Fairly or not, football fanatics around the country tend to view SEC quarterbacks as a weak bunch. But that perception doesn’t hold true in all cases, and the passers assembled by Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze certainly fall into that category.
In a Monday column written by Bruce Feldman, the Fox Sports analyst ranked the Rebels’ quarterbacks as the second-best group in college football, citing the elite arm talent of starter Chad Kelly, the sky-high potential of 5-star freshman Shea Patterson and the dual-threat abilities of fellow backup Jason Pellerin.
No one ever doubted Chad Kelly’s talent. He’s got good athleticism and a big-time arm, but he really blossomed in the second half of last season. He had 17 TDs and one INT over the Rebels’ final four games. Folks inside the Ole Miss program really like how he’s handled coaching, dealt with adversity and embraced being a leader.
Kelly led the SEC in passing (4,042 yards) to go along with 41 total touchdowns during a 10-win campaign for Ole Miss last season. Patterson was the No. 1-ranked pro style passer in the Class of 2016.