247’s Barton Simmons ranked all of the quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference for the 2017 season. Tennessee’s Joshua Dobbs appeared near the top of most of these lists at this time last year, but he’s since moved on to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Volunteers are in the midst of a well-documented quarterback battle, but the common thought seems to be that Quinten Dormady will prevail after his strong spring and performance in the shortened Orange and White Game.
That’s the logic that Simmons took here. He didn’t even mention Jarrett Guarantano, who could very well beat out Dormady, but I get it. You want 14 clear guys to rank.
As for the rankings, the unknown certainly hurt Quinten. Simmons placed Dormady 13th. However, Simmons praised the junior passer, saying he could easily rise.
Dormady is largely an unknown but he's also somebody that I ranked as a four-star coming out of high school. He's plenty talented and reviews from spring practice have been positive. He could rise as high as ninth on this list by the end of his junior season.
Simmons backed that statement up later on Facebook live. “He’s a good player, but he’s the guy we know the least about.” Makes sense.
Dormady isn’t a total unknown, however. We do have that outstanding spring game along with a couple of mop up appearances over the past two seasons. Dormady was definitely the guy that looked the most comfortable and in control of the offense during the spring.
Butch has already mentioned that he doesn’t want his quarterbacks having to win the football game, he just wants them to manage it. That’s code for don’t turn the ball over and let the running game control the offense.
So is Simmons ranking of 13th fair? Yeah, probably so. As Barton said, the upside is definitely there, it’s just hard to place him above guys that have already proven what they are in the SEC.
Nick Starkel of Texas A&M was the only guy behind Dormady, who we also don’t know anything about. Vanderbilt’s Kyle Shurmur checks in just ahead at 12th, largely in part to his shredding of Tennessee’s secondary last year.
Of course, Jalen Hurts checks in a number one overall, despite his limitations through the air last season. I would have probably opted for Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald instead.