• #1151 by jbcarol on 15 Apr 2017

    Scarblog: ESPN analyst and Elite 11 quarterback camp guru who placed incredibly unfair expectations on Auburn quarterback Sean White has found a new object of his ridiculous affection.

    It's Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

    For about a year, since Tagovailoa participated in the Elite 11, Dilfer has repeatedly hyped up the freshman early enrollee from Hawaii, and he just set a new personal best in the pole vault of over-the-top statements.

    "I'd say he's probably the most gifted passer I've seen at this age," Dilfer told Tuscaloosa radio station Tide 102.9. "I worked out with Aaron Rodgers a lot when he was at Cal. Tua throws it better than Aaron Rodgers threw it as a sophomore at Cal-Berkeley. That's not an exaggeration."

    If it's not an exaggeration, it's a needless and burdensome comparison.

    It Hurts
  • #1152 by jbcarol on 16 Apr 2017

    Johnson led the Wildcats to a 7-4 record, including a stunning win over rival Louisville and the program’s first bowl game in 6 years, Johnson’s position atop the depth chart looked less than solid. As he faltered in the Blue-White scrimmage, redshirt freshman Gunnar Hoak shined —

    Johnson, who outdueled Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson in the 2016 regular-season finale, completed just 8 of 18 passes for 106 yards, no touchdowns and an ugly interception against a collection of Kentucky’s backup defensive players.

    Hoak completed 12 of 18 passes for 92 yards, 2 touchdowns and no picks while playing with the second-string offense against the Wildcats starting defense — then switched teams and completed 4 of 6 passes for 82 yards and scrambled for a 5-yard touchdown against the No. 2 D.

    Fans will not forget getting a win over UofL at Papa John's.  Have forgotten Barker.
  • #1153 by jbcarol on 18 Apr 2017

    “In a perfect world, yes, we would like to scrimmage all out,” Jones said Monday night at Lee Stadium after appearing on the SEC Network. “Unfortunately, we’re not going to be able to this spring, so we’ll try to make it as competitive as possible in other ways.”

    Tennessee’s annual Orange and White Game, which begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, has been one of the most attended spring scrimmages in the SEC since Jones took over and invigorated the program.

    Jones sees to it his players are available before the game with a fan appreciation function, autographs available...

    Junior Quinten Dormady is a coaches’ son, and prototypical pocket passer from Texas who also possesses decent mobility.

    Redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano is the confident athletic option, brash enough to suggest Tennessee is “soon to be SEC champion,” but still learning to run the team.

    Redshirt sophomore Sheriron Jones has shown both a pocket presence and mobility, representing a good mix of the skills Dormady and Guarantano possess, and showing why Florida and Ole Miss also offered him scholarships when he was coming out of high school in California.

    “We’ll do the quarterback challenge,” Jones said of the drill work pitting the quarterbacks against one another. “I think it’s a great measuring tool for us as coaches to see how they will compete when there’s all eyes on them and they are in front of Vol Nation.”

    Jones said Tennessee will also conduct the “Circle of Life” drill, other one-on-one competitions and “some situational football.”
  • #1154 by jbcarol on 18 Apr 2017

    Projected post-spring depth chart

        Danny Etling, senior
        Justin McMillan, RS sophomore
        Lindsey Scott, RS freshman
        Lowell Narcisse, freshman
        Caleb Lewis, RS sophomore

    Summer arrival: Myles Brennan

    This remains Danny Etling's job to lose. Ed Orgeron anointed him as the clear leader in the competition upon the start of spring, and he ends drills as just that, leading a pack of inexperienced, young players. Orgeron has stressed throughout drills that Etling has received the bulk of first-string reps and that no other QB has beat him out.

    LSU's identity on offense will be determined by its quarterback — pro-style or dual-threat. The staff continues to search for that identity, players and coaches say, as the competition continues. Etling's lead in the battle skews the offense to his talents — less QB run, for example — but Canada isn't running just one kind of offense this spring. Justin McMillan, a more nimble quarterback, is manning a scheme that's more QB run, McMillan said this spring.
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  • #1159 by jbcarol on 15 May 2017

    A&M's battle at quarterback between three players has the look of stretching well into August camp.

    "We've got three guys who are competing in a great way," A&M sixth-year coach Kevin Sumlin said on Monday of senior Jake Hubenak, redshirt freshman Nick Starkel and true freshman Kellen Mond.

    "We return four guys who started on our offensive line," Sumlin said. "Which we didn't have last year."

    The Aggies finished 8-5 for a third consecutive season with a third consecutive unraveling in November, prompting Sumlin to replace longtime strength coach Larry Jackson with Mark Hocke, a longtime Alabama assistant strength coach and one-time Georgia head strength coach.
  • #1160 by jbcarol on 17 May 2017
  • #1161 by jbcarol on 03 Jun 2017

    Jones made it sound as though there’s even less urgency to decide between junior Quinten Dormady and redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano...

    “Everyone is back on campus, and it should be a very, very productive summer,” said Jones, who has loosened previous restrictions on the players conducting voluntary 7-on-7 workouts.

    “There’s no timetable to name a starting quarterback, there’s no need to, everything is about competition,” Jones said. “Both individuals took tremendous strides moving forward and obviously this summer will be good.”

    Dormady had the edge on Guarantano throughout spring drills, capping the early competition with a perfect 10-of-10 passing effort in the Orange and White...
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  • #1163 by jbcarol on 15 Jun 2017

    Austin Allen, Arkansas, Throwing off play action

    Allen might be the most underrated quarterback in the country. His feel for pressure, timing, accuracy and decision making are excellent. Where’s he’s at his best, though, is punishing defenses with throws off play-action.

    Allen has great touch and accuracy to all levels. He doesn’t have a howitzer attached to his shoulder, but he makes up for it by mixing up his trajectories and velocities when it’s needed.

    Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State, Fun-ness

    It’s probably best to call this “play making.”
  • #1164 by jbcarol on 15 Jun 2017

    3. Tua Tagovailoa will become a steady part of Alabama’s offense: It would be foolhardy to call a quarterback controversy before Week 1 of the season. Besides, Jalen Hurts was the SEC Offensive Player of the Year, according to the conference’s coaches. But here’s betting early-enrollee quarterback Tagovailoa, a five-star member of the Crimson Tide’s 2017 recruiting class, sees the field sooner rather than later — and eventually becomes a packaged part of the offense by some point in the season.

    -- Ben Kercheval
  • #1165 by jbcarol on 18 Jun 2017

    Last season, four teams started transfers under center: Florida, Kentucky, LSU and Texas A&M.

    Another four started true freshmen at the position for multiple games. South Carolina went as far as starting two different true freshmen at different points in the season.

    The years of Aaron Murray and AJ McCarron staying on campus for five years appears to be a thing of the past.

    Additionally, since 2012, only one SEC quarterback has been selected in the first round of the NFL draft: Johnny Manziel. Over that stretch, there were 59 SEC players drafted in the first round.

    Between 2007 and 2016, current SEC schools signed 67 blue-chip quarterbacks — either 4- or 5-star prospects per the 247Composite rankings. Out of that group, only 32 stayed with their original school. Thirty-three transferred, while two signed to play baseball...
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  • #1167 by jbcarol on 25 Jun 2017

    Georgia football program made its annual trip to Camp Sunshine, a summer camp for children battling cancer located at Camp Twin Lakes...  And for Smart, seeing Ramsey, a backup quarterback who decided to return for his final year of eligibility, put a smile on some children’s faces...

    With Ramsey back, there will be a preseason battle for the No. 2 quarterback job behind starter Jacob Eason. Ramsey initially elected to transfer before spring practice began before deciding to come back.

    Since Ramsey wasn’t with the program during the spring -- although he did help out as a student assistant -- freshman early enrollee Jake Fromm took all of the reps with the second string.

    Ramsey and Fromm figure to compete for second-string reps in August when preseason practice begins.

    That stated, Smart doesn’t think Ramsey’s return changes how the coaching staff is approaching Fromm, considering Georgia theoretically could now have the opportunity to redshirt the Houston County product.

    “I don’t think so. There will be good competition,” Smart said. “The good thing about the way we practice is all of them get reps. He’ll continue to get reps and all of those guys will rotate. It was hard for us to get quarterbacks in the spring. Now we have enough quarterbacks to get reps.”

    In his career, Ramsey, a former four-star recruit out of Camden County, has thrown for 582 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions.
  • #1168 by jbcarol on 09 Jul 2017
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  •  Tom Green‏Verified account @Tomas_Verde 40m40 minutes ago

    Interesting: Jarrett Stidham is on Maxwell watchlist and has best Heisman odds in SEC.

    He is not an option on All-SEC preseason ballot.
  • #1170 by jbcarol on 11 Jul 2017
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    The competition features 2016 starter Luke Del Rio and electric true freshman Kadarius Toney. The starting job, however, will likely come down to graduate transfer Malik Zaire and Feleipe Franks, who beat out fellow redshirt freshman Kyle Trask in the spring.

    With the addition of signee Jake Allen, there’s six quarterbacks on the roster and one ball.

    “Everybody wants it,” Sr. S Marcell Harris said. “Every day you can tell that those guys are watching film and getting better. From Feleipe to Malik to Trask to Kadarius, you can feel the competition level.”

    “Me personally, I’m comfortable with either one of those guys,” Sr. CB Duke Dawson said.
  • #1172 by jbcarol on 13 Jul 2017

    Armani Watts didn't think much of John Franklin III's throwing ability, but the Texas A&M safety said he meant no disrespect to the then-Auburn quarterback.

    After the Aggies stopped Auburn inside the red zone on a drive led by Franklin in the fourth quarter of last year's game, which Texas A&M won 29-16, Watts told his teammates to be aware of Franklin's running ability.

    "They gonna do two plays, the read," Watts said in a video from Texas A&M's athletics. "5 (Franklin) can't throw."

    "I just knew he was in the game to run the ball," Watts said. "So I was just letting my teammates know. It was nothing against him at all; I was just letting my teammates know that's why he was in the game, so they can get some running in."

    Franklin later helped lead an 11-play, 66-yard touchdown drive and finished 4 for 8 for 37 yards and had nine carries for 47 yards, with the last being a 13-yard run on fourth-and-17 in which he ran out of bounds apparently unaware it was fourth down.

    Watts said he took pride in not allowing a 20-yard pass against Auburn last year but was unaware Franklin has since moved to wide receiver.

    "(If) they moved him to wide receiver because his skill set as a runner and he's an athlete," Watts said. "So (pretty) sure it's going to be the right fit for him."

    Armani "Ronnie" Watts
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  • #1176 by jbcarol on 18 Jul 2017

    The quarterback controversy

    The biggest storyline surrounding the Volunteers program has been the battle to succeed Josh Dobbs at quarterback.

    Quinten Dormady and Jarrett Guarantano have battled for the No. 1 spot throughout the offseason. Both bring different skills to the table.

    “Quinten Dormady out of Boerne, Texas, is a young man that has been in our program, understands the system,” Jones said. “And we have the redshirt freshman in Jarrett Guarantano out of New Jersey — very talented, as well. Those two are competing. We’ve talked to our young team about ‘compete don’t compare.’

    “I think it’s been exceptionally healthy for our football program.”
  • #1177 by jbcarol on 19 Jul 2017

    Ex-Vandy QB is trying to stir stuff up but if a tree falls in a forest and...
  • #1178 by jbcarol on 19 Jul 2017

    This year's crop of quarterbacks, which includes Lock and last year's leading passer Austin Allen of Arkansas, should up the level of play at the position in the SEC.

    Last year, only one quarterback in the conference, Allen, threw for more than 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns, marking a six-year low for the SEC... had three quarterbacks eclipse those parameters each from 2012-15, while only one (Arkansas' Ryan Mallett) achieved it in both 2009 and 2010.

    Spears believes Allen is the best pocket passer in the SEC, while Hurts, who was named to the preseason All-SEC first team, is the best quarterback in the conference entering the season. Fitzgerald, he said, is not far behind.

    "Both of them have to make strides with throwing the ball downfield, but the numbers speak for themselves," Spears said.

    However, it's Ole Miss' Patterson whom Spears thinks can surpass all of them...
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    Only Texas A&M first-year starter Nick Starkel was ranked behind Dormady, who coming out of high school in Boerne.

    Barton Simmons ranks Alabama’s Jalen Hurts No. 1 in the SEC and Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald No. 2.
  • #1182 by jbcarol on 25 Jul 2017

    Quote have set lines [sic]


    Jarrett Stidham –750
    Sean White +500


    Malik Zaire +165
    Feleipe Franks +175
    Kyle Trask +380
    Luke Del Rio +850


    Quinten Dormady -160
    Jarrett Guarantano +130


    Jake Hubenak +135
    Nick Starkel +215
    Kellen Mond +225
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    “We have to get Myles Brennan some reps. We will have a lot more walkthroughs and what we call ‘two spots.’ Instead of having just one offense go against one defense we might have an offense versus defense here and an offense versus defense there. One day we may put the freshmen together and get them as many reps as we can just to simulate game-time situations and see how they perform.”
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  •  Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell 4m4 minutes ago

    Kevin Sumlin: Aggies starting quarterback ‘doesn’t need to be flashy’ this season

  • #1190 by jbcarol on 04 Aug 2017
  • 2017 SEC Football: Handicapping the QB battles

    6. Auburn: Jarrett Stidham vs. Sean White

        Odds say: Stidham -750, White +500

    3. Tennessee: Quinten Dormady vs. Jarrett Guarantano

        Odds say: Dormady -160, Guarantano +130

    2. Texas A&M: Jake Hubenak vs. Nick Starkel vs. Kellen Mond

        Odds say: Hubenak +135, Starkel +215, Mond +225

    1. Florida: Malik Zaire vs. Feleipe Franks

        Odds say: Zaire +165, Franks +175, Kyle Trask +380, Luke Del Rio +850
  • #1191 by jbcarol on 05 Aug 2017
  •  Ben Baby‏Verified account @Ben_Baby 14h14 hours ago

    FWIW, looked like QB Jake Hubenak took snaps with A&M's first team during the open portion of practice. Nick Starkel next, then Kellen Mond.
  • #1192 by jbcarol on 05 Aug 2017
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  •  Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell 9h9 hours ago

    Texas A&M beat writer: ‘Looking like’ Nick Starkel will start for the Aggies
  • #1194 by jbcarol on 12 Aug 2017
  •  Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell 12h12 hours ago

    Greg McElroy on LSU QB battle: ‘I wouldn’t be shocked if it’s close and they go with a younger player’

    There are a number of intersting quarterback battles in the SEC this year between Tennessee, Auburn, Texas A&M and Kentucky. But perhaps one fans should be paying closer attention too is the LSU battle.

    Danny Etling is the returning starter but is also coming off of back surgery. And the Tigers did bring in two 4-star freshman in Myles Brennan and Lowell Narcisse

    Greg McElroy added some fuel to the fire by saying he wouldn’t be surprised if Ed Orgeron went with a younger option than the senior Etling.

    “I wouldn’t be shocked and it’s close that they go with a younger player,” McElroy said on the Paul Finebaum Show.

    “This is Ed Orgeron’s first year and is not a make or break year in his tenure,” McElroy said. “So if they start with a freshman and allow that offense to grow with that freshman or one of those young guys. As opposed to Danny Etling it’s kind of a one-year deal and he’s on to greener pastures.”

    Last year Etling took over the starting gig for Brandon Harris during the season. Etling threw for 11 touchdowns to just five interceptions but  averaged fewer than 200 yards per game on the season.

    Meanwhile, Orgeron has raved early on about Brennan, but the first year coach has also tried to preach patience with Brennan.

    Is McElroy in the know or just trying to stir  stuff  up?
  • #1195 by jbcarol on 12 Aug 2017
  • Florida quarterback competition intense, down to top three - Feleipe Franks, Luke Del Rio and Malik Zaire

    McElwain said he probably will have a better idea where the competition stands based on the performance of the three quarterbacks in the scrimmage.

    "There should be some answers, I think, and yet, I don't know that,” McElwain said. “If I had a crystal ball I probably wouldn't be doing what I'm doing. You and I would be at track together probably every day, right?

    "(We'll be) putting them in some situations maybe they haven't been as good at. But we'll find out in The Swamp."

    McElwain reiterated there is no timetable for naming a starter.

    "I don't know that there's an ideal (time)," he said. "You know, we'll find out."

    McElwain said the level of competition between the quarterbacks has exceeded his expectations thus far. His said the presence of Zaire, the graduate transfer from Notre Dame, has been a factor.

    "Yeah, actually (the level of competition has been) a little bit more than I was expecting," he said. "I think with Malik coming in has really elevated both Feleipe and Luke. I see a real drive to get those reps.

    "More than anything, what I've seen is the importance, the singular importance, of each rep no matter what the drill is. Those guys are competing at everything, whether it's routes on air to end of game and two-minute. It's been really good."
  • #1196 by jbcarol on 12 Aug 2017
  •  Brent Zwerneman‏ @BrentZwerneman Aug 10

    Kevin Sumlin on the constant evaluation of his 3 top QBs w/ OC Noel Mazzone, including after Thursday night's scrimmage at Kyle Field: – at Bright Football Complex

    Video at link
  • #1197 by jbcarol on 12 Aug 2017
  •  Dudley E. Dawson‏ @Dedsports 17m17 minutes ago

    Coach B: Plans to have a definite No. 2 QB two weeks before the Aug. 31 opener with Florida A&M.

     SEC Country Arkansas‏ @SECCountryHogs 20m20 minutes ago

    Arkansas position battles: Quarterback, No. 2 wideout and linebacker becoming clearer  #WPS

  • #1198 by jbcarol on 13 Aug 2017
  • sports‏Verified account @aldotcomSports 10h10 hours ago

    Gus Malzahn 'not ready to say' there's separation among Auburn QBs

    After 10 practices and two scrimmages
  • #1199 by jbcarol on 13 Aug 2017
  • "Rookie" quarterback Myles Brennan received some first-string snaps in the scrimmage, but Danny Etling remains the Tigers’ starter, the coach said.

     Ross Dellenger‏Verified account @RossDellenger 11h11 hours ago

    Corrected stats, per O, from #LSU's second scrimmage

  • #1200 by jbcarol on 14 Aug 2017
  • Tennessee QB coach Mike Canales says things ‘clicked’ for Jarrett Guarantano

    Canales revealed on Sunday that redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano is still pressing junior Quinten Dormady for the No. 1 spot. The Vols open the season at 8 p.m. ET on Sept. 4 in Atlanta against Georgia Tech.

    Dormady is the favorite to win the starting job, having taken snaps in games before, but Coach Butch Jones has made it clear he’ll play two quarterbacks and says he has yet to decide on a starter.

    Guarantano, who missed some practice last week on account of a death in the family, had a strong practice for the Vols on Saturday.

    “He was really laser focused, and he had sniper accuracy, he was on point, he was really focused in,” Canales said Sunday during media day at Neyland Stadium.

    “We talked about that before going on the field, about what we wanted for our objective and goals. We challenge them every single day.”

    Canales, a coaching veteran whose most famous collegiate pupil is current Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers, has run a detailed quarterback competition.

    “We have a heckuva plan, we know what we’re going to do on that field and we know what our emphasis will be for the day and we talk about it openly,” Canales said.

    “It just clicked [for Guarantano], he was on point, he was in tune to what was going on, he saw the coverage and he saw what the defense was doing.”