FILe - In this April 16, 2016, file photo, Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason throws during the first half of their spring intrasquad NCAA college football game in Athens, Ga. Freshman Jacob Eason, the biggest prize in Kirby Smart’s first recruiting class, should eventually take over at quarterback.
The quarterback position is sort of important, right? We all agree? Good. Unless you have a monster at running back like Leonard Fournette, you probably need reliable play at the position to have a successful season.
Heading into the opening weekend of the college football season, plenty of questions still remain in each of the 14 Southeastern Conference camps. With the exception of Ole Miss and Tennessee, most every other school has some sort of question surrounding its quarterback position. If you have two, you probably don’t have one.
And if you have three? Get ready for a long season.
Below are the SEC’s 14 quarterback positions, ranked from worst to first.
South Carolina quarterback Perry Orth throws a pass to Pharoh Cooper during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Clemson Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. Clemson won 37-32. Richard Shiro AP 14. South Carolina:
FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2015, file photo, Missouri quarterback Drew Lock warms up before an NCAA college football game against Tennessee, in Columbia, Mo. Sophomore quarterback Drew Lock was highly touted out of high school but threw just four touchdown passes after taking over last fall. L.G. Patterson AP 13. Missouri:
FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2015, file photo, Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur passes against Kentucky in the first half of an NCAA college football game, in Nashville, Tenn. Coach Derek Mason isn’t playing games at quarterback, making it clear Shurmur is his starter. Mark Humphrey AP 12. Vanderbilt:
FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2015, file photo, Kentucky quarterback Drew Barker hands off the ball to running back Stanley Williams during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Charlotte in Lexington, Ky. With nine returning starters on offense and 15 back overall, the Wildcats believe they have the personnel and experience to get it done and are eager to prove it after so many close calls. David Stephenson AP 11. Kentucky:
FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2014, file photo, Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen (8) throws before an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State, in Starkville, Miss. Austin Allen can't remember the last time he's taken a hit during a game. That figures to change quickly for Arkansas' new starting quarterback, who is taking over under center after three seasons of watching his older brother, Brandon, lead the Razorbacks. Rogelio V. Solis AP 10. Arkansas
FILE - In this April 8, 2016, file photo, Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio points out defenders during the Orange and Blue Debut Spring Game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. Del Rio, the son of Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, is the front-runner to win the starting job despite throwing just 18 somewhat meaningful passes at Alabama (2013), Oregon State (2014) and Florida (2015). Matt Stamey AP 9. Florida:
Nick Fitzgerald could be exactly what Bulldog fans are hoping for as Missisisppi State heads into the 2016 season. Associated Press 8. Mississippi State:
Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson sets back to pass during practice before the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Auburn, Ala. Gerald Herbert AP 7. Auburn:
FILe - In this April 16, 2016, file photo, Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason throws during the first half of their spring intrasquad NCAA college football game in Athens, Ga. Freshman Jacob Eason, the biggest prize in Kirby Smart’s first recruiting class, should eventually take over at quarterback. John Bazemore AP 6. Georgia:
Alabama quarterbacks Blake Barnett (8), Jalen Hurts (2), David Cornwell (12) and Cooper Bateman (18) jog between drill during NCAA college football practice, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Vasha Hunt AP 5. Alabama:
FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2015, file photo, LSU quarterback Brandon Harris (6) warms up before an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M in Baton Rouge, La. Jonathan Bachman AP 4. LSU:
FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2015, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight (9) runs as TCU safety Derrick Kindred (26) closes in during an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla. Knight gets a chance to revive his career at Texas A&M, which needed a quarterback following the offseason departures of Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray. Alonzo Adams AP 3. Texas A&M:
FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2015, file photo, Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs looks for a receiver during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, in Lexington, Ky. Tennessee and Mississippi, who have the SEC’s most accomplished returning passers in Joshua Dobbs and Chad Kelly, are trying to continue climbing the ranks. David Stephenson AP 2. Tennessee:
Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly passes during practice in Oxford, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. Bruce Newman AP 1. Ole Miss: