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Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson rolls out against Vanderbilt in their game on Saturday, Oct. 14.

Grading the SEC quarterbacks in Week 7: Shea Patterson, Jake Fromm show the way

The SEC gets a fair amount of grief nationally for its quarterback play, but those who watch the league on a regular basis know that there is plenty of talent at the position.

Shea Patterson and Jake Fromm each put up big numbers in wins this week, while a few other talented quarterbacks fell victim to equally gifted defenses.

Here is a grade for each of the SEC’s quarterbacks for Week 7:

Shea Patterson, Ole Miss: A-plus

Stats: 22-for-35 passing for 351 yards, 4 TDs

There are plenty of trouble spots for Ole Miss football in 2017, but starting quarterback isn’t among them. Shea Patterson carved up Vanderbilt to the tune of 351 yards and four scores as the Rebels snapped a three-game losing streak.

Jake Fromm, Georgia: A

Stats: 18-for-26 passing for 326 yards, 2 TD, INT; 4 rushes for 14 yards, TD

Jake Fromm and the Georgia offense piled up 696 yards of total offense and ground Missouri into submission Saturday night between the hedges. He accounted for three scores and topped the 300-yard mark as the Bulldogs cruised to an easy win. His interception set up an early Missouri score, but that’s really the only black mark against him.

Drew Lock, Missouri: B-plus

Stats: 15-for-25 passing for 253 yards, 4 TDs, INT

Drew Lock did his best to keep Missouri in its game at Georgia, but ultimately his defensive mates allowed much more than the offense could produce. Still, Lock threw four touchdown passes and hit seven different receivers in a 53-28 loss.

Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State: B

Stats: 19-for-30 passing for 241 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INT; 15 rushes for 103 yards, 2 TDs

Nick Fitzgerald had a nice day against BYU in Starkville, accounting for four scores and 344 yards of total offense. In the process, he became only the second player in program history to rush and pass for 25 touchdowns, joining Dak Prescott. The pair of interceptions bumps the grade down a bit, however.

Danny Etling, LSU: B

Stats: 13-for-24 passing for 206 yards, TD

The numbers don’t jump off the page for Danny Etling, but he was at his best in key moments in the come-from-behind win against Auburn. He was 7-of-12 for 108 yards on third downs and didn’t turn the ball over. His 14-yard touchdown pass to Russell Gage in the final minute of the third quarter helped spark the rally as D.J. Chark’s electrifying 75-yard punt return for a touchdown followed a few plays later.

Jalen Hurts/Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama: B-minus

Stats: Hurts — 12-for-19 passing for 151 yards, TD, INT; 10 rushes for 41 yards, TD; Tagovailoa — 1-for-2 passing for 33 yards

The Alabama defense was stifling against Arkansas, which means that Jalen Hurts wasn’t called upon to do much. He chipped in 192 yards of total offense and a pair of touchdowns anyway, while his understudy, Tua Tagovailoa got a little playing time late.

Kyle Shurmur/Deuce Wallace, Vanderbilt: C

Stats: Shurmur — 13-for-29 passing for 174 yards, 2 TDs, INT; Wallace — 5-for-8 passing for 55 yards, TD

Vanderbilt’s rousing home win over Kansas State seems like a long, long time ago. Kyle Shurmur was sacked seven times, completed less than half of his throws and served up an interception against a surprisingly energetic Ole Miss defense. Deuce Wallace tossed a touchdown pass in mop-up duty, which brings the grade up a tad.

Kellen Mond, Texas A&M: C-minus

Stats: 8-for-24 passing for 180 yards, INT; 15 rushes for 52 yards, TD

The Florida defense made things tough on Kellen Mond, but the freshman led his team to four field goals while scoring the Aggies’ lone touchdown on a third-quarter run. The stats may be a bit bitter, but nabbing a win in The Swamp is certainly sweet.

Cole Kelley, Arkansas: C-minus

Stats: 23-for-42 passing for 200 yards, TD, INT

Cole Kelley got the start for the ailing Austin Allen, and for a player making his first career start on the road against No. 1 Alabama, he fared reasonably well. He threw an interception and was sacked five times, but he connected with six different receivers and tossed a touchdown pass in a losing effort.

Jake Bentley, South Carolina: C-minus

Stats: 15-for-24 passing for 129 yards

South Carolina’s 15-9 win over Tennessee in Knoxville was a defense-dominated affair. So, while Jake Bentley didn’t post eye-popping numbers, he didn’t turn the ball over and led his team to the 12 second-half points they needed to pull out the win.

Jarrett Guarantano, Tennessee: C-minus

Stats: 11-for-18 passing for 133 yards; 17 rushes for -2 yards

Jarrett Guarantano made his first start for the Volunteers, but didn’t manage to snap them out of their offensive funk. He was sacked seven times and failed to push his team into the end zone. On the bright side, if one can be found today in Knoxville, he took care of the football and showed some flashes of promising play.

Jarrett Stidham, Auburn: D-plus

Stats: 9-for-26 passing for 165 yards, TD; 6 rushes for 11 yards

It started so well for Auburn and Jarrett Stidham. A field goal early in the second quarter staked them to a 20-0 lead over LSU in Death Valley, but the Auburn offense fell off a cliff after that. Stidham threw for only 6 yards after halftime, which allowed LSU to complete a remarkable comeback.

Feleipe Franks, Florida: D

Stats: 17-for-26 passing for 129 yards, 2 INT; 9 rushes for 82 yards

Take away his dazzling 79-yard run, and Feleipe Franks had a pedestrian outing in the loss to Texas A&M. The Aggies came into the game ranking near the bottom of the league in pass defense, but Franks and the Florida offense was unable to take advantage.