Tennessee Football and the SEC are home to some of the most talented quarterbacks in the country, and the upcoming season promises to be exciting for College Football fans.
Football is more than just a game in the South; it’s a way of life. And nowhere is this more evident than ever in the SEC. With some of the most talented quarterbacks in the country calling the SEC home, the upcoming season promises to be one that fans won’t forget.
From seasoned veterans to rising stars, these quarterbacks are poised to make their mark on the field and lead their teams to victory.
So, who are the top quarterbacks to watch in the SEC this season? Let’s take a closer look.
My Top 5 – 2023 SEC Quarterback Power Rankings
No. 5 – Spencer Rattler (South Carolina) – 3,026 yards, 18 touchdowns, 12 interceptions in 2022:
Spencer Rattler is a talented quarterback with a strong arm but struggled with interceptions last season. Rattler transferred to South Carolina after spending two seasons at Oklahoma and was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school. He has the potential to be one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC but will need to cut down on his interceptions to reach that level.
Rattler came alive last season in his final 2 games of the regular season knocking off both Tennessee and Clemson, combining for almost 800 yards and 8 touchdowns. If this trend continues, he could be a scary sight next season for any team facing the Gamecocks.
No. 4 – Carson Beck (Georgia) – 310 yards, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions in 2022:
Carson Beck is a young quarterback with a lot of potential and is expected to be the starting quarterback for the Georgia Bulldogs next year. Beck was a 4-star recruit who has yet to see significant playing time at Georgia. He has the potential to be one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC and follow right in the former two-time National College Football champion and an SEC Champion, Stetson Bennett’s footsteps. However, he will need to prove himself on the field.
Beck will be a redshirt junior in 2023 and is a tall pocket passer who can throw the ball accurately all over the field. He has a strong arm and solid mechanics and can make throws with anticipation, change speeds, and alter his arm angles.
No. 3 – KJ Jefferson (Arkansas) – 2,648 yards, 25 touchdowns, 5 interceptions in 2022:
KJ Jefferson is a dual-threat quarterback who can make plays with his arm and legs. Jefferson had a breakout season in 2022, leading Arkansas to a bowl game against Kansas. He has the potential to be one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC but will need to continue to develop his passing skills to reach that level.
It will also be interesting to see how much he has developed under Dan Enos, who helped Tua Tagolovailoa win the Heisman Trophy at Alabama.
No. 2 – Joe Milton (Tennessee) – 971 yards, 10 touchdowns, 0 interceptions in 2022:
Joe Milton III is originally from Florida and began his career at the University of Michigan in 2018. After Two seasons with the Wolverines, he transferred to Tennessee in 2021. At 6’5, 245 lbs, Milton III is known for his size and incredible arm strength. He has a reputation for being able to throw the ball deep and has even coined the nickname “Bazooka Joe.”
On and off the field, Joe Milton continues to lead by example and is the glue that keeps this Tennessee Football team together. In the Orange & White game, he put on a show, completing 9 of 13 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown.
Milton also played in the Orange Bowl for Tennessee Football due to a knee injury from starting quarterback Hendon Hooker. The former Michigan transfer was named Orange Bowl MVP after completing 19 of 28 passes for 251 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also ran for 5 yards on 11 carries.
No. 1 – Jayden Daniels (LSU) – 2,913 yards, 17 touchdowns, 3 interceptions in 2022:
Jayden Daniels of LSU is our top pick for the best quarterback in the SEC. Despite missing a few games due to injury last season in 2022, he still managed to put up impressive numbers. He threw for 2,913 yards, 17 touchdowns, and only 3 interceptions. He is a true dual-threat quarterback with a lot of natural talent.
He is equally comfortable throwing the ball downfield or taking off and running when the opportunity presents itself. He would have likely been a Heisman finalist last season if not for his injury against TCU. With another year of experience under his belt, we expect Daniels to take another step forward and establish himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the SEC.
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