Goodbye, Stephen Johnson. Hello, Sean White. Week 5 prompted some significant movement in our SEC quarterback rankings.
Another pedestrian performance against an opponent with a pulse plunged Drew Lock three spots. Another victory snatched from the mouth of defeat by Josh Dobbs lifted him two positions. Counting ’em down here:
10. SEAN WHITE, Auburn
Last week’s ranking: Not ranked
Stats vs. Louisiana-Monroe: 14 of 17 for 239 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT; 1 TD rushing
Why he’s here: He seems perpetually in danger of losing his job, but White has quietly taken the league lead in completion percentage (68.4) and he’s thrown just 1 interception (to 5 touchdowns) in 114 attempts this season.
Sean White's 48-yard TD to Kyle Davis: Good fake to Kam Martin, nice protection from Chandler Cox and a completely blown coverage by ULM. pic.twitter.com/OezFnu55wc
— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) October 2, 2016
9. NICK FITZGERALD, Mississippi State
Last week’s ranking: 9
Why he’s here: The Bulldogs were off last week, but Fitzgerald’s last performance — 305 yards passing, 110 yards rushing against Massachusetts — was good enough to get back on the list and stay here at least another week. Auburn’s defense should provide a stiff test Saturday.
8. LUKE DEL RIO, Florida
Last week’s ranking: 7
Why he’s here: Every week he’s out with that knee injury is a reminder how much Florida misses him, but the good news is, he expects to return for Saturday’s game vs. LSU. Backup Austin Appleby has thrown for 227 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception in his last 6 quarters.
7. JACOB EASON, Georgia
Last week’s ranking: 8
Stats vs. Tennessee: 17 of 28 for 211 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT; 1 TD rushing
Why he’s here: You want clutch? Slinging a 47-yard, go-ahead touchdown with 10 seconds to go against the Vols — a perfect ball, hitting the receiver as he crossed the goal line — certainly qualifies. UGA still found a way to lose, but that was a big step for the prized freshman.
Jacob Eason : 17/28, 211 yards, 2 TD passes, 1 TD run & 1 INT (47-yard TD pass to Riley Ridley w/ 23 seconds left) https://t.co/Eqk1i2wAgT
— Lee Harvey (@MusikFan4Life) October 1, 2016
6. DREW LOCK, Missouri
Last week’s ranking: 3
Stats vs. LSU: 17 of 37 for 167 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT; 1 TD receiving
Why he’s here: Sure, he leads the SEC in passing yards (1,675) and touchdowns (14), but those numbers were inflated against Eastern Michigan and Delaware State. He completed 68.4 percent of his passes for 10 TD, 0 INT in those. Against West Virginia, Georgia and LSU: 50 percent, 4 TD, 4 INT. He did catch a touchdown on a trick play against the Tigers.
— Austin Kim (@AustinKKim) October 2, 2016
5. JALEN HURTS, Alabama
Last week’s ranking: 4
Stats vs. Kentucky: 20 of 33 for 262 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT; 9 for 25 rushing
Why he’s here: He didn’t dazzle but did more than enough to cruise past the Wildcats. The freshman is up to 1,265 yards rushing and passing, 10 total touchdowns and just 1 interception in his first five college games. He hasn’t thrown a pick since the opener.
4. AUSTIN ALLEN, Arkansas
Last week’s ranking: 6
Stats vs. Alcorn State: 13 of 18 for 206 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
Why he’s here: Just another productive day at the office for Allen, who has been arguably the SEC’s most consistent QB through five games. He leads the league in passer rating, and has completed 67.6 percent of his throws for 1,232 yards, 12 TD and 2 INT.
3. JOSH DOBBS, Tennessee
Last week’s ranking: 5
Stats vs. Georgia: 16 of 26 for 230 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT; 11 for 26 yards, 1 TD rushing
Why he’s here: Dobbs’ 43-yard Hail Mary to beat the Bulldogs was just his latest clutch performance. Against Tennessee’s three Power 5 opponents, he’s been at his best: 14 total touchdowns, 4 interceptions combined against Virginia Tech, Florida and Georgia.
Josh Dobbs : 16 of 26, 229 yards, 3 TD passes, 1 TD run & 1 INT (Game-winning 43-yard Hail Mary to Jauan Jennings) pic.twitter.com/SFzw0vgdYa
— Lee Harvey (@MusikFan4Life) October 1, 2016
2. TREVOR KNIGHT, Texas A&M
Last week’s ranking: 2
Stats vs. South Carolina: 23 of 40 for 206 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT; 12 for 84 yards, 1 TD rushing
Why he’s here: It’s still not great, but Knight’s completion percentage has increased each of the last two weeks. And he leads all SEC quarterbacks in rushing yards (392) and touchdowns (6) to go with 1,261 yards, 7 TD and 3 INT passing. He has the Aggies at 5-0, but now Dobbs and Tennessee come to town.
1. CHAD KELLY, Ole Miss
Last week’s ranking: 1
Stats vs. Memphis: 30 of 44 for 361 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Why he’s here: Kelly helped avenge last year’s upset loss to the Tigers and ranks top-three in the SEC in passing yards (1,596), touchdowns (14), completion percentage (66.1), QB rating (163.18) and yards per attempt (9.2).
Chad Kelly spread the ball around Sat. vs. Memphis. Three different receivers (Engram, Jefferson, Sringfellow) posted more than 75 rec yds pic.twitter.com/OqSUk1E50w
— Jeff Barker (@JeffBarker_) October 2, 2016