Top 5 SEC QBs Heading Into 2019 College Football Season
By Leo Abbe-Schneider
There's a strong case to be made that the SEC has the best collection of quarterbacks in college football this season. However, this should come as no surprise, as the SEC also fields, perhaps, the most competitive football product in the NCAA.
Accounting for last year's Heisman Trophy runner-up and a record-setting 64 NFL Draft selections back in April, the SEC and its host of QB talent is barreling toward the 2019 season with another set of sky-high expectations.
Here is a list of the top 5 QBs in the SEC heading into the 2019 college football season.
5. Joe Burrow, LSU Tigers
Joe Burrow had a solid year for the LSU Tigers in his first full college football season after transferring from Ohio State. Burrow finished with the 14th-best total QBR (78.4) in all of the FBS last season. He should also have a great opportunity to improve that mark this year too, now that he's had a season to get adjusted to the LSU offense.
4. Kellen Mond, Texas A&M Aggies
Kellen Mond continued to improve for the Texas A&M Aggies as a sophomore under new head coach Jimbo Fisher last season. Mond threw for more than 3,000 yards to go along with 24 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. He also added nearly 500 yards on the ground and seven rushing touchdowns, while leading the Aggies to a 9-4 overall record.
3. Kelly Bryant, Missouri Tigers
Prior to parting ways with Clemson and transferring to Missouri last season, Kelly Bryant threw for 3,338 yards and 16 touchdowns, while running for nearly 1,000 yards and another 16 touchdowns in his four seasons with the Tigers. Bryant already proved that he can play at the highest level after leading Clemson to a 12-2 record and College Football Playoff semifinal appearance in 2017. Expect him to return for his final collegiate season in 2019 with a chip on his shoulder after losing his starting job to Trevor Lawrence in Death Valley last year.
2. Jake Fromm, Georgia Bulldogs
Jake Fromm has had an extremely impressive start to his college football career in Athens, Georgia. In his first two years with the Bulldogs, he's combined for 5,376 passing yards, 54 touchdowns and just 13 interceptions. He also has a 24-5 career starting record. Fromm should not only be taken seriously as a Heisman candidate in 2019, but he could also prove one of the top QB prospects for the 2020 NFL Draft.
1. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama Crimson Tide
Perhaps, the only player in the country with a more impressive résumé over his first two seasons than Fromm is Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa. So far in his collegiate career, Tagovailoa has accounted for a CFP National Championship title, one CFP National Championship runner-up and one Heisman Trophy runner-up finish. Tagovailoa threw for nearly 4,000 yards last season to go along with 43 touchdowns and just six interceptions. Even with Fromm next door at Georgia, it's a tough argument to place any other SEC quarterback ahead of Tagovailoa on this list.
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