It may be March, but it’s never too early to talk SEC quarterbacks. Just ask Peter Burns.
The SEC Network personality, who also hosts a new show called SEC This Morning on SiriusXM radio, got into a debate with fellow SEC Network star Marcus Spears on Tuesday about which SEC quarterbacks they would “draft” for this season.
Burns posted his top 7 list to Twitter on Tuesday morning, which sparked further debate on which of the league’s quarterbacks would be ideal for a strong offensive season.
Peter Burns’ top 7 SEC quarterbacks for 2018
|1. Jarrett Stidham||Auburn|
|2. Drew Lock||Missouri|
|3. Jake Fromm||Georgia|
|4. Jake Bentley||South Carolina|
|5. Tua Tagovailoa||Alabama|
|6. Jalen Hurts||Alabama|
|7. Nick Fitzgerald||Mississippi State|
For the Tagovailoa fans out there, this list may seem to be off just a little. But it’s important to keep in mind that although he looked amazing in a come-from-behind victory against Georgia in the national title game, we really haven’t seen the talented young quarterback run a college offense for an extended time. The Crimson Tide star’s arm talent is evident, but the data just isn’t there for Burns to have him higher than some of the league’s more established quarterbacks.
Burns also took some heat for his positioning of Fitzgerald. Considered by many to be the best quarterback in the league entering the 2017 season, Fitzgerald did not disappoint with his dual-threat abilities. But a right ankle injury during an Egg Bowl loss against Ole Miss, along with a change in coach from Dan Mullen to Joe Moorhead, has Fitzgerald down on Burns’ list. He also expressed concerns about Fitzgerald’s usage in the new Bulldogs offense and the wide receivers who will surround him.
Stidham being the top choice seems fair. The Auburn quarterback found a way to beat both teams that played for the national title during his first season on campus as a transfer from Baylor. Given another offseason to mesh with Gus Malzahn and Chip Lindsey, it is easy to see how he could be the top choice.
If you were ranking SEC quarterbacks to select for the season, who would be your top choice? Let us hear it.