Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin has yet to name a starting quarterback for the Rebels, but 247Sports ranks one of Kiffin’s boys as one of the top 20 quarterbacks in college football.
247Sports recently tweeted its list of the nation’s top 20 quarterbacks, and number 19 listed Ole Miss quarterback Jaxson Dart, one of the big names Kiffin fished off the transfer portal this offseason.
Jaxson Dart and Luke Altmyer
This was the reason why Dart placed 19th:
19.JAXSON DART, OLE MISS
SEC quarterback ranking: No. 7 (of eight).
Statistics 2021: 117 of 189, 1,352 yards, nine touchdowns, five interceptions.
Outlook 2022: Here’s a pick with plenty of upside potential and a bottom that could lead to second-team duties in September. The truth is, Lane Kiffin isn’t going to be sold in his quarterback contest coming out of spring training, and insiders have said the same thing — right now, Jaxson Darts isn’t where many see him as the best head-and-shoulders option the rebels would have expected against Luke Altmyer. He did poorly at the Ole Miss spring game because he tried to do too much, Kiffin said. Dart threw for 1,353 yards and nine touchdowns in six games at USC last fall, playing behind Kedon Slovis and eventually transitioning into the starter role after his injury. Kiffin’s outspoken attitude towards Ole Miss gives Dart the opportunity to do some freelance work.
The Ole Miss Quarterback Contest is between Dart and second quarterback Luke Altmyer.
Altmyer appeared in four games for the Rebels last season and got most of his experience in the Sugar Bowl against the Baylor Bears. Altmyer threw for 192 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in his freshman year.
Dart, on the other hand, made the move from USC after appearing in six games for the Trojans.
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Altmyer has more experience with Kiffin’s system and did better during the Ole Miss spring game, but the advantage that comes with darts is undeniable.
Dart is already considered a top-8 quarterback in the SEC by 247Sports, and he didn’t even snap for Ole Miss in the regular season.
Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young was ranked at #1, followed by Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback KJ Jefferson at #5 and Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Hendon Hooker at #6.
South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler, who joined from Oklahoma this offseason, is listed at No. 8. Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Will Rogers is ranked 14th and Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Will Levis is ranked 15th.
Finally, Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson sits just behind Dart in 20th place.
247Sports appear to be all in on the darts train as they even gave him the 5th best chance of winning the Heisman Trophy for the 2022 season.
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