Best QB in the SEC? Right now, it's Dak Prescott
The SEC is short on experienced quarterbacks entering the 2015 season. But of the teams with known commodities at QB, no one is in a better situation than Mississippi State, with Dak Prescott running the offense.
Prescott graded positively overall last season (+3.0 in 955 snaps) while leading the Bulldogs to a 10-3 record and breaking several school records in the process. However, he actually graded negatively as a passer, making much better use of his running ability than his arm to move the offense.
His passing problems included a penchant for forcing the ball and at times misreading coverage, especially early in the season and when blitzed. Among his worst examples include passes in Weeks 1 and 2 against Southern Miss (2nd quarter, 9:28) and UAB (2nd quarter, 2:47). But he still managed a 100.8 QB rating and finished the season with an exceptional performance in the team’s bowl game against Georgia Tech, grading at +7.2 overall. Prescott was at his best when throwing downfield — only nine QBs in the country with at least 60 deep attempts (20+ yards) posted a better accuracy percentage than his 45.5 percent.
Combined with another offseason of training under his belt, it’s likely that we’ll see a sizeable improvement from Prescott in the passing game. Not to mention, he’ll have the help of a 6-foot-5 wide receiver De’Runnya Wilson, one of the best players in college football. Last season Wilson posted the ninth-best receiving rating among his peers while reaching the end zone nine times in only 549 snaps.
Two teams that appear to be best-positioned to supplant Mississippi State as the SEC team with the best QB situation are Tennessee and Auburn. The Volunteers have a dynamic young dual-threat QB in Joshua Dobbs who could be in line to make a jump this season, although he was far more effective as a runner than he was a passer last season. The Tigers’ Jeremy Johnson is receiving a lot of preseason hype, and he was very impressive in our grading last season in limited action. He completed more than 75 percent of his passes and posted a +2.7 grade in 85 snaps.