The SEC East is a wide-open race next year, as there are a few teams hoping to end Georgia’s three-year reign atop the division. Kentucky and Florida are the Bulldogs’ most likely challenger, but another interesting discussion is the quarterback room. Georgia is getting a new signal-caller, while Kentucky returns their star from injury. Here are my rankings of the seven quarterbacks in the SEC East, based on how they can impact their team in 2020.
- Jamie Newman- Georgia
Newman has the most potential, and he is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in college football, playing for a team that wins. It would be hard to not put Newman as the top QB in the SEC East.
- Kyle Trask- Florida
Florida under Felipe Franks was the definition of mediocre. It wasn’t that Franks was bad, he just wasn’t much better than average. Trask led the Gators to an 8 and 2 record while under center, throwing for almost 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns. Trask has a lot of potential but will be under a lot of pressure to produce in the swamp in a three-way race for the top of the SEC East.
- Terry Wilson- Kentucky
Terry Wilson is a straight-up winner, having gone 12-3 during his tenure at Kentucky leading them to a Citrus Bowl win over Penn State in 2019. Coming off a torn ACL that he suffered last season, it will be interesting to see how he rebounds; however, if he comes back the same or better than before he got hurt, and with the ‘Cats returning 19 starters, look for Kentucky to make a serious run at getting to Atlanta in December.
- Ryan Hilinski- South Carolina
Ryan Hilinski is a fighter and a dog but he is not the man to lead South Carolina out of the ashes. To cut him some slack, it isn’t all his fault – his team just fails to perform at a high level. Last season featured a great overtime win over Georgia, but also a terrible loss at home to App State. South Carolina fans should be happy with a top-four finish in the East with Hilinski next season.
- Jarrett Guarantano- Tennessee
Don’t you feel every year Tennessee should be way better than they are? Jarrett Guarantano lead the Volunteers to a 6 game win streak to end the last season, and they return decent starters. They also have some good recruits coming in but history has told us that it doesn’t mean they are going to gain relevance anytime soon. Expect a .500 year from the mediocre Volunteers lead by a mediocre QB in the best conference in the country.
- Danny Clark- Vanderbilt
What happens when you can’t start at a traditional power, but you still want to play in the SEC? You go to Vanderbilt. Nothing against Danny Clark, but he is not the guy to turn around Vanderbilt, and he shouldn’t take it personally – Joe Burrow couldn’t turn around Vanderbilt. No quarterback will make a difference for the Commodores, and they will end up around 4-8 this upcoming season.
- Shawn Robinson- Missouri
Most of you have heard of Shawn Robinson before because he started for TCU in 2017. After transferring to Missouri, he is set to take over for Kelly Bryant due to true freshman Connor Bazelak tearing his ACL. The Tigers are another team not to expect much from next season, and expect even less from Shawn Robinson.