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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Intriguing SEC quarterback battles

By Chris Low


My ESPN colleague Travis Haney has listed his 10 most intriguing quarterback battles Insider of the spring, and four of them involve SEC schools.

No. 1 on his list is USC, but he has Texas A&M No. 2 and Alabama No. 3. Tennessee (No. 5) and Florida (No. 9) are also in his top 10.

With Johnny Manziel headed to the NFL, everybody will be watching to see who fills his shoes at Texas A&M. Kenny Hill and Matt Joeckel are the favorites, but early enrollee freshman Kyle Allen has a lot of game.

Replacing AJ McCarron at Alabama obviously is not going to be a walk in the park. The leader in the clubhouse probably isn't on campus yet. Florida State transfer Jacob Coker will arrive this summer.

At Tennessee, it's a big spring for redshirt freshman Riley Ferguson, who probably would have played last season had he not been injured, but I also wouldn't count out senior Justin Worley.

And at Florida, Jeff Driskel is back after missing most of last season with an injury. The best news for him is that first-year offensive coordinator Kurt Roper knows his stuff when it comes to developing quarterbacks.