SEC’s top QBs struggle in first games

Alabama QB A.J. McCarron completed 10 passes for 110 yards in a season-opening win. (AJC)

Alabama QB A.J. McCarron completed 10 passes for 110 yards in a season-opening win. (Dave Martin/AP)

What did we learn from the first full weekend of college football? (Well, it actually isn’t over, but the SEC games are, and for most of y’all, that’s all that matters).

The SEC’s Holy Trinity of QBs — you know them as McCarron, Murray and Manziel — looked merely mortal at times.

McCarron struggled, whether it was because of an ingrown toenail, we’re not sure, but the Alabama OL needs work. He was the country’s top-rated passer in 2012, but was only 10-of-23 with a pick in the win over Virginia Tech.

Georgia’s line also damaged Murray’s opportunities, and although his completion percentage was high, he also had two turnovers and will be roasted for failing to win another big game.

That leads us to Manziel, who came out of the world’s shortest exile to throw three TD passes, but also showed he hasn’t learned a thing from the past eight months. My 7-year-old is more mature than him. Under the NCAA’s new rules, Manziel might become the first person to be ejected for targeting with his mouth.

To throw another M into the SEC’s bag of M&M&M QBs, LSU’s Zach Mettenberger appeared comfortable in new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron’s offense. He took chances down the field against TCU’s tough defense and his lone TD pass gave the Tigers a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Other tidbits

  • Bobby Petrino is back. Western Kentucky rescued him from coaching purgatory and he led the Hilltoppers to a 35-26 win over Kentucky.
  • It’s going to be a long season at Kentucky.
  • Todd Gurley is really good.
  • Missouri QB James Franklin appears healthy and confident, although the competition was Murray State.
  • Butch Jones and the All-Vol faithful need to enjoy their 45-0 win over Austin Peay. The Vols face a physics exam nearly every week for the next two months: No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Oregon, No. 5 Georgia, No. 6 South Carolina and No. 10 Florida are on the menu.
  • Mack Brown, who was heavily recruited out of the Atlanta area, might give Florida the running punch it needs.
  • If Tyler Russell is out for a long time — he left with a head/neck injury — it could be a long season at Mississippi State.
  • Christion Jones is really good.
  • Corey Grant, not Tre Mason or Cameron Artis-Payne, might emerge as Auburn’s feature back. Although all of them had good games, Grant starred with 146 yards and  a 75-yard TD run. Did I mention that he transferred from Alabama?

Mercer wins

In case you missed it, Mercer restarted its football program after a 72-year absence with a 40-37 win over Reinhardt, a first-year program. QB John Russ threw three TD passes and Josh Shutter — a former soccer player at Clemson and Mercer — kicked two field goals in the final 3:17 for the victory.

34 comments Add your comment

firerichtnow dot com

September 8th, 2013
8:47 am

Fire Richt now!

Mack the Knife

September 7th, 2013
7:53 am

If you think Aaron Hurry did poorly against Clemson, just wait until SC gets through with him. He’ll be black and blue all over. He’s just another loser in a long line of losers that Muck Richt has produced.

War Eagle

September 4th, 2013
10:38 am

You are dead on it Tide, Richt has never and will not win a BIG game to advance to the BIG SHOW.. The so-called Big Six of SEC,, Alabama LSU, Florida, Auburn Tennessee all haven there except Georgia since Richt hire 11 or 12 years ago.

Dwag Daze

September 4th, 2013
6:52 am

As long as Richt continues to recruit low class players who lack intelligence and character, UGA will continue to lose to teams that recruit quality players.

Richt never learns.