Auburn’s Marshall tops SEC QB list next fall

Nick Marshall led Auburn to the national championship game in his first season as a starter. (AP photo)

Nick Marshall led Auburn to the national championship game in his first season as a starter. (AP photo)

The stalwarts are long gone.

AJ McCarron. Aaron Murray. Johnny Manziel. Connor Shaw. Zach Mettenberger. James Franklin.

Four — McCarron (Bengals), Murray (Chiefs), Manziel (Browns) and Mettenberger (Titans) — were drafted this past weekend, and Shaw (Browns) and Franklin (Lions) were signed as undrafted free agents.

Their departures means the SEC will incredibly different and less experienced at QB this fall.

Let’s take a look at the SEC’s QB picture heading into the summer.

1. Nick Marshall, Auburn: Showed explosiveness and poise throughout his first season, but Tre Mason helped a lot.

2. Maty Mauk, Missouri: Great talent who was undaunted and displayed athleticism when thrown into the mix.

3. Bo Wallace, Ole Miss: Experienced, but still must cut down on all those interceptions.

4. Dylan Thompson, South Carolina: Knows the system and likes to throw down field, but lacks Shaw’s moxie.

5. Dak Prescott, Mississippi State: Big and strong, but must continue to improve on making decisions.

6. Hutson Mason, Georgia: Has a grasp of the offense and gained valuable experience when Murray was injured.

7. Justin Worley, Tennessee: Worley expects a battle from other QBs, including Alpharetta’s Josh Dobbs.

8: Jeff Driskel, Florida: Many are curious how he’ll perform in new offensive coordinator’s Kurt Roper’s system.

9: Jacob Coker, Alabama: Don’t be surprised if former Florida State backup shines in first season in T-Town.

10. Anthony Jennings or Brandon Harris, LSU: Marietta’s Jennings looked great last year, but Harris impressed in the spring.

11. Brandon Allen, Arkansas: Allen gained experience last year, but main job is handing off to RB Alex Collins and others.

12. Kyle Allen, Texas A&M: Allen expects battle from Kenny Hill in duel to replace Manziel.

13: Patton Robinette or Johnny McCrary, Vanderbilt: This could change if/when Stephen Rivers transfers from LSU.

14. Patrick Towles, Kentucky: He’s big, saw playing time as a freshman and had the best spring of Kentucky’s QBs.

9 comments Add your comment

coj

May 14th, 2014
10:28 am

Well all of these opinions are just speculation. We’ll see who comes closer to the right stuff at the end of the season.

Wet Willie

May 14th, 2014
8:49 am

Prescott is going to be difficult to handle this season. If Dan can field a pretty good defense then State will make every Saturday interesting for teams across the field. Glad Bama has them at home.

Wet Willie

May 14th, 2014
8:46 am

Shows just how weak the QB position is in the SEC.

slydawg

May 14th, 2014
7:34 am

All things considered, Driskell should be #2 on that list and no worse than #3. This is, after all, an “upside” list.

gtcaryd

May 14th, 2014
7:07 am

It’s just crazy to think if Marshall behaves himself at UGA, he is probably one of their starting CB instead of the No.1 QB in the SEC. Good Grief!!

gtcaryd

May 14th, 2014
6:53 am

I think the list is pretty accurate, Sonic Bo is a better QB than Mason.

Lazlo

May 13th, 2014
11:01 pm

Look for Marshall, Mauk, and Driskel to be the cream of the crop. Jennings and Coker are the rwo darkhorses who could surprise. Mason will be one of the biggest disappointments.

Sonic Dawg

May 13th, 2014
10:16 pm

“I also think Mason is better than the Ole Miss QB and will put up some big numbers in that Georgia offense this year. But can he avoid critical mistakes in big games?”

No, he’ll be even sorrier than Murray was.

Tampa Gator

May 13th, 2014
8:33 pm

Coker is clearly the wildcard on that list. Could shoot up to the top 3 real quickly, or be 2nd or 3rd string when the season starts. No way Worley is better than Driskel this coming year, in my opinion.. If fact, he has been more horrible than Driskel so far, and Driskel is better suited for the spread offense that Roper runs. Worley would be better suited in the run, run, run, and then run up the middle again offense that Brent Pease ran for two years at Florida. I also think Mason is better than the Ole Miss QB and will put up some big numbers in that Georgia offense this year. But can he avoid critical mistakes in big games?