Updating the SEC QB battles in Week 3

Right when we thought one quarterback battle was settled, a new starter takes the field in Tuscaloosa.

Does Florida have its guy?

We say goodbye to speculation about Greyson Lambert, Chad Kelly, Brandon Harris and Kyle Allen having to share meaningful snaps.


Can Jake Coker take this thing already?: We left Bama off this last week because it seemed as though Coker had won this one. Then, Cooper Bateman started against Ole Miss. Bateman was clearly overwhelmed, while Coker showed a ton of grit when he came into the Game of the Year. Yeah, he had two interceptions, but he took hit after hit and still threw three touchdowns and carried this offense to a near comeback win against the Rebels.


Has Will Grier officially taken over?: He's been named the starter the past two weeks, but there was always the chance that Treon Harris would play. Except, Harris didn't play at all in that 14-9, offensively deprived win against Kentucky. Grier made a lot of mistakes, but he was running for his life behind a shaky offensive line. He finished with 125 passing yards and an interception, but he made more than few plays with his legs, rushing for a team-high 61 yards.


A record-setting performance miiiiight have done the trick: After obvious struggles from Lambert in the win against Vanderbilt, some wondered if Brice Ramsey would get a chance against South Carolina. Well, if there was any plan to play him early, Lambert extinguished that thought with his record-setting performance in the Bulldogs' 52-20 win against the Gamecocks. Completing 96 percent of your passes with 20 straight completions and a career-high 330 yards with three touchdowns should pretty much cement Lambert's place.


He isn't flashy, but it might not matter: Coach Les Miles isn't getting away from his workhorse in Leonard Fournette, so maybe Brandon Harris won't have to do much with his arm. Harris has yet to hit 75 passing yards in a game this season, but he's completing 67.7 percent of his passes, he can make plenty of plays with his feet, his team is 2-0 and the Tigers are averaging 338.5 rushing yards per game. Harris is just being a game manager at this point.


Swag: Unless Chad Kelly decides to give up football, he's the guy for as long as he wants to be. If his 557 yards and six touchdowns through the first two weeks didn't convince anyone, his 341 yards and three touchdowns in a night win at Alabama on Saturday probably did. Just gonna go out on a limb here.


We should see two from here on out: Hats off to Perry Orth for not allowing the moments to get too big when he replaced Connor Mitch under center, but 6 of 17 passing against a team like Georgia just won't cut it. Freshman Lorenzo Nunez is a much better runner than he is a passer right now (116 rushing yards compared to 18 passing yards), but those legs make him an interesting threat for the Gamecocks. Coach Steve Spurrier hinted that Nunez could start over Orth against UCF this weekend. Regardless, both will -- and probably should -- play together in games.


Kyle Allen continues to separate himself: The battle here should be over, as Allen continues to do nothing to shake his position as the Aggies' starter over Kyler Murray. Allen has thrown seven touchdowns in the past two games, while Murray has seen his role diminish since Game 1.


Johnny McCrary takes a step forward: Last week, coach Derek Mason made it clear that he wasn't yanking McCrary out of the starting lineup after a shaky start to the season. Well, against Austin Peay, McCrary found some footing, passing for a career-high 368 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions. Say what you will about the quality of the opponent he faced, zero interceptions is a step in the right direction when you consider that McCrary had thrown at least one interception in his past five games.