Power ranking former SEC quarterbacks after Week 8
Nǐ hǎo from the business end of the transfer portal, where the remnants of college football attempt to find a second-hand store 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 take a mulligan on their college 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 8!
10. Woody Barrett, Kent State (last week: 10)
Barrett, a former Auburn QB for a hot minute, didn’t see the field again for the Golden Flashes in a 45-38 loss to Ohio. Instead, Dustin Crum went the distance yet again. Barrett’s season stats: 20-of-40 for 205 yards and 3 TDs.
9. Blake Barnett, South Florida (last week: 9)
Barnett is done for the season, and his career, after an ankle injury suffered in September required surgery this past week. A former 5-star recruit from Corona, Calif., Barnett redshirted in 2015 before being named the Tide’s starting quarterback in 2016. He was replaced by true freshman Jalen Hurts in Alabama’s season-opener with Southern Cal. His final 2019 stats: 40-for-77 for 434 yards and 4 touchdowns against 2 interceptions.
8. Cole Kelley, Southeastern Louisiana (last week: 8)
Cole Kelley is still playing football! The former Arkansas Razorback is still the backup to Chason Virgil in Hammond, and the 3-3 Lions had the weekend off. Southeastern Louisiana takes on Houston Baptist next week. Kelley’s season QB stats: 13-of-18 for 199 yards and 6 touchdowns.
7. Quinten Dormady, Central Michigan (last week: 7)
Dormady looked good Saturday against Bowling Green, going 22-of-36 for 295 yards and 1 touchdown against 1 interception in the Chippewas’ 38-20 victory. The former Tennessee (and Houston) transfer has the Chippewas at 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the Mid-American Conference.
6. Justin McMillan, Tulane (last week: 5)
McMillan and the Green Wave came crashing to Earth against Memphis, as the former LSU product went 15-of-28 for 187 yards and 1 touchdown with 3 interceptions in a 47-17 loss. McMillan also led Tulane with 89 rushing yards on 15 carries and another touchdown. McMillan now has 16 total touchdowns this season for the 5-2 Green Wave.
5. Ty Storey, Western Kentucky (last week: 6)
The former Arkansas Razorback earned his 4th start of the season against Charlotte and helped the Hilltoppers to another W, going 21-of-30 for 283 yards and 2 touchdowns. Western Kentucky is 5-2 overall, 4-0 and atop the Conference-USA East Division, and travels to Marshall next weekend.
4. Shea Patterson, Michigan (last week: 4)
The former Ole Miss QB had the Wolverines on the brink of an upset victory at No. 7 Penn State, but his 4th-down pass into the end zone fell incomplete and the Nittany Lions won 28-21. Patterson went 24-of-41 for 276 yards and an interception, along with rushing 12 times for 34 yards and a touchdown. No. 19 Michigan gets No. 8 Notre Dame at home next Saturday night.
3. Jacob Eason, Washington (last week: 3)
Eason and the Huskies had another chance to take down a top opponent Saturday, instead falling at No. 12 Oregon 35-31. Eason did his part, completing 23-of-30 attempts for 289 yards and 3 touchdowns in the loss that pushed the Huskies out of the Pac-12 North conversation. Eason was great in this one, unfortunately, Oregon QB Justin Herbert (24-of-38, 280 yards, 4 TDs) was a smidge better. Eason has 16 TD passes this season, matching his freshman season at Georgia.
2. Justin Fields, Ohio State (last week: 2)
True to form, Fields and No. 3 Ohio State didn’t need much time to torch another Big Ten defense.
This time, the former Georgia QB threw for 4 TDs to lead the Buckeyes to a 52-3 victory over Northwestern. Fields went 18-of-23 for 194 yards for a 91.6 QBR in the victory. Fields has thrown for 1,492 yards and 22 touchdowns with just 1 interception as Ohio State is 7-0. He also has rushed for 8 TDs.
Ohio State gets Wisconsin, which fell to No. 13 after a shocking 24-23 loss to Illinois, this week before finishing the regular season with Penn State and Michigan.
1. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma (last week: 1)
Another day, another statistical onslaught for Hurt and No. 5 Oklahoma. The Sooners might have lost the Sooner Schooner, but that was about it in a 52-14 whipping of West Virginia.
The Crimson Tide graduate transfer was near perfect, going 16-of-17 for 316 yards and 3 touchdowns along with rushing 10 times for 75 yards and 2 TDs.
Hurts became the 3rd Oklahoma quarterback to complete at least 90 percent of his passes, throw for more than 300 yards and throw for at least 3 touchdowns in a game. He also recorded a career-high passing efficiency rating of 308.5, the 2nd-best mark in program history, behind Murray’s 348 against Baylor last season.
“All of that is always a challenge — us challenging ourselves to play to our standard and, I say it all the time, to play our brand of football,” Hurts said. “If we can focus on the things that we can control, the only way is up. We’ve just got to try to take positive steps, learn from our mistakes and move forward with the right intent.”
Hurts has thrown for 2,074 yards — 9th-best in the nation — and 20 passing TDs (T-8th). He also has 10 touchdown runs in 2019 and is the nation’s 2nd-leading rusher among QBs with 705 yards.
Unbeaten at 7-0, Oklahoma travels to Kansas State this weekend. Hurts For Heisman!