshadowed by Oklahoma RB Kennedy Brooks, who gained 160 yards on 22 carries and 1 rushing TD.

“Kennedy is a great ballplayer, and he has done well long before I came here,” Hurts said. “I think we’ve got a lot of good players, and we ride the player who has the hot hand. Ultimately, it’s about winning games. I think everyone kind of contributes to that.”

Hurts also caught a 4-yard pass as Oklahoma ran a version of the Philly Special on the Cowboys to win its 5th consecutive in the hostile series. Hurts became the 2nd Oklahoma player to rush for a touchdown, pass for a touchdown and catch a touchdown pass in the same game. Tommy McDonald did it against Colorado in 1956.

The Sooners will play Baylor in the Big 12 Championship Game on Saturday.

“One of the first games where he just missed a few throws down the field that could have really busted the thing open,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “And they were all just long by just a tad bit. So he was just a little bit off on some of the deep balls.”

Hurts has thrown for 3,347 yards — tied for 12th in the nation — and 31 TDs. He also has 18 touchdown runs in 2019 and is the nation’s 2nd-leading rusher among QBs with 1,217 yards.

1. Justin Fields, Ohio State (last week: 2)

Top-ranked Ohio State needed a big game from Justin Fields in The Game, and the Georgia transfer certainly delivered

Fields went 14-of-25 for 302 yards and 4 touchdowns in the Buckeyes’ 56-27 victory over No. 13 Michigan. He added 6 carries for 25 yards.

The win kept the Buckeyes on the path toward a possible national championship, with the Big Ten title game against No. 13 Wisconsin awaiting Saturday.

Fields likely will use the limited time to rest and test out braces to protect his left knee that was injured for a 2nd consecutive week. He went down awkwardly in the 3rd quarter and walked off gingerly. But Fields came back in the game after a few plays and, on the next snap, threw a scrambling 30-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Wilson.

“It was a magical moment,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “I thought it was a Heisman moment.”

Fields has thrown 37 touchdown passes with only 1 interception and scored 10 more times rushing.

The sophomore said he aggravated a strained ligament, forcing him to use a bulky brace after starting the game with a smaller one, but didn’t consider staying out of the game.

“I wanted to show the team I was tough,” Fields said.

David Wasson
An APSE national award-winning writer and page designer, David Wasson has almost four decades of experience in the print journalism business in Florida and Alabama. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and several national magazines and websites. His Twitter handle: @TheSharpDW


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