The SWAC is known to be the land of high flying offense and there have been some impressive signal callers to come out of the league. The SWAC has produced some of the greatest quarterbacks in college football from Doug Williams, Shack Harris, Steve McNair, Darnell Kennedy, Bruce Eugene, Tavaris Jackson, Ben Anderson, Devante Kincade, and many others.
Now a new crop of signal callers will leave their marks on the conference and hopefully their marks on the nation. So going into the 2019 season who are the top five quarterbacks in the SWAC? Well let’s take a look at them.
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No. 2: LaDarius Skelton
Few people outside of the state of Arkansas had ever heard of Ladaruis Skelton a year ago at this time. Skelton was an absolute legend at Pine-Bluff high school in Arkansas, winning the 6A Offensive Player of the Year as a senior, and winning the MVP of the state title game as a junior and as a senior. He finished his high school career with 8,202 total yards and 104 total touchdowns as a three year starter. Skelton went on to Fullerton College and helped lead the Hornets to a National Title and was named Co-MVP for the season.
Skelton arrived to Baton Rouge pretty much silent. He didn’t start the first few games of 2018 nor did he see much action, but that all changed on an early October visit to Prairie View. That day Skelton exploded on the scene with 4 total touchdowns and 370 total yards in a 38-0 win over the Panthers. In one day the Jaguar offense went from Chevy Cavalier to Ferrari and immediately energized Jaguar Nation.
Skelton only started six games a year ago but in limited action he was able to pass for 997 yards, 10 touchdowns and only two interceptions and was able to rack up 530 yards on the ground and an additional eight touchdowns rushing. Skelton helped lead the Jaguars to 5 straight wins before losing to Alcorn State in the SWAC Championship Game. The loss to Alcorn State was Skelton’s first loss in his career in a championship game and he left Jack Spinks Stadium promising his teammates that he would be better and more prepared in 2019.
If last season was the season of promise, the Jaguar Nation is hoping that 2019 is the season of fulfillment for its quarterback and team.