| FTBL Who are the top five quarterbacks entering spring practice?

  1. Bryce Young (Alabama)
No matter what others say about the Alabama quarterback, he’s the best this conference has to offer. He returns for another season at the helm, looking to lead his team back to the Playoff. The Heisman Trophy winner will have another group of wide receivers to play with next season and could make a run at another Heisman. He can be a weapon on the ground, not just through the air, which helped Alabama advance to the National Championship game after losing to Texas A&M. He’ll most likely get another year with Bill O’Brien as his OC, though that could change at any moment.

2. Hendon Hooker (Tennessee)

The Tennessee quarterback started off the 2021 season as the backup, but finished the season bringing hope to fans in orange. When Hooker came in against Pittsburgh, the coaching staff saw something out of him that they had wanted to see out of the previous starter, Joe Milton. Hooker’s ability to scramble and make plays with his feet on broken plays is key for this offense, especially if they are designed runs. He handles the RPO well, something that head coach Josh Heupel enjoys calling, especially with a few talented receivers returning in 2022.

Hooker threw for 2,945 yards and 31 touchdowns, with only three interceptions in 2021. Those type of numbers can go a long way in the SEC. He also rushed for 620 yards and five touchdowns, giving the Vols an extra dose of separation on offense. This could be the encore to his breakout year for Tennessee. At least that’s what the coaches and fan base are hoping. I imagine you’ll be seeing a lot of Hendon Hooker highlights in 2022.

It also has to feel nice for Tennessee fans who won’t have to check every practice report to see who is taking first team reps.

3. Will Rogers (Mississippi State)

The junior quarterback has taken control of this Mike Leach offense and run with it. His offensive output in 2021 was through the roof, and he’s just getting started. Rogers passed for 4,739 yards and 36 touchdowns last season, lighting up opposing defenses in the process. Don’t take the overall record of the Bulldogs in 2021 to heart. It’s not as though Rogers could help the defense. He also didn’t get much help from his receivers last season, especially with the plethora of dropped passes. Another year in this air raid offense will only increase Rogers’ draft stock and could make him one of the best quarterbacks in the country in 2022, at least numbers wise. The Mississippi State quarterback will have his time to shine next season, but let’s hope his defense can help him out this season a bit more.

4. Will Levis (Kentucky)

There are few Power Five quarterbacks who meant more to their football team in 2021 than Will Levis. The Kentucky quarterback threw for 2,826 yards and 24 touchdowns. Yes, the 13 interceptions didn’t help, but he also rushed for 376 yards and nine touchdowns. His ability to be a bruiser at quarterback, especially running the football when needed, is another reason why Mark Stoops should be ecstatic the former Penn State QB is back for 2022. He will be without Wan’Dale Robinson next season, but the Wildcats have enough downfield targets to keep Levis busy. Having Chris Rodriguez return at running back will also help alleviate some of the pressure on Levis, who should be surrounded by another talented offensive group. He needs to be more consistent next season, but he has the talent to fix his mistakes. I liked how he played in 2021, and hopefully he can build on the year and become more comfortable within this offensive scheme this year.

The biggest concern for me is if his offensive coordinator Liam Coen bolts back to the NFL.

5. K.J. Jefferson (Arkansas)

I absolutely loved watching Jefferson play in 2021, especially when he was bulldozing defenders while rushing the ball. There’s something special about this kid, which OC Kendall Briles saw immediately in the game versus Texas. He threw for 2,676 yards and 21 touchdowns last season, along with 664 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. He’s bulky and should scare opposing defenses when he’s running downhill. This Arkansas team took another step in the right direction last season, and Jefferson was a huge part of that success. This team has a chance to take the final record of 2021 and add a few more to the win column in 2022. The Razorbacks have added a few playmakers on offense, including WR Jadon Haselwood from Oklahoma. I like what Jefferson brings to the table, and he should be fun to watch next season.

Honorable Mention

Stetson Bennett
: Overall, this young man is a winner. He led his team to a National Championship after dealing with a bunch of noise during the season. He was the type of quarterback Kirby Smart needed in 2021 and could be that guy again in 2022. His decision to come back to Georgia was a no-brainer, especially if he could continue to play with accuracy. I love me some Stetson Bennett and his story, so let’s see if he can back it up next season. He’ll have plenty of playmakers around him, if he is the starting quarterback in the season opener.

Spencer Rattler: I know the Oklahoma transfer will be a spark to the South Carolina offense, but I at least want to see him working with this group in the spring before I make any further predictions. During the 2020 season in Norman, Rattler threw for 3,031 yards and 28 touchdowns. Even though he was replaced by Caleb Williams last season, he still threw for 1,483 yards and nine touchdowns. Either way, Spencer will help this Gamecock team in 2022, as long as the accuracy issues are put to bed. But he’s a winner and will bring his confident attitude — and former teammate Austin Stogner — with him to South Carolina.

Anthony Richardson: From the little that we got to see from Richardson last season, he definitely looks the part. But how will the new Florida staff work with him on crafting his game in 2022? That’s the question for me. He most definitely has the skills they need.

That’s my list and I am sticking to it, until after spring practice and we hear stories out of camp.

 

50+yeartidefan

Touchdown Club
Something about this wording leaves me shaking my head. He's the best college football has to offer not just this conference. Maybe I am reading that wrong...
Kinda surprised also.... "no matter what others say about the Alabama Quarterback.......”

Who is saying anything other than ..."pretty damn good for a first time starter"

Are other’s really not impressed?
 

mando

Sideline Club
Kinda surprised also.... "no matter what others say about the Alabama Quarterback.......”

Who is saying anything other than ..."pretty damn good for a first time starter"

Are other’s really not impressed?
I shutter to think what the record for this team would have been w/o BY. As good as Mac Jones was I am not sure he would have had as good of a year with this offensive group. This teams OL required someone with a little more mobility which BY brought.
 

BamaFan334

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I shutter to think what the record for this team would have been w/o BY. As good as Mac Jones was I am not sure he would have had as good of a year with this offensive group. This teams OL required someone with a little more mobility which BY brought.

I disagree with you here. Just think of how long it finally took Bryce to start hitting the deep routes. Mac, it felt, was like 99% accurate on deep balls. We likely have two 1,700 yard receivers if Bryce hits the deep ball in those first four or five games. Bryce got out of his fair share of jams fo sho, but Mac could dissect a defense and knew his dump offs and his reads. I'm also betting Mac makes a few better calls in those goal line instances at Texas A&M and against Georgia in the Natty. Not knocking Bryce at all here, I love Bryce, but I feel Mac could have done just as good if not a touch better. Both guys are amazing and I think they are setting Alabama up recruiting wise at the position for the foreseeable future. Look at Milroe, Simpson, and maybe Arch. That's another five to six years of big time athletes at quarterback.
 

BamaFan334

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@BamaFan334

Imagine BY with those receivers Mac and Tua had

Gotta be able to hit them though. Tua and Mac were very accurate. I have ZERO doubt that Bryce will see his accuracy increase into the 70's this season. Used Tua and Mac's two years as starting, although Mac's first year he started was really late in the season when Tua got hurt.

Bryce - 67%
Tua - 69% and 71%
Mac - 69% and 77%
 

Crimson&WhiteGecko

Century Club
Mac Jones was just more experienced. A true senior. Bryce Young just finished his sophomore season where he won the first QB Heisman at 'Bama. But his inexperienced showed up in games from time to time.

And remember, a good OL gives QB's more time to be able to let the play develop for long balls. 2020's OL was spectacular with Leatherwood at LT & Neal at RT, along w/ Collins at Center for the most part of the season. That was one hell of an OL. 2021 OL wasn't close to 2020 (except for the SECCG where Bryce shredded a stellar defense).
 

50+yeartidefan

Touchdown Club
Gotta be able to hit them though. Tua and Mac were very accurate. I have ZERO doubt that Bryce will see his accuracy increase into the 70's this season. Used Tua and Mac's two years as starting, although Mac's first year he started was really late in the season when Tua got hurt.

Bryce - 67%
Tua - 69% and 71%
Mac - 69% and 77%

Shoot.....those 5 Tua had could catch anything..maybe best combo ever...and turn it into TD...Ruggs, Smith, Metchie, Jeudy, Waddle

And Smith...well...he caught everything and anything for Mac...+ Najee

BYs were good.... ( Williams n Mtchie) but not like Tuas and Macs
 

mando

Sideline Club
I disagree with you here. Just think of how long it finally took Bryce to start hitting the deep routes. Mac, it felt, was like 99% accurate on deep balls. We likely have two 1,700 yard receivers if Bryce hits the deep ball in those first four or five games. Bryce got out of his fair share of jams fo sho, but Mac could dissect a defense and knew his dump offs and his reads. I'm also betting Mac makes a few better calls in those goal line instances at Texas A&M and against Georgia in the Natty. Not knocking Bryce at all here, I love Bryce, but I feel Mac could have done just as good if not a touch better. Both guys are amazing and I think they are setting Alabama up recruiting wise at the position for the foreseeable future. Look at Milroe, Simpson, and maybe Arch. That's another five to six years of big time athletes at quarterback.
My point was Mac would have been more disrupted because of pressure which could have impacted his accuracy. In many games BY's slight movements in the pocket bought time. Maybe Jones could have done it but could he have w/o impacting his accuracy? We will never know. Glad both of them were at Bama.
 
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