ESPN considers multiple SEC teams loaded at quarterback for the coming seasons.
As relayed in an ESPN Insider piece by Adam Rittenberg, five SEC teams were included within the top 25 of the outlet’s quarterback future power rankings. To come up with the rankings, “teams were evaluated based on whether they bring back quality starters, capable backups and, in some cases, heralded recruits. The rankings try to avoid projections, prioritizing what players have done at the college level and especially those with multiple years of eligibility left,” per Rittenberg.
The rankings consider the next three seasons, so it’s a cool projection of future strength. ESPN Insider spoke to coaches, analysts and others to form the rankings. Be sure to click here to read the entire post, but we’ve included the SEC mentions below.
- Georgia (No. 1)
- Alabama (No. 3)
- Auburn (No. 11)
- Mississippi State (No. 14)
- Texas A&M (No. 25)
Georgia and Alabama figure to be strong at quarterback again. The Bulldogs’ Jake Fromm and the Crimson Tide’s Tua Tagovailoa showed so much in the National Championship Game in January as first-year college players. They will only improve.
Auburn, meanwhile, benefited from Jarrett Stidham’s presence as the Tigers won an SEC West title in 2017. Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald is thought to be one of the top quarterbacks in the SEC next season as long as he stays healthy. And Texas A&M should become competitive with coach Jimbo Fisher’s reputation as an offensive guru.
Certainly, it takes more than solid quarterback play for a team to rise to prominence. But having elite performances in the pocket doesn’t hurt as a program attempts to contend for SEC and national titles.
Keep a close watch on all the SEC teams listed above in the coming years.