Every team needs a formidable signal caller and leader, as Stevens hopes to make his name come fall.
No. 1 Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama)
Expect Tagovailoa to pick up right where he left off, as the stats speak for themselves. The 2018 Heisman finalist passed for 3,966 yards and 43 touchdowns on 355 attempts. A lethal dual threat, Tagovailoa rushed for 190 yards on 57 attempts, having found the end zone five times. As he and the Tide are due for another dominant year, look for Tagovailoa to shine under the brightest lights.
No. 2 Jake Fromm (Georgia)
Now a junior, Fromm looks to finally get the Dawgs over the hump. Fromm completed 67.4 percent of his passes as a sophomore. He threw for 2,761 yards and 30 touchdowns. Fromm should capitalize on these numbers and may find himself competing with Tagovailoa for another SEC title and perhaps a Heisman trophy.
No. 3 Kellen Mond (Texas A&M)
Like Tagovailoa, Mond is a dual threat. Famous for his performance in the Aggies’ 74-72 seven overtime win over LSU, Mond put himself on the map. He threw for 287 yards and six total touchdowns. Throughout his sophomore campaign, Mond passed for a total of 3,107 yards and 24 touchdowns on 415 attempts. In addition, he rushed for 474 yards and seven touchdowns on 149 attempts. Look for Mond to work wonders in College Station under second year head coach Jimbo Fisher.
No. 4 Tommy Stevens (Mississippi State)
Back with former coach and offensive savant Joe Moorhead, the sky is the limit for Stevens. As a senior, Stevens will have the opportunity to lead a hungry Bulldog team due to make a statement in the ever competitive SEC West. Primarily a backup at Penn State, Stevens accumulated a three-year total of 304 yards passing and 506 rushing. Expect Stevens to jump out of the gate and more than double these numbers throughout the season.
No. 5 Feleipe Franks (Florida)
Franks, who put forth his best campaign as a sophomore in 2018, threw for a respectable 2,457 yards and 24 touchdowns and rushed for 350 yards and seven scores. The Gators, who will make noise in the SEC East, are sure to rely on Franks to post similar stats. Furthermore, he will become the Gators’ leader, as Franks is now an upperclassman.
Ranked fourth, Stevens is yet to play a game for the Bulldogs. That said, if Moorhead utilizes Stevens in the right schemes, the combo will be more than formidable going forward.