2018 SEC preseason unit rankings: Quarterbacks

Five teams have a good claim at having the best quarterbacks in the SEC in 2018

It’s almost impossible to rank the quarterbacks prior to the start of fall camps as there will be numerous competitions, many featuring players who will be working with new coaching and coordinators.

Consequently, any of the top five could be listed first.

Even though Missouri quarterback Drew Lock has a new coordinator in Derek Dooley, he gets the benefit of doubt for the top spot. After leading the nation with 44 touchdown passes and being voted first-team All-SEC by coaches, he decided to hold off on going to the NFL for another year to build up his resume some more.

Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham’s 3,158 passing yards were the second most in program history, and he’s now going into his second year with the Tigers and should have a better grasp of the offense. He did have offseason shoulder surgery, but it was on his non-throwing arm.

Meanwhile, Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald has a whole new coaching staff after finishing eighth in the league last year in total offense. Both his rushing and passing numbers declined from 2016 and he suffered an ugly season-ending ankle injury in the Egg Bowl.

The big wild card, of course, is Alabama, which finished the spring still waiting for Tua Tagovailoa vs. Jalen Hurts to begin after the former suffered a hand fracture during the first practice. Similarly, Georgia has Jake Fromm and Justin Fields.

It wouldn’t be much of a stretch for the teams that played for the national championship to rematch in the SEC title game with different quarterbacks.

1] Missouri

2] Auburn

3] Alabama

4] Georgia

5] Mississippi State

6] South Carolina

7] Texas A&M

8] Ole Miss

9] Florida

10] Vanderbilt

This is the first story in a series ranking each SECposition group for the 2018 season.