SEC loaded at top, but McCarron is best QB

Alabama is 28-2 with two national championships with A.J. McCarron as starting quarterback. (AP)

Alabama is 28-2 with two national championships with A.J. McCarron as starting quarterback. (AP)

The media types who cover the SEC selected Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, the ever-popular, life-of-the-party Heisman winner as the first-team QB on their preseason All-SEC team.

The coaches went with ever-steady Aaron Murray, who has plenty of stats but no SEC bling to show for his three years at Georgia.

That caused such a big stir Thursday that the folks at ESPN, have posted a poll asking the nation’s opinion on the best QB in the SEC.

Preseason all-conference teams are silly things, since there’s nothing but history to base them on, but a lot of folks love them, basically because it gives them something to discuss before the games start.

It also led me to rank the SEC’s QBs as we draw closer to the first games, starting with the conference’s best.

  1. A.J. McCarron, Alabama – Consistent and competitive, he is a winner. Bama is 25-2 and has two national championships with him taking the snaps, and he makes the big plays when he needs them (see clutch passes and comebacks against LSU and in SEC title game).
  2. Aaron Murray, Georgia – Like McCarron, he’s consistent, and often shines, but hasn’t led the Bulldogs to a title. A championship would help cement his career.
  3. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M – Spectacular, he has plenty of maturing to do, evidenced by his shenanigans the past eight months. Great season, but can he do it again?
  4. Connor Shaw/Dylan Thompson, South Carolina – Can you separate these two? Either way, the Gamecocks are in good hands.
  5. Tyler Russell, Mississippi State – Gets a lot of grief, but continues to improve.
  6. Bo Wallace, Ole Miss – Still throws a ton of interceptions.
  7. Jeff Driskel, Florida – Talent is there, but needs to do more this season.
  8. Zach Mettenberger, LSU – Final year to grow into job.
  9. James Franklin, Missouri – Which one – from 2011 or ’12 – will show up?
  10. Austyn Carta-Samuels, Vanderbilt – Does he have game to match his name?
  11. Nick Marshall, Auburn – Talent is there, but must prove he can play at this level.
  12. Maxwell Smith/Jalen Whitlow, Kentucky – Both played in 2012; not always well.
  13. Justin Worley, Tennessee – I’m assuming he wins the job over three other candidates. Stay tuned.
  14. Brandon Allen, Arkansas – Coach’s kid who might be asked to hand off a lot.

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MikeS.

August 29th, 2013
7:27 pm

So explain to me why team records are the reason McCarron is 1 and Murray is 2? Anyone see that SEC title game? Last I checked, Bama won the game because McCarron was handing off, not passing. Then the defense held UGA at the goal line. Team records as a starter is a useless way to compare QBs. It cheapens what the rest of the team contributes. Murray and the passing game has carried UGA’s offense for 3 years. Last year is the first year they had a legit running game. He’s about to set all kinds of SEC records. Murray is the top QB in the SEC.

PigIron

August 28th, 2013
4:21 pm

@kerryb

Not a bad career move, if you ask me. Knock down a few million a year and then retire without any brain damage. That way, he’ll be able to reminisce well into his later years about having been the best quarterback in all of college football during his tenure.

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Skypilot

August 28th, 2013
9:55 am

Remember the Liberty Bowl? 10-6 loss w/ NO td’s and 2 int’s vs. power house UCF
#3 QB in SEC at best !

kerryb

August 28th, 2013
7:37 am

McCarron just might get his shot in the NFL. He will be a great clip board holder like John Parker Wilson (Oh wait a minute, he just got cut) and Greg McElroy.