How long does it take a freshman quarterback to become one of the giants of SEC football Twitter? If you’re Tua Tagovailoa and Jake Fromm, not long at all.
Maybe advancing to a College Football Playoff final helps.
Two of the conference’s youngest starters, Tagovailoa from Alabama and Fromm from Georgia, also are the two most-followed SEC quarterbacks on Twitter less than six months after their first college games.
Tagovailoa, who came off the bench to lead the Crimson Tide to victory over the Bulldogs in January’s championship game, has 123,620 followers as of Wednesday morning. He’s also one of about a half-dozen SEC quarterbacks with a handle (@Tuaamann_) that’s verified on Twitter.
Not far behind is Fromm, with 113,269 followers after his sensational true freshman campaign that brought Georgia an SEC title and a trip to the national championship game.
Interestingly enough, neither Tagovailoa nor Fromm is unusually active on Twitter, with slightly more than 2,000 tweets apiece. But when they tweet something that catches the eye of the Twittersphere, look out.
— JakefromStateFromm (@FrommJake) September 29, 2017
Tired of people not appreciating the fact that if this man led us to the National Championship. And for all the fans that are against Jalen, you against me too. You either WITH US or AGAINST US. Love you 2 🐐#BigBroLittleBro @JalenHurts pic.twitter.com/ExjHAB7yHh
— Tua. T 🇦🇸 (@Tuaamann_) January 11, 2018
Alabama packs a unique one-two punch in the Twittersphere: In addition to Tagovailoa’s Twitter followers, original 2017 starting quarterback Jalen Hurts has 86,389 followers on the social network. Combine the totals for Hurts and Tagovailoa and you get more than 210,000 total followers, though many of those undoubtedly follow both quarterbacks.
(Fun fact: Crimson Tide third-string quarterback Mac Jones, who never has thrown a pass for Alabama, has a verified account and 12,933 followers.)
The SEC lost one of its most followed quarterbacks during the winter, when Ole Miss starter Shea Patterson took his explosive athleticism and his 34,624 Twitter followers to Michigan.
At the other end of the spectrum is Vanderbilt’s Kyle Shurmur, who has a protected account that isn’t open to the public.
And former LSU starter Danny Etling? He’s not on Twitter at all.
Here’s a look at 2017 starting quarterbacks around the SEC, with their handles, whether they’re verified on Twitter and how many followers they’ve accumulated.
Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama (@Tuaamann_), Yes, 123,620
Jake Fromm, Georgia (@FrommJake), Yes, 113,269
Jalen Hurts, Alabama (@JalenHurts), Yes, 86,389
Jarrett Guarantano, Tennessee (@BroadwayJay2), No, 41,225
Jarrett Stidham, Auburn (@Jarrett_Stidham), Yes, 32,043
Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State (@nickfitz07), No, 24,188
Austin Allen, Arkansas (@austinallen8), Yes, 22,053
Feleipe Franks, Florida (@18franks), No, 15,651
Jake Bentley, South Carolina (@JakeBentley19), No, 14,079
Drew Lock, Missouri (@DrewLock23), No, 13,507
Stephen Johnson, Kentucky (@stephen_h_j), No, 12,701
Nick Starkel, Texas A&M (@NickStarkel), Yes, 12,664
Kellen Mond, Texas A&M (@TheKellenMond), No, 12,442
Jordan Ta’amu, Ole Miss (@JTaamu10), No, 6,892
Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt, No, 1,612 (protected)
Danny Etling, LSU – not on Twitter
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