Five SEC quarterback battles to watch

 

I think we can safely say that Florida is set at quarterback in Tim Tebow. Ditto for Jevan Snead at Ole Miss. But just about everywhere else in the SEC there are questions at the quarterback positions. But for the sake of our discussion today, here are the five quarterback races I’m keeping a close eye on this spring. Any thoughts on these, or others you think are more noteworthy, are always welcomed.

 

Auburn: Chris Todd, Kodi Burns: Gus Malzahn, Auburn’s new offensive coordinator, was a very successful high school coach in Arkansas before he joined the college ranks. He coached against Auburn’s Burns, who played at Northside High in Fort Smith, Ark. Malzahn knows what Burns can do. More importantly, he knows what Burns cannot do—at least right now—and that’s throw the ball 30-plus times a game. Todd was the clear favorite last season when Tony Franklin was trying to install the spread. Franklin believed that Todd was the best combination of runner and passer. But Auburn fans never got to see the real Chris Todd because of shoulder problems that were worse than anybody would let on. Todd finally had surgery in December to fix the problem. Neil Caudle, a junior who has played some, and redshirt freshman Barrett Trotter will be in the mix early this spring but you can’t have four quarterbacks taking snaps consistently when there are only 15 practice days. Malzahn’s offense is so quarterback intensive that he’ll have to make some tough decisions early.

Georgia: Joe Cox, Aaron Murray: I like Joe Cox. Here is a guy who came to Georgia with impressive credentials out of Independence High School in Charlotte. He redshirts behind D.J. Shockley, a guy who waited four years behind David Greene. Shockley leads Georgia to an SEC championship in 2005 and then it looks like Cox will get his turn. Enter Matthew Stafford in 2006 and Cox has a big decision to make. He stays at Georgia and waits his turn. There is no question that Cox can play the position. He will be a steady hand at the wheel behind what will be a good offensive line and a stable of very good running backs. But here is the question: Can Cox become an every down quarterback over the long haul of an SEC season? Is Murray, the highly-recruited freshman from Tampa, a talent on the level of Stafford, David Greene, Eric Zeier, and Buck Belue? All four of those guys not only played but excelled in their first seasons (Greene was a redshirt freshman in 2001). Does the other freshman, Zach Mettenberger, get in this mix? In my opinion the position belongs to Cox until Murray’s talent demands he be put on the field. I just don’t think that happens early. The Bulldogs can’t go to Stillwater, Okla., on Sept. 5 with an 18-year-old quarterback.

 

 

Alabama: Greg McElroy, Star Jackson: OC Jim McElwain has the same kind of quarterback race at Alabama. McElroy, a rising redshirt junior from Southlake, Texas, has waited his turn behind John Parker Wilson. When he did play, and that wasn’t often, he didn’t embarrass himself, completing 16 of 20 passes for 196 yards. He is a drop back, pro-style quarterback in the mold of Wilson. He has a strong arm and, like most Texas quarterbacks, he knows the game. He is a quick study. He will put in the work to understand the game. Barring injury, he will start the first game against Virginia Tech, which has been known to feast on inexperienced quarterbacks. It will be a big first test under fire. But in order for Alabama to get where they want to go, redshirt freshman Star Jackson has to be in the mix. With three major losses on the offensive line, Alabama will eventually need the change of pace that a mobile quarterback brings.  Both will have to play.

 

Tennessee: Jonathon Crompton, B.J. Coleman, Nick Stephens: Tennessee tried to install a new offense last season under OC Dave Clawson and it was, bluntly, a bit too complicated for the quarterback talent on hand. Lane Kiffin’s offense is more quarterback friendly and the hope is that the Vols will get better play out of the position. Kiffin did not sign a quarterback in February because there was not an elite one left in the recruiting pool. One of these guys is going to have to take the first snap against Western Kentucky on Sept. 5. Crompton played in eight games last season and, to be kind, was not a very good decision maker. Stephens played in seven games, completing 48 percent of his 130 passes. Coleman, who some believe is the most gifted of the group, only played in three games. There is the sense out of Knoxville that quarterback play will be better but the reality may be that none of these guys is the answer long term for Tennessee. Kiffin will certainly have something to sell, namely a big opportunity to play immediately, when he goes recruiting for quarterbacks in 2010.

 

LSU: Jordan Jefferson, Jarrett Lee, Russell Shepard: LSU played musical chairs with its quarterbacks last season before finally giving the job to Jefferson, a true freshman, in the final two games. Jefferson is mature beyond his years and can handle some of the wrinkles that OC Gary Crowton will inevitably throw at his quarterbacks. Head coach Les Miles won’t say it publicly but Jefferson is his guy. Miles wants to keep his options open because he knows that in this league, invariably you’ll need more than one quarterback to complete a season. Lee started eight games last season as a redshirt freshman but made some throws that were so ill-advised that they were beyond belief. He had 16 interceptions and seven that were returned for touchdowns. He got hurt at the end of the season (ankle) which gave Jefferson his opportunity. The battle really is to see who will back up Jefferson and Shepard, a true freshman from Houston, may be a factor. In the 2008 preseason Miles would always include Jefferson, a true freshman at the time, in the discussion about the quarterback position. This time he will do the same with Shepard, who is a very special talent.

 

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Vanderbilt: Mackenzi Adams, Larry Smith. Smith, a rising sophomore, came on late last season and played well in the Music City Bowl. Adams has had flashes of really good play but needs to be more consistent.

 

 

143 comments Add your comment

LSU

March 24th, 2009
8:51 am

Just wait now that LSU doesn’t have the INT prone Lee, LSU is gonna make waves in the SEC again this year..Shepard is the future..

Now a serious question..Does what happens to JoeT in his senior year happen to Joe Cox also..Meaning if he gets in trouble in the first few games of the season, Do you think Richt will “cut his loses” with Cox and opt for Murray and just take what happens like with Stafford a few years ago?

GeoffDawg

March 24th, 2009
8:57 am

I know that Murray has been basically anointed the “QB in waiting” and he may very well deserve that kind of praise. From what I understand, Mettenberger in no slouch either and would be more in the QB mold which the Georgia offense has played around the last few years. I’m wondering if this hype on Murray is hangover from his high recruiting rank or have we been seeing anything in spring practice so far which would give us the impression that he’s truly a special player already at his age and significantly ahead of Mettenberger.

Monroe Dawg

March 24th, 2009
8:57 am

Tony, I’m surprised that you don’t have Logan Gray in the mix at Georgia. I think he is going to see alot of playing time along with Cox.

bigdawg01

March 24th, 2009
9:00 am

Joe Cox is NOT a Joe Tereshinski. Cox is very talented and make the throws that are needed. The main knock on Cox is that he cant throw as far as Stafford, but who cares. Stafford’s long ball rarely connected with the receivers. Cox will be able to move the offense. O line will be better and give him so additional time. Remember, Cox scored our ONLY TD against FL last year. He is calm under pressure and knows the offense very well. Murray is certainly the future, but should learn first behind Cox. I agree with TB that an 18 year old should not start the season in a place like Stillwater, OK.

Lots of QB battles this year will make the SEC better than last year, but oh boy watch out in 2010. SEC is the best conference in the country.

Saint Nick

March 24th, 2009
9:01 am

Cox was beaten out by Stafford BARELY!!! UGA will be fine at QB, I don’t see any dropoff at that position. McElroy will be the QB ALL season, don’t expect to see Jackson much. Bama will be practicing addition by subtraction at the QB position, the O-line will have NO trouble adjusting. Fluker and Carpenter will challenge for LT and the loser of that battle will probably be at RT. ROLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!

Joey

March 24th, 2009
9:02 am

Good question LSU. But the consensus in Athens is Cox would have been a 4 year starter for a lot of SEC teams, and should be a good QB this year. Joe T, on the other hand, was another case of Richt’s loyalty to his staff. Joe T’s dad is still an assistant at UGA, I think.

Alabamadawg

March 24th, 2009
9:04 am

I love reading your articles, your opinions are usually very thought-out, but seems to me you forgot about Logan Gray. His talents, both running and passing, plus his time in the system puts him ahead of the two hot recuits we have. Do you think Gray is not starter material at Georgia after Cox has gone?? Again, let me say I love reading your articles, thank you.

LSU

March 24th, 2009
9:05 am

bigdawg1 I wasn’t saying Cox was a Joe Tereshinski I was merely asking about the situation that happened with Tereshinski, and wondering if Cox gets in trouble in some early games if Richt will turn to Murray and let him take his lumps like Stafford did..Wasn’t trying to make anyone angry just curious..

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Lame Kitten

March 24th, 2009
9:08 am

I hope the Quarterbacks play without their shirts…

bank walker

March 24th, 2009
9:11 am

Logan Gray will definitely be in the #2 spot on the depth chart. He is a great talent with scrambling ability, and was a 4* out of high school. This guy is good! GO DAWGS!!!!!!

bigdawg01

March 24th, 2009
9:14 am

LSU-no offense taken.
This seasons situation is similar, but also SO different. Joe T was a horrible QB playing only out of pure necessity. Cox is much better and i think he will play most of the season with Murray getting some reps in games that are well in hand. However, IF he does get in trouble early, which I dont think he will, i bet you will see Logan Gray in there.

Atlanta Gator

March 24th, 2009
9:21 am

The resolution of the Alabama, UGA and LSU quarterback situations will determine whether those teams seriously contend for their division and conference titles in 2009. While each of them has other position questions to answer, too, with a QB who exceeds expectations and a little luck, any of the three teams could find themselves in the SEC championship game in December 2009.

The outcome of the Auburn and Tennessee QB races is about the future . . . that is, whether those programs can become regionally and nationally competitive in 2010 and subsequent seasons. Neither is likely to win more than 7 games in 2009, and both have a lot more questions to answer than just who their next starting QB will be. In both cases, it may take another recruiting class before the Tigers and Vols find their “quarterbacks of the future.”

I’m obviously not an unbiased prognosticator, but my early money is on Tebow and Snead, as the two most established SEC quarterbacks, to lead the Gators and Rebs to an Atlanta showdown in December.

Tony Barnhart

March 24th, 2009
9:26 am

Okay guys. I have an open mind about Logan Gray at Georgia. Make your case and I’ll look at him harder in the future.

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Otto

March 24th, 2009
9:45 am

Malzahn knew Burns from Arkansas and he also remembers a game played at Hoover between his team and Caudle’s Spain Park team. Todd was Franklin’s boy and his arm was not the same last year after the injury. Burns has never demonstrated the accurate arm nor decision making ability to be a game winner in the SEC but Tubbs liked playing the highly tauted recruit he claimed from his home state. Injuries have kept Caudle out along with being Borges’s recruit but he is healthy now with an OC that has watched him play.

Trotter is a big question mark, some Auburn fans think he is the future and as a new coach do you take your bumps with a young QB that should pay off when you are expected to win games? Auburn’s expectations for next year are not exactly high.

Chris

March 24th, 2009
9:49 am

Logan Gray looked competent in last year’s spring game but don’t you have to assume he would be discussed as more serious competition to Cox if he had outperformed him in practice? A lot of people rave about his athleticism although you couldn’t see much from his punt returns. Is there any truth to getting him involved in the offense as a receiver/athlete?

MtnBama

March 24th, 2009
10:07 am

OK, for the last time, Star Jackson is a drop back pro style QB. While he no doubt is more “mobile” than McElroy he is not a “running” QB. He will run the same plays that McElroy runs when he is in the game. If Bama struggles at QB it will be because of the down field passing game execution NOT because of McElroys lack of mobility.

joe

March 24th, 2009
10:07 am

Buck Belue on the level of Stafford/Ziere/Green? No way…all he ever did was turn around, not trip over his own feet and hand it off to Herchel…

RxDawg

March 24th, 2009
10:08 am

I think Logan is the #2 QB. No more punt returns for him…..that still amazes me that our backup QB was returning punts. Go figure. It would take some serious talent from the two new QB’s to rise over them. None of that matters though, barring injury Cox is the man all year. Logan cleans up the 4th quater in blow outs.

JB

March 24th, 2009
10:09 am

I agree with Chris, Logan Gray gets very little mention outside of blogs and hardly any from coach’s. If he was lighting it up in practice, somebody would be talking about. Heck, Tony left him out of this article, that says it all. Great guy, great athlete…….but not sticking out in a crowd. I”ll say it now, Georgia fans will be happier with Cox than Stafford. Matt tried to make big things happen Every play, and most of the time we punted, or ran a draw on 3rd and 10 for 4 yards. A controlled passing game with yards after catch will be big this year. Matt went deep 12-15 times a game, joe will only go deep 2-3 times. We will punt a lot less this year !

Otto

March 24th, 2009
10:09 am

Joe Cox should be a front runner for UGA’s starting QB. He sets leadership going into the season early and was close to winning the starting job over Stafford.

Gray I would think should be in the mix for ‘10 along with the 2 freshman. As others have mention Gray looked fine in the spring. I’m not sold on Murray yet no real reason but I don’t get a great feeling.

Otto

March 24th, 2009
10:11 am

McElory starts against VT if for no other reason than Bama needs the most experience QB they can field against that solid defense in the opener. Star would have to have an amazing off season to even begin to change his standing and McElroy has made some great throws even in cleanup duty.

Tenn and Auburn are the big question marks in the SEC.

DawginLex

March 24th, 2009
10:15 am

I don’t see it with Logan Gray other than a change of pace guy to maybe run some option or trick play passing stuff. His arm strength is not as good as Cox. I think cox is LIGHT YEARS better than Joe T. The OL is going to make Cox even better than he is because of the ability to line up and run the ball.

Hopefully, Murray and Zach Met will both get redshirted and Cox and Gray can play the entire year. I’m more worried about rushing the passer than I am the offense. Joe Cox used to win all of the accuracy drills at the all star camps. He can run around a little also which will make him more of a threat.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 24th, 2009
10:20 am

I’ll let you fleabags slap JOE around about Buck…yeah, all he did was win a NC (It wasn’t preseason either).

He brought UGAg back against GT his freshmen year…of course with the help of the officials on a bogus 2pt conversion.

He couldn’t save the mutts from a 45-42 drubbing though…and won’t be able to help with this years beat down either.

Ren Halverson

March 24th, 2009
10:20 am

For Logan, although I haven`t seen more than last year`s spring game, he is blessed with Alot of speed, looked faster than Shockley, the last QB double threat, he has a good arm ,throws very well on the run, and came from a good HS scheme. If nothing else, he presents a solid switch in defensive scheme when he spells Cox. In my opinion, a good candidate for starter next year and bring the young guns along at a relaxed pace. Mettenberger may surprise everyone, very cool under pressure with a great arm. still early but the Gday game coul be fun to watch.

crs

March 24th, 2009
10:28 am

I think cox will hold the job all year, he is not Joe T and quite frankly Aaron is no Stafford. The best thing for Aaron is to watch and learn and maybe get some mop up duty. Hopefully there is a package for Logan, we need to give the defenses some more to think about and atleast prepare for.

Kendawg

March 24th, 2009
10:31 am

I saw Logan Gray in the spring game last year and he looks to be better than just an adequate sub QB. He may not be being talked about much this spring but I think he will surprise some people if he gets a chance to play. That said, I’m glad to see Joe Cox get his chance. He’s paid his dues and I wouldn’t be surprised if he does better than people expect him to. He was a big winner at Independence High and, for me, winning is the name of the game.

DawginLex

March 24th, 2009
10:31 am

I see our resident “all things UGA” stalker is back.

what a pathetic existence……………..

Right On Time

March 24th, 2009
10:33 am

joe: Buck was pretty good before #34 arrived. He was actually a great athlete, excellent baseball player.

I just don’t know how anyone can say Logan is so talented and should be #2. I try to stay pretty close to the action and have not seen enough on him to make that call. His incoming credentials are all that supports that call. Remember, Blake Barnes was highly touted also. With that said, if y’all are “in the know” I defer to you as I have very little inside info.

Atlanta gator: I think you are being kind in regards to the Dawgs potential. As much as I love them, I don’t see anyway they contend for the East. Losing 85% of your “o”, an unproven backfield and only 1 known playmaker at receiver is not a mixture to beat florida’s “D”.

I think it is a 9 win season where we see lots of players “bloom” and prepare for 2010.

crs

March 24th, 2009
10:42 am

Lets get real, going into the season 7 wins is realistic.

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Erk

March 24th, 2009
10:44 am

Agree with DawginLex. Logan Gray might get it there this year as a backup or a change of pace QB but I don’t think he can make the necessary throws consistently. Beyond this year I think he gets lost in the mix with Murray and Met coming in.

Right On Time

March 24th, 2009
10:49 am

Good job rambles on. Good memeory, except:

I think that was a fine call on the 2pt conversion…great call in fact.

Irony + Contradictions

March 24th, 2009
10:50 am

Some of you need to stop contradicting yourselves so much with those Red & Black glasses….

Tebow will never be an NFL QB and Stafford will be an NFL suerstar at QB….

…and yet you say UGA will have no dropoff with Joe Cox and UF will become mediocre when Tebow leaves.

UGA is in great shape with Joe Cox because he’s been in the system for 4 years and was a high rated recruit…

…and yet UF will be in bad shape when Tebow leaves even though their QB that will take over will have been in the system the system 4 years and was an even more higher rated recruit than Cox.

Also Bigdawg I didn’t know 1 touchdown pass vs. UF’s 3rd string in the last minutes of a blowout was so indictive of a QB’s future success? LOL.

UGA has a ton of talent and 2 great WR’s in Green and Brown who will take a lot of pressure off of the QB in the passing game. the BIG key IMO will be King, Samuel or another RB stepping up to take the real pressure off the QB. I wouldn’t worry though because under CMR there have always been 1, 2 and sometimes 3 backs who step up.

Erk

March 24th, 2009
10:55 am

Get it all in while you can Ramble On.

Why was the 2 pt conversion bogus Buck’s freshman year against Tech? Because of Tech’s obvious pass interference?

Otto

March 24th, 2009
10:58 am

Stafford will not be a NFL superstar nor Cox but see DawginLex and JB above for Cox’s talent.

UF does have the best weapon on offense since Bo Jackson and Herschel. UF will be fine after Tebow but I see the margin narrowing alot between UF and everyone else.

matt

March 24th, 2009
11:17 am

Gray is a pure athlete. The fact that he returned punts last year was a strategy on 2 different levels. They didn’t want him to transfer so they gave him some game time. 2) He’s a pure athlete. Someone using the name “exnflplayer” (i have my guess as to who that is) has been on these posts before saying that his athleticism will make it VERY hard for the coaches not to give him his shot. Kiper predicted Stafford to be a #1 pick out of high school. Murray is nowhere close to that. Cox is the man until he loses his job. Gray will get his shot, Murray and Mettenberger need to both redshirt, we don’t need them this year, and you can always pull it if need be.

Burningred/Bleedingblack

March 24th, 2009
11:22 am

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RxDawg

March 24th, 2009
11:25 am

I+C, here is one dawg fan that says Tebow will be an awesome NFL QB.

Burningred/Bleedingblack

March 24th, 2009
11:29 am

Cox is the man. No question about it, does he have talent? Of course every time he has playied he has scored a touchdown. He won against Colorado when stafford could not. His arm is not as strong as stafford however he is more accurate and he is full of fire which stafford never had. Bama will have the same situation as UGA they have QB”S ready to play.The game against VT will be interesting though. FLA, UM, QB’s are a solid lock’s of course. Tenn might take time to adjust to new system. Vanderbilt will continue to grow, they will have a season like last year. Georgia Tech will…..well….who cares they play in the ACC and no one cares about the second best team in GA.

GeoffDawg

March 24th, 2009
11:34 am

Irony + Contradictions – you do realize the NFL and the college game have some very significant differences in how the QB position is utilized? I wouldn’t characterize Florida without Tebow as being mediocre by any stretch but I do think they’ll have something to prove with regards to being able to run that offense without a superstar at the helm. At the same time, it’s also quite feasible that Tebow will not be a star QB in the NFL. I see him having an impact on a team that can creatively utilize his talents but he’s not going to be the NFL player Stafford is likely to be. That’s no knock on him – As a fan, I’d personally rather have a MNC under my belt than a #1 draft pick, but it is what it is.

Matt Stafford

March 24th, 2009
11:56 am

When is UGA gonna put up a plaque at Sanford with one of my whiny speeches?

Atlanta Jackets

March 24th, 2009
11:58 am

The biggest QB battle will be Georgia’s front seven trying to handle the Robot. When the Robot Nesbot gets to add a play action to his playbook, he’ll tear the mutts apart ever more. Hey, mutts the Robot just scored another touchdown on you! LOL!

Seriously, when Stephen Hill steps up at WR (he’s a more polished AJ Green with better hands, says scout and rivals.com) Tech will score 45 a game.

QB battle is over. LOL!

Saint Nick

March 24th, 2009
12:00 pm

Tebow and Kaiser Sozay are the same person!!!!!!!!!!!!

GeoffDawg

March 24th, 2009
12:05 pm

I’m actually surprised that other tech fans haven’t tried to get atlanta jackets to cool it with all the robot talk. He’s not exactly dispelling any popular “perceptions” of the nat fan base.

crs

March 24th, 2009
12:12 pm

You can say a lot of good things about Tim Tebow, he is a great college quarterback, has great fire and competiveness, is a good young man, to name a few. But I doubt you will be able to add, he is a good NFL quarterback to the list ever. I think he has a place in the NFL, special teams, h-back, tight end, occasional short yardage quarterback. I don’t get caught up in so and so runs a 4.2, or he’s 6′7 or whatever but Tebow could not be a running quarterback in the NFL and his arm is just not that great, in the NFL you don’t have wr’s open by twenty yards as he consistently has at FL.

crs

March 24th, 2009
12:14 pm

I think sometimes a blind squirrel could play quarterback and be successful at FL.

THWGT

March 24th, 2009
12:15 pm

Ramble on, get a grip…a three point win is a drubbing??? In any case, here is a number for you 38-3.. That is a drubbing!!!!!

Reebok

March 24th, 2009
12:25 pm

With all due respect to all you loyal Bulldog fans out there…you are delusional if you think there will not be a huge stepdown in QB with Cox replacing Stafford. Remember, Stafford beat out Cox for the job and then went on to a career that was so solid that he’s about to become the #1 pick in the NFL draft. So unless Cox has made huge leaps in his development while riding the pine, the dropoff is going to be huge. Like, DJ Shockley-to-Joe Tereshinski huge. Cox probably won’t be QB past the mid-point of the season. IMHO as always.

Atlanta Jackets

March 24th, 2009
12:40 pm

GeoffDawg, you better cool it. 45-42! Burn!! LOL! I’m just representing the students. We call Josh the Robot because he’s automatic and perfectly designed for performance. In fact, I think he just scored on you mutts again! LOL.

Seriously, if you come to stands during the game you can hear a few Robot chants. I’m trying to get a few of the dance team to do a robot dance. That would be awesome! ROTFLMAO!!

BAMA STAN

March 24th, 2009
12:43 pm

12 National Titles – 21 SEC Titles

Tony – Good read – here are my thoughts:

Bama will get some playing time for Jackson – but McElroy is solid and the starter position is his to lose. In contention for SEC West Title.

LSU – Upgrade at QB position means that LSU is in serious contention for SEC West title. Will come down to BAMA and LSU. LSU defense will be much better with Coach Chavis.

Ole Miss will be solid with Sneed – but I believe Coach Nutt is getting the best out of Ole Miss right now. Thwy will not be any better in 2009 as they were at the end of 2008 – which is a very good team – but will win the SEC West.

UGA – Cox appears to be a very good leader – but I think of him being like a Greg Talley. Good Leader that had decent speed – decent arm. The difference is that Cox has a better team around him. I look forward to seeing him play …… and it would be a great story if the 2009 Dogs were successful with him at QB. But forget about the SEC East – not gonna happen!

I do not know much about Logan Gray – except for what I read here or other articles – but apparently Gray is real quick and athletic – never seen film or see him play QB position. Need to let Dog fans weigh in on Gray.

UGA in not even close to beating Florida in the SEC EAST. In fact – UGA better focus on the UT WildBoyz. This is where the SEC East race is – for 2nd with UGA, Tennessee and So. Carolina in the mix (unless they flop the last 4 or 5 games of the season – which is their trend).

UT Wildboyz – QB is their achilles. IF they can get decent play – then they maybe in position to upset UGA in Knoxville this year. UT’s coaching and talent on defense is better than UGA’s. UT has beat UGA 2 of the last 3 years – and both were blow outs. I look for UT to be improved this year – if anything – Kiffin is trying to bring a swagger and an aggressive attitude to the team. He also has a veteren coaching staff to help balance out some of his inexperience and maturity issues. Actually – would love to see this team flop this year – but I feel that UT will be better than last year.

Overall – SEC East is owned by Florida. Until proven otherwise – huge gap between Florida and UGA/UT/SC in coaching and talent that fits their systems. Florida’s defense will be a beast – and they have Tebow (second only to having Chuck Norris!!!)

ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

David

March 24th, 2009
12:43 pm

Come on Tony, have you really seen Aaron Murray play and can safely say he is THAT much better than Joe Cox or even Logan Gray. Gray was a supe 11 QB, an incredible athlete and looked very good in G Day last year. I love how people count out people and make assumptions just because of what they hear. You should know better than that, that is poor journalism.

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TRUTH

March 24th, 2009
12:48 pm

THANK YOU, DAVID!!!!

shane#1

March 24th, 2009
12:51 pm

I think some of You are being a little hard on Joe T. He didn’t set the world on fire, but he took over in a real re-building year. His go to WR, Sean Bailey, missed the entire year with a knee injury, and he lost Thomas Brown for the year in Oct with the same type injury. Mo-Mass, a true soph, had to be the man, and IMO, he couldn’t take the pressure, remember all the dropped passes? O line woes, a banged up Lumpkin, and a re-built D added to Joe T’s troubles. Joe Cox should be in pretty good shape. Green is a great WR and there is plenty of depth at the WR posistion, plus UGA should have one of the better O lines in the SEC. The D should be improved over last year with a good corps of LBs and the return of Jeff Owens. All in all the picture looks a lot rosier for Joe C than it did for Joe T. I think Met will red shirt but we may see Murray on the sidelines. I hope all he has to do is hold the clipboard and mop up in garbage time.

Huh?

March 24th, 2009
12:52 pm

Any quarterback that completes only 40% of his passes is not automatic and perfectly designed for performance. I hope you nerds aren’t building any bridges on numbers like that. God help us all if you are.

Brandon

March 24th, 2009
12:52 pm

Tony did you forget UGA has Logan Gray?

Reality Check...

March 24th, 2009
12:56 pm

Atlanta Jackets needs a reality check….. along with Ramble On…. This is a story about the QB battles in the SEC… Go back to the hive and buzz yourself…

Huh?

March 24th, 2009
12:57 pm

Enough with the Logan Gray talk. Do you really think he would have been returning punts last year if the coaching staff thought he was the QB of the future? That should send up some enormous red flags in my opinion. I’m not saying he’s a total bum but some guys just aren’t cut out to be starters.

Big Drizzle

March 24th, 2009
1:00 pm

Star Jackson has reportedly been having trouble learning Coach McElwain’s offense. I dont think there’s much question that yes, he will play some, but McElroy is our guy. Pure and simple. IMHO, his problems are going to lie in decision making, not ability; at THIS point, due to less time in Saban’s system and ZERO playing time, Star Jackson is going to struggle with both.

David

March 24th, 2009
1:03 pm

Another assumption by fans….they already mention Marlon Brown as being a key weapon and I think he can and will be eventually, same with AMurray. But Tavarres King is a player as well as having Moore, Wilson, Durham, Troupe. It is very difficult for freshmen to play and make a big impact. AJ is a rare player.

m

March 24th, 2009
1:12 pm

A couple of stats for you dawgs to worry about. The last 5 times that you played a Tech team coached by someone not named Gailey, you lost 4 out of 5. Also, the last 3 times that Tech defeated ugag after ugag had won the previous year, Tech went on to win at least 2 in are row. And Paul Johnson said that he felt like the fans really enjoyed beating the dawgs, but the he and the other coaches would enjoy it more after beating the dawgs the next 3 or 4 years in a row. I know you dawgs loved Chan Gailey, but he is gone…long gone. I know how much you hated George O’leary and I promise you that you will not like Paul Johnson any better than you liked George O’leary. Apparently, you dawgs don’t like Tech coaches that know how to kick your sorry arses. Thank God and Greyhound that the worst coach in the history of Tech is gone forever. You dawgs are really going to miss him.

William Darnell

March 24th, 2009
1:21 pm

Sneed is good and had a very good o-line to work behind this past season. Ole Miss. will not have the quality o-line in 09. Sneed will not be nearly as effective. Bama has more possibilities on the o-line than most people think. Greg M. will be fine at QB for Bama, and jackson has huge potential. Bama whips Ole miss, and lSU to win the west!

supa

March 24th, 2009
1:25 pm

I hope they redshirt Mettenberger. Save an year of eligibility.

Stillwinnin

March 24th, 2009
1:32 pm

Leave it to a Tech nerd to reassure himself with some useless stats. If history is any assurance, then you better get that 45-42 score bronzed cause you’re going to holding on to it for a loooong time!

GeoffDawg

March 24th, 2009
1:32 pm

m – can you refresh my memory? Before 2008, when was the last time tech won in the series without using inelgible players? I just can’t quite remember….

Munson

March 24th, 2009
1:35 pm

But m, we hate you more than O’Liar and Johnson combined because of your homoerotic obsession with Chan Gailey. Let it go already!

I actually feel sorry for Tech fans that they have to put up with you.

Otto

March 24th, 2009
1:41 pm

O’Leary was 3-4 against UGA. Worst GT coach Chan? Not even in recent history Bill Lewis anyone.

Dorsey Hill

March 24th, 2009
1:44 pm

Tony,

How dumb does one have to be to score a 12 on the Wonderlic as Percy Harvin did? Does that put someone, intellectually speaking, somewhere between a rock and a jelly fish? Just asking.

I mean can someone who scored 12 actually pass ANY college level course EVER? Isn’t this a clear indication of academic fraud much like FSU where an investigation could lead to stripping the wins of the games that Harvin played in? I mean isn’t this score a clear indicator that something is amiss at UF.

When you consider Harvin’s score along side U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown’s speech (found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8N2uQ7Fg_Uk&feature=related) wherein the UF Master’s Degree recipient “gradulate’s” the “Gator” and “Urban Meyers” and “Percy Harvey” it seems to me that the University of Florida may simply be a “swamp” of academic fraud.

Finally, once the investigation is complete can we have Orson Charles smash the new BSC trophy into a million little pieces?

bigdawg01

March 24th, 2009
1:46 pm

M
You are an absolute embarassment and a total loser.

Tide rising

March 24th, 2009
1:46 pm

UGA and Bama should both be set with steady qbs who have been waiting their turn for several years. Cox doesn’t have the cannon arm that Stafford did but then who does? He should be able to comfortably fit right in and pick up where Stafford left off.

McElroy should actually be an upgrade over Wilson with the exception of experience. McElroy has a strong and accurate arm and is mobile also. McElelroy was the Texas 5A player of the year coming out of high school in Texas the same year as Stafford. He set the state record for tds with 56 in 1 season and ran for over 1,000 yards. We will be in good hands with him and McElwain’s offense at Bama is qb friendly and doesn’t rely on the qb to win the game anyway. Star will get his shot one day but for now its McElroy’s job to lose.

Jevan Sneed is the man at Ole Miss as will be Jordan Jefferson at LSU. Expect both to have big years and for Sneed to be the best qb in the west and 2nd only to Tebow at UF for all-conference honors.

Auburn and UT are absolutely hopeless for the short term at the qb position. Both are going to have to recruit their way into a good qb and that’s not happening this year. This is what will separate these 2 teams from the other heavyweight teams in their respective divisions in the short term.

GeoffDawg

March 24th, 2009
1:48 pm

Didn’t Vince Young get a 6? At least Percy Harvin is twice as intelligent as him. Given that Young is prone to mindless wanderings around Nashville, that’s huge step in the right direction.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 24th, 2009
1:51 pm

If Stillwinnin, knew anything about history, going way back to the late ’70’s, he’d realize that GT won back to back each time. Does not help your cause for this year…

So, I guess the only “assurance” we’ll have is you won’t be back under the same name, moron.

The best QB for UGAg was Reggie Ball, to bad him and his dad Chan are gone.

Matt Stafford

March 24th, 2009
1:53 pm

m, Ramble et al…. Did you hear the one about the Tech student that pulled a 5 pound booger out of his nose? His head caved in before he could eat it. 6:09.

Tide rising

March 24th, 2009
1:56 pm

M,

I’ve nothing against Tech and don’t have a dog so to speak in the Tech/UGA argument. But your stats are absolutely meaningless. Past performance means nothing and does not guarantee future results. If Tech beats the dawgs in future years it will be because they outplayed them. It won’t be because of some meaningless mini trend or irrelevant stat.

Greg Elmore

March 24th, 2009
2:04 pm

Tony you are the bomb!! How is the Kentucky QB situation shaping up we have a couple 4 star recruits coming to Lexington don’t we? Thank you sir. I enjoy your commentary on the coach Mathews show alot.

Wunderlich scores and stats

March 24th, 2009
2:12 pm

Geoffdawg,

I always wondered if that was true about Vince Young getting a low score on the Wunderlich test. Are you sure that’s accurate that he only scored a 6? The media said later that it wasn’t true. I guess it would make sense though since he is melting down in pro ball and it looks like he just doesn’t get the game. He was one of those simple read spread offense qbs that makes 1 or 2 quick reads and then takes the 3rd option and scouts are saying that’s why those spread qbs never make it in pro offenses. At least not in the short term.

On a different note I’m an Auburn grad and I remember reading about a lawsuit by Alabama state university in Montgomery, AL which is one of Alabama’s historically black colleges and universities. Anyway, they were trying to take over Bama and Auburn years back under a segregation and discrimination suit. When reading the stats on the 3 universities I remember the average incoming act score of a student at Bama or Auburn was something like 25 or 26 out of a maximum possible of 36 and at ASU it was 8.9 for an incoming freshman.

I always wondered that if you have 5 possible answers and all you did was guess and got it right 20% of the time by pure guessing that you would score at least a 7 or 8 just by guessing alone. So if your incoming freshman class is scoring an average of 8.9 than I’m guessing that’s probably the equivalent of intelligence somewhere between a rock and a jellyfish as a poster noted above. Just a thought cause its hard to imagine someone, anyone’s entire freshman class being that stupid.

shane#1

March 24th, 2009
2:13 pm

I think LSU found a QB in their bowl game, Jefferson will be the man to beat. Bama has more depth,so they have a decision to make, but that is a good problem to have. UT and AU have new coaches and a new system to learn. It seems to take at least a year for most college QBs to get a handle on a system. Burns will be trying to learn his third different offense in as many years. Can you spell confused? Cox has a leg up, as backup QB he had to be ready to play, so he got at least some reps in practice with the first string O and attended all the meetings and film sessions. He already knows the playbook and his team.

GeoffDawg

March 24th, 2009
2:21 pm

Regarding Vince Young, I can’t say for certain that’s true but the rumor is that he scored extremely low on his first test but was allowed to retake it and did a little better. Regardless, it does seem to correlate positively to his current behavior and success in the league.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 24th, 2009
2:21 pm

That’s the funniest thing I’ve ever heard Matt Stafford!!!

Shouldn’t you be spooning Joe Cox?

Matt Stafford

March 24th, 2009
2:28 pm

I agree shane#1 ya’ll whipped tail in your bowl game! Who’d ya’ll play again………. m, Ramble On, Atlanta Jackets? oh yeah….. 6:09.

Matt Stafford

March 24th, 2009
2:29 pm

RxDawg

March 24th, 2009
2:37 pm

“Seriously, if you come to stands during the game you can hear a few Robot chants. I’m trying to get a few of the dance team to do a robot dance. That would be awesome! ROTFLMAO!!”

hehe, only at tech

Stillwinnin

March 24th, 2009
2:39 pm

Only 5 wins in the past two decades against the Dawgs, maybe you should Ramble On to a school with a record worth defending!

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 24th, 2009
2:43 pm

I like the 45-42 record just fine.

Dawg stats

March 24th, 2009
2:44 pm

Only 5 wins in 2 decades against a big rival. Shucks. That’s funny. What’s even funnier than that is 3 wins in 2 decades by the dawgs against the gators. Now THAT is funny!

Tech stats

March 24th, 2009
2:46 pm

Did I hear Ramble on say 45-42 is a drubbing? No, no, no. Shucks! That 51-7 whooping a couple years ago. Now THAT was a drubbing!

Dawg and Tech stats

March 24th, 2009
2:47 pm

Shucks! Ya’ll both suck. When ya’ll gonna realize that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GATORZONE

March 24th, 2009
2:59 pm

what is 6:09?

Atlanta Jackets

March 24th, 2009
3:01 pm

RxDawgette, 44-42 get a prescription for that! Burn! LOL!

It’s called good college fun at HGF at BDS, the oldest and best on campus stadium in America.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 24th, 2009
3:03 pm

Tech stats, a couple is two…yeah, I know that’s a tough one for ya.

umm, 48-0 sounds like a better drubbing, since you’re going waaay back in History.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 24th, 2009
3:05 pm

I thought the topic was about SEC QB’s, yes even the ones who like to spoon each other.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 24th, 2009
3:07 pm

2 equals a couple, no?

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 24th, 2009
3:08 pm

Getting back to the subject…how many interceptions will UGAg throw GT for TD’s this year?

the over/under is 1.5

Atlanta Jackets

March 24th, 2009
3:15 pm

Mutts mutts mutts LOL! Now, seriously, to answer Tony’s questions above.

Auburn: Kodi Burns wins the job, is injured in game 6 and is replaced by Chris Todd who starts every game for the remainder of his career.

Georgia: Joe Cox wins the job. Aaron Murray transfers to Florida

Alabama: Greg McElroy wins the job, but is replaced in game 3 by Star Jackson

Tennessee: Jonathon Crompton wins the job.

LSU: Jarrett Lee wins the job.

There. Now, let’s get back to smack talking! LOL!

Percy Harvey

March 24th, 2009
3:32 pm

I only got a 12, but my bank account will be better than yours soon…

Mikey

March 24th, 2009
3:36 pm

All the talk about Logan Gray returning punts…yada, yada, yada…

He was only put back there when it was obvious a fair catch was in order. He was used in that role for his hands and as I recall he was only hit once or twice when he decided not to fair catch it…
If it was a short field he was there- if it was a long field someone else was there like Prince Miller, who took one to the house.

I think he brings a great change of pace at QB. Time will tell, but he might just sneak in there for a few plays.

GO DAWGS !

Otto

March 24th, 2009
3:36 pm

Todd had surgery in December. Malzahn needs to be working with a QB now. Looks like Caudle and Burns are at the top of the list:

http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/mobileregister/index.ssf?/base/sports/123779974979770.xml&coll=3

We saw what Burns was capable of in the spread last year. Caudle ran a quick tempo spread in HS.

AltamahaDawg

March 24th, 2009
4:01 pm

LSU, this is the second time in a week you have posed that question. You seem very concerned about this. Here is the answer. JoeT didn’t get pulled after he got into trouble in the first few games of the year. He cruised in the first game, and left the second game almost before it got started with an injured leg that left him incapable of taking snaps for half the season. Hopefully Joe Cox doesn’t, so we will never know what Richt would do in the made up situation you describe.

Tide rising

March 24th, 2009
4:03 pm

Atlanta Jackets,

Those are some pretty wild predictions. I can see someone making starting predictions but predicting exactly what game someone like Kodi Burns will get injured in? Either you are Nostradumus disguised as a Tech fan or you know something no one else knows. In any event it’ll be interesting to see what happens but I will respectfully disagree with you on Jarrett Lee starting at LSU. Jefferson pretty much locked down that job in the final 2 games of the season, especially the Tech game. I think Jarrett Lee might have a hard time starting for someone’s pee wee team. They’re gonna run that kid out of LSU.

I can’t see Aaron Murray transferring at UGA either. Its a perfect situation for him even if he doesn’t start over Joe Cox who is a senior. If he locks down the #2 spot he has a year of redshirting and learning without feeling pressured and then still has 4 years to be a starter and be the BMOC after Cox graduates later this year. If he burns his redshirt but still plays some even as a backup he solidifies his position as the qb in waiting and would have a good career as a 3 year starter. Even the great Tim Tebow wasn’t a 4 year starter and it took a lot of pressure off of Tebow to not come in and have to start as an 18 year old freshman. Murray is in a great situation. The only way he transfers is if its abundantly clear to everyone that fellow freshman Zach Mettenberger beats him out and it looks like Murray would then ride the bench for his whole career behind Zach. Besides, if he did transfer Richt wouldn’t allow him to transfer to a rival sec school like UF. To get a release he would have to transfer to an acc school or other conference.

Reality Check...

March 24th, 2009
4:11 pm

Ramble On and Atlanta Jackets need a reality check….
Gator Zone 6:09 = 51 to 7. That is the score the second year of CMR tenure…. and tech fans still think Jasper Sanks fumbled the ball….Tech fans really need a reality check!

LSU

March 24th, 2009
4:16 pm

AltamahaDawg

I never got an answer to my question so thats why I asked again, so you and your smartass comment can kiss my cajun ass..How bout that..

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 24th, 2009
4:18 pm

Reality Check, that’s just sad.

LSU

March 24th, 2009
4:21 pm

AltamahaDawg

Also its fu*khead fans like you that make people hate UGA fans..Just some food for thought.

Reality Check...

March 24th, 2009
4:25 pm

Ramble On you are so right I am sorry. what was I thinking. Could you please pass the tissue. I am going to cry, because you know every thing and I know nothing….well except the time, oh look, it’s 6:09. Tech fans are just such losers and need a reality check.

Reality Check...

March 24th, 2009
4:29 pm

RAMBLE ON!!!! OH LOOK A I CAN WRITE WITH ALL CAPS JUST LIKE YOU. I am an engineer, I am smart, I know everything, you know nothing… If you haven’t guessed it, I am trying to pick a finght with you, ramblings on, because you need to BUZZ OFF!!!

6:09

March 24th, 2009
4:29 pm

Are you guys saying 6:09 was the time the game ended with UGA winning 51-7? I’m still not sure exactly what the 6:09 means

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 24th, 2009
4:31 pm

From sad to pathetic…someone needs a relevancy check with that tissue.

Oh gosh, look at the weather, a high of 45 with a low of 42.

6:09

March 24th, 2009
4:34 pm

I’m serious! What exactly the hell is the relevancy of 6:09? Is it the time that game ended or what?
Actually I have to say Ramble On’s post about the weather being 45 and 42 is pretty funny though.

Reality Check...

March 24th, 2009
4:38 pm

No ramblings you are pathetic. A sorry excuse of a fan for any team, just look at your posts on your rivals boards for context. Did you mean a high of 51 and a low of 7. Or that when UGA plays at GT, UGA fans make up 51% of the crowd and when GT plays at UGA, GT fans make up 7% of the corwd?

Reality Check...

March 24th, 2009
4:43 pm

Okay, 6:09, here it is. What is another way to say 51 to 7?

Reality Check...

March 24th, 2009
4:46 pm

Enter your comments here

Blog referee

March 24th, 2009
4:47 pm

Man oh man! There’s some hatin going on today. I do wonder why Ramble on and some of the other Tech fans spend so much time blogging on UGA/SEC boards. Your time would be better spent posting on the Ga. Tech board with the world’s other 2 jacket fans.

Sven Ottke

March 24th, 2009
4:52 pm

Mettenberger won’t amount to anything. Murray is too small to see over his own line at that level. Cox won’t do anything of significance. Back to mediocrity for UGa.

shane#1

March 24th, 2009
4:53 pm

Maybe the language that some LSU fans use makes rival teams dislike that fine institution. Just some other food for thought. Speaking of obnoxious, where is Roswell Ed? He sure went south after Auburn tanked. The guy could be a royal pain, but man, did he rile up the nerd herd!

Reality Check...

March 24th, 2009
4:55 pm

Sven Ottke really needs a reality check!!!

Atlanta Jackets

March 24th, 2009
4:57 pm

51 minutes to 7 o’clock.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 24th, 2009
4:58 pm

Blog referee, this is how I stay so informed, knowledgeable, and wise.

bama12titles

March 24th, 2009
5:14 pm

Just tuning in. Shane #1, I’ve been looking for Roswell Ed too. Not to mess with him or taunt him or anything though. I really enjoyed his posts. The guy constantly cracked me up. I believe he was either just acting stupid and messing with everyone by saying off the wall crazyarse statements or he was genuinely the biggest kool-aid sipping homer I’ve ever seen. Since he kinda disappeared as Auburn’s season went south I’m thinking he was serious in his posts and that he may have truly been the biggest koolaid drinker out of all of us. I would like to see Auburn rebound in a big way just to see Roswell Ed come back on and start up his antics all over again. He really did rile people up just like Bama Stan did on our side but I think people just took Roswell Ed a little too seriously. Too me he is like a lovable old fool. How could anyone not like the crazy bahstard.

shane#1

March 24th, 2009
5:19 pm

Shane just needs a check. Any kind of check, reality check, unemployment check, disability check, claim check, whatever. How about a bailout and a big bonus check?

shane#1

March 24th, 2009
5:26 pm

Bama12, The blogs wouldn’t be the same without the old coots. I speak as one getting dangerously close to cootdom Myself. We are like a lost village, crying out in need of our idiot. Though some on here today seem capanble of at least filling in untill old Ed gets back.

bama12titles

March 24th, 2009
5:34 pm

Shane,

I’m seriously hoping that Roswell Ed just took the offseason off. I’ll be real disappointed if he doesn’t show up when fall practice starts in August or when the real season starts in Sept. He is truly our idiot but that idiot constantly put a smile on my face when I logged on in the morning to see what manner of foolishness he was spouting off to start off the day. There are a handful of folks that give him a run for his money including one or 2 of my Bama brethren that I haven’t seen in awhile but nobody was quite as amusing as old Ed. The difference being that I think now that Ed actually was truly delusional and really believed his jibberish while everyone just likes to talk a little exaggerated smack. Anyway, I’m signing off but here’s to the return of Roswell Ed. Ed if you’re listening out there come on back!!!!! Even the Bama fans miss you.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 24th, 2009
5:52 pm

I think Roswell Ed jumped off an overpass after Tommy T. left.

gp295

March 24th, 2009
6:39 pm

Let the big dog eat, all over the sec.

A Cluster Post « Football on the Brain

March 24th, 2009
7:33 pm

[...] last question, Why is everybody(Mr.College Football most recently) questioning Joe Cox’s value as a QB like he is a scrub or something.  Some of you make [...]

clickdawg

March 24th, 2009
8:05 pm

give me a break, uga wouldn’t even offer stephen hill, and trust me that offense tech runs will fizzle out, that’s why it took johnson so long to get a div1 job, nobody wants an offense like that, and if any of tech’s offensive skill players has any chance of playing at the next level they can forget it, and by the way stay jealous, go dawgs.

Cuz

March 24th, 2009
8:36 pm

bama12, Roswell Ed started taking things to personaly, like I have sometimes in the past. When bloggers insult you, no problem, when they insult family, kinda hard to let it slide. Ed jumped ship last year before Auburn hit the ground after losing both engines and all the flight attendents.

LSU, what is the problem with Altamaha? He is a Baptist crying out in the wilderness. If you dislike Alt, you will absoulutely loathe me. I am such a blind homer I have my own seeing eye Bulldog. Kinda suks though cause the dang thing is so short he never can see past the curb for oncoming traffic.

Jimmy

March 24th, 2009
9:05 pm

This blog is the reason why College football is so much better than the NFL. Sure the NFL obviously has more talent, but you would never see a blog like this relating to pro teams(maybe minus the Packers and Bears). Keep it up guys. I’m laughing my arse off here bored as heck at work.

AltamahaDawg

March 24th, 2009
9:10 pm

I’m sorry LSU, you asked, I answered. What exactly do you disagree with? Mr.Eggshell.

John Mitchell

March 24th, 2009
9:30 pm

To AtlantaJacket: Hill is a more polished receiver with better hands than AJ Greene? You show me where either Scout or Rivals came even close to saying that and I will kiss your rear on the 50 yard line at the half time of next year game. The highest I saw Hill rated was the 95th best WR. You are delusional!!!

AltamahaDawg

March 24th, 2009
9:38 pm

Sorry Mr.Eggshell. What exactly do you disagree with in my answer?

AltamahaDawg

March 24th, 2009
9:40 pm

….other than my redundancy.

Ole Dawg

March 24th, 2009
9:43 pm

Hey BAMA “STAIN” ….I’ve seen Greg McElroy play…he has an average arm at best and very happy feet in the pocket. I sure hope he can run because that’s what he’ll be doing a lot of this year….that and eating turf. I laugh at how you grade other teams quarterbacks like you know everything about the position…you better spend your time looking hard at your own team. They have many flaws…Utah exposed them for everyone to see. Keep patting yourself on the back and thinking Bama is the greatest…… that blip in your rearview mirror is Va.Tech, LSU, Arkansas and Ole Miss and they are going to run you over this fall.Let the excuses begin in Tuscaloosa.

Gen Neyland

March 24th, 2009
10:05 pm

Fellow Gentlemen and Tech fans : This is TGC. Cigars, scotch or bourbon, mahogany paneling, etc…We must conduct ourselves in a manner befitting our stature. I suggest ripping off our shirts at midnight. Thank you and have a great tomorrow.

Bamahater

March 24th, 2009
11:35 pm

Does anybody care about Alabama? They had one decent year but all of a sudden they rule the universe. They will be average next year because they are missing key players off off last years team. To be honest, UA may be .500 at the end of the year. Yes, they have young talent but they have no proven talent.

SEC

March 24th, 2009
11:41 pm

Georgia better go withCox if they want to win. Auburn’s biggest problem is the Division 3 quality coach that they’ve hired, not the QB. McElroy can manage the game for Bama but I think Jackson will emerge as the “Star”. LSU actually seem to flow a little better last year with Jefferson at the trigger. They should be fine as long as they keep Lee on the sideline. He’s the other team’s best player when he drops back to pass.

Johnny DangerDawg

March 24th, 2009
11:45 pm

LSU,
Actually, Joe T. got hurt early in Game 2. By the time Joe T. was healthy enough to play again, Stafford had some starts under his belt. Joe T. never played too horribly, but UGA’s defense had major problems that year. After the Tennessee game debacle (in Athens), it looked like UGA wasn’t going to win too many low-scoring games. So Richt decided to go with the high-risk/high-reward option: Stafford as the full-time starter. Although he knew Stafford might make some momentum-swinging blunders, Richt figured that playing his freshman QB would pay dividends the next year.

Cuz

March 25th, 2009
12:56 am

hop

March 25th, 2009
5:51 am

i don’t think tony hs been to athens to see the workouts so one has to wonder why is he suggesting that th dawgs are not settled at qb.

it is also wild why he did not mention logan gray when he is listed as number 2 behind cox in the depth chart.

unless we have injuries this year, the freshmen qb’s will be red-shirted.

The Jackal

March 25th, 2009
10:08 am

Looking forward to the respective Cox / McElroy battles if for no other reason than they seem to have a couple parallells. QB’s from big HS programs (Charlotte Independence, Southlake Carrol) who played behind big name guys in HS (Leak, Chase Daniel), and then left their home states to play second fiddle in college. Surely one of them has to be ready for the spotlight by now.

Bryce

March 25th, 2009
11:14 am

I think that even with the talent level of the two new freshman at UGA, Logan Gray may possibly be the second in line behind Cox considering his athletic ability and the fact that he already has one year of experience with the team.

Ryan of Naples

April 8th, 2009
6:04 pm

“I’m obviously not an unbiased prognosticator, but my early money is on Tebow and Snead, as the two most established SEC quarterbacks, to lead the Gators and Rebs to an Atlanta showdown in December.”

I told all my friends that the 2009 SEC Championship was going to be between Gators and Rebels… people called me crazy… but you know what… after watching Mississippi destroy Tex Tech, and the fact that Rebels 4 losses were by 1 score or less… meaning had they just stopped 1 more first down… in each of those games they may have won them… If they grow from last season I put Mississippi on the top of the West for sure… It will be hard to imagine Florida not being on top of the East returning the entire starting defense, and enough offensive talant to dismantle the best of defenses… I guess we will see how big a difference Dan Mullen made with the Gators.