Another day, another preseason list with plenty of SEC representation.
Sporting News released its top 25 quarterbacks for the 2017 season on Thursday, and the list included six SEC signal callers.
Georgia’s Jacob Eason (No. 25), Arkansas’ Austin Allen (22), Ole Miss’ Shea Patterson (19), Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham (16), Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald (13) and Alabama’s Jalen Hurts (3) made the cut.
Here’s what author Bill Bender had to say about Hurts, the SEC’s highest-ranked passer on the list.
“Keep in mind that Hurts was one drive away from leading the Crimson Tide to a national championship as a freshman. He should improve as a passer under new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll while maintaining his role as a part of the rushing attack. Hurts’ poise is remarkable, and he’ll take the next step as a sophomore.”
Missouri’s Drew Lock and South Carolina’s Jake Bentley were recognized as honorable mentions.
Topping the list is reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville, followed by USC’s Sam Darnold. Rounding out the top five are Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett.