Monday, August 24, 2009
Who in the SEC is Quarterback U.?
By Chris Low
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
There was an outstanding piece (with some exhaustive research) in the Altoona (Pa.) Mirror on Sunday by Cory Giger tackling a question we've all been asking for ages.
Which school truly is Quarterback U.?
During the Super Bowl era (dating back to 1966), Southern California leads the way with 15 alums who have started in at least one NFL game. Notre Dame is second with 13 and Washington third with 12.
From an SEC perspective, Alabama and Florida top the list, each with eight former players who have started a game at quarterback in the NFL during the past 40-plus years. Three of the Alabama alums -- Joe Namath, Ken Stabler and Richard Todd -- started 100 or more games.
How does the SEC compare with everybody else? Well, it's produced 54 NFL starting quarterbacks during that span. The Pac-10, with two fewer teams, has produced 79. The Big Ten, with one fewer team, has produced 51.
Three SEC teams -- South Carolina, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt -- have produced two or fewer starting quarterbacks in the NFL during the Super Bowl era.
The Bulldogs' only NFL starting quarterback, Joe Reed, last played 30 years ago for the Detroit Lions.
Here's the team-by-team rundown in the SEC:
Alabama -- 8
Florida -- 8
Georgia -- 6
LSU -- 6
Arkansas -- 5
Tennessee -- 5
Auburn -- 4
Kentucky -- 4
Ole Miss -- 4
South Carolina -- 2
Mississippi State -- 1
Vanderbilt -- 1