Power ranking former SEC quarterbacks after Week 6
Heidy-ho from the business end of the transfer portal, where the discarded of college football attempt to be born again 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 search for the “reset password” on their collegiate careers.
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 6!
10. Woody Barrett, Kent State (last week: 10)
Barrett, a former Auburn QB for a hot minute, actually started for the Golden Flashes on Saturday against No. 8 Wisconsin. But that experiment didn’t last long, as Barrett went just 4-of-9 for 36 yards (and added 6 carries for 13 yards) in Kent State’s 48-0 loss.
9. Quinten Dormady, Central Michigan (last week: 9)
Dormady remains out after injuring his knee 4 weeks ago. Dormady — a former Tennessee (and Houston) transfer was on the sidelines for Central Michigan on Saturday to watch his team whip Central Michigan 42-16 to improve to 3-3. Season stats so far: 32-of-49 for 329 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT.
8. Ty Storey, Western Kentucky (last week: 8)
The former Arkansas Razorback earned his 2nd start of the season against Old Dominion, and was efficient and effective — going 21-of-28 for 193 yards and 1 touchdown with 1 interception in a 20-3 victory over the Monarchs. Storey also added 8 carries for 12 yards for the Hilltoppers, who improved to 3-2 with the victory.
7. Blake Barnett, South Florida (last week: 6)
Bad news: Barnett injured his ankle during the week, and did not travel for the Bulls’ 48-22 victory over Connecticut. The former Alabama backup’s 2019 stats in Tampa: 40-for-77 for 434 yards and 4 touchdowns against 2 interceptions.
6. Cole Kelley, Southeastern Louisiana (last week: 7)
There’s been one more Cole Kelley sighting! The former Arkansas Razorback is still the backup to Chason Virgil in Hammond, but he got more love against McNeese — going just 3-for-3 for 45 yards but with 2 touchdowns in a 38-34 loss. Interestingly, both of his TD passes went to Lorenzo Nunez … a former South Carolina QB. Kelley’s season stats: 13-of-18 for 199 yards and 6 touchdowns.
5. Justin McMillan, Tulane (last week: 5)
McMillan and the Green Wave survived Army 42-33 to improve to 4-1, and the former LSU QB went 15-for-21 for 201 yards and 1 TD. He also rushed 10 times for 19 yards and a score, giving him 11 total touchdowns this season.
4. Shea Patterson, Michigan (last week: 4)
In what was the epitome of Big Ten football and perhaps the ugliest game of the entire weekend, Patterson and the 19th-ranked Wolverines edged No. 14 Iowa 10-3. Dealing the Hawkeyes their 1st loss was notable, though Patterson wasn’t exactly sharp — as the former Ole Miss QB went 14-of-26 for 147 yards and an interception.
3. Jacob Eason, Washington (last week: 3)
This was not how a trip to The Farm was supposed to go. No. 15 Washington went to Stanford on Saturday, but the former Georgia QB and his Husky teammates left with a 23-13 loss to fall to 4-2. Eason went 16-for-36 for 206 yards and 1 touchdown against 1 interception.
“They played more physical than we did and they did a better job,” Washington coach Chris Petersen said. “We have to get better in the passing game. We needed touchdowns. Field goals are not going to do against this team.”
2. Justin Fields, Ohio State (last week: 2)
The former Georgia QB continues to lead the No. 4-ranked Buckeyes, as he went 17-of-25 for 206 yards and 2 touchdowns in Ohio State’s 34-10 victory over Michigan State. Fields also carried the ball 11 times for 61 yards — including a 35-yard gallop — and a 1-yard TD plunge in the 4th quarter. He has accounted for at least 3 TDs in every game this season.
The sophomore, who had accounted for 23 touchdowns in his first 5 games as starter, ran into a stout defense, got chased around, sacked and intercepted for the 1st time in his college career. But he stayed cool and engineered enough explosive plays to eventually bury the Spartans.
“I think we showed flashes, but we weren’t really consistent the whole game on the offensive side,” Fields said. “If we get better at that and more consistent about that, I think we’ll definitely be one of the best offenses in the country.”
1. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma (last week: 1)
Hurts and No. 6 Oklahoma kept rolling right along Saturday, downing host Kansas 45-20. The Alabama graduate transfer accounted for 4 TDs in the victory, giving him 21 total TDs this season.
Hurts went 16-of-24 for 228 yards and 2 passing TDs with just his 2nd interception of the season. He also rushed 10 times for 56 yards and 2 TDs — giving him 7 rushing scores this season.
While Oklahoma cruised to victory, Kansas actually outplayed the Sooners early on. Nevertheless, Oklahoma cruised to its 22nd consecutive true road win, the second-longest streak since at least World War II in major college football. Bud Wilkinson’s Sooners won 25 from 1953-58.
“Every team in the country circles our team and the offense and we like that,” said Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, whose Sooners had 545 yards. “What’s exciting is you see glimpses of what it can be, and it’s on us to turn those glimpses into longer stretches of dominant play.”
The Red River Rivalry looms next week for Hurts and Oklahoma against No. 11 Texas. Hurts For Heisman!