Power ranking former SEC quarterbacks after Week 11
¿Qué tal? from the off-ramp of the transfer portal, where the slow-lane riders of college football attempt to find the gas pedal after departing 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 re-gifted just in time for the holidays.
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 top 10 former SEC quarterbacks power rankings after Week 11!
10. Woody Barrett, Kent State (last week: 10)
Barrett, a former Auburn QB for a hot minute, didn’t play a single snap in Kent State’s 35-33 loss to Toledo. Barrett’s season passing stats: 20-of-40 for 205 yards and 3 TDs.
9. Layne Hatcher, Arkansas State (last week: 9)
Hatcher, who transferred from Alabama, is 111-of-162 for 1,560 yards and 14 touchdowns against 7 interceptions this season as Arkansas State is 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the Sun Belt. The Sea Wolves did not play this past week and get Coastal Carolina next weekend.
8. Quinten Dormady, Central Michigan (last week: 7)
The former Tennessee (and Houston) transfer was idle this past week, as the Chippewas travel to face Ball State on Saturday. Dormady is 111-of-170 for 1,310 yards and 11 touchdowns against 4 interceptions this season.
7. Cole Kelley, Southeastern Louisiana (last week: 8)
The former Arkansas Razorback got the nod over Chason Vigil this week against Central Arkansas and made the most of it — going a crisp 20-of-24 for 273 yards and 1 touchdown with 1 interception in a 34-0 victory. But Kelley did his most damage on the ground, rushing 15 times for 39 yards and 4 TDs. The win makes Southeastern Louisiana bowl eligible, and the Lions are a half-game out of the Southland Conference lead.
6. Ty Storey, Western Kentucky (last week: 6)
The former Arkansas Razorback earned the sweet retribution he had been looking for since the moment he left Fayetteville, as the Hilltoppers swamped the Razorbacks so completely that Arkansas ended up firing Chad Morris on Sunday. Storey went 22-of-32 for 213 yards and a touchdown, and added 17 carries for 77 yards and 2 rushing scores. Arkansas, meanwhile, only compiled 87 passing yards among 3 QBs.
5. Shea Patterson, Michigan (last week: 5)
The former Ole Miss QB and his Wolverines were idle last weekend, preparing to face 4-5 Michigan State this Saturday. Patterson’s season stats: 135-of-236 for 1,773 yards and 12 touchdowns against 4 interceptions. He also has 61 carries for 96 yards and 5 rushing TDs.
4. Justin McMillan, Tulane (last week: 4)
McMillan has been a machine for the Green Wave this season, as Tulane is 6-3 heading into a matchup against 6-3 Temple next weekend. The former LSU helmsman’s season stats: 124-of-205 passing for 1,703 yards and 13 TDs with 9 interceptions, and 97 carries for 488 yards and 12 TDs.
3. Jacob Eason, Washington (last week: 3)
Washington bounced back from losing to No. 9 Utah, getting past host Oregon State 19-7. The former Georgia QB went 16-of-32 for 175 yards and 2 interceptions. The Huskies (6-4, 3-4 Pac-12) became bowl eligible with the victory, their 8th consecutive over the Beavers. Eason’s passing stats this season: 202-of-317 for 2,472 yards and 20 touchdowns against 7 interceptions.
2. Justin Fields, Ohio State (last week: 2)
There were those around the Buckeyes program who were concerned about the absence of defensive star Chase Young as No. 3 Ohio State prepared for Maryland.
Those worrywarts were quickly quieted, as Fields went 16-of-25 for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 73-14 romp over the outmatched Terrapins. The former Georgia QB added a rushing touchdown in the game and didn’t play past halftime as the Buckeyes rolled up 705 yards of offense and 40 first downs.
“Sometimes when you look at that compared to some other guys throughout the country, you’d say he only threw it for 200 yards,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “Only played one half of football. J.K. Dobbins runs for 90 yards, he only played one half of football. But that’s a good thing, and I know that those guys are proud of the way they played.”
Ohio State’s 73 points were the most the school has scored in a Big Ten game since scoring 83 against Iowa in 1950.
Next up for Ohio State: Rutgers in East Piscataway next weekend before a showdown with Penn State for the Big Ten East title on Nov. 23.
1. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma (last week: 1)
The Hurts For Heisman bandwagon was back on track Saturday, as No. 9 Oklahoma needed every ounce of the Alabama graduate transfer’s talents in escaping visiting Iowa State 42-41.
Hurts went 18-of-26 in the air for 273 yards and 3 touchdowns against 1 interception, and ran 22 times for 68 yards and 2 more TDs.
“You look at this game here, as a team you say, ‘We definitely put ourselves in a horrible situation,’ and I look at myself in the mirror and I say, ‘I put us in a horrible situation,'” Hurts said. “I could have done better, especially in that second half, of executing our offense and just keeping things alive. Converting on 3rd downs and making smart decisions I always make.”
Hurts threw 2 passes in the 1st half that should have been intercepted and returned for TDs, and threw arguably his worst interception in the 4th quarter with under 2 minutes remaining.
“I mean, I touch the ball every play. I distribute the ball every play. It’s in my hands every play,” Hurts said. “People ask me why I carry myself the way I do, why I handle myself the way I do, why I go about my business the way I do, and why I try and lead the way I do, why I may work out after every game … It’s because I take it personal. I want it so bad for this team, as a leader, as the quarterback — I’m willing to lay out, I’m willing to lay it all on the line for them.”
Hurts has thrown for 2,742 yards — 10th in the nation — and 24 TDs. He also has 15 touchdown runs in 2019 and is the nation’s 2nd-leading rusher among QBs with 869 yards.
The Sooners could still reach the Playoff by winning out and getting some help, but the task becomes much more challenging. And the road doesn’t get any easier — No. 12 Baylor looms large this weekend.