Power Ranking former SEC quarterback rankings after Week 2
Aloha from the other end of the transfer portal, where the castoffs of college football attempt to shine anew after departing their original (or even second) home. In the SEC’s case, there are plenty of quarterbacks who didn’t cut it at their first or second stops — only to still look for hope on the horizon somewhere.
You know the names. You might not know where they all are now. So we offer this as a public service …
Behold, the top 10 former SEC quarterbacks power rankings after Week 2!
10. Ty Storey, Western Kentucky (last week: 10)
The former Arkansas Razorback is now holding a clipboard at Western Kentucky, where he is mired behind Steven Duncan — who went the distance again in a 20-14 Hilltoppers win over Florida International.
9. Woody Barrett, Kent State (last week: 8)
Barrett, a former Auburn QB for a hot minute, managed to lose his job at Kent State after a Week 1 loss to Dustin Crum — who led the Golden Flashes to a 26-23 OT win over Kennesaw State. Barrett got on the stat sheet, at least, with 1 carry for 0 yards.
8. Cole Kelley, Southeastern Louisiana (last week: 9)
Kelley and the Lions ended up not playing Bethune-Cookman this week, as the game was canceled in an abundance of caution due to Hurricane Dorian. The former Arkansas Razorback is still the backup to Chason Virgil in Hammond, La.
7. Blake Barnett, South Florida (last week: 7)
Can’t help but to think Barnett wishes he was holding up gigantic graphic cards at Alabama instead of getting snowed under at South Florida. The former 5-star might have lost his job to Jordan McCloud after Barnett completed 12-of-20 passes for 79 yards and ran 5times for 63 yards (when not counting his 3 sacks for 21 yards lost) in a 14-10 loss to Georgia Tech. Barnett would have fallen in the rankings if not for QBs 8-10 being really bad at worse schools …
6. Quinten Dormady, Central Michigan (last week: 5)
So much for Dormady as the new face of the Jim McElwain Era. After going 27-of-37 for 285 yards and 3 TDs against mighty Albany last week, Dormady completed just 5-of-12 passes for 36 yards with 1 INT in a 61-0 blowout loss to No. 17 Wisconsin. Can’t blame it all on the former Tennessee (and Houston) transfer, though, as the Chippewas logged just 58 total yards and 3 first downs.
5. Justin McMillan, Tulane (last week: 6)
The graduate transfer from LSU was back in the SEC in Week 2, as the Green Wave took on Auburn. Unfortunately for McMillan and Tulane, Auburn’s defense stifled him throughout — as he finished 10-of-33 for 103 yards and 1 INT in a 24-6 loss.
4. Jacob Eason, Washington (last week: 3)
Welp, this isn’t what Eason had in mind when he transferred from Georgia. One week after torching Eastern Washington for 349 yards and 4 TDs in a 47-14 victory, Eason was flustered, flushed and forced into mistakes — throwing his first INT, turning it over again on a sack and fumble, and missed a chance at a TD in the first half that would have given Washington a 7-point lead. It took all night (rain and lightning delays meant the game finished at 1:22 am PT) for Eason to finish just 8-of-30 passing for 162 yards as the 14th-ranked Huskies were upset 20-19 by Cal.
3. Shea Patterson, Michigan (last week: 4)
The former Ole Miss quarterback and his Wolverines avoided one of the biggest upsets in team history when they escaped Army 24-21 at home in double-OT. Patterson went 19-of-29 for 207 yards in the game, with the Black Knights doing an excellent job of limiting Michigan to 14 points in regulation. He is only at No. 3, alas, out of necessity.
2. Justin Fields, Ohio State (last week: 2)
Another former Georgia QB, Fields is finding life plenty sweet in Columbus. One week after Fields threw for 234 yards and 4 TDs as Buckeyes decimated Florida Atlantic 45-21, he was at it against Cincinnati. Fields went 20-of-25 for 224 yards and 2 TDs against the Bearcats for a 181.7 QB rating. If it wasn’t for Jalen Hurts at Oklahoma making his case for being the best player in the entire country, Fields could well be at our top spot.
1. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma (last week: 1)
When life gives you cupcakes, you eat them up and don’t complain. That was Hurts on Saturday against the mighty South Dakota Coyotes. The Alabama graduate transfer played just over two quarters and looked just like he did against Houston the week before — going 14-for-18 for 259 yards and 3 TDs. Hurts also rushed 8 times for 47 yards — with a 36-yarder as the highlight — because of course he can.
Through 2 games, Hurts’ stat line: 34-of-41 in the air for 591 yards and 6 TDs, and 24 carries for 223 yards and 3 TDs. The passing yardage put him 18th nationally, the passing TDs put him tied for 12th nationally, and the rushing yardage put him 20th nationally — the first QB on that list by a country mile.
Hurts For Heisman is probably really going to kick in next weekend when the Sooners torch UCLA. Stay tuned!