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Who is the best QB Georgia football will face this season?
As we continue to navigate the doldrums of the offseason, I thought it would be fun to take a gander at some of the players Georgia will face this season. And what better way to do that than to go position by position and rank the best individuals UGA will face at each spot on the field.
Like my series of early previews of Georgia’s 2017 opponents, this won’t be an everyday feature. Depending on what’s happening in the world of UGA football, I may take days off to write about some other things. But, generally, expect me to make my way through rankings of every position or position group on the field in the next three weeks or month.
We begin this series with the most obvious position: quarterback. For the QBs, I’m going to rank the projected starter for each of UGA’s opponents based on their threat to UGA, not necessarily how good of a player they are overall. I won’t stick to this format (i.e. ranking starters) for every position, though. Instead, I’ll likely list top 10s from here on and allow myself the option of including more than one player from each team. But for the QBs, I thought it just made sense to include all 12 opponents.
So, without further ado, here are the rankings for the most dangerous QBs Georgia will face in 2017:
12. Quinten Dormady, Tennessee — Dormady will likely start the opener against Tech as the replacement to Josh Dobbs, but Josh Dobbs he ain’t. He hasn’t created enough separation from Jarrett Guarantano to quell any QB battle talks, so by the time UGA-UT rolls around in Week 5, he may not even be the man lined up under center for the Vols.
11. Matthew Jordan, Georgia Tech — I never worry about individuals on Tech’s offense as much as I worry about what they can do as a unit. Death by a thousand cuts. I don’t think Jordan changes the offense much, for good or ill.
10. Taylor Lamb, Appalachian State — Lamb’s has started three seasons for the Mountaineers and thrown for about 2,300 yards in each. He’s a good QB, but Georgia should worry about the damage App State’s running game can inflict more than Lamb.
9. Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt — Shurmur threw for 2,400 yards last season, including 400 in an upset of Tennessee in the final game of the regular season. If he continues that form into 2017, the Vandy offense will be more difficult to stop than most folks might reckon.
8. Devlin Hodges, Samford — Yep, the Samford guy isn’t ranked last. Hodges passed for 4,000 yards with a 70 percent completion percentage on the way to winning SoCon offensive Player of the Year. Georgia should still roll Samford, but Hodges is no joke.
7. Brandon Wimbush, Notre Dame — Wimbush is a wild card. He has loads of potential, but we’ve never seen him in a college game. I could easily be ranking him too low right here, but we won’t know for sure until the Dawgs visit South Bend.
6. Stephen Johnson, Kentucky — Johnson was solid in limited action last season as a replacement to the injured Drew Barker, throwing for 2,000 yards and 13 TDs. An offseason of preparation as the starter should help him improve, as will four returning starters on the offensive line.
5. Malik Zaire, Florida — I’m not completely sold on Zaire yet, just because he hasn’t seen much game time in his career. But if he plays as well as he showed in flashes over his Notre Dame career, he’ll cause problems for the Bulldogs.
4. Jake Bentley, South Carolina — Bentley showed flashes of brilliance as a freshman, but his real strength is drawn from the talented group of receivers who surround him. With the limited talent South Carolina has on its roster, an upset of Georgia would have to be won on his and his receivers’ backs.