Monday, July 16, 2012
Bray and Wilson picked to throw most TDs
By Edward Aschoff
We at the SEC blog expect the passing touchdown race in the SEC to be a pretty fun one in 2012. And it looks like you readers feel the same way.
With more than 10,100 votes cast in our SportsNation poll, Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray and Arkansas' Tyler Wilson were both picked to pass for the most touchdowns in the SEC this fall after each grabbed 30 percent of the vote.
Honestly, it's no surprise the voters were torn between the two. Wilson returns as arguably the league's top passer, while Bray has all the talent and weapons around him to have a field day with opposing defenses this fall.
Before Bray went down with his thumb injury last year, he passed for 14 touchdown passes in the first four games of the season. He also has 35 touchdowns in 14 career games. And when you have guys like Justin Hunter, Da'Rick Rogers and junior college transfer Cordarrelle Paterson to throw to, your chances of tossing a good amount of touchdowns increases dramatically.
Wilson isn't short of talent around him either. He might have two of the best at their respective positions in wide receiver Cobi Hamilton and tight end Chris Gragg. There is also a slew of young talent for Wilson to work with at receiver. And if Marquel Wade's legal issues get worked out and he can return to the team, Wilson should be more than fine in the passing department.
Georgia's Aaron Murray, who led the SEC with 35 touchdown passes last year, grabbed 20 percent of the vote. I guess the thought of Malcolm Mitchell getting some work at cornerback has people unsure about Murray's production this fall. Still, he has 59 career touchdowns and could own the SEC record for career touchdown passes if he makes it four years as a starter.
Alabama's AJ McCarron was next with 10 percent of the vote, while Missouri's James Franklin was last with nine percent.
McCarron could have a bigger year for the Crimson Tide this fall with some more explosive weapons at receiver. Plus, Nick Saban would like to air it out a little more, and he knows McCarron has the tools to do that.
Franklin's success will rely on how well Missouri's spread works in the SEC. He's also looking to be more of a pass-first threat and he's confident that he as the personnel to help him with that. Also, keep an eye on that shoulder that he had surgery on this spring. Re-injuring it could be detrimental to his season.