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KSR’s Definitive Ranking of SEC Quarterbacks

Preseason rankings and all-conference teams dominate talking season. KSR might as well get a crack at it.

Last month one radio pundit ranked every SEC quarterback. In an egregiously ignorant move, he ranked Kentucky’s Terry Wilson last, the same guy who won ten games as a starter in 2018. Instead of just pointing and laughing, Adam Luckett and spent 30 minutes on the debut of 11 Personnel assembling the proper pecking order of SEC quarterbacks. You will not find a more accurate preseason ranking of SEC quarterbacks.

1. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
2. Jake Fromm, Georgia
3. Kelly Bryant, Missouri
4. Kellen Mond, Texas A&M
5. Joe Burrow, LSU
6. Jake Bentley, South Carolina
7. Feleipe Franks, Florida
8. Terry Wilson, Kentucky
9. Jarrett Guarantano, Tennessee
10. Bo Nix, Auburn
11. Ben Hicks and Nick Starkel, Arkansas
12. Keyteon Thompson and Tommy Stevens, Mississippi State
13. Matt Corral, Ole Miss
14. Riley Neal and Deuce Wallace, Vanderbilt

There are four distinct categories in the hierarchy of SEC quarterbacks:

1. Tua and Fromm
2. Game Managers+
3. Game Managers
4. Unproven Passers

Kelly Bryant, Kellen Mond and Joe Burrow are not elite quarterbacks, but when their team needs them to make a big play, they’re capable enough to rise to the challenge, whether it’s with their arm or by using their legs. The next group is much more difficult to delineate. (Note: Game Manager does not and should not have a negative connotation.)

The four returners in the SEC East have all been dealt different hands. The players around them have dictated how they’ve performed up until this point. Even though Jake Bentley has not been great, South Carolina has never given him a run game. Feleipe Franks had the best numbers last year, thanks to a solid run game and Dan Mullen’s system. Terry Wilson was not asked to do much with Benny Snell in the backfield, while Guarantano was not asked to do much despite not having a run game. Billed as a dual-threat in high school, he has not done much of that at all against Tennessee.

The four middle of the road SEC quarterbacks have plenty to prove this season. Nobody has a higher ceiling than Wilson. With exponentially more responsibilities and options in his second year as a starter, Wilson can become a playmaker that jumps into the Game Managers+ category.

To hear more on the state of SEC Quarterbacks, listen to the first episode of KSR’s new football podcast 11 Personnel.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

12 Comments for KSR’s Definitive Ranking of SEC Quarterbacks

  1. Ez21
    7:47 pm July 27, 2019 Permalink

    I have a hard time believing Felipe Franks is that high. Nothing I’ve seen from him indicates that he’s top half of the SEC good.

  2. dckr
    8:33 pm July 27, 2019 Permalink

    Wilson at 8 is a joke, UK was last in the league in passing last year. Yeah they won 10 games but that was on the back of a once in a generation defense. That offense was hard to watch at times. BTW UK was 7th in rushing in the league which is solid, but pair that with the worst passing offense and without that defense. The offense has to be in the top half of the league for UK to have a good year. That’s a tall task. I hope Wilson proves me wrong.

    • 4everUKblue
      9:56 pm July 27, 2019 Permalink

      Keep in mind TW was a freshman in the SEC last year and don’t say “but he played for Oregon because you know your going to look like you don’t know anything about college football. I believe he will make big strides this season.

    • dckr
      10:09 pm July 27, 2019 Permalink

      I won’t say that I just have to look at the stats. Not to mention how he looked like a deer in headlights in headlights in the a&m game. Obviously he impressed the coaches or Gunnar would’ve got time. I just have to see more.

    • cats646
      10:16 pm July 27, 2019 Permalink

      He was injured in the A&M game.

    • 4everUKblue
      11:45 pm July 27, 2019 Permalink

      Good point 646, playing in the SEC will make a young QB have the deer in the headlights look. Gunnar couldn’t escape a high school pass rush, but keep in mind also the both of them were running for their lives, our O line gave them no protection.

    • notFromhere
      11:43 am July 28, 2019 Permalink

      “…Our line gave them no protection…”

      It wasnt the protection. It was timing between QB and receivers, and progressions. Defenses knew our progressions and took away the first few options, letting the 4th or 5th option run almost unchallenged. Could never find the open man or hit them in stride.

      It needs to be better this year, and Wilson does, too, but he IS a good QB. Can he be great is the only question. He was hurt FROM the A&M game onward. Only felt closer to 100% at the bowl game. Time is the factor….

  3. ukkatzfan
    9:56 pm July 27, 2019 Permalink

    You are so desperate for material that you will put up an article that negatively compares one of our players to others in the league ? Tsk tsk tsk.

    • ukkatzfan
      9:59 pm July 27, 2019 Permalink

      Pretty sure Kash has a message for you also, Nick.

    • ukkatzfan
      10:02 pm July 27, 2019 Permalink

      I think a better alternative would be to rate the losers and leave Terry out for discussion. Because it is apparent KSR knows hummus and not QB’s. You can’t know both.

  4. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    12:25 am July 28, 2019 Permalink

    Maybe we should rate the writers by how wrong they’ve been or how big of a Dukie they love to take.

  5. jamburgey22
    3:08 pm July 28, 2019 Permalink

    Terry is better than franks and bentley