Phil Jones knew that Shorter’s move to Division II would be difficult, but in the best interest of the program. This season’s schedule is part of the process.
If you’re shrugging off the effects of an SEC hangover this morning, nobody will blame you for staying up late to watch Ole Miss’ tremendous victory over Vanderbilt.
And if you made it to the end of Fresno State’s 52-52 OT win over Rutgers, then more power to you for somehow pushing back the covers and rising only a few hours after it ended.
But let’s focus on the SEC.
South Carolina showed an ability for big plays in its 27-10 defeat of North Carolina, but more folks are talking about Jadeveon Clowney’s “conditioning” than anything today. He’ll be even more heavily scrutinized as the season progresses and won’t be able to take plays off without receiving a huge amount of criticism as he waits for next year’s NFL Draft.
I was impressed with the Gamecocks’ defense and look forward watching to next week’s game against Georgia. (What do y’all think?)
If the rest of the SEC
There’s nothing like the SEC to stir a lot of great discussion. I guess we’ll all agree to disagree about the best teams and best QBs in the SEC.
To be fair to the ACC, I’ll run down the best QBs in the conference, starting with …
1. Tajh Boyd, Clemson — He’s inconsistent at times, but Boyd is far beyond the other ACC QBs. He’ll likely finish his career with the most TD passes in ACC history and more than 10,000 yards passing.
2. Bryn Renner, North Carolina — He’s flourished under Larry Fedora, impressed everybody at the Manning Passing Academy and might be one of the first QBs picked in next year’s NFL Draft.
3. Stephen Morris, Miami –He finally took a step forward last year and possesses perhaps the best skill set of any QB in the ACC. NFL teams certainly will be looking at him.
4. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech — Great size and athleticism, but he regressed last year. Can he rebound in his senior year?
5. Chase Rettig, Boston