The preseason All-SEC football team, as voted on by the media and the coaches, featured four quarterbacks. On both lists Drew Lock and Jarrett Stidham held the top two spots. The media picked Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald third, while the coaches went with Georgia’s Jake Fromm.
Three games into the season, the media and the coaches who voted in those polls should be asking one question: Can we get a do-over?
Lock has certainly been outstanding and could even get into the Heisman Trophy conversation with a strong showing for Missouri against Georgia Saturday. But even a great performance wouldn’t elevate him over Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa in the Heisman race.
And Tagovailoa isn’t the only SEC quarterback having a breakout season. In fact, the top-five rated passers in the SEC so far this season are Lock, Ole Miss’ Jordan Ta’amu, Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond, Vanderbilt’s Kyle Shurmur and Tagovailoa. And that doesn’t include Joe Burrow, who has been one of the best stories of the season in leading LSU to an undefeated start.
My All-SEC ballot at this point of the season would be, in order, Tagovailoa, Lock and Mond.
That’s very different from the preseason lists. With so many good quarterbacks in the league this season, it may also be very different than the list at the end of the season.
For Threaded Fasteners, I’m Randy Kennedy with Nuts and Bolts of the Game.