The turnover bug bit Josh Dobbs and Tennessee. Jacob Eason finally acted his age. Jalen Hurts still hasn’t. Oh, and Trevor Knight has turned Texas A&M into a College Football Playoff contender.
Week 6 shook up our SEC quarterback rankings and put a new guy at No. 1. Check it out:
10. NICK FITZGERALD, Mississippi State
Last week’s ranking: 9
Stats vs. Auburn: 17 of 34 for 181 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT; 17 for 61 rushing
Why he’s here: There’s just not much around him right now, but Fitzgerald is having a solid season. He’s second among SEC quarterbacks with 390 rushing yards (6.1 per carry) and has completed 57.4 percent of his passes for 784 yards, seven touchdowns and just two interceptions.
9. JACOB EASON, Georgia
Last week’s ranking: 7
Stats vs. South Carolina: 5 of 17 for 29 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Why he’s here: The true freshman has never looked more like one. Eason averaged a stunning 1.7 yards per attempt against the Gamecocks and saw his season completion percentage drop to 51.2. In the last three games, he has as many interceptions (3) as touchdowns.
8. LUKE DEL RIO, Florida
Last week’s ranking: 8
Why he’s here: He returned to practice last week but got some extra recovery time for his injured knee after Florida-LSU was rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew. He threw for 762 yards, 6 TD and 2 INT in three games before being injured. The Gators’ offense bogged down under backup Austin Appleby, so they’re ready to get back Del Rio.
— Grace Remington CBS4 (@Grace_Remi) October 5, 2016
7. SEAN WHITE, Auburn
Last week’s ranking: 10
Stats vs. Mississippi State: 14 of 18 for 204 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Why he’s here: White is heating up. He’s completed 77 percent of his passes the last three games, throwing for 677 yards, totaling 4 touchdowns and tossing just a single interception. Gus Malzahn has found a way to maximize his efficiency and the Tigers’ offense has roared to life.
6. DREW LOCK, Missouri
Last week’s ranking: 6
Why he’s here: The Tigers were off last weekend, but Lock still leads the league in passing yards. Most of his stats have come against the weakest teams on Mizzou’s schedule, so Florida’s formidable defense will once again test whether the sophomore is for real.
5. JOSH DOBBS, Tennessee
Last week’s ranking: 3
Stats vs. Texas A&M: 28 of 47 for 398 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT; 17 for 57 rushing
Why he’s here: He’s a huge reason the Volunteers erased a 28-7 deficit and took the Aggies to double-overtime, but Dobbs also helped dig that hole and then sealed Tennessee’s first loss with an interception. That was his fourth turnover of the game. He’s produced a league-high 19 total touchdowns but also thrown an SEC-worst 8 picks and fumbled 7 times (only 2 lost). Gotta clean it up.
There's the Josh Dobbs I know! Texas A&M takes down Tennessee! pic.twitter.com/RGhOi5VNMa
— #InAllKindsOfWeather (@AllKindsWeather) October 9, 2016
4. AUSTIN ALLEN, Arkansas
Last week’s ranking: 4
Stats vs. Alabama: 25 of 48 for 400 yards, 3 TD, 3 INT
Why he’s here: Even with the turnovers, it’s impressive to throw for four bills against the Crimson Tide. Especially considering Allen was under siege all night. He now leads the SEC with 15 TD tosses (to 5 INT) and has thrown for 1,632 yards on 63.6 percent completions. Next up: a high-level QB duel with Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly.
3. JALEN HURTS, Alabama
Last week’s ranking: 5
Stats vs. Arkansas: 13 of 17 for 253 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT; 8 for 20 yards, 2 TD rushing
Why he’s here: We keep waiting for his freshman freak-out, but Hurts remains poised. He’s completed 63.8 percent of his passes, thrown for 1,242 yards, rushed for 296 and produced 14 total touchdowns with just 2 interceptions. That’s championship-level QB play.
— Roll Tide Roll! Cap! (@capstonekid) October 9, 2016
2. CHAD KELLY, Ole Miss
Last week’s ranking: 1
Why he’s here: After a week off, Kelly gets a showdown with Arkansas’ Allen. The Rebels’ gunslinger is second in the conference in completion percentage (66.1), third in passing yards (1,596) and touchdowns (13) with just 4 interceptions. The Razorbacks, whose opponents have thrown more INTs than TDs, will present a solid challenge.
1. TREVOR KNIGHT, Texas A&M
Last week’s ranking: 2
Stats vs. Tennessee: 17 of 34 for 239 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT; 15 for 110 yards, 3 TD rushing
Why he’s here: Knight already has four games this season with 200-plus passing yards and 75-plus rushing. He leads all SEC quarterbacks with 502 yards and 9 touchdowns rushing. He’s over 2,000 total yards and has 18 total touchdowns through six games, so move over, Chad Kelly.
— Courtney Faye Roland (@CourtneyRivals) October 9, 2016