Prior to the SEC home opener between Arkansas and Florida hoops on Wednesday night, Hog Nation received some unfortunate news. Cole Cubelic of the SEC Network reported Ty Storey had entered his name into the transfer portal. The Razorbacks are now down to only four scholarship quarterbacks, Daulton Hyatt, John Stephen Jones, Connor Noland, and KJ Jefferson. They have combined to throw for 273 yards with a touchdown and three picks for the Hogs in 2018. Connor would most likely get the starting role in 2019 due to his experience, instead of 4* KJ Jefferson. We MUST understand that KJ is a freshman. He has raw talent that needs to be developed. A year of KJ in 2023 is more valuable than a year of KJ in 2019. Hopefully the staff can get a QB off the transfer portal to allow KJ to sit behind and learn from, all while keeping his red-shirt. Let’s explore some options.
- Ben Hicks
SMU’s all-time leading passer isn’t the most talented on the list, but he has some qualities. In 2017 Ben was the gunslinger with Chad Morris calling the shots. He is experienced and knows the system inside and out.
2. Shane Buechele
After Sam Ehlinger won the starting job at Texas, people forgot about Shane. He played in all 12 games in 2016, throwing for 2,958 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Over at BetDSI.edu, the Hogs are the betting favorites to land the former four star.
3. Austin Kendall
He was the backup to Hesiman trophy winners Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, sandwiched around a red-shirt year in 2017. Austin would have two years to play in Fayetteville. Kendall completed 28 of 39 passes for three touchdowns in two seasons on the field.
Dark Horse: Jalen Hurts
We are all familiar with this Alabama QB. Jalen was recently contacted by Arkansas RB Rakeem Boyd on Instagram, if that counts for anything.
If the Hogs have any hopes of making it to the postseason, any of these guys are a MUST to bring in. If not, expect a year similar to that of 2018.