Freshmen quarterbacks continue to make an indelible mark in the SEC.
Two of the conference’s biggest wins during Week 4 were orchestrated by first-year players such as Jake Fromm of Georgia and Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond.
Neither was expected to be the outright starter entering the season, but it will be difficult uprooting either signal caller should they continue their current pace.
We examine some of the best freshman performances from around the SEC during Week 4 action.
5. RB Malik Davis and ATH Kadarius Toney, Florida
Malik Davis and Kadarius Toney were the two-headed monster that Florida needed in the Gators’ 28-27 win over Kentucky. While Florida only rushed for 186 yards on the evening, 132 of them belonged to the freshman duo (93 yards for Davis). Toney, who only rushed twice, made them count with a 36-yard run to open the Gators’ scoring.
4. RB Chase Hayden, Arkansas
Chase Hayden is becoming Arkansas’ main man out of the backfield. The freshman led the Razorbacks with 77 yards. That gives him 198 for the year, tops among fellow Arkansas tailbacks David Williams (156 yards) and Devwah Whaley (130 yards). Hayden’s 6-yard touchdown put the Hogs up 21-7 at the 10:21 mark in the second quarter, but Bret Bielema’s squad couldn’t hold on for the win.
3. DB Jordyn Peters, Auburn
If Jordyn Peters’ first big game with Auburn is any indication, the Tigers might have gotten a steal in the 3-star recruit from Muscle Shoals, Ala. The nickelback registered the first sack and forced fumble of his career in Auburn’s 51-14 victory over Missouri. Peters finished with 2 tackles, one of them solo.
2. QB Kellen Mond, Texas A&M
Kellen Mond hasn’t been perfect for Texas A&M, but he is developing quickly. Mond threw for 212 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Aggies downed Arkansas in a thrilling 50-43 overtime win over the Razorbacks. The San Antonio native — who’d rushed for 54, -10, and 4 yards, respectively, in his first three career games — broke out with an additional 109 yards on the ground. That included an 89-yard rushing touchdown that was incorrectly ruled out of bounds around the 10-yard line.
1. QB Jake Fromm, Georgia
The longest touchdown pass of Jake Fromm’s young career also might be the prettiest. The freshman hit Terry Godwin for a 59-yard, flea-flicker touchdown on No. 11 Georgia’s initial play from scrimmage in the Bulldogs’ 31-3 win over Mississippi State. It was the first time Georgia scored a passing touchdown on the first play of a game since Hutson Mason connected for 35 yards to Chris Conley in 2014 against Charleston Southern. Fromm, in for the injured Jacob Eason, connected on 9 of 12 passing for 201 yards and also found tight end Isaac Nauta for a 41-yard score. The freshman is now 4-0 in his career with wins over (then) No. 24 Notre Dame and No. 17 Mississippi State.