Ranking SEC QBs through Week 4
It was the week of the quarterback in the SEC. Not completely, of course. The top one in the league – rather, the former top one in the league – struggled, as did a few others. But there were several strong performances, probably the most the conference has had this season as a whole.
Plus, the comebacks. Oh my, the comebacks.
The first newcomer cracks the top 10 this week and there are shakeups elsewhere, too, besides the move to the top spot. Here are this week’s top 10 quarterbacks in the SEC.
10. Patrick Towles, Kentucky (NR) – The first time an outsider has cracked the top 10 since we began keeping track, and it’s Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles. Towles came back from a bad performance against Florida last week and led the Wildcats to an upset of Missouri and, coincidentally, knocking Tigers quarterback Maty Mauk off the list.
Last week: 22-27, 249 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions
Season: 67-114, 824 yards, 5 touchdowns, 4 interceptions
9. Jake Coker, Alabama (8) – Coker continues to do enough to keep Alabama humming, it just looks mostly ordinary. That’s a big reason the Crimson Tide fell to Ole Miss two weeks ago – ordinary. A completion percentage of 55 and 158 yards passing isn’t exactly top-notch stuff against a team like Louisiana Monroe.
Last week: 17-31, 158 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception
Season: 68-123, 786 yards, 8 touchdowns, 4 interceptions
8. Brandon Harris, LSU (8) – Harris took something of a step backward against Syracuse on Saturday. It was slight and not worthy of much a knock, just like LSU as a whole. After all, how often does an SEC team play in the northeast? The whole thing felt odd. At any rate, Harris made the most of his limited throws and the Tigers kept winning.
Last week: 8-16, 157 yards, 1 touchdowns, 0 interceptions; 6 carries, 3 yards
Season: 29-47, 302 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions; 19 carries, 117 yards, 2 touchdowns
7. Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee (4) – It’s possible this is who Joshua Dobbs is. He looks like a magician against bad defenses, then looks wholly containable against good ones. His ineffectiveness throwing the ball has been a big reason Tennessee hasn’t met expectations.
Last week: 10-17, 83 yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 interceptions; 18 carries, 136 yards
Season: 53-91, 557 yards, 5 touchdowns, 1 interception; 48 carries, 243 yards, 2 touchdowns
6. Brandon Allen, Arkansas (5) – Brandon Allen continues to put up good numbers on the surface. Only one quarterback has thrown for more yards than Allen and his completion percentage of 70 is better than all but one (Greyson Lambert, 76.5). But his late-game passer rating, fourth quarter namely, drops nearly 90 points from the first three quarters. He keeps the Razorbacks around, but he hasn’t won a game for them yet.
Last week: 20-25, 225 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
Season: 82-117, 1,141 yards, 8 touchdowns, 3 interceptions
5. Will Grier, Florida (9) – Without the safety net of Treon Harris, who had taken some snaps from Grier in the early parts of the season, the Florida freshman went and had his best day as a college football player. Grier was forced to throw 42 times (not something the Gators want to do a lot of going forward) but led Florida to a dramatic come-from-behind, waning-moments victory against Tennessee. That put the team in the driver’s seat for right now, at worst, a second-place-type finish in the SEC East.
Last week: 23-42, 283 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
Season: 62-99, 725 yards, 6 touchdowns, 3 interceptions
4. Greyson Lambert, Georgia (6) – Georgia’s opponent was Southern, so don’t mistake Lambert’s move up the charts as him setting the world on fire over the weekend. That said, he continues to look sharp and even like a playmaker. Over the last two games, he has exactly two incompletions. Impressive, no matter the opponent.
Last week: 9-10, 146 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions
Season: 52-68, 733 yards, 7 touchdowns, 0 interceptions
3. Kyle Allen, Texas A&M (3) – It’s almost unfair Allen didn’t jump a spot. He had his best game of the season against Arkansas and, like Grier, led an unlikely fourth-quarter comeback. Allen even added some overtime heroics. Even without moving up, Allen created even more of a gap between himself and whoever checks in at No. 4 for at least the next week.
Last week: 21-28, 358 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions
Season: 64-98, 952 yards, 11 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
2. Chad Kelly, Ole Miss (1) – For the first time this season, Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly has fallen out of the top spot. His accuracy was actually up over last week and his yardage was only 20 short, but two interceptions against Vanderbilt leads to a fall. It’s only slight and the anticipation is it won’t last. Ole Miss still looks to be the class of the conference.
Last week: 24-42, 321 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
Season: 71-115, 1,219 yards, 10 touchdowns, 3 interceptions
1. Dak Prescott, Mississippi State (2) – This seems awfully familiar. Perhaps more so than even last year, Prescott is the reason the Bulldogs are doing what they are doing. The team everyone outside Starkville had pegged for last in the West is 3-1 and has given LSU, a top 10 team, its best game of the year so far (only a 2-point loss). Prescott continues to be worth the price of admission.
Last week: 29-41, 270 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions
Season: 95-142, 1,069 yards, 7 touchdowns, 0 interceptions