Coming off two good years starting in the SEC, KJ Jefferson enters his 5th collegiate season ready to take the nation by storm. After Young, Hooker, Levis and Bennett all left for the NFL, the hottest question now is who takes the crown as the best QB in the SEC?
Jefferson had an elite year last year, but was plagued with injuries throughout. He was not 100% healthy during most of the season according to reports, and that changed the trajectory for Arkansas’ season. He’s expected to start the 2023 season fully healthy, Enos’ new system will benefit him more than anyone. Developing quarterbacks like Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa, it’s a given that Dan Enos will take KJ’s play to a new level.
A leveled up KJ means danger for the SEC, but he’ll have competition to prove who the top dog is in the conference. Jayden Daniels finished his season last year as one of the best quarterbacks in the country, leading LSU to a 10-4 season and a berth in the SEC championship game. Daniels and Jefferson have never faced off, but the game in Baton Rouge on September 21st should be an instant classic, and could give one QB an advantage in the race. Jefferson and Daniels both know there’s a fine line between the two quarterbacks and the rest of the conference, and they both will have to compete to get an edge over the other.
As we stand now, I’m taking KJ over Daniels. While KJ may not have the wins, his talent is undeniable. His speed and strength along with his massive arm can’t be overlooked, and the addition of Enos’ development will increase Jefferson’s confidence and ability.
Jefferson didn’t transfer, didn’t whine when he wasn’t playing. He put his head down and worked. Now, Jefferson is the best quarterback in the SEC, two years after being named the worst. And for the first time in years, your Arkansas Razorbacks have the best quarterback in the Southeastern Conference.