The Top 5 Quarterbacks in the SEC for 2022
The SEC, one of, if not the most powerful college football conference in all the land, will have some really good quarterbacks playing in 2022. A Heisman winner and some record setters, their all back for more.
Below is my ranking of the Top 5 quarterbacks in the SEC for 2022.
#5. Will Levis, Kentucky (6–3, 232 Senior)
Levis led Kentucky to a 10–win season in 2021. He passed for 2812 yards, 24 TDs, and 13 INTs. Levis completed 66% of his passes. And he also rushed for 376 yards and 9 TDs.
He had two games of over 400 yards passing, and half his rushing TDs were scored against Louisville in a 52–21 win.
Levis accounted for 5 total TDs in 42–21 win over LSU and in a 45–42 loss to Tennessee.
His 24 TD passes were the most in a season since Andre Woodson had 40 TD passes in 2007.
#4. K.J. Jefferson, Arkansas (6–3, 242 Junior)
Jefferson led the Razorbacks to 9 wins in 2021, their most since they won 10 in 2011.
He passed for 2676 yards, 21 TDs, and 4 INTs. His 67% completion percentage was the 2nd best in school history. Jefferson also added 664 yards rushing and scored 6 TDs on the ground.
He completed 72% or better in each of his last five games. Against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, he had 4 TD passes in a 45–3 win.
In a 52–51 loss to Ole Miss, Jefferson passed for 326 yards and 3 TDs and rushed for 3 TDs.
He threw only 1 INT over his last 7 games (and threw 12 TD passes). Jefferson was third in the SEC in yards per completion (13) and ranked 10th in the FBS in passing efficiency with a 164.7 rating.
#3. Hendon Hooker, Tennessee (6–4, 218 6th Year Senior-Grad Transfer)
Hooker spent four years at Va. Tech before moving on to the checkerboard endzones and orange and white confines of Neyland Stadium and Rocky Top.
He led a Vols offense that averaged 39 points per game (#7 in the FBS) and 474 yards per game in total offense (#9 in the FBS).
Hooker goes into this season riding a 12-game streak of at least one TD pass in a game. He had three games of three TD passes. Hooker threw four TD passes in a 45–42 win over Kentucky.
He had five games where he completed 70% or better of his passes. Over his last three games, he threw nine touchdowns and zero INTs.
In the bowl game loss vs Purdue, Hooker threw 5 TD passes and passed for 378 yards.
Hooker will have his favorite target back in WR Cedric Tillman.
His stats for 2021: 2945 yards passing, 31 TDs, 3 INTs (in 303 attempts) and he rushed for 613 yards and 5 more scores. He completed 68% of his passes (a single-season school record). His passing efficiency rating of 181.4 was also a single-season school record.
#2. Will Rogers, Mississippi State (6–2, 210 Junior)
Rogers threw for 4739 yards, which was 3rd most in SEC history and ranked 3rd in the FBS. He threw 36 TD passes and only 9 INTs (in 683 attempts).
His 364 yards per game led the SEC and ranked 4th in the FBS. Rogers passed for 300 yards or more seven times. He passed for 400 yards four times.
Rogers posted two games of 4 TD passes and four games of 3 passing touchdowns. He passed for six touchdowns in a 43–34 win over Auburn. Against Tennessee State, he threw 5 TD passes.
He completed 70% or better of his passes nine times last season.
Rogers set school records for single-season total offense, passing yards, and passing TDs. He threw for 300 yards or more in 10 straight games.
#1. Bryce Young, Alabama (6–0, 194 Junior)
Young was the first quarterback in school history to win the Heisman Trophy. He looks for a repeat performance in 2022.
Young was named 1st Team All-American and 1st Team All-SEC. He passed for 4872 yards, 47 TDs, and just 7 INTs (in 547 attempts), and he completed 66% of his passes.
He completed 70% or better of his passes eight times. Against Southern Miss, Young completed 90% of his passes (20 of 22) for 313 yards and 5 TDs in a 63–14 win.
When it came to throwing touchdown passes, Young was surgical:
- 2 games with 4 passing touchdowns.
- 5 games with 3 passing touchdowns.
- 3 games with 5 passing touchdowns.
- 2 games with 4 passing touchdowns.
Over his last five games, he threw 18 TD passes and zero INTs.
His 324 yards per game ranked 7th in the FBS. In the national championship game loss to Georgia, he passed for 369 yards and 1 TD, and 2 INTs.
If Young exceeds last year’s performance, he could win his 2nd Heisman. That hasn’t been done since Archie Griffin won it in 1974 and 1975 while tearing up the gridiron under legendary coach Woody Hayes at Ohio State.
But he can’t do it all by himself. The Crimson Tide lost serious production at WR (Jameson Williams and John Metchie), at RB (Brian Robinson, Jr.) and probably more importantly they lost starting experience on the offense line.
But from the transfer portal, they picked up WR Jermaine Burton from Georgia and RB Jahmyr Gibbs from Georgia Tech. We’ll see if these two can buy in to Saban’s “process” and produce at a championship level.
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