Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Ranking the SEC quarterbacks
By ESPN.com staff ESPN.com
One of the things we’re going to do this year to supplement our position rankings is to rank the players 1-10 at each position in the SEC.
These are the top 10 players at that particular position, so keep in mind there could be multiple players from one school included. And in several cases, a school might not have any players included.
Once again, there’s some projection involved in how players will fare this coming season.
But the best way to look at these rankings is what order the players would come off the board if you were selecting players at that position to play for your team this coming season.
Here’s a look at our top 10 quarterbacks:
Aaron Murray threw for 3,049 yards and 24 touchdowns last season.
1. Aaron Murray, Georgia, So.: He accounted for 28 touchdowns last season as a redshirt freshman, and it will only get better from there. Murray is talented, tough and smart.
2. Stephen Garcia, South Carolina, Sr.: It’s all a matter of whether or not Garcia can behave himself off the field. He put up big numbers a year ago, but still has plenty to prove.
3. Chris Relf, Mississippi State, Sr.: Just don’t get in the way of this guy when he’s barreling around the end. He also showed he could throw the ball last season.
4. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas, Jr.: If you’re looking for a breakout quarterback in the SEC, Wilson is your guy. It only helps that he has exceptional talent around him.
5. Tyler Bray, Tennessee, So.: Fearless in the pocket, Bray can sling it with the best of them. He still needs to be a better leader and become a better student of the game.
6. John Brantley, Florida, Sr.: A clean slate for Brantley may be just what he needed. He’s a talented passer who needs to prove that he’s a talented passer when it counts – in games.
7. Jordan Jefferson, LSU, Sr.: Toward the end of last season, Jefferson started to turn it around. He took another step this spring. Now it’s time for him to get it done over the course of an entire season.
8. Zach Mettenberger, LSU, So.: Even Aaron Murray admits that it would have been a chore to beat out Mettenberger had he stayed at Georgia. The 6-5, 250-pounder has one of the strongest arms in the league.
9. AJ McCarron, Alabama, So.: From the time McCarron stepped onto campus, Nick Saban was impressed with his ability to throw the football. Beating out Phillip Sims won’t be easy, though.
10. Morgan Newton, Kentucky, Jr.: The Wildcats had high hopes for Newton when they signed him. Now that it’s his job going into the season, look for him to play with more consistency.