Florida football is off to a 2-1 start, with the highlight of the season being their win against the Tennessee Volunteers this past weekend.
They’re now ranked 25th in the AP poll, the first time they’ve been ranked all season, and have a lot of momentum as they head into week four.
While there are a lot of people who deserve credit for the Gators’ success so far, perhaps nobody deserves more than Florida QB Graham Mertz.
Mertz has come into Gainesville and proven a lot of people, including a fair amount of Gator fans, very wrong about the type of QB that he is.
Florida football: Right at the top of the conference
Mertz was never going to be a flashy QB with a powerful arm that wowed everybody who watched him play. Which we talked about on this site. A lot.
What he was going to do (and has been doing) is manage the game and make smart decisions and good throws within 15 yards of the line of scrimmage.
Guess what? He’s doing just that.
Graham currently sits atop the SEC in completion percentage at 75.29%, which is almost two points ahead of Carson Beck in second place. He’s been above 70% in each game this year, with a high of 82.4% against McNeese State.
In UF’s game against Tennesee, he was playing with injuries on both of his hands in the second half. But he didn’t complain or ask to come out of the game. He went in there and competed, and brought Florida a massive win.
Here’s the truth as simply as I can put it: Mertz is currently one of the best QBs in the SEC. And if you want to dispute that, find me three QBs in the conference playing better than him. I dare you.
I’ll give you Jayden Daniels, but has any other guy run his team as well as Mertz has?
Spoiler alert: the answer is no.