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Best quarterback in the SEC: Dak Prescott vs. the field

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Who ya got?

That's essentially what we're asking ourselves this month.

Twice a week for the next four weeks, we’ll debate who the best player at each position is in the SEC.

Today we start under center with the quarterbacks.

Alex Scarborough: Dak Prescott ranked in the top three of the SEC in passing yards, passing touchdowns and passing efficiency in 2014. On top of that, he also ran for 986 yards (ninth most in the SEC) and 14 touchdowns (tied for the most in the conference).

In terms of total offense, Prescott's 42 touchdowns and 4,435 yards were more than any player in the SEC.

Oh, and he did it all in his first full season as a starter.

I could go on and on about why Prescott passed up the NFL so he could play his senior season in Starkville. I could say how he wanted to avenge last year's losses to Alabama and Ole Miss. There's no doubt he wants to make another run at the playoff. But that's only part of it. Though he won't talk much about himself, he also came back to get better, to improve on his deficiencies and make another run at the Heisman Trophy.

A more refined and experienced Dak Prescott should spell trouble for SEC defenses. In fact, defenses should watch out because he plans to study their side of the ball as well, boldly attempting to learn how to "coach the defense" this offseason.

As a sophomore, he showed he had the talent.

As a junior, he showed he could produce.

What he does next as a senior will define his career.

In a league where there are few familiar faces returning at quarterback, Prescott stands out. He's not just the best at the position in the SEC, he's right there in the conversation for the best in the country.

Sam Khan: I'm a big fan of Dak Prescott's game and there's no doubt he's the best returning quarterback in the SEC at this point in time. His résumé, which Alex so eloquently presented, proves as much. He deserves every accolade he gets.

However, a lot can change in one year -- who knew at this time last year that Blake Sims would lead the SEC in touchdown passes in 2014? -- and there are some promising young quarterbacks across the conference who are worth watching in 2015. The two that excite me the most are Tennessee's Joshua Dobbs and Texas A&M's Kyle Allen.

We're not sure how good either can be yet because we've only had a small glimpse of each of them. Dobbs started five games for the Volunteers and showed a lot of promise, throwing for 1,206 yards and nine touchdowns (with six interceptions) and rushing for 469 yards and eight scores. His starting debut was memorable as he led the Vols to a 14-point comeback late in the fourth quarter to force overtime, where the Vols beat South Carolina 45-42. He threw for 301 yards and set the school single-game quarterback rushing record with a whopping 166 yards on the ground. Tennessee was 4-1 when Dobbs started, including a TaxSlayer Bowl win over Iowa.

Allen showed similar flashes of potential during his five-start stint late in Texas A&M's season. The Scottsdale, Arizona native's signature performance came in the Aggies' 41-38 road upset of then-No. 3 Auburn, knocking the Tigers out of the College Football Playoff race. Allen threw for 277 yards and four touchdowns in that win and later put together an impressive performance in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, where the Aggies beat West Virginia and Allen had five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) en route to game MVP honors. He wound up with 1,322 yards passing and 16 touchdowns to seven interceptions.

If these two gifted signal callers continue positive growth and show rapid development this fall, could they take the reins as the SEC's best quarterback? It's possible.

Another guy to keep an eye on is Auburn's Jeremy Johnson. We've only seen him sparingly -- he started the first half in a season-opening win over Arkansas last August and started a game against Western Carolina in 2013 -- but the little we have seen looks good and in Gus Malzahn's offense, he'll have a chance to thrive.

For now, Prescott is king among SEC QBs. But the possibilities for the rest of the field are intriguing.