The top quarterback contenders had some stellar performances, but unfortunately for Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker, his season ended with injury. Check out the latest issue of In the Market.

The 2022 college football regular season is nearing its end, especially this weekend. From there, fans will see conference title games and eventually bowl games.

While last week’s matchups weren’t exactly strong on paper, there was drama that fans love. All of the top 4 teams in Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan and TCU all had to fight a lot harder to get their wins and remain undefeated. There was also Tennessee, who were eliminated from the College Football Playoffs after losing to South Carolina. In that game, however, one of the top quarterback prospects in Hendon Hooker suffered a season-ending injury. That’s a shame considering he’s played at a Heisman-caliber level throughout the campaign.

Let’s take a look at how the top quarterback prospects fared in Week 12 in the latest installment of In the Market.

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Taking stock: How the top QBs of the 2023 NFL Draft fared in Week 12

Bryce Young, Alabama

Last week, Bryce Young helped the Alabama Crimson Tide defeat the Ole Miss Rebels. With a win, they eliminated Ole Miss from contention for the SEC championship game and surrendered the SEC West title to the LSU Tigers. The Crimson Tide had one game left before their Iron Bowl Finals against Auburn, and that was against Austin Peay.

The game went as expected, with Alabama dominating and knocking out Austin Peay 34-0. Young threw two touchdowns in the game, both of which went to wide receiver Jermaine Burton.

Young completed 18 of 24 pass attempts for 221 yards.

Next week is the final game of the regular season for the Crimson Tide. Then they wait and see which bowl game they get selected for.

Next game: vs. Auburn Tigers on Saturday, November 26 at 3:30 p.m. ET

CJ Stroud, Ohio State

Last week, Ohio State broke out of its offensive doldrums against the Indiana Hoosiers. Quarterback CJ Stroud threw five touchdowns in the 56-14 win. They were just one game away from The Game against the Michigan Wolverines when they faced the Maryland Terrapins. As it turned out, this was a much tougher match than expected on paper.

On the very first offensive play of the game, Stroud showed his connection to stud wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., completing an incredible touchline pass that was caught with an arm.

Stroud’s only touchdown of the game came on the first drive, where he threw a pass to run back TreVeyon Henderson for a 31-yard score. That being said, the majority of Ohio State’s touchdowns came from freshman running back Dallan Hayden, who ran into the end zone three times in the game.

Maryland struggled behind a solid performance from quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, but Ohio State held on to a 43-30 win.

Stroud completed 18 of 30 pass attempts for 241 yards.

Next game: vs. Michigan Wolverines on Saturday, November 26 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Will Levis, Kentucky

As mentioned in previous issues of “In the Market,” Levis gets drafted high for his attributes, not his weekly performance in college. But the last three games haven’t been great, and fans of quarterback-needy NFL teams can’t convince him.

This week, Levis had the unenviable task of facing Georgia’s ridiculously strong defense. This is exactly the defense that Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker held without a touchdown a few weeks ago. You are so good.

All in all, Levis had a decent game. He eventually threw for 200 yards against the Mississippi State Bulldogs for the first time since Oct. 15. Levis showed the arm and accuracy that will lure NFL scouts early in the first quarter. Deep in his own end zone, Levis dropped a 31-yard cent to Barrion Brown over the touchline.

Levi’s only interception of the game came when he attempted to play a pass into the end zone. But Georgia defender Kelee Ringo floated in the air and lifted him off.

The Wildcats lost 16-6 to the Bulldogs.

Overall, Levis completed 20 of 31 pass attempts for 207 yards.

It’s been a much better game for Levis this week.

Next game: vs. No. 25 Louisville Cardinals on Saturday, November 26 at 3:00 p.m. ET

Hendon Hooker, Tennessee

Hendon Hookerr played at a Heisman-caliber level this season and helped Tennessee improve to a 9-1 record that season. With that, he undoubtedly helped increase his NFL draft stash. Unfortunately, his season came to an end due to a serious injury.

Late in the fourth quarter, Hooker went down with a non-contact injury to his left knee. He was helped from the field and did not return. Unfortunately, the day after the game, the program announced that Hooker had suffered a cruciate ligament tear, effectively ending his season.

As for the South Carolina game, Hooker did everything he could to keep Tennessee in the game. The problem was that the defense couldn’t stop South Carolina from consistently putting points on the board.

Hooker completed 25 of 42 attempts for 247 yards and three touchdowns. Tennessee lost 63-38.

We wish Hendon Hooker a speedy recovery as he had a truly incredible season that brought joy to Tennessee fans.

Anthony Richardson, Fla

It has truly been a season of ups and downs for the Florida Gators. Ditto for quarterback Anthony Richardson, who showed in a flash at the NFL level that he was a true difference maker at the position but lacked consistency.

Last weekend, Richardson took on the Vanderbilt Commodores, who have been at full steam for the past few weeks. Richardson showed some of his amazing skills on Saturday, including the speed with which he can get rid of football while facing intense defensive pressure. Just look at his Montrell Johnson Jr. touchdown pass.

Richardson also showed his accuracy on deep passes when he hit a wide-open Daejon Reynolds for a 74-yard touchdown. It would be seriously a problem if he didn’t link up with Reynolds, but it really was a great shot.

Though Richardson threw for 400 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception while completing 25 of 42 tries, the Gators lost 31-24.

Games like this are why Richardson has had so much NFL draft hype this season.

Next game: in the Florida State Seminoles on Friday, November 25 at 7:30 p.m. ET

A 2023 NFL Draft QB sleeper who caused a stir in week 12

Spencer Rattler, South Carolina

Spencer Rattler was once considered the top quarterback prospect in the 2023 class. That all changed after a poor 2021 season with the Oklahoma Sooners, resulting in his bench in favor of Caleb Williams. This week, Rattler may have skyrocketed his blueprint stash. He won’t be a first-round player, but he could be a late Day 2, early Day 3 pick for teams looking for quarterbacks.

Rattler and the Gamecocks took on the Tennessee Volunteers and easily defeated them 63-38. He threw for 487 yards and six touchdowns against the Vols defense while completing 30 of 37 passes. South Carolina even upped the score in the fourth quarter despite the game being decided.

In one game, Rattler has design experts who are considering getting back on the bandwagon.

A 2023 NFL Draft QB who has more to show teams after Week 12

Tyler Van Dyke, Miami (if playing)

Tyler Van Dyke was considered one of the top five quarterback prospects going into the season. He’s shown spot flashes this season, but had to deal with a bench press early in the season and suffered a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the past few weeks.

Head coach Mario Cristobal says there’s “a huge chance” Van Dyke will play the Pittsburgh Panthers in the regular-season Finals.

When Van Dyke plays, you best believe his performance is being watched extensively.

Who buys in the NFL?

  1. Houston Texans (1-8-1)
  2. Carolina Panthers (3-8)
  3. Chicago Bears (3-8)
  4. Las Vegas Raiders (3-7)
  5. Seattle Seahawks (via Denver Broncos (3-7))
  6. Detroit Lions (via Los Angeles Rams (3-7))
  7. Houston Texans (via Cleveland Browns (3-7))
  8. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-7)
  9. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7)
  10. Philadelphia Eagles (via New Orleans Saints (4-7))

The Houston Texans have stepped down as Davis Mills’ starting quarterback. He certainly didn’t help when he threw a pick-six in Houston’s opening drive against the Washington Commanders. Now Kyle Allen will start instead of Mills. Yes, the Texans are drafting a quarterback after this season.

Baker Mayfield didn’t help his case of being the Carolina Panthers’ starter for the foreseeable future after a blind effort against the Baltimore Ravens. With their 13-3 loss, the Panthers are able to get a quarterback of their choice. Well, from those that are available. But they will revisit Sam Darnold, who will face the Denver Broncos.

The Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions are capable of potentially drafting a quarterback if they so desire, in part because the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Rams are underperforming, respectively.

Teams like the Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Philadelphia Eagles will draft for non-quarterback positions. There’s a chance the Las Vegas Raiders will be looking for a quarterback if they plan to move away from Derek Carr after the season.

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