SEC Network analyst Greg McElroy knows a thing or two about playing quarterback in the SEC.
In his two seasons as the starter at Alabama, McElroy led the Crimson Tide to a 24-3 record and a national title in 2009. He went on to play in the NFL with the New York Jets.
Today, McElroy was asked by Paul Finebaum who he considers to be the best quarterback in the SEC heading into 2017. His answer? Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald.
McElroy has Alabama’s Jalen Hurts No. 2 and Ole Miss’ Shea Patterson third.
We’re sure SEC fans won’t argue with these rankings at all.
.@GregMcElroy's SEC QB power rankings heading into fall camp:
1. Nick Fitzgerald
2. Jalen Hurts
3. Shea Patterson pic.twitter.com/nfYYOaBxK3
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) July 13, 2017
Fitzgerald is a worthy choice. He led the conference in total offense last season with 3,798 yards. Most notably, 1,375 of those yards came on the ground, an extremely high total for a quarterback.
Judging by the responses to the tweet, Austin Allen (Arkansas), Jacob Eason (Georgia), Drew Lock (Missouri) and Jarrett Stidham (Auburn) are among the players fans feel got snubbed.