With the exception of Chad Kelly and Josh Dobbs, the SEC doesn’t have a lot experienced quarterbacks.
But by the end of the season, a few quarterbacks will likely emerge as viable starters, with some even becoming star quarterbacks.
Athlon Sports has singled out two SEC quarterbacks who are set to become the next Kelly and Dobbs of the conference. Athlon Sports put out a list of 25 quarterbacks who are poised to breakout. Georgia’s Jacob Eason and Arkansas’ Austin Allen both made the list, while Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald and Vanderbilt’s Kyle Shurmur just missed.
Allen came in at No. 13 and is the brother of former Arkansas starting quarterback Brandon Allen. Brandon threw for 30 touchdowns last season, and helped the Razorbacks to an 8-5 record. Austin was named the Arkansas starter in the spring. The junior played in three games last year, and completed only one pass.
Eason was the highest rated freshman on the list, coming in at No. 5. Eason was the No. 2 quarterback prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings for 2016. While Georgia has yet to name a starter, but Eason submitted a strong spring game performance. The freshman from Washington completed 19 of his 29 passes for 244 yards and a touchdown. He is competing with Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey for the starting quarterback job.
Arkansas opens the season against Louisiana Tech, while Georgia opens against North Carolina as a part of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.