Many people are anticipating a productive year for SEC quarterbacks after a lack of fireworks from the position in recent years.
Which of the conference’s signal callers stands above the rest? On Thursday at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala., SEC Network analyst Greg McElroy (a former SEC QB) gave his opinion, and here is what his top three looks like prior to preseason camp.
.@GregMcElroy's SEC QB power rankings heading into fall camp:
1. Nick Fitzgerald
2. Jalen Hurts
3. Shea Patterson pic.twitter.com/nfYYOaBxK3
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) July 13, 2017
Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald ranked No. 1 after leading the SEC in total offense last season with 3,798 yards. He especially made his presence felt on the ground, where he ran for 1,375 yards, third most by a quarterback for a single season in SEC history.
He was one of only three FBS quarterbacks — along with Heisman winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville and Quinton Flowers of South Florida — to pass for at least 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards.
Alabama’s Jalen Hurts, who nearly joined that club by passing for 2,780 and rushing for 954, was second on McElroy’s list. He also led Alabama to the national championship game as a true freshman.
Ole Miss’ Shea Patterson came in third. He was impressive in his three appearances after Chad Kelly was lost for the season with a torn ACL and lateral meniscus in his right knee. Patterson threw for 880 yards, 6 TDs and 3 INTs while completing 54.5 percent of his passes. He also ran for 169 yards.