Top 5 SEC QBs Heading into 2020 College Football Season
The SEC is primed to lose its top three quarterbacks to the NFL this offseason. Tua Tagovailoa, Joe Burrow and Jake Fromm will all be playing on Sunday come September and the void is left to be filled by some of the conference's budding talents.
While some of these names have already established themselves, others could make themselves known rather quickly when the 2020 season gets underway.
Here are the top-five SEC quarterbacks heading into the 2020 campaign.
5. Jarrett Guarantano, Tennessee
Tennessee's junior quarterback left plenty to be desired in 2019. He threw for 2,158 yards (No. 83 in FBS), 16 touchdown passes (T-No. 67 in FBS) and his eight interceptions were tied for 55th. He's got one year of eligibility left though, and he'll reprise his role as Jeremy Pruitt's starting QB one last time. With all the turnover in the conference, he'll have an opportunity to make some strides in 2020.
4. Mac Jones, Alabama
Mac Jones is the assumed inheritor of Tua Tagovailoa's starting job in Tuscaloosa. He'll still have to beat out Tagovailoa's younger brother Taulia, and Bryce Young, though. Still, Jones was impressive while filling in for Tua, tossing 14 TDs and three INTs across 11 appearances. Assuming Jones wins the job, he should be among the SEC's top signal-callers next season.
3. Kellen Mond, Texas A&M
The Aggies and Kellen Mond were among college football's biggest disappointments in 2019. The junior quarterback was projected to build upon a sophomore campaign in which he threw for 3,107 yards, 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Instead, he regressed, throwing for less yardage, fewer touchdowns and the same amount of interceptions. However, the Aggies landed a five-star receiver in Demond Demas and the sixth-ranked recruiting class for 2020. Mond should be in a position to finally take the next step.
2. Kyle Trask, Florida
Unlike the most players on this list, Trask didn't open the season as his team's starting quarterback. It wasn't until he took over for an injured Feleipe Franks in Week 3 that he became the undisputed No. 1 in Gainesville. In his abbreviated junior season, Trask threw for 2,941 yards, 25 touchdowns and seven interceptions. With an entire offseason as the starter still ahead, Trask's senior season could be a continuation of his meteoric rise.
1. Bo Nix, Auburn
The aforementioned Trask could easily supplant Bo Nix at the top of the list by this time next year. For now, though, Nix's true freshman season against SEC defenses earned him the No. 1 spot. He faced seven ranked teams, going 3-4 in those contests. He finished with 23 total touchdowns, 2,542 passing yards and another 313 on the ground. He's certainly got the raw talent to be a dominant force in the SEC, and with some added familiarity in Auburn, Nix could have a huge 2020 campaign.
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