Pass, fail, incomplete: SEC QB grades in Week 13
Rivalry week brought out the best in some and some of the worst in most of the SEC’s quarterbacks.
Chad Kelly, as he’s done throughout the season, led the way on a record-breaking night to claim the Week 13 Valedictorian honor.
Chad Kelly (Mississippi): 21-30, 236 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs
My take: Kelly made plays with his arm and feet (74 yards, 1 TD rushing) to win his duel with Dak Prescott and set another Ole Miss passing record.
Chad Kelly's 1st year as #OleMiss QB: Broke Eli Manning's single season passing yds record, beat LSU, Tex A&M, Auburn, Alabama nd Miss State
— Maria Martin (@Ria_Martin) November 29, 2015
Kelly did most of his work in the first half, when the Rebels built a 28-3 lead, then spent much of the second half handing off. The Rebels ran for 37 times for 243 yards. That was Ole Miss’ best SEC rushing performance this season.
— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) November 29, 2015
Kelly finished the regular season with 3,740 yards. He’ll have a bowl game to try to become the third QB in SEC history to reach 4,000.
Joshua Dobbs (Tennessee): 13-21, 140 yards, 2 TDs, O INTs
My take: Dobbs showed off his dual threat ability, adding 93 yards and a rushing touchdown in his most complete game since leading the victory against Georgia.
He did it against one of the better defenses in the SEC too.
Jacob Coker (Alabama): 17-26, 179 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs
My take: Coker mostly dinked and dunked, but his beautiful deep ball to Calvin Ridley beat double coverage and at least gave the Auburn secondary something else to think about. The lingering questions about Coker’s ability to deliver a national title were explained again in consecutive throws in the second quarter:
He rainbowed a perfect pass that ArDarius Stewart dropped in the end zone, then nearly threw a pick-six on the next play. He atoned with two huge scrambles in the third quarter, the second of which allowed him time to hit Stewart for a TD pass in what was likely his best play in an Alabama jersey.
Bottom line, Alabama handed off to Derrick Henry an Alabama-record 46 times! Coker, eventually, has to provide more help to his running back.
Perry Orth (South Carolina): 13-28, 219 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
My take: Orth matched his career high for touchdown passes, and he did it against the No. 1 team in the country after a somewhat sloppy start. Had he and South Carolina done more with its early chances, the Gamecocks might have pulled off the biggest upset in series history.
Shawn Elliott is really on Perry Orth again after that missed throw. Elliott sees these chances slipping away.
— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) November 28, 2015
That was a pretty pass from Perry Orth. It really was.
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) November 28, 2015
Dak Prescott (Mississippi State): 31-42, 254 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
My take: Prescott did his best to rally the Bulldogs from a huge first-half hole — one he contributed to by throwing a first-quarter pick-six.
Mississippi State’s pass protection was lacking, and Prescott took a beating.
It wasn’t the way he wanted to go out, but he went out fighting.
Dak Prescott throws a TD on 4th down on what may have been his final play in Davis Wade Stadium.
— Patrick Schmidt (@PatrickASchmidt) November 29, 2015
Kyle Shurmur (Vanderbilt): 15-34, 209 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
My take: It didn’t the scoreboard, but credit Vanderbilt for turning Shurmur loose. He set season highs for completions, attempts, yards and touchdown passes. Vanderbilt topped 200 yards passing for just the second time against an SEC team. Again, it didn’t impact the result, but Shurmur’s performance was a positive building block heading into the offseason.
Kyle Allen (Texas A&M): 15-28, 161 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
My take: He outplayed Brandon Harris but couldn’t make enough plays to spoil what might have been Les Miles’ final home game as LSU’s coach.
Greyson Lambert (Georgia): 18-25, 224 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs
My take: Lambert played mistake free football, but the Bulldogs were just 4 of 14 on third down. That was the primary reason the Yellow Jackets held them to one touchdown and a pair of field goals.
Jeremy Johnson (Auburn): 9-20, 172 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs
My take: His big play was a misfire that Jason Davis tipped, caught and turned into a 77-yard touchdown. Auburn was 3-for-14 on third down before the final drive, and Johnson’s inaccuracy was a primary reason.
Auburn playing well but Jeremy Johnson missed on two deep balls to Ricardo Louis and Blake Countess dropped potential pick-6
— Bryan Matthews (@BMattAU) November 28, 2015
Drew Barker (Kentucky): 6-22, 128 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs
My take: Barker set the tone early, going 2-for-2 for 59 yards and a 1-yard TD run on Kentucky’s opening drive. And then? He was 4 for 20 the rest of the way until former starter Patrick Towles replaced him.
Brandon Harris (LSU): 7-21, 83 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT
My take: Harris posted his worst QB rating of the season and had his fourth game with fewer than 90 yards passing. His longest completion was 22 yards.
Tough night so far for Brandon Harris.
— Rohan Davey (@RohanDavey6) November 29, 2015
It’s a good thing for LSU that Leonard Fournette regained his mojo and was able to run for 159 yards and a touchdown.
Treon Harris (Florida): 18-37, 129 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs
My take: Florida’s defense outscored its offense and prevented the Gators from being shut out for the first time since 1988.
The offensive issues are tied to Harris’ inability to throw downfield. His longest completion against FSU was for 15 yards, and the typical route was a 5-yard out.
Harris averaged 3.4 yards per attempt.
Next week won’t get any easier. The Gators face Alabama in the SEC Championship Game.
Drew Lock (Missouri) 9-27, 83 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT
My take: The weather was terrible and protection was non-existent, but that can’t entirely excuse his worst performance of the season. His former coach, however, still sees a bright future.
Pinkel believes Drew Lock has great upside for the future: "His mindset's good. He's a great competitor."
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) November 23, 2015
Brandon Allen (Arkansas) 11-17, 102 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT
My take: Allen has won plenty of games for the Razorbacks, but this wasn’t one of them. The conditions weren’t conducive to throwing, and the Missouri never threatened enough to force the issue. So Allen handed off 52 times.