With a full week of SEC football play on the horizon (all 14 SEC teams play other SEC teams) this next week, we have more movement in this week’s SEC Quarterback Power Rankings.
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14. Payton Thorne/Robby Ashford/Holden Geriner (Auburn)
Previous Ranking: 14
Auburn continues to struggle passing the ball. It was another collectively poor effort from Auburn’s QB’s as they mustered just 56 passing yards in a 27-10 loss to Texas A&M in Week 4. Payton Thorne went 6-of-12 through the air for 44 yards. Robby Ashford went 1-of-4 for 4 passing yards and 25 rushing yards. Youngster Holden Geriner also got in the game late as well in an attempt to kick-start the offense and see what he could do. He ended up going 2-for-7 passing for 8 yards. None of Auburn’s QB’s had a touchdown or an interception on the afternoon.
For the season, Thorne now has totals of a 65.3% completion percentage (49/75 passing) for 561 passing yards, 106 rushing yards, 6 total TD’s (4 passing, 2 rushing), and 3 INT’s. Ashford has a 41.2% completion percentage (7/17 passing), 65 passing yards, 101 rushing yards, 5 total TD’s (1 passing, 4 rushing), and 0 INT’s. Geriner now has a 44.4% completion percentage (4/9 passing), 67 passing yards with no TD’s or INT’s across two games played.
Auburn’s QB’s will have their work cut out for them this week as they host Carson Beck and No. 1 Georgia at 3:30 pm Eastern on Saturday.
13. AJ Swann/Ken Seals (Vanderbilt)
Previous Ranking: 13
Vanderbilt’s opening SEC football game did not go according to plan as they fell 45-28 to Kentucky. AJ Swann struggled as he went 16-of-40 through the air for 189 passing yards, 0 TD’s, and 3 INT’s. He then exited the game with an elbow contusion that was bothering him throughout the game and was replaced by veteran Ken Seals. Seals played well late in the game as he was 4-of-7 passing for 42 yards and 1 TD.
On the year, Swann has a 53.8% completion percentage (93/173 passing) for 1,290 passing yards, 28 rushing yards, 12 total TD’s (11 passing, 1 rushing), and 7 INT’s across five games. Seals now has a 63.6% completion percentage (7/11 passing) for 96 passing yards and 2 passing TD’s (no INT’s).
Swann is questionable moving forward with the elbow injury, and if he can’t go, then Seals will get the start with a chance to clamp down the position. That chance could come this weekend as Vanderbilt hosts Brady Cook and Missouri at 4:00 pm Eastern on Saturday.