The scouting director for 247Sports, Barton Simmons, recently released his quarterback rankings for the SEC. And Tennessee’s Quinten Dormady didn’t fare well in the rankings.
According to Simmons, Dormady is the 13th-best quarterback in the SEC. Only Texas A&M’s freshman quarterback Nick Starkel is ranked lower.
Of course, the Vols haven’t announced a starting quarterback as of yet. But Simmons added in the preface to his rankings that he “went with the player who I expect to be the ‘guy’ for the majority of the fall” if there was a quarterback battle still ongoing.
Simmons does clarify that Dormady is as low as he is because of the fact he has played so little in college so far. But he also doesn’t think the ceiling is all too high for the junior this season.
“Dormady is largely an unknown, but he’s also somebody that I ranked as a four-star coming out of high school,” Simmons wrote. “He’s plenty talented, and reviews from spring practice have been positive. He could rise as high as ninth on this list by the end of his junior season. Anything above that would be a surprise — and great news for Tennessee.”
Coming in at the No. 9 spot currently on Simmons’ list is Florida’s Malik Zaire despite him also not having nailed down the starting job much like Dormady. Another pair of SEC East quarterbacks come in just ahead of that spot, as Georgia’s Jacob Eason is ranked eighth and Missouri’s Drew Lock comes in at No. 7 on the list.
Alabama’s Jalen Hurts is the top quarterback in the SEC according to Simmons. And many would agree with that assessment, as Hurts was voted the First-Team All-SEC quarterback at SEC Media Days as well.
Dormady enters his junior season with Tennessee having completed 24 of his 39 career passes for 357 yards and one touchdown. All of Dormady’s playing time up to this point has come in garbage time in blowout wins or losses.