The Florida Gators will try to win their third consecutive SEC East championship in 2017. To do so, they’ll have to beat out their rivals Georgia and Tennessee in the standings.
I did a deep dive on the talent on the Gators’ roster last month. Today, I’m going to compare those talent metrics with the same for Bulldogs and Volunteers to see how the teams size up for this year.
What you’ll see below is the average numerical value from the 247 Sports Composite for the players on the teams’ rosters as publicly available on their official websites as of May 10. I included players who signed letters of intent in February but who aren’t yet on the rosters where applicable. Offense
Florida has been scuffling on offense for quite some time, but the talent on hand is competitive with the other East powers. UF is last at quarterback in part because it has a lot of guys at the position. Including potential offensive spark plug Kadarius Toney as a quarterback — he’s still listed as “athlete” on the official roster — the Gators have five players at QB, while the Vols have three and the Bulldogs have just two thanks to Brice Ramsey’s departure. Looking at only the top three UF signal callers — Feleipe Franks, Toney, and 2017 signee Jake Allen — yields an average of 0.9052, which would edge UT for second place.
Georgia makes out so well because Jacob Eason and 2017 signee Jake Fromm are both very highly rated. Looking only at the likely starters — since only quarterback one plays at a time — Eason’s 0.9973 rating leads Franks’ 0.9721 and Jarrett Guarantano’s 0.9612. Eason is also the only one of the three who has taken a college snap, as the other two are redshirt freshmen. UGA gets an edge here, even if Eason’s true freshman campaign wasn’t outstanding. Franks has the tools to be right up there, though. Georgia also wins out at running back thanks to the somewhat surprising returns of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. They are the top two rated tailbacks among the three teams.
Running back is one of Florida’s strongest positions, though, with Jordan Scarlett and Mark Thompson being former four-star recruits themselves. Lamical Perine showed the potential to outplay his three-star rating last year too. Tennessee has John Kelly and nothing else but question marks at the position after Alvin Kamara went pro early and Jalen Hurd transferred. The Scarlett-Perine-Thompson rotation is fairly good, but if they remain healthy — and it’s a big if — Chubb and Michel are the cream of this crop. Wide receiver has been a position of weakness at UF for about as long as quarterback has been, but the Gators win this grouping outright. The best player at the position, Antonio Callaway, is only sixth in the talent ratings too. Sophomores Tyrie Cleveland, Josh Hammond, and Freddie Swain are all above him, as are 2017 signees James Robinson and Daquan Green. The Gators have […]