Alabama Football: Ranking best SEC Quarterbacks for ’22

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No. 7 – Anthony Richardson – Florida Gators

Richardson is coming back from a December surgery to repair a meniscus he injured in high school. A date for Richardson’s complete return is not known. After considering a transfer, Emory Jones may get the early starting assignment for Billy Napier, but most Florida insiders believe when healthy, Richardson brings the most to the Gators offense.

Last season, Richardson threw just 64 passes and completed 38 for 59.4 percent. In seven games he rushed for 401 yards with a per-carry average of 7.9 yards. His PER was 144.1.

No. 6 – Will Rogers – Mississippi State Bulldogs

The rap against Will Rogers is he is just a system quarterback. If that is true, Mike Leach’s system is well-suited for him.

As a sophomore in the 2021 season, Rogers completed 73.9 percent of his 683 passes for 4,739 yards, 36 touchdowns and nine interceptions. His PER was 147.0.

No. 5 – Spencer Rattler – South Carolina Gamecocks

It is tempting to label Rattler an underachiever. The former 5-Star rated Oklahoma Sooner lost his starting job during the 2021 season. He was very productive as a redshirt freshman in 2020, completing 67.5 percent of his passes for 3,031 yards, 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions. That performance gave him a 2021 PER of 172.6.

In 2021 he developed a problem with interceptions, but still completed 74.9 percent of his passes. He threw for 1,483 yards from 187 pass attempts, producing 11 touchdowns, but also five interceptions. His 2021 PER dipped to 155.5.

There is no doubt Rattler is ‘the guy’ for South Carolina. It should work out well for him and the Gamecocks.