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Title: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 21, 2012, 02:53:20 pm
Florida: Above Boiling Point (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/43804/leftover-notes-from-ufs-will-muschamp)
 
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QB battle: At this point, flipping a coin might be the best way to determine this race. While it might seem that Jacoby Brissett holds a tiny advantage over Jeff Driskel because of his experience, Muschamp insisted they are still even, and finding the better leader during summer workouts could determine everything. But even that will be tough, he added. Right now, he said, both have the intangibles and the natural leadership skills to be successful, and he thinks players respect and respond to each equally.

"Their competition is going to make each other better, and that's going to make our offense better, which will make our football team better," Muschamp said.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 23, 2012, 01:46:53 pm
98.6o: Auburn quarterback race could go to the final week of fall preseason practice, says Scot Loeffler (http://Auburn quarterback race could go to the final week of fall preseason practice, says Scot Loeffler)
 
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Loeffler said Thursday the race between Kiehl Frazier, Clint Moseley and Zeke Pike could last well in preseason practice this fall.

Loeffler indicated he has no problem waiting to name a starter and doesn't see "any significance" in waiting until the last week of August to end the race.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 24, 2012, 01:23:41 pm
The shoes to fill are large after Tannehill's departure and a four headed quarterback race will determine the 2012 starter. Showers has the most experience, though he has very little of it. Redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel is somewhat of a Texas high school football legend and would bring a dynamic dual threat to Kevin Sumlins new offense. Not to be overlooked is Matt Davis who can also run the football while running the air heavy offense. No starters are likely candidates are expected to pan out until later in the A&M offseason.
 (http://collegesportsblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2012/04/texas-am-quarterbacks.html)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 25, 2012, 08:55:23 am
Athlon lists top QB battles (http://www.athlonsports.com/college-football/college-footballs-top-spring-quarterback-battles-watch)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 25, 2012, 12:13:41 pm
Muschamp: “[Jeff Driskel and Jacoby] are both capable guys to run our football team and to run our offense,” Muschamp said. “Their competition throughout the summer is going to make each other better, make our offense better, and make our football team better. I'm excited about both guys. They each have the intangibles, both have the physical attributes you need to be successful at the position, and we can win with both of them.”

He said he would not name a starter until he sees how things pan out through August camp. But he feels last year's experience will obviously benefit them both heading into another staunch SEC schedule.

“They see the game a lot better now and they have been through the preparation,” he said. “Neither one of them were really ready last year, but that's not a slight on either young man. It's hard to play any position as a freshman in the SEC, much less at the quarterback position. But both guys handled it the right way. I don't think their confidence was hurt at all. They are very realistic with their opportunities, and we need to play better around them. And I think the change with Brent Pease will help both of them.”
 (http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20120524/ARTICLES/120529749?p=3&tc=pg)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 29, 2012, 08:38:06 am
Joker was not ready to name a starting QB coming out of spring practice. Wants someone to act like a starter. (http://vaughtsviews.com/?p=20264)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 29, 2012, 06:58:11 pm
Also no QB battles settled. UF, A&M, Ole Miss and Auburn still figuring things out. Sorry fans ...

Ed Aschoff, ESPN (http://twitter.com/AschoffESPN/status/207544247648395266)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 30, 2012, 04:06:38 pm
That Bo Wallace was unable to move ahead of Barry Brunetti during spring ball speaks to two things, in my opinion. The first is to the relative complexity of Freeze’s quarterback-based offensive system, which while friendly to the position and simplistic in its overall goals — short, quick, aggressive — remains difficult to grasp over the span of 15 spring practices. The second is to the level of consistency Freeze demands from the position; he was somewhat blessed to have inherited Ryan Aplin, an experienced, dual-threat starter, while running the show at Arkansas State. A third take might reflect well on Brunetti: perhaps he’s put last season’s painful experience to good use, with his SEC and F.B.S. experience standing out against Wallace’s career on the JUCO ranks.

But Ole Miss brought in Wallace to start at quarterback... (http://www.presnapread.com/no-93-mississippi/)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 03, 2012, 06:48:57 pm
Loeffler's challenge now is to make Keihl Frazier, Clint Moseley or freshman Zeke Pike the next line on his resume. That trio will carry their quarterback competition into the fall, and while the winner will join an impressive line of Loeffler proteges, they aren't being asked to be the next Tom Brady or Tim Tebow or even their predecessor at Auburn, Cam Newton.
       
 "If Kiehl Frazier, Clint Moseley and Zeke Pike are trying to be themselves," Loeffler said, "we've got a chance."

Loeffler is practicing what he preaches. With Newton at the controls, Gus Malzahn's up-tempo offense brought a national title to the Plains for the first time in 53 years. But Loeffler isn't pigeon-holing his style into Malzahn's offense.  (http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2012/06/auburns_scot_loeffler_only_nee.html)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 07, 2012, 08:46:56 pm
State has stability, promise at quarterback (http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2012/06/sec_west_spring_preview_missis.html)
 
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Tyler Russell heads into his junior season with plenty of confidence now that Chris Relf is out of the mix.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 08, 2012, 11:41:20 am
Jeff Blake's son said, "The way the offense is run is completely different than Malzahn, so they'll be a lot more chances for our guys to get the ball. It won't be a system like last year where the boundary receiver is the key receiver all the time."  (http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2012/06/auburns_summer_workouts_are_se.html)
 
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Blake will have his fourth different opening-day quarterback throwing to him...

Clint Moseley, who was slowed by a sore shoulder in the spring, is healthy again. Blake said Moseley "can be a successful quarterback in the SEC."

Kiehl Frazier "had a great spring. I'm very proud how he's stepped up and how much a leader he has grown into. You can tell he's very comfortable in this offense."

"I commend Zeke Pike coming here early and trying to grind with us," he said. "That's not an easy thing to do coming straight out of high school. It had to be kind of a shock for him when he first got here. He's grown up a lot since he's been here." 
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 13, 2012, 07:35:46 am
The flip side of QB controversy is having ESPN project a 3,000 yard passing season (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/44646/the-secs-3000-yard-passers-in-2012)
 
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The SEC gets a bad rap when it comes to throwing the football, but the reality is that the league has produced a first-round selection at quarterback in eight of the past 10 NFL drafts. And we’re talking six different teams.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 15, 2012, 02:03:33 pm
ex-Gator QB Doug Johnson shed some light on the current starting battle between UF sophomore quarterbacks Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel.

“I think they'll both become the players they want to be,” Johnson said. “They're both working on different things right now, but what they really both need is to mature.

“They need a string of games where they play well so that they can build that confidence. At Florida, you have to have it if you want to stop all the bullets coming your way. Because at that position (quarterback), you're going to see them.”
 (http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20120614/ARTICLES/120619805?p=2&tc=pg)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 22, 2012, 11:06:48 am
Miles is confident that junior Zach Mettenberger, the Georgia transfer, will perform better than the senior tandem, Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee, that he backed up a year ago. “We’ll move the football more in the air with Zach than we did in the past. His strength is the ability to throw," Miles said. "Certainly we want to throw the football better. I think our quarterback’s skill set will be such that we’ll throw the football more and more efficiently than we did a year ago.” (http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/62224/3-point-stance-more-from-les-miles)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: Buff on June 22, 2012, 06:53:22 pm
How come that great throwing QB didn't log time in the big game last year if he's that much better?
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: Pudgepork on June 22, 2012, 07:10:20 pm
how much time does Muschamp have before his chair gets warm?
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: WILL CLINTON on June 23, 2012, 10:52:35 am
how much time does Muschamp have before his chair gets warm?
about 70 days
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 27, 2012, 02:43:35 pm
Freshman quarterback Nick Schuessler and freshman receiver Adarrius Perkins will not be on MSU’s roster this season, a team spokesman confirmed this morning. (http://blogs.clarionledger.com/msu/2012/06/27/freshmen-schuessler-perkins-will-not-be-on-2012-roster/)
 
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Only two quarterbacks — starter Tyler Russell and backup Dak Prescott — are on scholarship for the 2012 season. MSU added a well-recruited walkon, Jamil Golden, at the start of the summer and might suddenly be a factor in the fall.

The Bulldogs were in dire need of an extra quarterback following the departure of Dylan Favre in December, and got a late start on the recruiting trail.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 29, 2012, 02:46:11 pm
Only six of the 14 schools are sending a quarterback to SEC media days in Hoover. Only three of those are named "Tyler". (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/45451/sec-media-days-lineup-unveiled)
 
Tyler Wilson
Zach Mettenberger
Tyler Russell
Connor Shaw
Tyler Bray
Jordan Rodgers
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 04, 2012, 10:53:13 am
How to decide who Kentucky should start at QB. (http://vaughtsviews.com/?p=21651)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 19, 2012, 06:31:16 pm
Joker mentioned yesterday at SEC Media Days that the QB position is deep and the starting position is potentially up for grabs. Maybe Joker’s comments were just ”coach-speak” to keep all of the QB’s motivated... (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=114891&tw_p=twt)
 
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Although Smith is the overall fan-favorite to take over the position this year on a full-time basis, there’s a small but loud minority of fans pulling for incoming freshman Patrick Towles. The 4-star recruit out of Fort Thomas, KY wasn’t mentioned by Phillips yesterday in the particular comment he made above when discussing the QB position, but almost certainly Towles was simply an error of omission, someone who Joker intended to talk about but did not. Or possibly, the omission of Towles was not a mistake at all and Joker has plans of redshirting his top recruit of the incoming class this season.

I don’t actually think that there is a real competition for the #1 starting spot this season. Max Smith should end up being the starting quarterback without much controversy on Sept. 2nd.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 25, 2012, 11:37:34 am
Neither Jeff Driskel nor Jacoby Brissett was able to separate himself from the other during spring practice and summer workouts, so Florida’s quarterback situation is still unsettled heading into the first day of practice Aug. 4.  (http://espn.go.com/blog/colleges/florida/post?id=7043)
 
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Jeff Driskel

Driskel played in five games and completed 16 of 34 passes for 148 yards and two interceptions. We broke the stats down from the 17 drives in which he either threw a pass or carried the ball. In those 17 drives, the Gators managed just 21 first downs, scored only 10 points, and turned the ball over four times. Driskel accounted for three of those (two interceptions and a fumble).
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 25, 2012, 01:01:05 pm
In College Station, Sumlin's decision will be between three young, inexperienced signal-callers: redshirt sophomore Jameill Showers, redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel and sophomore Matt Joeckel.  (http://proxy.espn.go.com/blog/colleges/tamu/post?id=263)
 
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Sumlin and offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury are installing their Air Raid offense with which Houston had so much success.

The offense, which was popularized by Hal Mumme and Mike Leach, involves heavy use of the shotgun, lots of passing and in Sumlin and Kingsbury's version, a breakneck tempo.

More than anything, the pace at which the offense will be the key mission for whomever wins the quarterback job. In the last four years at Houston, the Cougars averaged more than 78 plays per game. That tempo helped the Cougars find advantages against defenses not accustomed to moving at that pace.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 26, 2012, 10:58:54 am
Dooley: if you could give me the stats for Florida's quarterbacks at the end of the season right now, I could give you Florida's record...

they have to be able to manage the game and avoid turnovers. If one or both of them does that, Florida has a chance to have a really good season. If they don't, it's going to be difficult. Not to put any pressure on the sophomores.
 (http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20120726/COLUMNISTS/120729746/1044/gatorsfootball?p=1&tc=pg)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 30, 2012, 09:45:54 am
Auburn will open fall football practice Wednesday with the same lingering question that followed the Tigers in spring practice.

Who's going to be the starting quarterback? (http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2012/07/five_questions_auburn_looking.html)
 
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The contenders are Kiehl Frazier and Clint Moseley. The judges are offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler and head coach Gene Chizik. The decision could come a week into fall practice. Or maybe it has been made? If so, Loeffler and Chizik aren't telling, so the race for the starting quarterback job will soak up much of the focus early on.

But there are other questions -- like who replaces 1,000-yard rusher Mike Dyer...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 03, 2012, 08:23:27 am
Frazier, Moseley discuss offense, fast-starting rookies  (http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2012/08/double_feature_watch_auburns_k.html)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 04, 2012, 05:03:49 pm
Jacoby, Jeff Driskel continue battle for Florida's starting quarterback job
 (http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-08-02/sports/os-uf-football-quarterback-update-0803-20120802_1_jeff-driskel-muschamp-trey-burton)
 
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"Everyone wants to ask me about the quarterback position," Muschamp said. "I feel really good about that position because we have two players that are competing that are going to make each other better, our offense better and our team better."

Muschamp reiterated throughout the spring and summer that time won't be a factor when it comes to making a decision.

"We'll know when the time is right," Muschamp added.

For Brissett, that time was week five of last season, when he stepped into the starting role after starter John Brantley was injured. He started back-to-back games. The first start was a trial by fire, with Brissett matching up against No. 1 LSU in Baton Rouge. He finished the season by completing 46 percent of his passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns.

Driskel saw action in five games last season, but he never started. He completed 47 percent of his passes for 148 yards and two interceptions.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 05, 2012, 07:38:24 am
'No separation whatsoever,' says coordinator Scot Loeffler (http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2012/08/auburn_quarterback_race_no_sep.html)
 
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"It's still too early to say. We're still in the installation phase," Chizik said.

Loeffler, Chizik, Frazier and Moseley all said Saturday most of the offense has been devoted to developing the run game.
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Post by: aristotle on August 05, 2012, 09:35:03 am
Thanks for the updates, JB
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 06, 2012, 07:44:05 am
Thanks for the updates, JB

Some of the SEC programs are taking this down to the wire.

A few like not naming a starter and drawing it out for some reason.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 06, 2012, 07:47:01 am
UK QB is up for grabs.

“I wish the decision was already made,” Phillips said, “but it’s not because of the competition that we have.” (http://www.kentucky.com/2012/08/04/2284352/john-clay-quarterback-is-up-for.html)
 
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In that there is a quarterback competition, this interested observer puts the opening pecking order as such:

■ No. 1 is sophomore Maxwell Smith, who finished last season as the starting quarterback, if you don’t count the win over Tennessee in which a wide receiver (Matt Roark, now graduated) started at quarterback.

■ No. 2 is Morgan Newton, who began last season as the starting quarterback, more or less lost the job, was later injured but is now healthy again. More or less.

■ No. 3 is true freshman Patrick Towles, who played in 45 games as a high school quarterback and happened to win 44.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 06, 2012, 11:59:11 am
Neither Barry Brunetti [n]or Bo Wallace has leapt out to the front of the quarterback competition through three days of practice, as both struggle with inconsistency.

"We'll go in lapses," Freeze said. "We'll have four good plays in a row where they do good things that don't create negative plays, and then we'll have two or three that are disastrous that you just can't have and be successful."

Though both were impressive during seven-on-seven drills (without a pass rush)... (http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20120806/SPORTS030103/208060302/Rebels-bitten-by-injury-bug)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 07, 2012, 07:43:22 am
Dak Prescott is not Mississippi State's starting quarterback, but he could be.

Coaches expect the redshirt freshman to play this season behind Tyler Russell, who has bided his time, prepared and earned the job as the Bulldogs' starting quarterback over the last three years.

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen wants two quarterbacks capable of starting in the SEC by the time the Bulldogs open the season Sept. 1 against Jackson State.

Prescott is the Bulldogs' quarterback of the future, and ramping up his production - and building his confidence - this season appears to be Mullen's goal in 2012.

What makes Prescott a threat and a complement to Russell is his body. He is a hulk running the ball at 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, and has the arm strength to keep defenses honest.

As a reserve, the prevailing thought is that he could be a situational quarterback, a role player and running threat in the red zone like on-again, off-again starter Chris Relf in 2011. (http://Dak Prescott is not Mississippi State's starting quarterback, but he could be.

Coaches expect the redshirt freshman to play this season behind Tyler Russell, who has bided his time, prepared and earned the job as the Bulldogs' starting quarterback over the last three years.

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen wants two quarterbacks capable of starting in the SEC by the time the Bulldogs open the season Sept. 1 against Jackson State.

Prescott is the Bulldogs' quarterback of the future, and ramping up his production - and building his confidence - this season appears to be Mullen's goal in 2012.

What makes Prescott a threat and a complement to Russell is his body. He is a hulk running the ball at 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, and has the arm strength to keep defenses honest.

As a reserve, the prevailing thought is that he could be a situational quarterback, a role player and running threat in the red zone like on-again, off-again starter Chris Relf in 2011.)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 07, 2012, 11:35:05 am
UGa's Hutson Mason has played his true freshman and sophomore seasons as Aaron Murray's backup yet plans to redshirt this season to put a year between him and Murray, who is a redshirt junior. Bulldogs coach Mark Richt said last week that if something happens to Murray before the season that Mason would be elevated, but at what point this fall would Richt feel comfortable with redshirt freshman Christian LeMay if Murray went down?

"I think it really just depends on how we're doing," Mason said. "If we're undefeated and Murray gets hurt and he's out for the season, that's quite the opportunity to step in and hopefully lead the team to an SEC championship. I'll obviously have to sit down with Coach Richt at some point and determine when is too late.

"If he gets hurt for one game, it probably wouldn't make much sense for me to lose a redshirt, but it depends on what that game is. If he gets hurt in the SEC championship game and we're going to play in the national championship game -- those are things you can't really get a feel for right now."

Richt's dismissal of Zach Mettenberger, now the starting quarterback at LSU, in the spring of 2010 put Mason on a fast track when he arrived that summer.
 (http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2012/aug/07/uga-qb-mason-still-hopes-to-redshirt/?sportscollege)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: 3BoarsDown on August 07, 2012, 11:54:19 am
A few like not naming a starter and drawing it out for some reason.

Auburn is trying to keep Clint Moseley from transferring when he's not named the starter so they'll wait until he is enrolled in classes before announcing Frazier.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 07, 2012, 02:02:57 pm
Freeze, to put it nicely, wasn't pleased with the QB play today. Said both Wallace and Brunetti had their share of "awful" decisions.

Spirit Ben (http://twitter.com/SpiritBen/status/232892255415959553)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 08, 2012, 01:13:54 pm
Sumlin on the presumed starter, sophomore Jameill Showers: “Jameill has got an extremely strong arm and an extremely quick release. He’s got the ability to throw balls into tight coverage. He’s got a cannon, but he still has the ability to move around. He’s (also) strong in there – he’s 215 pounds or something like that. He’s put together.”

Sumlin on freshman Johnny Manziel, the presumed No. 2 at this point: “Johnny is a creator. He can throw it, and I think he’s become a better passer in the last six or seven months, and since the spring. He’s worked on his motion and from what we saw in the spring he’s able to move around and extend plays, and create some other offense after that. In the spring that got him in trouble some, too. What he’s worked on is his ability to sit in there a little bit more and make decisions. The key between those two guys is decision making.”

Sumlin on sophomore Matt Joeckel, twin brother of standout left tackle Luke Joeckel: “He’s probably thrown some of the best deep balls of anybody in camp. He’s more of a pocket guy, and he knows that. He’s a bigger guy and not a run-around guy, and that plays to his strength. That’s probably why he’s such a deep-ball thrower. He’ll sit in there and let it rip.” (http://blog.mysanantonio.com/aggies/2012/08/sumlin-breaks-down-aggies-quarterback-competition/)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 10, 2012, 10:01:05 am
Jeff Sentell: "I'd like to see who's the quarterback after Auburn starts out 0 and 2". (http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2012/08/one-minute_madness_looks_like.html)
 
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When will Gene Chizik name a starting quarterback for this season? Auburn players talk and act like they know Kiehl Frazier will be the starter for the Tigers.

Doug Segrest makes the assessment that if he looks like the starter, talks like a starter then Frazier must be No. 1 for the Tigers. Jeff says that Clint Moseley was the incumbent and wonders what Frazier did to win the job last season.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 14, 2012, 11:34:54 am
John Clay: I'll admit I was surprised that Joker Phillips didn't name Maxwell Smith as his starting quarterback during his meeting with the media this afternoon. All signs after Saturday's scrimmage seemed to point toward the sophomore getting the nod. Phillips was a little more coy on Saturday, saying he needed to look at the tape to see if there was “enough separation” to make a decision. Offensive coordinator Randy Sanders was more blunt, without going all the way to making his pick. Sanders praised Smith, said Morgan Newton was still trying to overcome his off-season shoulder surgery and that the two true freshmen (Patrick Towles and Jalen Whitlow) were significantly behind the two veterans. (http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2012/08/13/some-thoughts-on-kentucky-football-through-monday/?tw_p=twt)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 14, 2012, 01:19:26 pm
http://www.mrsec.com/2012/08/driskel-injury-at-uf-shines-light-on-bigger-problem-with-fans-media/
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 15, 2012, 10:13:54 am
Quarterback controversy. Quarterback competition. Quarterback luxury. However one labels the traditional camp question across the land, it's at full throttle at Texas A&M with kickoff a little more than two weeks away. (http://www.chron.com/sports/aggies/article/A-M-QB-job-still-up-for-grabs-3788397.php)
 
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Asked to evaluate the play of Jameill Showers and Johnny Manziel after last weekend's scrimmage at Kyle Field, first-year coach Kevin Sumlin tossed in another name.

"How about Showers, Manziel and (Matt) Joeckel?" Sumlin said. "You need to evaluate all three."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 15, 2012, 11:54:37 am
Sullivan: Kentucky football must resolve its QB dilemna (http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20120814/COLUMNISTS01/308140065/Tim-Sullivan-Kentucky-football-must-resolve-its-quarterback-dilemma?nclick_check=1)
 
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Joker Phillips has too many quarterbacks and not enough. He has more than he can use, but no one he can trust implicitly. He is like the excessively patient pocket passer, dithering so long that he is likely to get sacked.

Less than three weeks away from the start of his third season, the embattled Kentucky football coach — and yes, this may be a redundancy — has not yet designated his starter for the Wildcats’ ominous opener at Louisville.

Some of this may be by design. Every minute Louisville coach Charlie Strong...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 15, 2012, 10:29:38 pm
Clint Moseley’s hurt throwing shoulder limited his play in Auburn’s third scrimmage of the fall Wednesday, but, no that didn’t change the quarterback race. (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2012/08/still_no_starting_qb_after_aub.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter)
 
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Chizik talked again of inconsistent play among the quarterbacks.

"We had our moments. There were some good things. I think we’re too sporadic," he said.

Chizik said the game tape would provide "great evaluation for us."

Chizik didn’t budge Wednesday, however. He didn’t name a starter.

"That plays back to the inconsistencies we’re trying to address as a team," he said.

Frazier said the defense had the big plays in the situational scrimmage.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 16, 2012, 11:13:08 am
A&M named redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel as the Aggies' starter for the Aug. 30 matchup against Louisiana Tech in Shreveport, La.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Manziel won an open competition that included redshirt sophomores Jameill Showers and Matt Joeckel and true freshman Matt Davis.

Manziel was a Parade All-American at Kerrville (Texas) Tivy where he earned a state and national player of the year award.

"Johnny has performed the best at this stage and we will proceed until the season opener with him getting the first-team reps," Sumlin said. "My policy is simple really; the best player plays. Competition is a great thing and we need more competition at all of our positions. All of our quarterbacks have competed well and I expect them to continue to push Johnny."
 (http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8273685/redshirt-freshman-qb-johnny-manziel-start-am)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: Aston Martin 8 dude on August 16, 2012, 01:11:01 pm
Clint Moseley’s hurt throwing shoulder limited his play in Auburn’s third scrimmage of the fall Wednesday, but, no that didn’t change the quarterback race. (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2012/08/still_no_starting_qb_after_aub.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter)
Perhaps it's time to go to plan b: Make another large and generous donation of (S)Cam's preacher daddy's church and he could play on Saturday's. SN would still be available to play for Carolina on Sundays. Works out great for everyone.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 18, 2012, 02:09:41 pm
Auburn scrimmage notebook: Quarterback race stays the same
 (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2012/08/auburn_scrimmage_notebook_quar.html)
 
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Auburn scrimmaged in front of its football donors in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday, but a lot of it was for entertainment purposes only.

The first team defense mostly watched the serious work. And it was another scrimmage in which Clint Moseley was limited to the two-minute offense because of  a sore shoulder, which left most of the work for Kiehl Frazier and Jonathan Wallace. Frazier threw a long touchdown pass to Emory Blake. Wallace threw a long TD pass to Ricardo Louis.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 20, 2012, 02:04:38 pm
Chizik's stance on QBs is doing no one any favors (http://www.annistonstar.com/view/full_story/19860114/article-Chizik%E2%80%99s-meh-on-QBs-doing-no-one-favors?instance=sports_top)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 21, 2012, 09:31:28 am
Maxwell Smith is named Kentucky's starting QB over senior Morgan Newton and true freshman Patrick Towles (http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2012/08/21/some-thoughts-on-maxwell-smith-as-uks-starter-2/#)
 
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When asked what Smith had done well this fall camp, Joker Phillips replied, “He's really accurate.”

“He doesn't always throw the tighest spiral,” admitted Phillips, before quickly adding that many outstanding quarterbacks did not throw bullets with perfect spins.

Leadership. Smith is a laid-back California guy...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 21, 2012, 01:08:24 pm
Goldberg: Auburn, Ole Miss, and Florida are SEC Teams yet to name their starting QB. (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2012/08/not_many_but_auburn_isnt_alone.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter)
 
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Here are the starting QBs in the SEC:

Alabama: AJ McCarron
Arkansas: Tyler Wilson
Auburn: Kiehl Frazier or Clint Moseley
Florida: Jacoby Brissett or Jeff Driskel
Georgia: Aaron Murray
Kentucky: Maxwell Smith 
LSU: Zach Mettenberger
Ole Miss:  Bo Wallace or Barry Brunetti
Mississippi State: Tyler Russell
Missouri: James Franklin
South Carolina: Connor Shaw
Tennessee: Tyler Bray
Texas A&M: Johnny Manziel
Vanderbilt: Jordan Rodgers
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 23, 2012, 11:13:10 am
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/48514/sizing-up-the-sec-quarterback-battles-2
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Post by: jbcarol on August 25, 2012, 08:49:08 am
Muschamp: Both QBs will play for UF

Who will start is yet to be decided (http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20120824/ARTICLES/120829754?tc=cr)
 
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Muschamp said he and offensive coordinator Brent Pease have not decided yet how the playing time will be divided between the two true sophomores.

“I met with both quarterbacks this morning. Both guys will play in the first game,” Muschamp said. “How we will manage that will be decided during the week.

“They both deserve the right to play. They’ve earned that and they both deserve the right to start. They both had really good camps. We’ve taken the details down all the way, Brent and I have.

“Both guys are very even and our football team has got great confidence in both of them. I told both of them today, the last position I’m worried about is quarterback. I feel very comfortable about both guys.”

Muschamp said he and Pease will decide next week who will take the first snap.
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Post by: jbcarol on September 26, 2012, 03:04:03 pm
Udpate: UK Starter Maxwell Smith was not able to practice today and noted he had a separated shoulder. Joker said that true freshman Jalen Whitlow "was not God-awful". 

From the weekend: Father of Kentucky Mr. Football not happy with UK keeping the red shirt on his son (http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2012/09/24/three-things-from-the-joker-phillips-press-luncheon/#)
 
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If Maxwell Smith can’t go at quarterback, there’s a good chance that true freshman Jalen Whitlow will start at quarterback. Phillips said that the staff has been working the Alabama native as the No. 2 quarterback since the season opener against Lousville, but when the decision was made not to play Smith, they didn’t think Whitlow was ready.

“We just felt like he wasn’t ready, wasn’t quite ready for that environment,” Phillips said. “I’ve been down there when we put a freshman quarterback in that environment and that’s tough.”

He was talking about Tim Couch, who made his first collegiate start as a true freshman at The Swamp in 1996. It wasn’t pretty. Kentucky ended up losing 65-0.

Phillips was asked about Patrick Towles, whose family has said he is frustrated over not being able to play, especially considering he came to UK because he thought he could play immediately. Phillips said he and his staff made the decision to not play Towles because they thought it was best for him and the future of the program.

And as for being shut out Saturday without Smith, “He’s the starting quarterback for a reason,” Phillips said.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 02, 2012, 02:13:17 pm
Ole Miss QB battle could be brewing again
Freeze: Starter Wallace needs to make better decisions, reduce turnovers (http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20121002/SPORTS030103/310020017/Ole-Miss-QB-battle-could-brewing-again?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Sports)
 
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Something has to change for the Ole Miss offense.

In four games against FBS opponents this season, the Rebels have turned the ball over 12 times. Eight of those giveaways have come from the quarterback position, seven from starter Bo Wallace. Ole Miss, not surprisingly given the aforementioned numbers, is 2-2 in those games.

So as Ole Miss (3-2, 0-1 SEC) prepares to play Texas A&M (3-1, 1-1) Saturday (6 p.m., ESPNU) in Oxford, coach Hugh Freeze is willing to re-evaluate the position moving forward.

“Interceptions are a part of the game and as a quarterback you got have a short memory and you got to forget about them and move on and all of that but if it is a recurring pattern on just bad decisions or bad throws, then I think we as coaches have to explore other avenues,” Freeze said.

Freeze did not go so far as saying it is open competition again between Wallace (who has started all five games this season) and Barry Brunetti, but he did say “there’ll be more competition this week. Absolutely.”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 04, 2012, 01:50:29 pm
It appears senior Jordan Rodgers will be Vanderbilt’s starting quarterback on Saturday, although Franklin didn’t commit to that decision.

Franklin said earlier this week that Rodgers would be his starter if he had a good week of practice. Asked how Rodgers had practiced on Wednesday, he said: “So far, so good.” Pressed on whether Rodgers was his starter, Franklin gave the same response.

Quarterbacks are still not being permitted to speak with the media. (http://www.tennessean.com/article/20121004/SPORTS0602/310040058/2082)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 07, 2012, 02:41:09 pm
After an ankle injury to true freshman Patrick Towles, Joker said in effect that he wishes he was asking questions about a quarterback controversy.  Towles led UK on a TD drive on his college possession against State.  He was injured on the first play of his second series.

UK is down to true freshman Whitlow, a dual-threat who did not pass well yesterday and Morgan Newton, who OC Randy Sanders described as "limited".
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 12, 2012, 08:45:55 am
Goldberg: After allowing eight sacks last week, Auburn looks to protect quarterbacks at Ole Miss (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2012/10/after_allowing_eight_sacks_las.html#incart_river)
 
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"If you have eight of them, you’ve got to have a pretty good idea that the offensive line didn’t protect the quarterback real well," said Jeff Grimes, the man who coaches them.

Offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler says Auburn's offensive identity will be that of a running team going forward, which is the next step for a team whose quarterbacks have thrown 10 interceptions compared to three touchdowns, have been sacked 17  times and is a distance (sic) last in the SEC in total offense.

Auburn hasn't announced whether Kiehl Frazier or Clint Moseley will be the starting quarterback, but they'll know today. But Grimes says he'll likely stick with the same starting five in his offensive line that had so much trouble with Arkansas.

"What was different about this game is when we got beat, we really got beat bad. We got flat-smoked a few times," Grimes aid. "A couple guys got exposed a little bit. Hopefully, that will be a good thing that they’ll learn from. I think there were a couple guys that felt really bad about it after the game, as they should."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 14, 2012, 02:52:09 pm
Auburn reported that Frazier was benched against Ole Miss due to "an injury that affects his throwing".
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 17, 2012, 10:02:00 am
The shoes to fill are large after Tannehill's departure and a four headed quarterback race will determine the 2012 starter. Showers has the most experience, though he has very little of it. Redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel is somewhat of a Texas high school football legend and would bring a dynamic dual threat to Kevin Sumlins new offense. Not to be overlooked is Matt Davis who can also run the football while running the air heavy offense. No starters are likely candidates are expected to pan out until later in the A&M offseason.
 (http://collegesportsblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2012/04/texas-am-quarterbacks.html)

Hogville remembers when A&M had a QB controversy.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 21, 2012, 10:06:08 pm
ESPN SEC Blog: South Carolina quarterback controversy: Sometimes you’d swear that Steve Spurrier almost likes controversy at the quarterback position. Then again, maybe he’s just such a perfectionist that his patience with his signal-callers is razor-thin. Either way, Spurrier is clearly down on Connor Shaw after the Gamecocks struggled on offense for the second straight week Saturday in a 44-11 loss to Florida. Afterward, Spurrier said South Carolina “stunk from the get go” and called it a “pitiful performance.” He didn’t place all of the blame on Shaw but noted that the quarterback missed several open receivers and was “still running all over the place.” Shaw was benched at halftime in favor of backup Dylan Thompson, and Spurrier said he didn’t know which way he would go at quarterback this coming weekend against Tennessee. Shaw has committed three turnovers in the past two games and been sacked six times, but the Gamecocks’ problems on offense run a lot deeper than just Shaw... (http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/69114/what-we-learned-in-the-sec-week-8-4)

Shaw was getting Heisman talk from ESPN earlier this month.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on October 22, 2012, 06:53:20 am
98.6o: Auburn quarterback race could go to the final week of fall preseason practice, says Scot Loeffler (http://Auburn quarterback race could go to the final week of fall preseason practice, says Scot Loeffler)

Not one of them is a Pro-Set QB.

Just how commited to the Pro-Set were they that they couldmn't at least bring one Pr-Style QB in duriung the off-season? Chizik announced in December (nearly two months before NSD)that he was going to the Pro-Set..... 8)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 22, 2012, 01:16:03 pm
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“In all likelihood, Connor will probably go back to starting (against Tennessee), unless something happens during the week,” Spurrier said. “We’re still trying to get Connor to throw a little bit more when it’s there. But again, Connor, with his ability to run, certainly helps our running. And every Gamecock alive knows we need to run the ball. I know we need to, too. But the games we ran well, we also hit a pretty good percentage of passes to keep drives going.”

www.postandcourier.com
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 24, 2012, 12:07:11 pm
"We told Connor that this is his game and we're not going to pull him out at halftime if he's struggling," The Ball Coach said. "He needs to go play. He has struggled a bit the last couple of games, and we're trying to help him out a little bit anyway we can."

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 24, 2012, 12:56:16 pm
"Different week but same drill: No starting quarterback named yet for Auburn against Texas A&M."

-- MrSEC
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 26, 2012, 07:41:50 am
Auburn names Clint Moseley starting quarterback; Kiehl Frazier 80 percent healthy (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2012/10/auburn_names_clint_moseley_sta_2.html#incart_river)
 
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"I know question-mark-wise that's still out there… is Kiehl healthy? Is he not healthy? He's not 100 percent yet. If I had to put a percentage on it, I'd say 80," Chizik said. "But Clint has done a nice job at practice, and that's who we're going with."
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Post by: jbcarol on October 28, 2012, 12:30:15 pm
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Auburn tables starting quarterback decision despite solid second half from Jonathan Wallace

www.al.com
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 30, 2012, 04:18:24 pm
Auburn names freshman Jonathan Wallace starting quarterback (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2012/10/auburn_names_freshman_jonathan.html#incart_river)

Remember when Pike was working out with Frazier and Moseley and getting the reps. The day he was sent back to Kentucky, Wallace was put on display as a promising freshman.

Wallace has worked his way into the lineup.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 02, 2012, 12:47:31 pm
Friday Morning Quarterback: Auburn should have given Jonathan Wallace an earlier opportunity to open the playbook (beat column) (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2012/11/auburn_should_have_given_jonat.html#incart_river)
 
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"He's been a gym rat since the moment he walked in the door," offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler said. "He's been a grinder in every sense of the word."

A three-star recruit out of Central-Phenix City, Wallace thought he was headed to Central Florida up until Auburn made a last-minute offer on the Monday before signing day.

He'd been a winner at Central, to be sure, but he didn't have the thrower's profile or the size that most top recruits had. In high school, Wallace struggled sometimes with his accuracy, especially on deep throws down the field.

A kid that's willing to push himself through the blaster alone on a day when the rest of his teammates are resting can probably handle a slightly heavier workload than most.

"He's a guy that has been extremely cerebral," Loeffler said. "You'd be shocked how much he knows."

Handing a guy like Wallace more than the average freshman isn't a mistake.

All it does is add more fuel to a fire that's already burning hot.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 14, 2012, 08:14:30 am
Not a controversy but Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace is limited in practice due to a shoulder injury. Ole Miss will need him at full strength to test LSU's young defensive secondary who did a great job on Johnny Football when Chavis chose to keep him in the pocket and find a receiver.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 21, 2012, 07:35:57 am
Strange: Justin Worley awaits coaching decision and Tyler Bray's decision  (http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2012/nov/20/mike-strange-justin-worley-awaits-coaching-and/)

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Whether it's Jon Gruden, Jimbo Petrino or Charlie Stoops, I would argue few if any returning players have a bigger stake in Tennessee's next football coach than Justin Worley does.

Worley's college career will hit the halfway mark Saturday against Kentucky and the immediate future is two big question marks.

"No matter who they bring in,'' Worley said Tuesday, "I hope I can fit their system and be able to do what they ask me to do.''

The second question mark is Tyler Bray, who might forego his senior year.

If Bray returns, he would presumably be the starter for the new coach. But there is a good chance Bray thinks he's ready for the NFL.

"That's his decision,'' Worley said. "I'm going to support him either way. Whatever he decides, I'm going to be here.''
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 19, 2012, 12:05:12 pm
Each of Kentucky's three quarterbacks left campus last week knowing he will get a shot to be the Cats' starter next season.

That was one of many messages new UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown had for Maxwell Smith, Patrick Towles and Jalen Whitlow, who all showed flashes of promise this season.

When they return for spring practice, all three will have their chance to show the new coaching staff what they can do."

It's going to be an open competition," Brown said at a 25-plus minute news conference on Tuesday, his first since being hired on Dec. 10. "All three guys will split the reps a third in spring practice, carry that competition through the summer into fall camp and see who the best man is."

Brown said he assured all three players, whom he met with last Monday, that each has a clean slate.

"I don't have any ties to any of the three of them," Brown said. "I'm going to coach them like they're my own, like I recruited them and the whole deal, but the best man is going to play.

"After Smith receives his medical hardship from the NCAA, all three players will be classified as sophomores next season.

But Brown called that a "good problem."

http://www.kentucky.com/2012/12/18/2448207/twitter-updates-neal-brown.html
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Post by: jbcarol on December 20, 2012, 09:25:34 pm
Malzahn says Kiehl Frazier should welcome return to fast-paced offense

Kiehl Frazier got hurt, lost his starting job and never really dug himself out of the Auburn's ill-fated 2012 pro-style offense.
New coach Gus Malzahn hopes a return to a more familiar offense will help the junior quarterback make a comeback.

In 2011, Malzahn, then Auburn's offensive coordinator, signed Frazier to run his fast-paced offense. He brought him along slowly as a freshman, then Malzahn went to Arkansas State as the head coach. Now, Malzahn is back as Auburn's head coach, and he'll have Frazier vying for playing time with Clint Moseley and Jonathan Wallace, and the freshman quarterbacks who are signed.

Frazier, Moseley and Wallace all started last year, with Wallace starting the final four games. Malzahn has known Frazier the longest from years of recruiting.

Malzahn did not indicate any quarterback has an edge going into spring practice.

"Kiehl is very familiar with what we're doing," Malzahn said today on ESPN's College Football Live. "We recruited him specifically for this system. Last year he went into a pro-style system, and for quarterbacks, they've got a comfort zone.  I really feel he'll be more comfortable in this offense."

Malzahn was only asked about Frazier.

http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2012/12/auburns_gus_malzahn_says_kiehl.html
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 01, 2013, 03:40:13 pm
SC's Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson are early 2013 candidates for QB controversy.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 02, 2013, 10:01:46 am
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/58548/gamecocks-have-their-quarterbacks

Chris Low: Gamecocks have their quarterback(s)

A quarterback controversy brewing under Steve Spurrier?

That’s like saying he’s been known to sport a visor on the sideline. It’s just the way the Spurrier rolls when it comes to his quarterbacks.

To be fair, though, Spurrier looks at it differently than most people do. He’s going to play the best guy. He’s going to play the hot guy, and he doesn’t really care how many times he has to shuffle different guys in and out during the course of a season or even the course of a game.

This much is clear coming out of South Carolina's 33-28 win over Michigan on Tuesday in the Outback Bowl: The Gamecocks have two guys at quarterback who can win, and you can bet they’re both going to play next season.

Backup Dylan Thompson (if you really want to call him a backup) was again the hero for the Gamecocks, as he filled in for an ailing Connor Shaw and threw the game-winning 32-yard touchdown pass to Bruce Ellington with 11 seconds remaining.

Thompson, who passed for 310 yards and three touchdowns in the 27-17 win over Clemson to close the regular season, was 7-of-10 for 117 yards and two touchdowns against Michigan. Shaw, who started the game, also played extremely well. He was 18-of-26 for 224 yards and two touchdowns and added 96 rushing yards on 10 carries.

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Post by: jbcarol on January 03, 2013, 10:49:46 pm
http://www.wistv.com/story/20497816/gamecocks-qb-connor-shaw-to-have-foot-surgery

Channel 10: Gamecocks QB Connor Shaw to have foot surgery

Shaw will go under the doctor's knife on Friday to surgically repair the foot sprain that has been bothering him all season.

The junior quarterback appeared to have re-injured his foot during the Outback Bowl. During the game, he was spotted with a noticeable limp for many portions of the game.

Backup quarterback Dylan Thompson came into the game during several series and even threw the game-winning touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 04, 2013, 09:06:39 pm
Connor Shaw will likely miss spring practice.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 07, 2013, 01:18:48 pm
Bo Wallace will have shoulder surgery this week.

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze hinted it was headed this way when we discussed it leading to bowl practice. It’s probable that Wallace will miss spring drills.

Wallace played through the shoulder injury once he took the hit in the Tulane game. He finished the season 235-for-368 passing (63.9 percent) for 2,994 yards, 22 touchdowns, 17 interceptions.

The touchdown passes are the most since Jevan Snead’s 26 in 2008 and the fourth-most in school history. Eli threw 31 in 2001, 29 in 2003.

If Wallace misses the spring that obviously leaves lots of reps to develop other quarterbacks, most notably freshman Maikhail Miller.

http://insideolemisssports.com/2013/01/07/shoulder-surgery-for-wallace/
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 10, 2013, 01:54:04 pm
If Jeff Driskel is really going to lead the Florida Gators, the time officially is now.

With Jacoby Brissett deciding to transfer, Driskel can now call this his team. There's no more looking over his shoulder, and his teammates can stop wondering if there will ever be a quarterback controversy.

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/59238/its-now-or-never-for-jeff-driskel
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 11, 2013, 12:44:31 pm
Richt reiterated that Mason is the No. 2 quarterback, and that he wants to get Mason some game action in 2013.

But that doesn't mean a David Greene/D.J. Shockley type of set-up.

"I'm not sitting here saying we're gonna do anything like that," Richt said, later adding: "Like I said before, Hutson's to the point where he certainly knows what to do. And he's ready for the next step, which is playing time. But like I said before, what that looks like I don't know."

Murray and Mason are at least settled in the top two roles. But behind them are a bunch of quarterbacks whose role is yet to be determined: Christian LeMay and Parker Welch shared the No. 2 role this year, Faton Bauta redshirted, and Brice Ramsey is now on campus, having enrolled early.

There is no pecking order yet, Richt indicated. "The other guys, they've still got things to learn and perfect, and get to the point where they're ready to go," Richt said.

http://www.macon.com/2013/01/10/2311752/richt-plans-a-role-for-mason-but.html
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 13, 2013, 04:24:50 pm
Bill King: What can UGa do with all those quarterbacks? (http://blogs.ajc.com/junkyard-blawg/2013/01/12/fan-talk-what-can-the-dawgs-do-with-all-those-quarterbacks)

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Murray returning was the best news Mark Richt could have gotten for the 2013 season.

As for Mason, I’m sure he’s personally disappointed but deep down he’s got to know Murray as starter is best for the team. I expect we’ll see quite a bit more of Mason than we saw of the other backup QBs this season, though Richt has declined to commit to a David Greene-D.J. Shockley sort of rotation. As for the others, well, Welch is a former walk-on who is fine in mop-up duty. LeMay still hasn’t convinced me he’s ever going to compete for starter at quarterback. I think ultimately he might wind up switching positions, if he stays at UGA. Faton Bauta impressed a lot of folks with his work as scout team QB this year, and I think we might see him in the “Wild Dawg” in some red-zone situations. He’s another who could wind up being used in another position, possibly as a receiver. And I expect incoming freshman Brice Ramsey, who many have pegged as Georgia’s quarterback of the future, to redshirt this coming season while he learns the system.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 13, 2013, 10:29:43 pm
Commit Jeremy Johnson says he's looking forward to getting in Auburn quarterback mix (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2013/01/commit_jeremy_johnson_says_hes.html)

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"I'm coming in and compete for the job," Johnson said Sunday. "I'm a competitor. I just want to do the best for Auburn."

The Carver High School of Montgomery quarterback will be one of a handful of quarterbacks in Auburn this summer.  He'll join 2012 starters Jonathan Wallace and Kiehl Frazier, and perhaps commit Jason Smith, though he may be ticketed to play wide receiver.

He said the weekend visit was for his parents to spend time with the coaches.

Johnson has a visit to Ole Miss planned for next weekend, but said he'll talk to his parents about the trip.

"I'm 100 percent with Auburn," he said. "This is where I want to be. Now is my time to recruit, to get players around me, skill position-wise."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 16, 2013, 09:20:21 am
A few days after Missouri's football season ended short of the postseason for the first time in eight years, Coach Gary Pinkel repeatedly made one point clear: The quarterback position is open for competition.

"Everybody gets an opportunity," he said.

Left unsaid in Pinkel's postseason state-of-the-program news conference was that "everyone" could include two incoming freshmen. It might be unrealistic to expect Trent Hosick or Eddie Printz, Jr. to unseat returning starter and senior-to-be James Franklin. Also in the way are backup Corbin Berkstresser, who started four games last season, and Maty Mauk, who redshirted in the fall.

But Hosick and Printz will begin classes at MU next week and will participate in spring practices — and not merely as spectators. Both expect to compete immediately.

"Competition is great," said Printz, a Marietta, Ga., native who was named first-team all-state by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in the state's largest classification. "They're not going to recruit bad quarterbacks. The guys ahead of me are ballers. … But I'm glad I have the opportunity to come in and compete right away."

Hosick's playing style isn't much like the drop-back-passing Printz's — Hosick ran for more than 3,600 yards the last two years at Staley High School — but he's coming to Missouri with the same approach.

"The one thing that really makes me different is I bring an unwavering desire to win," Hosick said. "There's nobody in the country who's going to outwork me. Hopefully, the coaches and the players can buy into that and say, 'OK, maybe this is a guy we can rally behind. We can go and do something special.' "

Missouri's quarterback situation is unusually uncertain as the Tigers prepare for their second season in the Southeastern Conference, perhaps more than ever during Pinkel's time at MU...

http://www.columbiatribune.com/sports/mu_football/freshmen-qbs-ready-to-join-competition/article_b0e9d26e-5f45-11e2-8cb9-00127992bc8b.html
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Post by: jbcarol on January 19, 2013, 09:33:03 pm
ESPN SEC Bloggers were just doing their job back in July when they issued this:

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As we get closer and closer to the 2012 college football season, it's time for one of the blog's most popular items -- position rankings.

This is never easy. We go back and forth dozens of times before finding any sort of confidence in our lists. After checking with colleagues and people around the league, we come up with lists ranking each position and in the end someone gets upset. Someone has to be last and someone is always underrated or overrated.

Such is life.

13. Texas A&M: Kevin Sumlin is working with a ton of inexperience at quarterback. Sophomore Jameill Showers has the edge, but he’s thrown all of five career passes. Things got even foggier for the Aggies when backup Johnny Manziel was arrested in late June and charged with disorderly conduct by fighting, failure to identify and having a fake driver's license. That leaves sophomore Matt Joeckel and true freshman Matt Davis with the chance to catch Showers.  (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/45685/sec-position-rankings-quarterbacks-4)
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Post by: jbcarol on January 22, 2013, 07:49:40 pm
Official
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn says former starting quarterback Clint Moseley has left the team.

Malzahn said Saturday night that Moseley remains in school at Auburn and is focusing on finishing his degree.

Moseley started nine games the past two seasons but freshman Jonathan Wallace claimed the No. 1 spot late in the season.

Onetime starter Kiehl Frazier also returns and Auburn has verbal commitments from two quarterbacks leading up to signing day.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/malzahn-auburn-qb-clint-moseley-034513003--ncaaf.html
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Post by: jbcarol on January 25, 2013, 08:11:29 am
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/59788/looking-back-at-the-3000-yard-sec-passers

Before the year got underway, we took at look at nine players we thought had a chance to hit the 3,000-yard passing mark. Chris predicted that at least four would actually hit it, and he was right. The SEC produced just four 3,000-yards passers, which was two more than 2011.

9. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas: Even with his head injury and the absence of Bobby Petrino, Wilson still managed 3,387 yards and 21 touchdowns. It was a very up-and-down year for Wilson, who threw 13 interceptions, but he still managed 308 passing yards per game.

Who was overlooked:

•Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M: I mean, come on. No one saw this coming! He wasn't even supposed to be the starter until fall practice got underway. But the redshirt freshman shocked everyone with his record-setting, Heisman-winning year. Johnny Football passed for 3,706 yards, which was good enough for second in the SEC. He also threw 26 touchdown passes.
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Post by: jbcarol on February 05, 2013, 01:24:53 pm
Tanner McEvoy, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound dual-threat quarterback from Arizona Western College, chose UW over Florida and Oregon.

McEvoy signed with South Carolina out of high school and redshirted in 2011. This past fall he transferred to Arizona Western College...

As of now, the Gators' two backup quarterbacks behind starter Jeff Driskel have no collegiate playing experience.

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gators/content/gators-lose-out-juco-quaterback-prospect
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Post by: jbcarol on February 07, 2013, 01:41:26 pm
New UK OC Neal Brown was asked about his weapons at quarterback and how he expects to use the three-headed monster next season. Though many believe it’s going to be a battle between Max Smith and Patrick Towles, Brown said Jalen Whitlow will have just as much of an opportunity to earn the starting role. Brown expects the competition to last through the summer and into fall camp before a starter emerges.

Brown said he prefers sticking to one quarterback over using a two-quarterback system, but he did hint at entertaining the idea of using Whitlow at times for mobility if one of the other guys is named starter.

Fans can also expect a Wildcat package; Brown said he has always used the Wildcat for as many as ten plays per game at Troy and at Texas Tech.

http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=127080
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Post by: jbcarol on February 08, 2013, 05:14:26 pm
Auburn Tigers picked up three new quarterbacks on National Signing Day -- Carver-Montgomery's Jeremy Johnson, McGill-Toolen's Jason Smith and JUCO transfer Nick Marshall.

While a change in position could be possible for Smith and/or Marshall, Johnson will certainly remain a quarterback, which throws him in the mix that already includes Kiehl Frazier and Jonathan Wallace, who both struggled in their starts last season.

More than 2,400 votes were cast, and 33.4 percent of readers believe the 6-foot-6, 215-pound Johnson should be used sparingly for learning purposes.

Those who think Johnson will be named the starter made up 24.3 percent of the vote, while 21.8 percent believe he will be redshirted. Lastly, 20.6 percent of readers believe Johnson will be the second-string quarterback.

http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2013/02/how_should_auburn_use_qb_jerem.html
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 10, 2013, 08:07:03 am
Pecking order in crowded group behind Alabama QB AJ McCarron won't be determined by seniority (http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2013/02/pecking_order_in_crowded_group.html)

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Among Alabama's seven -- yes, seven -- quarterbacks who will participate in spring practice, McCarron is the only one whose status is defined.

There are three new additions -- Bateman, Parker McLeod and preferred walk-on Luke Del Rio -- to go along with the three who backed up McCarron in 2012 -- Blake Sims, Phillip Ely and Alec Morris.

Behind McCarron, there's no such thing as seniority, Alabama coach Nick Saban said.

"You probably look at it like, 'Well, this guy's been here the longest, so he gets the most chance,' Saban said Wednesday during his National Signing Day press conference. "If he's been here the longest, he's already had the most chances.

"If he hasn't taken advantage of those opportunities, then somebody else has a turn at getting those chances."
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Post by: jbcarol on February 12, 2013, 06:09:03 pm
Auburn’s quarterback position was a nightmare last fall, so it’s never too early to begin dreaming of who will fulfill the lead passer position in Gus Malzahn and Rhett Lashlee’s QB-friendly offense in 2013.
The incumbent is sophomore-to-be Jonathan Wallace, a Central-Phenix City product who started the final four games and set an Auburn freshman record for passing efficiency (139.60.)
Another returner is junior Kiehl Frazier, Auburn’s 2012 passing leader with 753 yards in five starts and a disciple of Malzahn’s playbook at Shiloh Christian in Springdale, Ark.
Wallace and Frazier are joined by three new signees last Wednesday: Carver four-star recruit Jeremy Johnson, Garden City CC gunslinger and former Georgia defensive back Nick Marshall, and McGill-Toolen athlete Jason Smith from Mobile.
“We’re going to give all three of those guys a shot at quarterback, and they’re all very talented at that position,” Malzahn said on national signing day Wednesday. “As you’ve all seen in the past, the dual-threat type guys that can do a lot of different things – and keep plays alive – can be very successful with what we do.”
Malzahn referred to Johnson as “one of the centerpieces offensively” of this 2013 class, which includes Smith, three solid running backs and four more receivers.
“I think it’s perfect for Jeremy Johnson,” Fox Sports South and Scout.com national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons said of Malzahn’s offense.
“We saw last year, the personnel just didn’t work with what Scot Loeffler wanted to do with that offensive scheme. I’m not sure Johnson would have been good in that system either … when you have a kid like that who’s used to playing in that 4- or 5-wide, 1-back or zero-back offense, Jeremy’s good with mobility. If Jeremy ever was looking around, I think when Gus Malzahn got the job, his looking was done. He knows he’s a perfect fit for that system.”
Simmons went on to call Marshall a “high-risk, high-reward type of player”, referring to Marshall racking up both touchdowns and interceptions through the air.
“Nick’s one of the best I’ve probably ever covered from an athletic standpoint,” Simmons said.

http://www.wareagleextra.com/2013/02/11/auburn-notes-let-the-qb-games-begin-pro-day-set-for-march-5-all-you-can-eat-hoops-night
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Post by: jbcarol on February 13, 2013, 10:39:53 am
Lashlee: Auburn's hurry-up, no-huddle is flexible enough to fit talent

What makes Malzahn's offense work with so many different types of personnel, Lashlee told the Montgomery Quarterback Club on Tuesday night, is that the coach's high school roots have taught him to adapt the scheme to fit his players.

"We believe in playing fast, playing physical the entire game," Lashlee said. "At the same time, you've got to evolve, and we've done that over the years, we've changed things, we've tweaked things.

"...Cam Newton...Ryan Aplin..."

Using the shotgun and spread formations, Auburn will run out of two-back sets using smashmouth plays like the trap -- or the counter trey -- the zone-read, the veer option, counter and power.

After establishing that base, the Tigers then stretch the field -- Lashlee said Auburn wants to take eight shots per game downfield -- and run trick plays or "special plays" in hurry-up, no-huddle terminology, to keep the defense off-balance.

"It gets our playmakers the ball more, keeps the defense honest, we take shots down the field," Lashlee said. "A lot of good things can happen doing that. We're an aggressive, attacking style offense."

And, of course, the hurry-up, no-huddle's core element is still based on speed.

Expect Auburn to return to the breakneck pace of 2009...

http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2013/02/auburns_hurry-up_no-huddle_is.html
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 14, 2013, 08:38:34 am
Auburn has struggled to find a long-term, multi-year starter at the quarterback position in recent years but heading into Gus Malzahn's first spring practice as head coach...

http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2013/02/auburn_faces_familiar_question.html
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 14, 2013, 06:09:58 pm
State

Returning starter: Tyler Russell (231-of-394 passing, 2,897 yards, 24 touchdowns, 10 interceptions)

Returning backups: Dak Prescott (18-of-29 passing, 194 yards, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions; 32 rushes, 118 yards, 4 touchdowns)

Losses: Walk-on Jamil Golden (academics)

Recruits: Cord Sandberg (four-star); Damian Williams (three-star)

Russell will be pushed by Prescott, who many fans want to see on the field in an expanded role next season. The rising sophomore has plenty to work on, specifically with his throwing motion and ability to “throw receivers open” like Russell, but his big body (6-foot-2, 230 pounds) and ability to run makes “Dak Attack” a fan favorite. The Haughton, La., native will see plenty of time with the first-team offense in the spring, and though he may not dethrone Russell he will certainly get a shot at competing for some valuable playing time.

Depth is a concern at quarterback for the second consecutive spring, with only two scholarship players at the position. The addition of Cord Sandberg and Damian Williams could help in the summer and fall, but Sandberg could opt for fame and fortune of baseball if he is drafted in the first round of June’s professional baseball draft.

“In getting to know Cord and his family, that’s a win-win situation,” MSU coach Dan Mullen says. “If he goes really high, if he goes in the first round of the baseball draft, hey, I’m happy for him, proud for him.”

http://blogs.clarionledger.com/msu/2013/02/13/the-picture-moving-forward-quarterbacks/
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 21, 2013, 10:18:41 pm
Lashlee plans to offer Kiehl Frazier, Jonathan Wallace a fresh start (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2013/02/auburns_rhett_lashlee_plans_to.html)

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Plenty of attention has been paid to Auburn's three signees at quarterback over the past two weeks, but when the Tigers open spring practice on March 27, only two scholarship quarterbacks will be in uniform.

Frazier and Jonathan Wallace will have the first crack at impressing Gus Malzahn and new offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, who has made it clear in offseason interviews that every job on the offense is wide-open.

Even if Frazier and Wallace will get a heavy workload in April.

"There's two guys that are going to get a lot of opportunity in the spring," Lashlee said.

Both Frazier and Wallace took a few lumps in 2012.

Frazier, Auburn's starter for the season-opener, completed 53.8 percent of his passes for 753 yards, two touchdowns and eight interceptions and lost his job at halftime of Auburn's loss to Arkansas.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 25, 2013, 05:44:42 pm
SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS

What to watch:

QB controversy: Quarterback Connor Shaw might be tabbed as the starter, but with him out for the spring, Dylan Thompson will take the first-team reps. Thompson proved to be very valuable last year, and both will play this fall. Thompson has become one of the most vocal players on the team and is a strong leader. A good spring could bring some real controversy to the position.

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/60996/sec-spring-preview-eastern-division-2
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Post by: jbcarol on February 26, 2013, 09:20:35 am
OLE MISS REBELS

What to watch:

Brunetti's chance: Starting quarterback Bo Wallace will miss the spring while recovering from clavicle surgery. That means Barry Brunetti will get most of the first-team reps. He needs to become a better quarterback and give the coaches confidence that he can be the guy if something should happen to Wallace. Right now, he’s more of a runner playing quarterback. He’s a good enough athlete that he could play elsewhere on offense in the fall.

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/60989/sec-spring-preview-western-division-2
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 28, 2013, 07:30:55 am
State quarterback Dak Prescott underwent surgery to repair a ligament in a big toe Tuesday and the backup is expected to at least be limited when State starts spring practices.

MSU will be down to one healthy scholarship quarterback, starter Tyler. Prescott may participate in some drills while wearing a protective boot, but he is not expected to be available for scrimmages and contact drills.

“He’s got too much time ahead of him to risk it,” said mother Peggy Prescott.

http://blogs.clarionledger.com/msu/2013/02/27/qb-dak-prescott-undergoes-surgery-could-miss-spring-practices/
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 02, 2013, 03:33:05 pm
Riley Ferguson embraces Vols' quarterback battle

The Tennessee quarterback signee from Butler High School near Charlotte, N.C., clearly has his gaze turned toward the competition he'll join this summer. (http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/mar/01/ferguson-embraces-vols-quarterback-battle)

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Tyler Bray's early departure for the NFL left the Volunteers and new coach Butch Jones with just two scholarship quarterbacks: rising junior Justin Worley and redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman.

To reach his quota at the position, Jones solidified Ferguson's verbal commitment, pursued and landed Alpharetta (Ga.) High School's Josh Dobbs and handed a preferred walk-on spot to Charlie High, the record-setting passer from Christian Academy of Knoxville.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 05, 2013, 06:44:39 pm
ESPN Poll: SEC QB with the most to prove this spring? (this fall?) (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/61370/poll-who-has-the-most-to-prove-this-spring)

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Jeff Driskel at Florida. The rising junior had a very up-and-down sophomore campaign with the Gators

Missouri's James Franklin, who went from having a breakout sophomore season in the Tigers' final year in the Big 12 in 2011 to barely getting through his first go-round in the SEC.

Auburn's Kiehl Frazier

LSU's Zach Mettenberger

Tennessee's Justin Worley
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 06, 2013, 11:35:46 am
QBs Shaw, Thompson will both play in 2013 (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/61445/shaw-thompson-will-both-play-in-2013)

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Spurrier liked what he saw from his quarterbacks in the Gamecocks’ first practice of the spring on Tuesday.

Of course, one of the main guys wasn’t out there. Senior Connor Shaw, who started all but two games last season, is still recovering from offseason foot surgery.

Junior Dylan Thompson is working with the first team this spring.

Spurrier praised all of his quarterbacks Tuesday, including the three newcomers -- true freshman Connor Mitch, redshirt freshman Brendan Nosovitch and redshirt freshman walk-on Perry Orth.
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Post by: jbcarol on March 10, 2013, 07:24:31 pm
Tennessee QB Nathan Peterman looking forward to 'open competition' for starting job (http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2013/mar/09/tennessee-qb-nathan-peterman-looking-forward-to/)

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At Tennessee, first-year players don’t typically talk to the media (although new coach Butch Jones could choose to relax that long-standing rule), so when redshirt freshman quarterback Nathan Peterman spoke to reporters Saturday after the Vols’ first spring practice, it was a crash course on the responsibilities of being quarterback.

He faced a lot of questions, but he passed the test. If only a blitz could be handled so easily.

Peterman said he was focused on “speaking the same language” as offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian and paying attention to the details that he harps on.

“They’ve made it clear it’s going to be an open competition,” Peterman said of UT’s coaches.

A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Peterman is competing against junior Justin Worley for UT’s starting job.

Worley has the edge in experience, but Peterman was aggressively recruited by Jones and Bajakian when they were at Cincinnati.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 12, 2013, 08:39:00 am
The first big decision facing Pinkel and his offensive coaches is to determine who the starting quarterback will be among returning players James Franklin, Corbin Berkstresser and Maty Mauk — a battle that Pinkel calls even entering the spring.

The two freshmen that just came in (Trent Hosick and Eddie Printz) are really doing well. We’ve been in this position I believe one other time with five scholarship quarterbacks. I believe it was when Blaine Gabbert was here. He came in early, I believe. David Yost had told me months ago about that, because I asked him about that. What we’re doing with our younger players is they won’t get as many reps early. That’s typical of young players.

Our program, how we handle quarterbacks is this: If you have a returning veteran starter like James a year ago, he was healthy going into the spring, and he came off a year with 22 touchdown passes, 15 rushing, MVP of the bowl game, he comes in and he’s going to be with the ones. ... Whoever’s No. 2 can certainly beat him out. It doesn’t mean he keeps his job, but he comes in with that status.

In this situation, without what I’d call the term “an established quarterback,” we pretty much will, with those top three guys, go even reps with ones, twos, threes and keep rolling them right through. That’s how we’ve always handled that.

http://www.columbiatribune.com/sports/q-a-with-gary-pinkel/article_f8f6f232-8a9a-11e2-aae6-001a4bcf6878.html
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Post by: jbcarol on March 12, 2013, 09:45:48 am
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/61614/sec-qb-battles-to-watch-this-spring

ARKANSAS
Brandon Allen vs. Brandon Mitchell...

AUBURN
Kiehl Frazier vs. Jonathan Wallace: With Gus Malzahn back, Frazier...

KENTUCKY
Maxwell Smith vs. Jalen Whitlow and Patrick Towles (now all sophomores)

TENNESSEE
Justin Worley vs. Nathan Peterman: With Tyler Bray gone, ...

VANDERBILT
Austyn Carta-Samuels vs. Patton Robinette...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 16, 2013, 03:51:04 pm
Can redshirt freshman Patton Robinette leapfrog senior Austyn Carta-Samuels for the Vanderbilt starting quarterback job? (http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130315/SPORTS0602/303150090/Vanderbilt-s-spring-questions-center-quarterback)

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The departure of Jordan Rodgers leaves the Commodores without a returning starter to throw to two of the SEC’s top receivers in Jordan Matthews and Chris Boyd.

“Austyn Carta-Samuels obviously has the edge,” Franklin said. “He’s played in a game here. He’s started in a game here. And he’s been a starter in major college football. Anybody can get on YouTube and watch him play against Texas and watch him play against Boise (State). … Experience counts, especially at that position.”

The best thing about Rodgers, Franklin said, was his ability to minimize plays that hurt the offense in 2012, when he threw 15 touchdowns and only five interceptions. That is what Franklin wants from his next quarterback.

Look at Carta-Samuels' career stats (20 TDs, 13 INTs)...
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Post by: jbcarol on March 19, 2013, 12:17:44 pm
Ole Miss back-up QBs struggle to click in practice
Brunetti leads 1st team; Miller on 2nd

Ole Miss’ quarterbacks are struggling through two spring practices.

Starter Bo Wallace is out for the spring, and the two remaining scholarship quarterbacks, Barry Brunetti and Maikhail Miller, have coach Hugh Freeze concerned.

“We got to show improvement,” Freeze said after Monday’s practice. “I didn’t think we improved very much from yesterday to today, just watching the film yesterday and seeing this morning’s (practice).”

Brunetti, a senior, has been taking all the snaps with the first team through two practices, while the sophomore Miller works with the second team.

“We don’t go through the progression like you’re supposed to a lot of times and then we’ll have easy throws that we make difficult because of footwork that is bad and a lot of the stuff we do in the run game, they’re not involved in all of it that would really help us get those four yards,” Freeze said. “We got a ways to go at that spot.”

http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20130319/SPORTS030103/303190031/Ole-Miss-back-up-QBs-struggle-click-practice
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 20, 2013, 03:40:09 pm
Last year was hell for Franklin, but he feels refreshed this spring, even if he still can’t get too comfortable with Corbin Berkstresser, who played in 10 games last year, and redshirt freshman Maty Mauk, who is drawing comparisons to former Mizzou standout Brad Smith, contending for his job.

Franklin understands that he’s in a fight, but he doesn’t feel any more pressure. His health has his confidence soaring and he’s motivated by the competition and a dismal fall. So far, Franklin is enjoying the competition because it’s making both parties better.

“It’s kind of like a two-for-one special at about $5 even, no tax included,” he joked. “I’m excited about that.”

He’s also excited about working with Mauk, who has the Mizzou fan base buzzing. The Parade All-American and two-time Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year, has become a program favorite and is really gunning for the No. 1 spot.

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/62039/franklin-finally-feels-healthy-this-spring
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 21, 2013, 03:32:08 pm
With Jacoby Brissett no longer looking over his shoulder, Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel is more comfortable this spring. “This year, I’m the guy, and that does take a little bit off my shoulders.”

http://www.mrsec.com/
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Post by: jbcarol on March 21, 2013, 03:43:33 pm
Kentucky QBs finally come clean on three-way competition for starting job

Stoops said Wednesday that if one of the contenders was to pull clearly ahead, "we'll name them (the starter)," he said. "But we're not going to press that issue. ... we're going to take our time and make sure we get it right."New UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown says it is likely to be later rather than earlier when Kentucky picks its starting QB. "I'll be surprised if we know a whole lot by the end of spring," Brown said, "just because everything is so new."

Now, with a brand-new coaching staff installing a brand-new system, Smith finds himself back in a competition for the job that once seemed securely his."It definitely stinks," rising soph. Maxwell Smith said with a wry grin. "I wish I could have played all of last season, got us some more wins. But it's always a competition (to start). I'm just going to compete."

Rising soph. Patrick Towles, the ex-Fort Thomas Highlands (Jared Lorenzen) star, Kentucky's 2011 Mr. Football, is noticeably slimmer than he was last season as a true freshman. Asked how much weight he's lost, Towles said "about 10 pounds."

Rising soph. Jalen Whitlow: At the time he signed with Kentucky, the Prattville, Ala., product was considered a potential Wildcat-formation quarterback. But the 6-2, 208-pound Whitlow threw the ball better than expected in last season's training camp. After Smith was injured, he wound up making seven starts as a true freshman.

http://www.kentucky.com/2013/03/20/2566321/kentucky-qbs-discuss-three-way.html
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 25, 2013, 08:49:18 am
Kentucky OC Neal Brown claims he will not have a starting QB by the end of spring camp.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 27, 2013, 10:41:23 am
Bielema is not a QB by committee guy

http:// [[[Stop spamming your site, Eric.]]] .com/sections/razorbacks/qb-competition-continues-between-allen-mitchell.html
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 30, 2013, 05:48:52 pm
The only two scholarship quarterbacks available for the spring, Frazier and Wallace, both starters last season, are back in a competition for playing time in an offense that has to feel familiar to both players.

Frazier played in Malzahn's offense as a freshman. Wallace ran a similar system in high school at Central-Phenix City. After a year spent trying to play in a pro-style system, Frazier and Wallace are getting a chance to return to their roots, and the two players are leaning on each other to pick up the offense.

"We have to," Wallace said. "We're the only two guys here now. We have to be leaders. We have to be leaders for this offense, and we're doing that to the best of our abilities. We're just pushing the guys."

Frazier always felt a little out of place in former coordinator Scot Loeffler's scheme. Before Auburn's shift to the pro-style offense last season, Frazier had always played in the hurry-up, no-huddle, right up through his freshman year, Gus Malzahn's last season as the Tigers' offensive coordinator.

Handed the starting role after a long battle with Clint Moseley, Frazier did his best to adapt to the scheme.

No longer asked to run very often, Frazier put on weight, bulking up to 245 pounds and stayed in the pocket, rarely scrambling after rushing for 327 yards as a freshman.

"The quarterback didn’t really move around a lot, he was in the pocket, pocket passer and kind of off the field you learn the stuff and on the field you three-step, five-step, you don’t’ really run around a lot," Frazier said.

Now that Malzahn and Rhett Lashlee are back, Frazier knows the running part of his game is back in play. In preparation, he's already shed more than 10 pounds, on his way back to the 220 pounds he carried as a freshman.

For Frazier to earn the starting role, though, he'll have to show he can be more than the Wildcat quarterback he used to be in Malzahn's offense. The starter for the first five games, Frazier completed just 53.4 percent of his passes, took 18 sacks and tossed eight interceptions.

A key point of emphasis in the hurry-up, no-huddle is limiting turnovers.

Frazier's already gotten the message. (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2013/03/kiehl_frazier_jonathan_wallace.html)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 03, 2013, 10:08:47 pm
QB battle rages on as practices resume

• The top three quarterbacks continue to split reps evenly between the top three units, Pinkel said. That could change, he said, next week depending on their performance in Saturday's scrimmage. "There with different groups each time," Pinkel said of senior James Franklin, sophomore Corbin Berkstresser and redshirt freshman Maty Mauk. "We try to keep that consistent, too. … The competitiveness will pick up more as we go and get to Saturday's scrimmage.

Franklin talked about his surprise spring break trip to San Diego where he spent five days working with quarterbacks coach George Whitfield. Franklin's parents arranged the private sessions without telling him in advance, Franklin said. Instead, he thought he was headed to San Diego to visit some extended family. Not exactly.

Whitfield told me he worked with Franklin on the field for five hours a day for five days and "tweaked and modified" the quarterback's mechanics, mostly focusing on footwork, upper body movement and weight transition. Again, I'll touch on this more in the paper and on the blog Wednesday, but Whitfield raved about his latest pupil, especially his competitiveness and leadership working with the other campers who were on hand...

http://www.columbiatribune.com/blogs/behind_the_stripes/qb-battle-rages-on-as-practices-resume/article_58982038-9c0e-11e2-b737-0019bb30f31a.html
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 06, 2013, 07:25:12 pm
Lashlee needs to see more out of Kiehl Frazier, Jonathan Wallace

Kiehl Frazier and Jonathan Wallace still have a long way to go in Auburn's hurry-up, no-huddle offense.

offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee wants them to stop thinking so much and start reacting instinctively with the football.

"At quarterback, neither one of them are processing the information fast enough," Lashlee said on Friday. "I'm seeing them go to the right place with the football or do the right thing, but it's maybe a step behind of where we need to be. And you can't be late on things."

Frazier and Wallace each threw more than 20 passes in Auburn's scrimmage Saturday, with mixed results.

A deep offering from Frazier was picked off by Josh Holsey...

http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2013/04/auburns_rhett_lashlee_needs_to.html
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 07, 2013, 03:04:58 pm
Not much separation in the quarterback battle at Tennessee between Justin Worley and Nathan Peterman. Coach Butch Jones “not pleased at all” with the offense.  “An offense seemingly bereft of playmakers struggled.”

In the quarterback battle at Arkansas, coach Bret Bielema says Brandon Allen took a step ahead of Brandon Mitchell.

In a three-way quarterback battle at Missouri, is redshirt freshman Matty (sic) Mauk emerging from the pack?

http://www.mrsec.com/

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 08, 2013, 01:36:14 pm
Having watched balls sail high and bounce low for two hours, Tennessee football coach Butch Jones is still looking for his No. 1 quarterback.

Neither Tennessee quarterback progressed in the battle to be Jones’ alpha-male. A good day for the defense and rough day for the offense created little separation between Justin Worley, a 6-foot-4, 213-pound junior, and Nathan Peterman, a 6-2, 226-pound redshirt freshman.

Worley worked mostly with UT’s first-team offense. Peterman lined up with a second team that includes multiple walk-ons.

There were few highlights. Jones said he was “not pleased at all” with the offense as a whole, divvying up the blame to quarterbacks, running backs, receivers and linemen. Saturday saw nine three-and-outs by the offense and scarce scoring drives.

http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2013/apr/06/little-separation-in-quarterback-battle-after
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 12, 2013, 09:28:42 am
ESPN's Edward Aschoff looks at the quarterback battles at Missouri and Kentucky, which likely won't be settled until the fall.

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/62984/video-college-football-conference-call-3
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 16, 2013, 11:40:03 am
Takeaway from University of Kentucky spring football game.

Neal Brown. The young UK offensive coordinator was pleased as punch with having all three starting quarterback aspirants — Maxwell Smith, Patrick Towles, Jalen Whitlow — on the field together for the first play from scrimmage Saturday night. "I did that for you," Brown joked with the media afterward. "Now, ya'll can't say which (QB) started the game."

http://www.kentucky.com/2013/04/15/2601900/mark-story-what-would-constitute.html
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 16, 2013, 11:43:07 am
bmarcello: Kiehl Frazier, Jonathan Wallace still neck-and-neck in Auburn quarterback race

For the Auburn fans expecting coaches to name a starting quarterback this week, don't hold your breath.

No, coach Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee are more concerned about the little things and developing their two scholarship quarterbacks into players capable of leading the team on and off the field.

"They're splitting the reps right now," Lashlee said. "Nothing will change. One guy will do a little better one day; one the other, maybe. They've been pretty even. They've been great. They've been competing hard."

The same goes for the players, who have yet to see either player spending more time than the other with the first-team offense.

Frazier, last year's A-Day offensive MVP, appeared to have a head-start on Wallace when the spring began, but he still has to prove to his coaches that he has drastically improved upon his disastrous first season as a starter, when he threw eight interceptions and only two touchdowns in 2012. Wallace started the final four games and set the freshman record for passing efficiency...

http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2013/04/kiehl_frazier_jonathan_wallace_2.html
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 19, 2013, 09:51:41 am
Quarterback battles continue: Four of the seven teams playing spring games this weekend have some quarterback controversy to deal with. Brandon Allen appears to have the lead over the more athletic Brandon Mitchell at Arkansas, but seeing both on the field Saturday should be fun. Auburn is wondering if Kiehl Frazier can finally push himself to the top of the depth chart, but he's having to face Jonathan Wallace, who ended last season as the Tigers' starter. Both are more comfortable in Gus Malzahn's spread offense. Tennessee will throw Justin Worley out against Nathan Peterman this weekend. Worley actually has college experience, but this has been a tight race so far this spring. Then, there's Missouri. James Franklin entered spring as the seasoned starter, but redshirt freshman Maty Mauk has impressed the coaches. Franklin's confidence has increased and he isn't dealing with excruciating shoulder pain anymore, but he's now having to fight off the very talented Mauk, who knows the offense as well as anyone. Gary Pinkel has been mum on who is ahead in this race, so expect this to carry over into fall.

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/63258/five-things-to-watch-in-spring-games-2
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 22, 2013, 02:08:45 pm
Franklin looks on track to get starting job back

As far as Mizzou quarterback James Franklin is concerned, it makes perfect sense that he has been asked to earn his job back after an injury-riddled and mistake-prone 2012 season overrode his promising 2011 debut as MU’s starter.

“Oh, yes, sir, definitely,” he said. “I mean, yeah, you could say that there were injuries and stuff last year, but even when I did play I wasn’t performing very well. So I think I definitely had to earn it (back) and compete for my spot.”

Whether Franklin, a senior to be, did enough to seize the advantage over sophomore-in-waiting Corbin Berkstresser and redshirt freshman Maty Mauk as MU concluded spring practice Saturday with its annual Black and Gold game at Faurot Field won’t be clear until Mizzou releases an updated depth chart early this week.

For that matter, regardless of what the next depth reflects, it might not really be known until Mizzou’s 2013 opener, on Aug. 31 against Murray State.

“I know we’re going into summer ball (voluntary practices) now, and they said we’re still going to be competing,” Mauk said. “They’re not going to let us know until … maybe … the first game.”

But Franklin seemed on Saturday to move closer to reclaiming a role that he had seized in 2011 with the fourth-most prolific total offense season in Mizzou history, behind only Chase Daniel...

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/college/mizzou/franklin-looks-on-track-to-get-starting-job-back/article_fc34e92a-2c26-5a80-b344-065a763dcd81.html
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 23, 2013, 08:18:53 pm


Six Post-spring SEC QB races update

AUBURN

Kiehl Frazier vs. Jonathan Wallace: Both of these quarterbacks fit into Gus Malzahn's spread offense, but everyone is waiting for Frazier to really step up and show that he can be the guy on the Plains. But after both he and Wallace impressed in the spring game and stayed relatively close throughout all of spring, Malzahn isn't ready to name a starter. Frazier has more experience, but Wallace was the starter at the end of last season. This one will go through fall camp. Edge: Frazier  (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/63378/post-spring-sec-qb-races-update)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: Buff on April 23, 2013, 10:31:43 pm
Franklin looks on track to get starting job back

As far as Mizzou quarterback James Franklin is concerned, it makes perfect sense that he has been asked to earn his job back after an injury-riddled and mistake-prone 2012 season overrode his promising 2011 debut as MU’s starter.

“Oh, yes, sir, definitely,” he said. “I mean, yeah, you could say that there were injuries and stuff last year, but even when I did play I wasn’t performing very well. So I think I definitely had to earn it (back) and compete for my spot.”

Whether Franklin, a senior to be, did enough to seize the advantage over sophomore-in-waiting Corbin Berkstresser and redshirt freshman Maty Mauk as MU concluded spring practice Saturday with its annual Black and Gold game at Faurot Field won’t be clear until Mizzou releases an updated depth chart early this week.

For that matter, regardless of what the next depth reflects, it might not really be known until Mizzou’s 2013 opener, on Aug. 31 against Murray State.

“I know we’re going into summer ball (voluntary practices) now, and they said we’re still going to be competing,” Mauk said. “They’re not going to let us know until … maybe … the first game.”

But Franklin seemed on Saturday to move closer to reclaiming a role that he had seized in 2011 with the fourth-most prolific total offense season in Mizzou history, behind only Chase Daniel...

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/college/mizzou/franklin-looks-on-track-to-get-starting-job-back/article_fc34e92a-2c26-5a80-b344-065a763dcd81.html

Franklin just needs to keep practicing those screen passes and 2 yard slants.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 29, 2013, 10:16:53 am
Surgery knocked Bo Wallace out of the whole of Ole Miss’ spring practice sessions this year...

Hugh Freeze confirmed speculation that the starting quarterback is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation...

Now, the quarterback will begin throwing again in roughly 10 days.

“We’re real excited to get him out there and do it … to do quite a bit early and push it aggressively,” the head coach said.

Wallace, in his first season as the Rebels’ starter, played almost the entire season with the injury.  The shoulder issue likely played more than a minor role in the player leading the SEC in interceptions with 17.

http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/24/ole-miss-starting-qb-ahead-of-schedule-in-rehab/
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 02, 2013, 05:39:57 pm
Junior Kiehl Frazier and sophomore Jonathan Wallace left April the same way they went in: listed on the same line, the dreaded “OR” designation on college depth charts as released by word of mouth Wednesday afternoon.

“We’ve not made any decisions. It’s a dead heat up to this point,” Malzahn said. “We gave them equal reps throughout the spring. Toward the end of the spring, we were able to evaluate them better.

“Both of those guys are capable of running our offense. I’ll be curious to see their progress once we get to fall camp.”

Malzahn has repeatedly said he’d rather name a starter sooner rather than later, but the first of May’s too soon.

“Sometimes that’s not a negative; sometimes that’s a positive and you’ve got two guys you feel like can do it,” Malzahn said. “It’s a matter of giving everybody a fair chance. The quarterback position is a key position, so you want to make sure that once you make a decision, you’re 100 percent right.
“We’ll see who gives us the best chance to win.”

http://www.wareagleextra.com/2013/05/01/its-a-dead-heat-malzahn-defers-starting-qb-decision-in-post-spring-depth-chart-holsey-surprise-first-teamer-at-safety
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 07, 2013, 09:49:10 am
Starting QB position has seemed to work itself out at Ole Miss, Mizzou, Arkansas...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on May 07, 2013, 12:21:17 pm
Junior Kiehl Frazier and sophomore Jonathan Wallace left April the same way they went in: listed on the same line, the dreaded “OR” designation on college depth charts as released by word of mouth Wednesday afternoon.

“We’ve not made any decisions. It’s a dead heat up to this point,” Malzahn said. “We gave them equal reps throughout the spring. Toward the end of the spring, we were able to evaluate them better.

“Both of those guys are capable of running our offense. I’ll be curious to see their progress once we get to fall camp.”

Malzahn has repeatedly said he’d rather name a starter sooner rather than later, but the first of May’s too soon.

“Sometimes that’s not a negative; sometimes that’s a positive and you’ve got two guys you feel like can do it,” Malzahn said. “It’s a matter of giving everybody a fair chance. The quarterback position is a key position, so you want to make sure that once you make a decision, you’re 100 percent right.
“We’ll see who gives us the best chance to win.”

http://www.wareagleextra.com/2013/05/01/its-a-dead-heat-malzahn-defers-starting-qb-decision-in-post-spring-depth-chart-holsey-surprise-first-teamer-at-safety

Sounds to me that neither of them are SEC caliber QBs. I'm beginning to think that Malzahn is waiting on that hotshot qb from Mongtomery to arrive on campus.  8)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 09, 2013, 12:30:08 pm
Former UGa writer for the AJC, Chip Patterson reviews the top FBS QB battles:

Auburn

2012 Starter(s): Kiehl Frazier, Jonathan Wallace

2013 Candidates: Kiehl Frazier, Jonathan Wallace, Nick Marshall, Jeremy Johnson

Edge? Gus Malzhan's presence on the sideline brings expectation of improved offensive production, but he has yet to commit to either of the quarterbacks from a year ago. The Tigers' new head coach already made it clear that the competition could continue "three weeks or so" into fall camp, so that leaves time for junior college transfer Nick Marshall and freshman Jeremy Johnson to shake things up in the battle for the starting job.

SC: Connor Shaw, Dylan Thompson -- Shaw missed spring practice recovering from offseason surgery, though neither his return nor the start of the season might end the Gamecocks' quarterback shuffle.

Vols: Justin Worley, Nathan Peterman -- Worley and Peterman were the only scholarship quarterbacks in spring practice, but Butch Jones will wait until freshman Joshua Dobbs and Riley Ferguson arrive on campus to stir up the race.

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/blog/eye-on-college-football/22217786/10-unsettled-quarterback-races-to-watch-in-fall-camp

I think Gus is hinting that Frazier will get the start barring anything unforeseen.

Gene and Gus held out on naming the starting QB every year. They were going to "extend the competition into Fall 2010" when Cecil, Sr. told them it was not too late to transfer and Cam was named starter after the spring camp under wraps.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on May 10, 2013, 07:08:41 am
Frazier simply doesn't have it between the ears. If AU is leaning heavily on him, it's going to be another long year for them.

I seriously think he tries to groom Johnson as quickly as possible as the kid is much more talented (and younger) than Frazier or the other QBs.  8)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 28, 2013, 02:33:31 pm
"Whatever SEC coach ANONYMOUSLY said I was a below average SEC qb I hope you’re on our schedule Cause were going to put 30 up on you!!!"

-- Bo Wallace

Wallace told the Clarion-Ledger earlier this month that he is expected to begin throwing to receivers in July. That’ll give him roughly two months to prepare for the Aug. 29 season opener against Vanderbilt, and his first opportunity to prove this particular doubter [James Franklin?] wrong.

http://blogs.clarionledger.com/um/2013/05/28/bo-wallace-has-no-time-for-your-anonymous-critiques
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 05, 2013, 08:46:35 am
Andre Ware does his part to create controversy with his top five SEC QBs for 2013.

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/65026/video-wares-top-5-sec-quarterbacks





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Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 07, 2013, 09:42:04 am
Malzahn wants Auburn quarterbacks to think, talk, act like coaches

"To have a successful offense, especially the fast-pace no-huddle like we do, it's always great to have the quarterback thinking like you think," Malzahn said. "It gives you a great advantage if you can get that done."

Malzahn has had 10 different starting quarterbacks during his seven years as an offensive coordinator or head coach on the college level. He has never entered a second year with a program with the same starting quarterback. In other words, fans have yet to truly see a quarterback with a deep understanding of the offense as a multi-year starter under Malzahn.

Malzahn said Thursday he's "keeping an open mind" when it comes to the possibility of siding with a newcomer for the season opener Aug. 31 against Washington State.

http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2013/06/repeat_after_me_gus_malzahn_wa.html

Nick Marshall is the apparent leader among newcomers with his demonstrated ability to elude defenses.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 07, 2013, 10:04:28 am
Keith Niebuhr ‏@Niebuhr247 10m
QB recruiting ain't easy. #Auburn signed 8 from 2008-12.

The signing of Zeke Pike didn't turn out well for Auburn.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 10, 2013, 10:50:07 am
The opposite of controversy:  Fiver returning SEC QBs were starters on teams that won at least 11 games in 2012.

McCarron, Murray, Driskel, Manziel, and Connor Shaw, though Shaw is in a QB battle and The Ball Coach likes to keep his starter on edge.

Mettenberger, Allen, Russell, and Bo Wallace all seem secure barring injury or assuming adequate recovery from injury.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 16, 2013, 10:44:25 am
ESPN SEC blog poll for most improved QB in 2013 omitted Allen (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/65373/poll-who-will-be-the-most-improved-qb)

Connor Shaw and Mettenberger are getting the most love after almost 5,000 votes cast. No word on campaigns to manipulate the totals.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 18, 2013, 08:13:58 am
ESPN SEC blog poll for most improved QB in 2013 omitted Allen (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/65373/poll-who-will-be-the-most-improved-qb)

Connor Shaw and Mettenberger are getting the most love after almost 5,000 votes cast. No word on campaigns to manipulate the totals.

I like the fans' pick because a healthy Shaw could do some real damage this fall. He's a very good passer and has no problem extending plays with his feet. The thing that has held him back is that pesky injury bug. If he can stay on the field and away from the trainer's table this fall, he could put up some nice numbers for the Gamecocks.

It helps that Bruce Ellington is back at receiver... (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/65488/shaw-picked-as-most-improved-quarterback)

Ellington is a former SEC All-Freshman team basketball point guard.  He is one guy from Darrin Horn's roster that Frank Martin hasn't helped find another home.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 19, 2013, 03:04:15 pm
The NCAA with a heart and (gasp!) common sense?  From the Tupelo Daily Journal: “Ole Miss was granted a release by the NCAA for quarterback Bo Wallace to pass in front of offensive coordinator and QB coach Dan Werner so a coach can monitor Wallace’s comeback from shoulder surgery.”

http://insideolemisssports.com/
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 28, 2013, 12:16:44 pm
Medley: Whoa on the Nick Marshall hype (http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2013/06/27/2562135/next-cam-marshall-looks-more-like.html)

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The next Cam Newton?

Auburn fans might want that, but nature doesn't make many Cam Newtons.

Nature barely makes more Dameyune Craigs, and the next Dameyune Craig would make a huge difference for an Auburn team that so lacked quarterback play in 2012.

Yes, people including yours truly were skeptical of such soaring expectations of Newton this time three years ago, and that turned out pretty well for Auburn.

Then again, Newton went through spring practice with Auburn in 2010. He was named the starter 11 days after spring practice and, at that, his coaches didn't fully grasp his potential until five games into the Tigers' national-title run.

Marshall hasn't gone through a spring practice at Auburn. He hasn't given first-year coach Gus Malzahn a look in Malzahn's fast-paced offense, and Malzahn has had no chance to experiment and find Marshall's full potential.

Oh, and Marshall hasn't won a job yet.

Marshall made a pass in a juco game that reminded Medley of Craig.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 29, 2013, 03:11:10 pm
Gainesville: Where you don't need competition to have QB Controversy and non-QBs are not controversial (http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20130629/ARTICLES/130629594)

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A few days after a shaky performance in a lackluster win over Maryland and Boomer Esiason in 1981, Wayne Peace decided he needed to get away from all the pressure and attention that come with being the starting quarterback at Florida.

Peace and his girlfriend made their escape to a youth football team's practice in northwest Gainesville, way out near Santa Fe Community College, where Peace figured watching a bunch of young kids playing the game for fun would be good therapy and give him perspective.

The peace did not last long.

“The folks behind us apparently didn't recognize me,” Peace said. “The guy brought up the Maryland game to his wife and he started talking about, ‘What a crappy game Peace played on Saturday.' He went on and on..."

No Florida quarterback has been immune from it. Not Matthews. Not Peace. Not Spurrier. Not Kerwin Bell. Not Danny Wuerffel. Not Doug Johnson. Not even Tim Tebow (although some might debate that)...

The guy in the breach now is Jeff Driskel, the true junior who is coming off his first season as the Gators' starting quarterback.

He already knows about the heat and the pressure that come with the territory.

Despite helping lead the Gators to a big rebound season (11-2) in coach Will Muschamp's second second year, Driskel has taken all sorts of hits in the social media. Many have criticized his inconsistent play and questioned if he has what it takes to make the Gators championship material again...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 01, 2013, 12:08:03 pm
Controversial for other reasons, here's the ESPN SEC Blog's SEC QB position rankings (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/65926/sec-position-rankings-quarterbacks-5)

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1. South Carolina: It’s hard to beat the one-two punch at South Carolina.

2. Georgia: Murray is heading into his eighth season (sic) as the Bulldogs’ starter.

3. Texas A&M

4. Alabama

5. Ole Miss [big bump up for Ole Miss from recent times.]

12. Auburn
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 01, 2013, 01:50:06 pm
Chris Low ranks the SEC QBs (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/65928/ranking-the-sec-quarterbacks-4)

SC lands two in the top ten.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 04, 2013, 12:30:02 pm
Florida QB Jeff Driskel signed with the Boston Red Sox. He was a 29th round pick.

Driskel can remain NCAA eligible and on scholarship at UF as long as the money and/or benefits he receives from the Red Sox are baseball-specific and he doesn't sign any commercial endorsement deals. (http://www.gainesville.com/article/20130703/articles/130709815)

Jeff Driskel @jeffdriskel

Yes I signed with the Red Sox. Nothing changes. I am still a full time student athlete at UF, fully committed to playing football. #GoGators

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 07, 2013, 10:45:24 pm
Golson: I Shall Return (http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/9457579/everett-golson-says-return-notre-dame-fighting-irish-spring)

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In May, the Irish suspended Golson for the 2013 season for "poor academic judgment."

"I will be returning in the spring, that's pretty much it," Golson told television station WPDE in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where he was attending a charity basketball tournament.

Golson started 11 games for the Fighting Irish last season as a redshirt freshman, leading the team to the Discover BCS National Championship, where it lost to Bama to finish a 12-1 season.

"I've been working out, keeping my head up," Golson said...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 10, 2013, 08:23:15 pm
James Franklin is scheduled to attend SEC Media Days with Mizzou. Should make him leader in the clubhouse.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 11, 2013, 09:57:25 am
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/66262/sec-media-days-player-lineup-announced

Interesting which teams with so called competition for starting QB chose to or not to bring a QB to SEC Media Days:

Auburn: No QB
UK: No QB
SC: Conner Shaw
UT: No QB
Vandy: No QB
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 12, 2013, 06:53:17 am
Georgia has decided not to run a Heisman campaign on quarterback Aaron Murray's behalf

UGa's 's associate athletics director for communications, Claude Felton: (http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/blog/eye-on-college-football/22723842/report-georgia-wont-run-a-heisman-campaign-for-murray)

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"Today is a different age than the days of what many remember and what is perceived a as the traditional 'Heisman Campaign,' " Felton said in an e-mail on Thursday. "The most important things in my view are name recognition, being on television, and playing well when you are on TV. Name recognition is not an issue with Aaron, who has been around now four years.

"He's the only QB in SEC history to throw for more than 3,000 yards three consecutive years already. Virtually all our games are on television. Three of our first four games this fall are against teams potentially in the nation's pre-season top ten--Clemson, South Carolina, and LSU. We'll see how things stand at the end of September."

Last year Notre Dame played up a personal angle to go with accomplishments of a defensive candidate who are often overlooked.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 14, 2013, 07:28:30 am
Jeff Driskel harvests 160 lb wild hog

"I was getting a little frustrated," Driskel recalled during a recent interview with the Orlando Sentinel. "We were getting close to going in and it was getting dark. We saw one in an open field. We tried to sneak up on it and it heard us, so I just ran as far as I could [about 30 yards based on last year's game film], waited for it to stop, kneeled down and I dropped it in the puddle of water it was running through.

"That was real exciting."

Florida ranked last in the SEC in passing in 2012, while Driskel finished with nearly three times more sacks (35) than touchdown passes (12). (http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2013-07-13/sports/os-gators-jeff-driskel-0714-20130713_1_last-season-driskel-jeff-driskel-florida-gators)

Arkansas plays Florida Oct. 5. Some 160 lb. Wild Hogs off a corner blitz may get a chance to exact revenge.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 14, 2013, 01:36:10 pm
Danielson: “It’s harder for a guy like Mettenberger when the team has had so much recent success, and you have to walk in and lead it. There’s going to be some natural growth from what he did last year.

“He coasts sometimes. If he perceives it’s not a big game or not an elite opponent or not an important part of practice, he can daydream. He needs to learn to go 100 percent of the time.

“He’s a non-conformist, but he’s proved that he’s tough. Sometimes he likes to needle people but, at his core, he wants to win.” (http://theadvocate.com/sports/6500750-32/harris-zach-mettenberger-misses-a)

The CBS football analyst thinks on talent alone, Mettenberger "could be thrown in a barrel" with McCarron, Football, and Murray.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 16, 2013, 08:29:32 pm
'Year of Quarterback' in SEC (http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/uga-sports/2013/jul/16/aaron-murray-highlights-year-qb-sec)

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The league is loaded with talented signalcallers this season, so much so that despite his obliteration of the record book, Murray’s generally listed second or third in the SEC quarterback hierarchy. Most preseason first-team all-conference votes have tended to go toward Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, who’s holding the Heisman Trophy, and Alabama’s A.J. McCarron, who’s holding a national championship trophy.
But the talent goes deeper than that. There’s Florida’s Jeff Driskel, LSU’s Zach Mettenberger, Mississippi’s Bo Wallace, Mississippi State’s Tyler Russell, Missouri’s James Franklin and South Carolina’s Connor Shaw. And where there’s not an established starter, like Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, quarterback competitions will be a popular storyline.

Arkansas?

Could also be "The Year of the Injured Quarterback" in the SEC.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 17, 2013, 07:55:10 am
Dave Matter@Dave_Matter
Pinkel: Franklin is starting QB going into camp. Final decision could happen middle of month

David Morrison@DavidCMorrison
Pinkel says he's "never seen a guy go through" what Franklin did last year physically. "Not even close."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 17, 2013, 08:06:19 am
Connor Shaw welcomes two-quarterback system, part-time role as receiver (http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/07/south_carolinas_connor_shaw_we.html)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 17, 2013, 06:04:18 pm
Finding Auburn's starting quarterback is Gus Malzahn's No. 1 priority, and he'd like to do it quickly (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2013/07/finding_auburns_starting_quart.html)

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Two weeks before the start of Auburn's fall camp on Aug. 2, Kiehl Frazier, Jonathan Wallace, Nick Marshall and Jeremy Johnson all have a shot at earning the most important role in Malzahn's hurry-up, no-huddle offense.

"There's no doubt that's the No. 1 priority, and it probably gives me the most stress right now," Malzahn said in a meeting with the Auburn beat reporters at SEC Media Days. "We've got a lot of questions that need to be answered, not just the quarterback, but that's the most important one."

Malzahn has plenty of experience with quarterback races...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 19, 2013, 12:33:42 pm
Auburn OC Rhett Lashlee would like to name a starting quarterback in mid-August
-OR-
Just another summer at Auburn (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2013/07/auburn_oc_rhett_lashlee_would.html)

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"The most important thing is getting it right," Lashlee said Friday. "If you get it right, everything else will fall in place. What you don't want to do is try to rush to get it done so quick that you get it wrong."

Incumbents Jonathan Wallace and Kiehl Frazier will face off against newcomers Nick Marshall and Jeremy Johnson...

They tried that crap with Cam back in '10 and Cecil, Sr. made it clear, "It's not too late, to go back to State."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 19, 2013, 01:03:44 pm
Dan Mullen claims he is going old school and will put his QB Tyler Russell center. Russell has rarely if ever taken snaps under center, not even in high school.

Hat tip: Brad Locke, Tupelo (http://djournal.com/sports/brad-locke-bulldogs-go-old-school-put-their-qb-under-center)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a7/Undertaker_oldschool_2.jpg/220px-Undertaker_oldschool_2.jpg)
Mark Calaway went old school on Heidenreich while entertaining our troops in Iraq.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 20, 2013, 02:18:24 pm
Ja'Wuan James and Antonio "Tiny" Richardson don't seem to be sweating the Volunteers' unknown at quarterback.

they've been able to see plenty of all four -- junior Justin Worley, redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman and freshmen Riley Ferguson and Josh Dobbs -- this summer. (http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/jul/20/vols-handle-qb-quandary)

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"You see Worley grabbing the freshmen and you see Nate grabbing the freshmen and they're watching film together, teaching them still and not just shoving them to the side like, 'Hey, I'm going to have the edge over you.' I feel like it's a healthy competition."

"I like the progress Justin has made and Nathan has made," Jones added, "and I'm excited to see what the two freshmen bring to the table when we start camp."

"Justin's been in it," James said. "I think his first game starting was South Carolina [as a freshman in 2010], so he's been in the SEC. He's played those three or four games, so you would have to say he has experience because he's been in the fire, but everybody's just competing. Whoever wins it, we're going to make sure they're comfortable."

Richardson noted the arm strength of the two freshmen before applying a disclaimer.

"Cannons. Those boys can throw the ball, and they can run," he said. "For this spread offense, I think that they're made for it, but you know just because you're made for it doesn't mean [anything]. They're freshmen, they've got to get implemented to the system."

Dobbs was noted for being smart, learning the playbook already, taking sophomore classes.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 25, 2013, 02:07:29 pm
Auburn skill players say quarterback race 'as wide open as it's ever been'

http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2013/07/auburn_skill_players_say_quart.html

CJ Uzoman and Jay Prosch won't give anyone the nod. Rhett Lashlee gave details on how the QBs are doing in pre fall camp workouts before noting that he is not supposed to attend these workouts.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 29, 2013, 10:56:54 am
What's the latest with the situation at quarterback? What happens if Nick Marshall doesn't snag the job like many are hoping/expecting? (http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/07/alabama_2013_schedule_beat_wri.html)

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If anybody knows who's got the lead in that race, they're not telling, and Auburn's players have been careful to praise all four when asked questions about the summer. Marshall may be the answer, but if he's not, the race really is wide-open. Jonathan Wallace seemed a little more poised and decisive during the spring game, Kiehl Frazier has the most history in the system and Jeremy Johnson has what Malzahn has called an "NFL-type" arm.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 30, 2013, 08:15:05 pm
After a seeing a near daily article insisting Driskel is going to be fine, just fine, with the only break being his MLB draft position...

Driskel Undergoes Appendectomy at Shands (http://www.gatorzone.com/story.php?id=26017)

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“Jeff had acute appendicitis and fortunately the medical staff caught it very quickly,” said Muschamp. “His surgery went well and how long he is out will be determined by how his body responds, which could be two weeks.”

Driskel, a 6-4, 237-pound junior from Oviedo, is the Gators’ starting quarterback heading into the 2013 season.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 31, 2013, 07:55:35 am
Junior Justin Worley and redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman are listed jointly at No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart posted to UT’s website.

http://www.govolsxtra.com
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 04, 2013, 09:05:00 am
(http://media.al.com/alphotos/photo/2013/08/13184902-large.jpg)
Julie Bennett

Auburn struggles with details like getting Nick Marshall's name spelled correctly on his helmet.

http://www.al.com/auburnfootball continues to publish at least daily articles saying the same thing. Any one of four could be Auburn's QB.

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 04, 2013, 11:59:15 am
Scarblog: At first glance, the four scholarship quarterbacks at Auburn couldn’t be more different.

They come from three different states.

Jonathan Wallace and Jeremy Johnson are from Alabama, Wallace from Phenix City and Johnson from Montgomery. Kiehl Frazier hails from Arkansas. Nick Marshall is originally from Georgia.

They’re in four different classes.

Johnson’s the true freshman, Wallace is a true sophomore and Frazier’s a true junior. Marshall’s the junior college transfer.

They also have four unique stories to tell.

Frazier was the national offensive player of the year in high school who’s yet to play up to that level in college. Wallace was a late addition to the 2012 signing class who became the starter late last season.

Johnson is the reigning Mr. Football in Alabama who arrives with no shortage of expectations as does Marshall, though he’s taken a long and winding road from Georgia to Garden City (Kan.) Community College to Auburn.

The four scholarship quarterbacks do have a couple of things in common. They all want to be the first man to start at quarterback for Gus Malzahn’s first team as head coach of the Tigers... (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2013/08/notice_anything_interesting_ab.html)

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None of them was signed to make a point. Just to score points.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 09, 2013, 01:31:15 pm
Malzahn, trying to get some shoulder separation in the Auburn quarterback race, ripped the green shirts off the lot of 'em.

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/08/trial_by_fire_worth_the_risk_f.html
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 10, 2013, 10:55:50 pm
Ashley Zavala ‏@ZavalaA 10h
Stats from Mizzou scrimmage No.1: QB:  James Franklin 11/19 for 174 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT. Maty Mauk went 11/22 for 221 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 10, 2013, 11:29:43 pm
(http://ksr.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/9477721528_16a63bb49b_o.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 14, 2013, 08:55:32 am
If Soph. Jalen Whitlow is not No. 1 QB, Stoops says there will be place for him to play.

http://vaughtsviews.com/if-whitlow-is-not-no-1-qb-stoops-says-there-will-be-place-for-him-to-play

Guessing WR. 

Stoops is another new head coach, in analysis paralysis, evaluating every snap of four QBs since he arrived on campus. Not ready to commit.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 16, 2013, 09:32:59 am
Pinkel is going with senior James Franklin to start at quarterback for the Tigers.

Pinkel said Franklin, who was dogged by injuries last season, beat out redshirt freshman Maty Mauk for the job. He felt it was important to make an announcement well ahead of the Aug. 31 opener against Murray State Mafia.

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/9572447/gary-pinkel-names-qb-james-franklin-starter-missouri-tigers
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 17, 2013, 09:00:10 am
Auburn's starting quarterback will take the field today for what will likely be the Tigers' final scrimmage of preseason camp. Whether his name is Jeremy Johnson, Nick Marshall or Jonathan Wallace remains to be seen, but it's likely the final preseason milestone for the Tigers before Gus Malzahn goes public with his decision.

"Yeah, hopefully. I don’t know," running back Corey Grant said. "Hopefully it will, though. But both guys, I think they’re going to go out there and compete their butts off tomorrow. So we’ll see." (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2013/08/with_quarterback_race_nearing.html)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 23, 2013, 11:40:03 am
Clay Travis ‏@ClayTravisBGID 17h
Butch Jones tells us Vols will announce a starting quarterback Monday, plan to play 17-18 true freshmen.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 25, 2013, 09:31:58 pm
According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com, the Vols have, as expected, chosen Justin Worley as the Vols’ starter for the opener against Austin Peay.  While Worley had been involved in what was technically a four-player competition with redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman and true freshmen Riley Ferguson and Josh Dobbs (http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/25/report-vols-to-name-justin-worley-starting-qb/related)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 31, 2013, 06:42:23 pm
Jalen Whitlow is QB for Kentucky.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 18, 2013, 07:24:25 pm
Three games into his first season as UT coach, Jones has declared the quarterback position again open to competition. What’s past is prologue. Staying the course at quarterback after the 59-14 debacle at Oregon is suicidal entering SEC competition. And Jones knows it.

“Whatever quarterback has the best week of practice is going to be the starter for Tennessee when we play Florida,” Jones said.

He didn’t say Worley is out, but he didn’t have to. (http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130917/COLUMNIST0202/309170124/Climer-Vols-require-QB-running-skill)

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“We just need to find ways to generate big, explosive plays,” Jones said. “If that’s Josh Dobbs running the read option or Riley Ferguson, that’s what we’ll do. But we have to create big plays, and that’s going to be a focus of preparation this week.”

In three games this season, Worley has proved to be a reluctant runner — at best.

Worley, a 5.6-rated Rock Hill pro-style QB was the 2011 Gatorade High School national player of the year.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 22, 2013, 05:17:27 pm
(http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/190vktoujfo5igif/ku-xlarge.gif)
Florida is expected to bring in Tyler to replace Driskel.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 22, 2013, 05:37:49 pm
Knoxville columnist John Adams is imploring Butch Jones to play one of the true freshmen Riley Ferguson or Joshua Dobbs at QB.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 23, 2013, 08:15:45 pm
Michael Carvell ‏@RecruitingAJC 9h
#Truth --> RT @APMarkLong Gators DE Dante Fowler didn't know Vols changed QBs at halftime: "I couldn't tell the difference."

Fowler was the SEC Defensive Player of the Week.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 23, 2013, 08:16:40 pm
Brett McMurphy ‏@McMurphyESPN 9h
RT @TennesseeBeat: Butch Jones on QB race: "Right now Justin Worley is starter." Nathan Peterman out at least a month w/hand injury
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 03, 2013, 01:53:37 pm
•Despite Dak Prescott’s recent success as the Mississippi State quarterback, coach Dan Mullen plans to go with Tyler Russell as the starter against LSU on Saturday.

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 05, 2013, 09:15:45 pm
Justin Worley was 17-31 for 215 yds and a TD in Vols' OT loss to UGa.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 07, 2013, 10:40:25 am
UK switched back to their dual threat QB, Jalen Whitlow at South Carolina.

Whitlow was 17-24 for 178 and 2 TDs. He ran for 69 net yards on 17 rushes/tackles for loss and scored a TD on the ground.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 15, 2013, 06:40:44 pm
Freshman quarterback Jeremy Johnson threw four touchdown passes on Saturday [against Western Carolina], earning SEC Freshman of the Week honors, but Auburn will turn the team back over to Nick Marshall this weekend when it visits Texas A&M, coach Gus Malzahn said.  (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/72333/auburn-qb-marshall-to-start-this-saturday)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 18, 2013, 07:37:36 am
The next controversy is not who should start but whether to burn a red shirt. SEC QBs at schools not named Bama, LSU, UGa, and SC are being laid out like cord wood.

Starting quarterback Jalen Whitlow is out with an injured ankle. How long? No one knows for sure and if they do, they aren’t saying.

Whitlow will probably not be back in time for the game at Mississippi State next Thursday, October 24.

So Maxwell Smith is once again the starter. Smith needs a backup, however, and the two prime candidates — sophomore Patrick Towles and true freshman Reese Phillips — are quarterbacks that UK has to this point planned on redshirting. (http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2013/10/17/patrick-towles-reese-phillips-and-a-tough-decision)

Patrick Towles was an in-state hero who edged out Zeke Pike for Player of the Year in their graduating class.  His family bugged Joker to play him as a true freshman, he suffered a season-ending injury.  He was 5-5 with a TD pass on his first drive in his first game but was sacked later in the half by a State defender.

(http://binaryapi.ap.org/bea471e5b9404bddb2438180365b7f24/460x.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 19, 2013, 05:54:18 pm
Jeff Lockridge ‏@jefflockridge 3h
FINAL: Vandy 31, Georgia 27. Javon Marshall intercepts Murray on final play of game. Dores pull of an improbable upset

Jeff Lockridge ‏@jefflockridge 1h
#Vandy QB Austyn Carta-Samuels left on crutches. He said doctors determined he wasn't able to return today & doesn't know beyond that
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 24, 2013, 07:45:52 am
Jeff Lockridge ‏@jefflockridge 12h
Franklin says #Vandy QB Carta-Samuels was on field for beginning of practice, not on field at end because getting treatment

Franklin still not naming a starter for #TAMU game. Says he wants to give Carta-Samuels every chance to play

Either it's a ridiculous charade or Carta-Samuels' knee/leg is not badly hurt. Franklin wouldn't say what ACS was able to do
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 25, 2013, 11:59:31 am
 In what may well have been the pivotal game of Maxwell Smith's Kentucky career, the UK quarterback had a chance to play the hero.

It didn't happen.
 (http://www.kentucky.com/2013/10/25/2893874/maxwell-smith-couldnt-get-it-done.html)

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Yet on a fourth-and-7 from the MSU 29 with 21 seconds left, the redshirt sophomore from Granada Hills, Calif., sailed a pass high over the head of a well-covered Alexander Montgomery.

When he did, it meant that for the fifth straight season, Mississippi State (4-3, 1-2 SEC) had beaten Kentucky. This time, it was 28-22 before an announced crowd of 55,102 in Davis Wade Stadium and an ESPN Thursday night national TV audience.

Said Smith: "We just didn't execute tonight."

For UK's Smith — who just last season seemed poised to pick up the baton passed from Couch to Lorenzen to Woodson and be the next standout Kentucky quarterback — this may have been his last, best chance to re-assert a claim on the Cats starting job.

After an early season filled with alternating UK quarterbacks, Jalen Whitlow appeared to secure the starting QB job with a strong effort at South Carolina two games back. However the dual-threat sophomore was sidelined on the second series of UK's loss to Alabama by an ankle sprain.

That gave Smith another shot, and carried a bit of irony. Injuries ended Smith's 2011 (shoulder) and 2012 (shoulder, ankle) seasons and their after effects may explain why he's not been the same QB in 2013.

After Mississippi State gave UK two points with a safety when the Bulldogs whiffed on a punt snap in the Kentucky end zone in the third quarter, Stoops and Wildcats offensive coordinator Neal Brown inserted Whitlow into the game at QB even though the pre-game hope was not to use him.

"I talked to him at half and told him we needed him to go," Stoops said. "We needed him to step up and play with his ankle hurting."

Whitlow led a quick five-play TD drive that got Kentucky within 21-19.

Brown said after the game that Whitlow's bum ankle and limited practice time since the injury meant the QB could not give UK much beyond what he did on the one drive.

They inserted Whitlow earlier in a third and long situation and he ran a QB draw. With the bum ankle he got nothing.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 25, 2013, 02:15:52 pm
Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley won a four-man battle in preseason training camp for the starting quarterback job and started the first three games, then was benched in favor of Nate Peterman for the Florida game on Sept. 21 but came in that day in relief of Peterman and played well.

Worley has started every game since then and the Volunteers as a team are picking up some steam, losing a heartbreaker in overtime to Georgia before turning around and upsetting a top-25 team, South Carolina, 23-21 last week. Worley was hit as he delivered a 39-yard completion to Marquez North, one that North caught one-handed and pinned to his helmet, to help get the Vols into field-goal range or the game-winning points (sic).

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/73125/qa-tennessee-qb-justin-worley
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 30, 2013, 09:24:05 am
Vols QB Worley out indefinitely with injured thumb

Butch Jones announced the severity of Worley's injury after Tuesday's practice and said he believes Worley has a torn ligament. Knoxville radio station WNML had reported earlier Tuesday that Worley would miss about four weeks.

Worley's injury means freshman Joshua Dobbs will make his first career start Saturday when Tennessee (4-4, 1-3 SEC) plays at No. 10 Missouri (7-1, 3-1).

http://www.al.com/sec/index.ssf/2013/10/sec_football_vols_qb_worley_ou.html


There has been not as much controversy as attrition with SEC QBs this season, with McCarron, Mettenberger, and Murray so far immune.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 30, 2013, 09:34:01 am
Health is still an issue for quarterbacks at Missouri and South Carolina.

While Missouri coach Gary Pinkel upgraded the status of senior quarterback James Franklin (shoulder) to questionable on Monday, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said starter Connor Shaw has missed practice because of the same virus that kept him out of the start of last week's Missouri game.

"I don't know exactly what our trainer's calling it, but he's sick," Spurrier said.

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/73401/qbs-questionable-at-mizzou-south-carolina
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 02, 2013, 07:26:30 am
Scarblog: Will Nick Marshall become the second best QB Malzahn has coached? (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2013/10/nick_marshall_could_become_the.html)

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If you ranked Malzahn’s quarterbacks from his first year in college as the Arkansas offensive coordinator in 2006 to this season as the Auburn head coach, Marshall probably wouldn’t make the top three.

The way Marshall’s development is trending, he could rise as high as No. 2 on the Malzahn quarterback chart. He may not get there this season, but it’s important to remember that he has an excellent chance to become the first starting QB Malzahn has coached in college for more than one season.

He’s ninth in the SEC in passing efficiency, 10th in passing yards per game and 13th in rushing. He’s 10th in total offense, less than a yard per game behind Alabama’s AJ McCarron.

The junior-college transfer also has played some of his best football against Auburn’s better opponents.

Johnson has shown some of his tremendous potential in extended playing time against Western Carolina and Florida Atlantic, but he hasn’t been asked to win a game against a conference opponent. He hasn’t been asked to take over the team on the road.

Auburn plays Arkansas at 5PM CDT on ESPN2.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 03, 2013, 08:38:32 pm
GoVolsXtra ‏@GoVolsXtra 4h
Franklin could have played, and Mauk knew it  http://ow.ly/qrRoY

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"We kind of scared him a little bit," Pinkel said after Missouri whipped Tennessee 31-3 Saturday night. "If anything got fuzzy, he was out of there."

Franklin, a senior, has missed three starts since injuring his shoulder early in the fourth quarter of a victory at Georgia. Mauk entered that game with Missouri up by only two points and finished off a 41-26 victory.

Pinkel was optimistic Franklin would be back next week. He thought Franklin could have played in a limited role if needed against Tennessee.

"I think he's going to be very close next week," Pinkel said. "We think it's very possible he'll be ready."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 06, 2013, 02:31:00 pm
The more mobile yet banged up Jalen Whitlow has emerged as the starter for UK over pro-style QB Maxwell Smith. Both are sophomores.

For Mizzou there are questions on whether to bring James Franklin back in against Kentucky or start with Freshman Maty Mauk.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 08, 2013, 08:07:50 am
It was not a season of great controversy but rather attrition:

1. A&M: They hold their collective breaths every time Football is slow to get up.

2. LSU: Has another QB taken a snap beside Mettenberger? Big game tomorrow on the road.

3. Bama: Note to QB prospects not concerned about being labelled a "game manager": They protect McCarron. The biggest contact he has had was from C Barrett Jones in the BCS-NC.

4. SC: Ball Coach tries to make a QB controversy but that ended for good when Shaw brought them back against Mizzou and will never have to buy a cold beverage again in Columbia.

5. Mizzou: Publicly managing potential controversy well. The only question is whether to bring Franklin back for UK or stay with Mauk. You can make in-game changes. Mauk gets All-SEC Freshman QB.

6. UGa: Murray has given them four good years. He helped beat Florida to take the heat off his coach.

7. Vandy: Carta-Samuels is out with injury and his name continues to be attached as an alleged accessory in the rape case, though not charged. Robinette's QB rating is in the Worley - Allen neighborhood.

8. Auburn: You can run out of the HUNH. The former UGa DB seems a good fit when not banged up.

9. Ole Miss: Bo Wallace got whipped by some frat boys before his first game. He's gotten better protection this season and Barry Brunetti has been saved for WildBlackBear formations.

10. UK: A more mobile even when banged up, Jalen Whitlow emerged as the starter among the three sophomores.  UK struggles to become QBU (Coach, Bonner, Lorenzen, Woodson) again.

11. Florida: Hogs made Driskel's injury look more fortunate than it really was as the most common first name for an SEC QB in the last five years, Tyler Murphy toils.

12. State: Tyler Russell is still nursing an injury and Dak Prescott fights through the grief of losing his mother to cancer down the stretch.

13. Vols: Tyler Bray apparently not only was into hilarity and hijinks, he was into cash. Tennessee is still missing that arm. With Justin Worley out, they burned the redshirt of freshman Dobbs.

14. Hogs: In some places the backup QB is the most popular guy on campus. Hogs' coaches and players continue to encourage and support Brandon Allen, their best chance to snap an SEC losing streak.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 10, 2013, 02:15:46 pm
Dave Matter ‏@Dave_Matter 23h
Pinkel says Franklin will be the starter, presumably vs Ole Miss after bye
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 13, 2013, 07:30:21 am
Controversy ranking from least to greatest:

1. Bama
2. A&M
3. Arkansas
4. UGa
5. South Carolina
6. LSU
7. Auburn
8. Ole Miss
9. Vandy
10. State
11. Mizzou
12. Tennessee
13. Florida
14. Kentucky
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 15, 2013, 08:38:12 pm
Tyler Murphy has been dealing with a lingering shoulder injury, which he aggravated in the embarrassing loss to Vanderbilt last weekend.

The way Muschamp is talking, however, it appears that the decision has all but been made and Skyler Mornhinweg will be under center.

If Mornhinweg, the son of New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, gets the nod, it would mark the redshirt freshman’s first career start.  Not only that, but Mornhinweg has yet to throw a pass at the collegiate level.

Walk-on Christian Provencha would serve as Mornhinweg’s backup. (http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/15/the-way-its-looking-now-gators-will-start-skyler-mornhinweg-at-qb)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 16, 2013, 03:26:07 pm
Jeff Lockridge ‏@jefflockridge 3m
Carta-Samuels said he was cleared to play by doctors this morning. Said he didn't know he was going to play before then


Had a serviceable game in Vandy's home win over UK.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 18, 2013, 08:29:00 pm
There’s a chance that Florida will be without quarterback Tyler Murphy for the second-straight game.

The junior sat out the Gators’ 19-14 loss to No. 12 South Carolina this past Saturday due to a shoulder injury that he first suffered against LSU in mid-October and re-aggravated against Vanderbilt a week ago.

“I’m still kind day-to-day … still getting treatment,” said Murphy, who has a shoulder injury that has been called a sprain but is raising suspicion it’s actually torn...

Freshman Skyler Mornhinweg got the starting nod against the Gamecocks... (http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/18/florida-qb-tyler-murphy-still-day-to-day-with-shoulder-injury)

Murphy had looked great in late September and early October replacing Jeff Driskel. His production trailed off starting with road games against LSU and Mizzou.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 18, 2013, 08:45:34 pm
Dave Matter ‏@Dave_Matter 1h
New at STLtoday: Pinkel says James Franklin is "100 percent cleared" http://www.stltoday.com/sports/college/mizzou/eye-on-the-tigers/pinkel-on-franklin-he-s-percent-cleared/article_bf55cb86-1edb-5ca1-a373-d731315783fc.html …
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: harley spoon on November 19, 2013, 11:01:04 am

1. A&M: They hold their collective breaths every time Football is slow to get up.


Never has more accurate statement been written in the history of the internet.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 20, 2013, 08:54:26 am
ESPN Sports Center had a short segment titled "Mizzou QB Controversy" yesterday afternoon.

The formerly injured senior replaces the red shirt freshman who stepped up in his absence.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 20, 2013, 12:37:11 pm
Josh Kendall ‏@JoshatTheState 19 Nov
Spurrrier: "I told Connor, 'You play better when you know Dylan is going to play.'"
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 21, 2013, 08:12:21 am
Austyn Carta-Samuels came back last week. This week, James Franklin will be back, too. Tyler Murphy doesn't know yet. And who knows what's going on at Mississippi State.

The 2013 season has seen over half the SEC's teams go to backup quarterbacks at some point in the season due to an injury to the starter. Many of those teams are getting healthy at the position, but some still face uncertainty in Week 11.

MSU coach Dan Mullen said Wednesday that while "they're all doing much, much better," a decision on a starter won't likely be made until warm-ups on Saturday. "We've got to see who's the healthiest and who's had the best week of practice," he said. "I'll know game-time, after warm-ups on game day."

Mullen said he thinks such uncertainty creates more problems for opposing defenses than his own team.

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/11/some_muddled_sec_quarterback_s.html
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 22, 2013, 07:51:09 am
A.J. McCarron, James Franklin, Aaron Murray, Connor Shaw and Zach Mettenberger are wrapping up their careers, and this could also be the last month to see Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel play in college. All but Franklin, who has been slowed by an injury, are semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award, given annually to the nation's top quarterback.

Mettenberger of LSU isn't sure that quarterback play will drop off in the league next year. (http://www.nola.com/sec/2013/11/sec_football_several_talented.html)

I am fairly certain it ail.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: tophawg19 on November 22, 2013, 07:58:25 am
most have good back ups just waiting their turn
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 23, 2013, 09:57:05 am
Sarah Fetters ‏@SarahFetters 7m
Barring a change during warmups, today's starting quarterback for @HailStateFB will be Tyler Russell. #HailState
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 24, 2013, 10:45:57 am
Should the Heisman go to Alabama's AJ McCarron in the lifetime-achievement-award category? (http://www.nola.com/sports/index.ssf/2013/11/title_talk_and_heisman_hopes_c.html)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 24, 2013, 12:07:52 pm

With Murray out, his time is now.

Hutson Mason has been Aaron Murray's main backup at Georgia. But now he gets his chance in the spotlight.

Mason has been Murray's primary backup since arriving at Georgia in 2010, and he opted to redshirt last season instead of transferring in order to gain a year of class separation between himself and Murray. The idea was to have one final season where he could potentially serve as the starting quarterback.

Now, he's getting an early tryout for the gig. (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/75119/with-murray-out-masons-time-is-now)

Mettenberger left for LSU after running afoul of the law.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 24, 2013, 05:17:39 pm
AJC UGA ‏@ajcuga 6h
It's official: Aaron Murray tore ACL in left knee. Surgery Tuesday. Out for season. http://bit.ly/19TCzK8

Aaron Murray ‏@aaronmurray11 7h
Thank you for all the prayers over the past few hours. Gonna come back stronger than ever! Dawg for life. Truly love you all #GoDawgs

Aaron Murray ‏@aaronmurray11 7h
Wanna thank everyone for making our senior night so special! Truly am blessed to have been your QB for 4 years!

AJC UGA ‏@ajcuga 1h
#UGA Senior Days can be very hazardous to a QB's health. http://bit.ly/1bgoJrC

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UGA issued an official news release:
University of Georgia record-setting senior quarterback Aaron Murray will undergo surgery at St. Mary¹s Hospital in Athens this week to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sufferedin Saturday¹s 59-17 victory over Kentucky.

The injury to his left knee occurred in the second quarter.  He was taken to St. Mary¹s hospital where an MRI was performed.  He was re-evaluated by team physicians Sunday morning.  Murray experienced minimal swelling and it was determined to proceed with the surgery this week, according to UGA Sr. Associate Athletic Director and Director of Sports Medicine Ron Courson.

Post-surgery rehabilitation will begin immediately and a full recovery is expected according to Courson.

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On Nov. 27, 2004, David Greene made the 51st consecutive start of his career as the Bulldogs played Georgia Tech on Senior Day. But Greene broke the thumb on his left (throwing) hand on a first quarter touchdown pass to Fred Gibson. D.J. Shockley then took over as the Bulldogs eked out a 19-13 victory.

Ten years earlier, on Nov. 25, 1994, record-setting quarterback Eric Zeier was set sing a swan song against Georgia Tech on Senior Day when he went down with a sprained knee in the second quarter. A young redshirt freshman named Mike Bobo came on in relief and performed magnificently, completing 13-of-16 passes for 206 yards and a touchdown as the Bulldogs cruised to a 48-10 victory.

And then there was last night, of course. Senior Aaron Murray, playing his final game in Sanford Stadium and having already obliterated all the records of his predecessors, went down with what turned out to be a season-ending injury in the second quarter of a game against Kentucky. He had already thrown for four touchdowns and nearly 200 yards and staked his team to a 28-10 lead. Hutson Mason, Murray’s heir apparent, finished the game with a strong performance of his own and the Bulldogs won easily 59-10.

Marc Weiszer ‏@marcweiszer 23m
Mark Richt said QB Aaron Murray "felt something pop," on his second-quarter run. "He wanted to keep playing." A non-contact injury.

Marc Weiszer ‏@marcweiszer 19m
Richt said he exchanged texts with Murray and he was in good spirits. "I think he'll get drafted," Richt said. Not "major damage" just ACL.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 24, 2013, 05:19:41 pm
Michael Carvell ‏@RecruitingAJC 3h
@tayfulch Richt's "blind loyalty" will be tested in 2015 by sticking w/Christian [Le]May or really opening up QB job for competition
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 24, 2013, 06:13:37 pm
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray tore the ACL in his left knee on Saturday night on a non-contact injury on a zone-read run early in the second quarter, but didn’t do further damage by continuing to play on it for the rest of that drive and another, coach Mark Richt said Sunday.

“There was something wrong, and he knew it, and couldn’t hide it anymore,” Richt said.

Murray’s college career is over, but it didn’t end until he stayed in the game for 13 more plays after Kentucky’s Ashely Lowery dragged him down by his left leg at the end of the 28-yard run. (http://dogbytesonline.com/richt-murray-played-with-torn-acl-until-he-couldnt-hide-it-anymore-78941)

Last May, Lowery was in intensive care for several days after a DUI auto accident in Cleveland, Georgia.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 24, 2013, 06:49:23 pm
Gentry Estes ‏@GentryEstes247 9h
After this, ACLs for UGA in past year: Murray, WR Mal. Mitchell, RB Keith Marshall, WR J. Scott-Wesley, WR Tramel Terry, CB Reggie Wilkerson

Seth Emerson ‏@SethEmerson 8h
Every Georgia skill-position starter, and three of their top backups, from the season opener has missed at least one game with an injury,

Gentry Estes ‏@GentryEstes247 7h
I've never covered a cursed season like the one is UGA is having. There was a 42-point win last night, and it seemed no one could enjoy it.

Gentry Estes ‏@GentryEstes247 2h
I'm counting up that Georgia has in the past four seasons had nine different starting tailbacks ... And one starting quarterback.

Gentry Estes ‏@GentryEstes247 1h
I doubt it. ACL standard is 9 months. RT @Suthrn_Shepherd Will he even be able to do any kind of individual pro-day before the draft?

Gentry Estes ‏@GentryEstes247 1h
Faton Bauta is now Georgia's No. 2 quarterback behind Hutson Mason, Richt says...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 25, 2013, 08:15:49 am
Murray's last act in a Georgia uniform was to throw a tipped interception and be flung to the ground by Kentucky defender Za’Darius Smith.

It was revealed after the game that coaches tried to remove Murray after he appeared to hurt his leg on a 28-yard option run to open the second quarter, but Murray waved off substitute Hutson Mason. (http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/mark-bradley/2013/nov/24/murray-have-acl-surgery-according-his-mom)

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After Georgia scored to finish that drive, the plan was still to change quarterbacks. But Richt said, “I asked, ‘Has somebody told Murray?’ So I went and found him – he was on the bicycle -- and he was adamant. I said, ‘Get on the headset and convince your coach (offensive coordinator Mike Bobo).' "

Bobo said he told Murray, "I need to see you move around." Apparently Murray moved well enough on the sideline to allay Bobo’s fears, and the No. 1 quarterback kept playing. Even so, Richt conceded later that “it was pretty evident it wasn’t safe for him to be out there.”

So why was he? Who’s running the team, Murray or his coaches?

I also realize everyone that involved wanted Murray to have a big Senior Night, but he already had. He'd thrown four touchdown passes and staked Georgia to a lead it couldn't possibly relinquish.

That said, it might never be known if subbing out Murray at any point would have saved him from ACL surgery. I’m no orthopedist, but I don’t know that you ever half-tear and then fully tear that ligament. Even if Georgia’s coaches were wrong – and I believe they were – I won’t go so far as to say the injury was their fault. Sometimes bad things just happen. A lot of bad things have just happened to this team.

As for the Tech game: Georgia fans – some of them, anyway – have long wanted to see what Mason can do, and they’ll get the chance.

Bradley noted that Murray is 23 years old but should not have been calling the shots.

In 1997 Kentucky Senior SG Derek Anderson was having an All-American season when he tore an ACL in January and was presumed out for the season, especially with '97 level surgery and recovery methods. He exceeded expectations and made it to the floor to shoot two technical free throws in the national semi-final game. Cleared by medical, Pitino refused to play Anderson in the National Championship for risk to his NBA career. (Anderson is one of the top ten earning NBA players to have played in the SEC at the time of his retirement.) Kentucky lost in overtime to Arizona as Jim Nantz would say, "Simon says, 'Championship'."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 26, 2013, 11:00:35 am
Can some ACL injuries be prevented? (http://www.macon.com/2013/11/25/2798161/can-some-acl-injuries-be-prevented.html)

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ATHENS -- Back in September, Georgia star receiver Malcolm Mitchell was trying to cope with having torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.

So Mitchell tweeted out a request: “If you ever tore your ACL I would like to hear your story. Could you e-mail me.”

By now, however, Mitchell has plenty of stories to hear on his own team. Georgia has had four offensive players tear their ACLs this year, with star quarterback Aaron Murray the latest, on Saturday night, ending his career.

So on Sunday head coach Mark Richt was asked if he thought his staff was doing something wrong. Predictably, Richt said the coaches weren’t, pointing out that three of the ACLs happened on non-contact plays, from Mitchell celebrating a teammate’s touchdown, to Justin Scott-Wesley covering a punt, to Murray running the ball.

“I don’t think there’s anything you can do or anything we’ve done that would cause that type of thing,” Richt said. “If there’s scientific research out there that has been a form of training that would attribute to that, I’m sure it would already have been written by now. It’s just unfortunate. It happens. It’s a fairly common injury. It happens when you’re changing direction.”

Then Richt added another point.

“And I think the No. 1 sport for ACL injuries, from what I understand, is girls soccer,” he said. “It’s not really a high-contact sport but a lot of change in direction. And that happens a lot.”


Mandelbaum, an orthopedic surgeron in California, has been studying knee injuries in sports since the 1990s.

Mandelbaum’s interest in knee injuries sprung from the high amount of ACL tears seen in girls and women’s soccer. He and his associates studied it and decided that it wasn’t genetics. It was athletes moving in space without enough muscle and hip control, increasing the risk. In fact, boys and men’s soccer had a high rate, as well.

Soccer players were cutting, landing and pivoting in an awkward manner. It wasn’t about what shoe they were wearing, for instance.

During the next decade, more soccer teams and trainers instituted prevention exercises: plyometrics, hip strengthening and more stretching. The result, according to a 2009 study by Mandelbaum, was a 72 percent drop in ACL injuries in women’s soccer. He says a similar study set to be published soon saw a 67 percent drop in men’s soccer ACL injuries.

But now football is seeing a gradual increase, according to Mandelbaum, and he has a theory why: the proliferation of spread offenses and the general opening up of the game so that players are making the same kind of movements as in soccer.

“It’s repeating history here,” Mandelbaum said in an interview Monday. “I would say football players are playing football like soccer players now.”

In other words, they’re in space a lot more than they used to be.

Mandelbaum! Mandelbaum!
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 26, 2013, 02:16:22 pm
Kacie McDonnell ‏@KacieFOX29 19h
Tomorrow morning Aaron will have surgery to repair his ACL. Please keep him in your thoughts & prayers! pic.twitter.com/21av5Z4EBx

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BZ9OqszIYAApaRS.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 26, 2013, 04:52:44 pm
Aaron Murray@aaronmurray11
Surgery went well! I feel like I'm ready to go wreck tech this weekend!


Fake_Coach_Richt: Now you need to talk to Bobo about that.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: sevenof400 on November 26, 2013, 04:56:23 pm
Kacie McDonnell ‏@KacieFOX29 19h
Tomorrow morning Aaron will have surgery to repair his ACL. Please keep him in your thoughts & prayers! pic.twitter.com/21av5Z4EBx

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BZ9OqszIYAApaRS.jpg)

Who's Murray?
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 27, 2013, 10:44:25 am
Not as much controversy as who is left standing for many SEC teams as they enter their final game of the season.

Ole Miss at Mississippi St.
Bo Wallace with Barry Brunetti in certain situations. Wallace is recovering from the flu.
Tyler Russell most likely to start his senior day Egg Bowl. Bonner: State needs a "Thanksgiving miracle" for Dak to see action.

Arkansas at LSU
Brandon Allen v. Zach Mettenberger on his senior day.

Florida St. at Florida
Muschamp said Tyler Murphy is questionable. Go with the freshman.

Wake Forest at Vanderbilt
As long as nothing comes up in the rape case, Carta-Samuels with Robinette at backup.

Georgia Tech at Georgia
Jr. Hunter Mason gets his first start for UGa with Murray out.

Alabama at Auburn
McCarron v. Marshall

Clemson at South Carolina
Ball Coach says he likes to keep Shaw looking over his shoulder. Ha.

Tennessee at Kentucky
Two rivals limp home. Vols trying to ensure they don't lose the second game in 30 years.  They will go with freshman Dobbs.  UK won't say between the more mobile Whitlow (hurt) and Maxwell (the1?) Smith.  For the big win two years ago, they went with a senior WR out of the Wildcat.

A&M at Missouri
Football v. Franklin with Maty Mauk waiting.

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 27, 2013, 11:14:24 am
Pat Dooley ‏@pat_dooley 24 Nov
Aaron Murray's ACL injury means every SEC East team will have had some sort of quarterback injury this year.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 29, 2013, 08:37:30 am
Ole Miss at Mississippi St.
State needs a "Thanksgiving miracle" for Dak to see action.

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 02, 2013, 01:44:48 pm
Dak inspired State to a win while Bo lost his grip on the last play.

Jennings led the winning drive in relief of senior Mettenberger while Allen puts up as good or better passing numbers as Football did in the Death Valley.

Mornhinweg would only manage one TD for Florida against State.

After a slow start, Mason passed for nearly 300 yards to help UGa get the 2OT win over Tech.

Vandy alternated Carta-Samuels and Robinette (more in running situations) as they escaped with a win over Wake.

Ho hum: Marshall v. McCarron with no drama.

UK got 254 yards passing and 2 TDs from Maxwell Smith. UT's freshman Dobbs passed for 199, 2 TD, and a pick.

Football was held to under 200 yards passing and a net 21 yards rushing (counting sacks).  Franklin passed for 233 yards and 2 TDs while Maty Mauk came in for one series.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 04, 2013, 10:10:35 am
UGA 2015 QB race is finally under way

The more interesting aspect of the competition might be the jockeying for the position behind Mason among a group of young quarterbacks who could take over the reins in 2015.

“I don't see Hutson doing anything to self-destruct and make himself lose that job,” center David Andrews said. “But these young guys, they'll understand. Hutson, he came out every day and he competed no matter what, even in his redshirt year [2012], when he knew he wasn't going to play. I think those young quarterbacks seeing that can understand, 'Even if I'm not going to play, this is setting it up and every day you don't try to get better, you're going to get worse.' I believe that, so I think Hutson sets a great example in that aspect.”

As of now, the Bulldogs have three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster who will have eligibility remaining next fall: redshirt sophomore Christian LeMay, redshirt freshman Faton Bauta and freshman Brice Ramsey, who is redshirting this season. Georgia also has a commitment from Jacob Park (Goose Creek, S.C./Stratford), ESPN's No. 94 overall prospect in the 2014 recruiting class and No. 4 dual-threat quarterback.

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/75901/uga-2015-qb-race-already-under-way

LeMay sat out his senior season in high school due to a lockerroom incident (see Jeremy Hill). His father had held court over his recruiting until that time.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 06, 2013, 03:15:39 pm
Dave Matter ‏@Dave_Matter 2h
Pinkel on QBs: I don't care if you can throw a ball from here to Columbia ... if you're not a tenacious competitor, we won't recruit you
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 11, 2013, 11:10:00 pm
Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder MSU officials confirmed. The procedure, performed by Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday, ends any chance of the senior playing in the Liberty Bowl.

Russell suffered the injury during the second half against Arkansas.

Russell finishes his Mississippi State career as one of the best passers in the history of the program. He leaves with 11 single season passing records. He also holds the record for most touchdown passes in a career and is third all time in passing yardage and completions and sixth in attempts. (http://blogs.clarionledger.com/msu/2013/12/11/russell-has-surgery-to-repair-torn-labrum)

Emily Gagnon @Emily_Gagnon
MSU QB @Tyler17Russell had surgery today w/ Dr. Andrews to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. @csssports
6:01 PM - 10 Dec 2013

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BbKMSQDIAAAxaiV.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 17, 2013, 12:09:58 pm
Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels will miss the BBVA Compass Bowl against Houston after having surgery to repair the ACL in his left knee.

But here's the kicker: He tore his ACL way back on Oct. 19, when the Commodores upset Georgia 31-27.

Carta-Samuels "made the ultimate commitment to his team," Vanderbilt coach James Franklin said, by deciding to play when he could. Carta-Samuels sat out Vandy's loss at Texas A&M and the Commodores' win in Gainesville over Florida...

Patton Robinette will start Vandy's bowl game Jan. 4.]Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels will miss the BBVA Compass Bowl against Houston after having surgery to repair the ACL in his left knee.

But here's the kicker: He tore his ACL way back on Oct. 19, when the Commodores upset Georgia 31-27.

Carta-Samuels "made the ultimate commitment to his team," Vanderbilt coach James Franklin said, by deciding to play when he could. Carta-Samuels sat out Vandy's loss at Texas A&M and the Commodores' win in Gainesville over Florida...

Patton Robinette will start Vandy's bowl game Jan. 4. (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/76690/carta-samuels-out-of-bowl-after-surgery)

Career-ending choice for Carta-Samuels.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 20, 2013, 06:42:06 pm
SEC sleepers for Heisman in 2014

Maty Mauk, QB, Missouri (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/76695/haney-top-10-heisman-candidates-in-2014)

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Mauk knows the offense backward and forward, is a threat to run and pass, and should still have some nice offensive weapons around him next fall. During the regular season, he threw for 1,039 yards and 10 touchdowns, and he rushed for another 156 yards and a touchdown.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 20, 2013, 07:19:20 pm
Aaron Murray ‏@aaronmurray11 3h
Thanks @CoachSumlin for the letter. Much respect to you and your program. Good luck in the bowl game pic.twitter.com/ATdwf3qXWV

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bb9jqJeIQAAcHDg.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 23, 2013, 10:08:17 am
SEC QB Controversy 2014 Early Read:

1. Kentucky - Jalen Whitlow and Maxwell (the1?) Smith will be juniors. The "great in-state hope" (formerly named Couch, Lorenzen, Woodson) from 2012, Patrick Towles will be a redshirt sophomore. The "great in-state hope" of 2014 Drew Barker is the most popular man on a campus he has only visited.

In 2013:
Smith 105-183, 57.4%, 1276 yds. 9 TDs, 1 INT  No rushing threat
Whitlow 98-159, 61.6%, 1033 yds, 5 TDs, 5 INTs, 457 net rushing, 88 yd TD

Smith against SEC opponents:
v. Bama: 7-16, 76 yds, TD
@State: 18-34, 160 yds, TD
@UGa: 10-16, 149 yds, TD
Tennessee: 25-38, 254 yds

Whitlow (the starter when not injured) against SEC opponents:
@SC: 17-24, 178 yds, 2 TD; 17 rush/sacks, net 69 yds, TD
Mizzou: 17-27, 223 yds; 24 rush/sacks, net 44 yds, TD
@Vandy: 14-28, 120 yds 4 INTs; 17 rush/sacks, net 69 yds

Neither led his team to an SEC win.  Smith had negative net yards on Sacks and Scrambles in all SEC games.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 28, 2013, 10:48:55 am
Josh Kendall ‏@JoshatTheState 26 Dec
In 7 days, Connor Shaw will become first of 9 QBs signed by Spurrrier at USC to finish eligibility at USC...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 01, 2014, 10:01:06 am
The shoes to fill are large after Tannehill's departure and a four headed quarterback race will determine the 2012 starter. Showers has the most experience, though he has very little of it. Redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel is somewhat of a Texas high school football legend and would bring a dynamic dual threat to Kevin Sumlins new offense. Not to be overlooked is Matt Davis who can also run the football while running the air heavy offense. No starters are likely candidates are expected to pan out until later in the A&M offseason.
 (http://collegesportsblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2012/04/texas-am-quarterbacks.html)

Not many had all of the info 19 months ago.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 01, 2014, 10:16:20 am
SEC QB Controversy 2014 Early Read:

2. Tennessee

The Tennessee Volunteers received inconsistent play from several positions this season, but perhaps the position that stuck out the most was quarterback.

Tennessee started three different quarterbacks this season — Justin Worley, Nathan Peterman and Josh Dobbs. (http://allfortennessee.com/2013/11/28/vols-qb-battle-will-wide-open-2014)

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Tennessee started three different quarterbacks this season — Justin Worley, Nathan Peterman and Josh Dobbs.

The fan favorite heading into next spring will undoubtedly be Riley Ferguson.

Ferguson, who will be a redshirt freshman, is the “unknown” among Tennessee’s quarterbacks.

he Tennessee coaching staff definitely preferred Ferguson to Dobbs, but injury prevented Ferguson from being the guy.

Football Time in TN @FootballTimeMag
It's finally public: Ferguson had a stress fracture in his tibia for much of the season, otherwise you would have seen him.
1:36 PM - 25 Nov 2013

Tennessee Football @Vol_Football
JONES: QB competition is wide open next spring.
6:25 PM - 27 Nov 2013

Tennessee has no QBs in the verbals and signed aid agreements among the 33 in their current class.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 01, 2014, 02:05:30 pm
Bo Mattingly ‏@SportsTalkwBo 21h
http://ESPN.com  SEC blogger Chris Low: The best quarterback in the SEC West next year could be Dak Prescott.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 01, 2014, 02:24:51 pm
As the bowl games wrap up, the controversy thermometer will heat up at some of the schools.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 03, 2014, 10:57:07 am
LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings manages Outback Bowl win in first start

Anthony Jennings became just the second quarterback in LSU history to get his first start in a bowl game.

Just like Matt Flynn in the 2005 Peach Bowl, Jennings got the victory.

But unlike Flynn, who garnered Most Valuable Player honors in that blowout win over Miami almost a decade ago, Jennings struggled in his debut as a starter.

Jennings, a freshman from Marietta, Ga., completed just 7 of 19 passes for 82 yards and threw a crucial interception in LSU’s 21-14 victory over Iowa on Wednesday in the Outback Bowl.

“The young quarterback, it was his first time out,” said LSU coach Les Miles. “He did some things that he would like to have back. But he managed the game and came away with a victory.”

It was Jennings’ first outing since his dazzling performance a little over a month ago when he rescued the Tigers in their regular-season finale against Arkansas. (http://theadvocate.com/sports/lsu/7989901-123/lsu-quarterback-anthony-jennings-manages)

Will be a QB competition to watch in 2014.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 04, 2014, 12:44:24 pm
Dave Matter ‏@Dave_Matter 12h
Pinkel on Mauk: "Is he going to be the starter next year? I don't know." Says there will be a competition

Dave Matter ‏@Dave_Matter 14h
Backup Mizzou QB Maty Mauk has 11 TD passes this year, the same as Florida, two more than Kansas.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 07, 2014, 02:06:00 pm
The Bama 2014 QB competition unofficially begins with four players on the Alabama roster — Blake Sims, Alec Morris, Cooper Bateman and Luke Del Rio — and a fifth, true freshman David Cornwell, enrolling this week.

"That'll be a really good competition this spring. Really, really excited about our young players on the roster at that position," Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier said before the Sugar Bowl last week. "With any young quarterback, there's a steep learning curve, and for those guys, it's about getting snaps every day and continuing to progress, and I like the development that we've seen in those young players."

Among the five, Sims, a rising senior, is the only upperclassman and the only quarterback who has thrown a pass at the college level. Sims saw mop-up duty in eight games this season.

Those five don't include a potential transfer. Speculation swirls that Florida State backup quarterback Jacob Coker, a Mobile native, is considering transfer. Coker told Warchant.com that rumors of his transfer are "assumptions," but he is expected to graduate in the spring or summer. Because of NCAA rules, if Coker graduates, he will be able to transfer to another school without sitting out a season. Coker would have two years of eligibility left.

http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20140106/NEWS/140109822

Del Rio is son of Coach Jack Del Rio.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 07, 2014, 02:23:33 pm
Joel A. Erickson ‏@JoelAEricksonAU 14h
On the Herbstreit comment about Marshall/Johnson competing, Rhett Lashlee says he can't imagine anybody other than 14 back there.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 09, 2014, 08:53:56 am
ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC 48m
A glance at Manziel's potential successors  http://es.pn/1cF7NsZ
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 09, 2014, 01:49:44 pm
SEC QB Controversy 2014 Early Read:

1. Kentucky - Jalen Whitlow and Maxwell (the1?) Smith will be juniors. The "great in-state hope" (formerly named Couch, Lorenzen, Woodson) from 2012, Patrick Towles will be a redshirt sophomore. The "great in-state hope" of 2014 Drew Barker is the most popular man on a campus he has only visited.

In 2013:
Smith 105-183, 57.4%, 1276 yds. 9 TDs, 1 INT  No rushing threat
Whitlow 98-159, 61.6%, 1033 yds, 5 TDs, 5 INTs, 457 net rushing, 88 yd TD

Smith against SEC opponents:
v. Bama: 7-16, 76 yds, TD
@State: 18-34, 160 yds, TD
@UGa: 10-16, 149 yds, TD
Tennessee: 25-38, 254 yds

Whitlow (the starter when not injured) against SEC opponents:
@SC: 17-24, 178 yds, 2 TD; 17 rush/sacks, net 69 yds, TD
Mizzou: 17-27, 223 yds; 24 rush/sacks, net 44 yds, TD
@Vandy: 14-28, 120 yds 4 INTs; 17 rush/sacks, net 69 yds

Neither led his team to an SEC win.  Smith had negative net yards on Sacks and Scrambles in all SEC games.

Maxwell Smith will miss spring practice rehabbing from his shoulder surgery.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 09, 2014, 06:23:19 pm
KJ Carta-Samuels #10 ‏@KJCS14 2h
I love Vanderbilt. I love Coach. I committed to both. If that changes I just need to think things over. I'm not turning my back on either.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 11, 2014, 06:20:37 pm
KJ Carta-Samuels #10 ‏@KJCS14 5h
I am opening up my recruiting. Need to figure out official visits and talk to some other schools. I will visit Vanderbilt before a decision!

Respect The T ‏@VoLBrick 2h
Everyone and their mom go follow @KJCS14 !!! De committed from Vandy and would be legend on rocky top! QB we really need.
 Retweeted by KJ Carta-Samuels #10
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 12, 2014, 02:28:11 pm
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 39m
Lane Kiffin inherits Alabama QB competition; 'there's no telling' who'll win, top candidate says http://ow.ly/svrzr

Blake Sims
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 12, 2014, 09:43:33 pm
Woody Wommack ‏@RivalsWoody 1h
According to @adamgorney it looks like Rivals250 + former Vandy QB commit KJ Carta-Samuels will visit Penn State soon...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: KCRazorbackfan on January 13, 2014, 09:20:29 am
how much time does Muschamp have before his chair gets warm?

That chair won't cool down from last year.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 15, 2014, 10:18:37 am
Cam Cameron on LSU QBs:

rising sophomore quarterback Anthony Jennings enters LSU’s starting quarterback competition in “great position.”

Cameron, speaking to reporters for the first time in months, also said he expects young players to emerge over the coming months to replace the host of offensive skill players who left early.

The Tigers lost their top two receivers in Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. and starting running back Jeremy Hill. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger was a senior.

“Our off-season program, there will always be some guys surface that maybe didn’t play this year and we’ll build things around those guys,” Cameron said. “We’re going to have great competition at the quarterback position. Obviously, Anthony comes in in a great position. We’ll kind of see and let it evolve.”

Cameron would not elaborate on the competition...

Jennings, who struggled in LSU’s Outback Bowl win, is expected to be joined in the QB competition by early enrollee Brandon Harris, rising junior Stephen Rivers, redshirt freshman Hayden Rettig and senior Rob Bolden.

http://blogs.theadvocate.com/tigertracks/emptying-the-notebook-cam-talks-and-other-notes

Cam claimed that in the NFL he saw more players regret the decision to leave early than vice versa.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 16, 2014, 08:58:07 am
Josh Kendall ‏@JoshatTheState 15 hrs
Steve Spurrier: "I think we all realize Dylan is the guy. Dylan is our quarterback. Who will be No. 2 I don't know."

Connor Shaw's former backup Dylan Thompson
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 21, 2014, 12:41:15 pm
Auburn's 4-star pro-style QB Sean White, MVP of the Under Armour All-America Game :

"Basically they say coach (Gus) Malzahn's offense is developed and molded around the quarterback -- t he quarterback's strengths -- and whoever is the best in camp or whatever is going to play," White said after his official visit to Auburn on Jan. 19. "Whoever is named the starting quarterback, the offense is going to mold around him, so I'm excited because he really knows how to bring the best out of every quarterback."

White, a pro-style quarterback, doesn't quite match the skill set of starter Nick Marshall and backup Jeremy Johnson. Marshall and Johnson are mobile and they fit the typical mold of Malzahn's most popular quarterbacks in previous seasons.

For those looking for a comparison to previous Malzahn quarterbacks, one might have to look way back to the second-year Auburn coach's days at Tulsa: Paul Smith...

http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2014/01/auburn_qb_commit_sean_white_re.html
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 23, 2014, 08:55:10 am
He's not there yet, but Coker could bring QB controversy to Bama:

AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  31m 
FSU's Jacob Coker has the talent, background to transition into starting QB job at Alabama (analysis) ow.ly/sRndK

The former high school teammate of AJ McCarron is expected to visit Tuscaloosa in the "near future," his high school coach Steve Mask told AL.com.

An expected May graduation would make the redshirt sophomore eligible to transfer immediately without having to sit out a season.

So who is Coker exactly and why's he qualified to succeed McCarron for a second time?

Well at 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, he's the physical prototype for the offense Alabama runs. His big arm and experience within a pro-style scheme would give him a few edges over a young group of returning Alabama quarterbacks ready to compete.

Senior-to-be Blake Sims is the only returning Alabama quarterback who's thrown a collegiate pass, but is still transitioning from a mobile quarterback to the Alabama pro-style. Alec Morris came off the bench as a redshirt freshman, but only handed off a few times. Cooper Bateman was a five-star talent who redshirted his first season and David Cornwell brings similar expectations and pedigree after enrolling in January.

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 25, 2014, 05:31:25 pm
Matt Scalici ‏@MattScalici  4h
Alabama loses commitment from 5-star junior QB Ricky Town http://ow.ly/sWIX9

Andrew Gribble ‏@Andrew_Gribble  41m
@PatrickClaybon @MattScalici I would think Coker would be the last on the "blame" list.

Andrew Gribble ‏@Andrew_Gribble  34m
@PatrickClaybon @MattScalici A true freshman QB has never seen the field at Alabama under Saban.

FSU QB transfer is reported to be visiting Bama this weekend.

Town visited USC last weekend. Kiffin is now at Bama, not USC.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 29, 2014, 12:40:04 pm
10 quarterbacks who found success after making a transfer similar to Jake Coker's

Straight FBS-to-FBS transfers:
Troy Aikman

Brock Berlin: Florida to Miami

A. Carta-Samuels: Wyoming to Vandy

Nick Foles: MichSt to Arizona

Garrett Gilbert: Tejas to SMU

Ryan Mallett: UM to Arkansas

Masoli: Oregon to Ole Miss (spent all his time in the film room and Sonic)

Jevan Snead: Tejas to Ole Miss (he saw "ghosts")

Clint Trickett

Russell Wilson: NC State, MiLB, Wisconsin

http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2014/01/qbs_who_made_impact_as_transfe.html

Did not do an in-depth review of when this did not work out.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 31, 2014, 02:56:03 pm
A.J. McCarron admits he was surprised how quickly Doug Nussmeier left Alabama and how quickly Lane Kiffin replaced him.

Nussmeier worked with McCarron as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for his last two years, but left for the offensive coordinator job at Michigan. Kiffin was around Tuscaloosa during Alabama’s bowl preparation.

Some have speculated that Kiffin will bring more no-huddle tendencies to the Alabama offense. McCarron isn’t so sure.

“I just don’t buy into that as much, just because that’s what Nuss did at Washington,” McCarron said. “They did no-huddle. We practiced no-huddle, and then when we went into games, it’s like Coach (Saban) didn’t want us to do no-huddle. So I was sometimes a little lost and didn’t get everything, but Coach Saban is the best in the business for a reason. I just trusted in him.”

http://coachingsearch.com/article?a=Will-Lane-Kiffin-bring-more-nohuddle-to-Alabama-AJ-McCarron-doesnt-think-so

We shall see.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 03, 2014, 11:28:36 am
Parade Magazine has named Gators quarterback recruit Will Grier — how has already enrolled in school in Gainesville — as its Player of the Year.

http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/02/florida-qb-recruit-named-parade-player-of-the-year

Murphy and at least one other Florida QB transferred.  Driskel and Grier look to vie for the starting QB spot.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 05, 2014, 03:15:03 pm
Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman  3m
Sumlin on QB Kyle Allen enrolling early: He's making a statement he wants to compete for the starting job.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 08, 2014, 08:26:23 am
SEC is generally not where a true freshman cuts his teeth. Here are the top rated QBs in the class of 2014, some early enrollees, including Kyle Allen at A&M.

Top Dual Threat QB's counting for SEC team rankings from '14

Will Grier         6.0  UF  Davidson Day
Treon Harris     6.0  UF  Miami Booker T Washington
Brandon Harris  5.9  LSU  Bossier City Parkway
Rafe Peavey     5.8  Ark  Bollivar
Kendrick Doss   5.7  OM  Florence, AL

Top Pro Style QB's counting for SEC team rankings from '14

Kyle Allen         6.1  A&M  Scottsdale Desert Mountain
David Cornwell  5.9  Bama  Norman North
Sean White       5.9  AU    Ft. Lauderdale University
Drew Barker      5.9  UK     Conner (No. Kentucky)
Jacob Park        5.8  UGa   Goose Creek Stratford
Wade Frebeck   5.6  VU     St. Thomas Aquinas
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 08, 2014, 10:02:21 am
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports  50m
'I came here to compete': Alabama QB signee David Cornwell feels healthy, confident entering spring http://ow.ly/tpTpy

Former Oklahoma home school hero is recovering from a knee injury after being finally being granted a fifth year of high school by the State athletics board.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 08, 2014, 10:43:30 am
William Qualkinbush ‏@QualkTalk  13h
Connor Shaw was just introduced at Winter Jam. Christian concert in Greenville. Got booed. Threw up the five. Classic
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 09, 2014, 11:48:28 am
Quarterback battle 'not going to drag on'

No matter who wins the quarterback battle for Kentucky leading up to this season, coaches don't want the competition to "drag on like it did last year," offensive coordinator Neal Brown told the Herald-Leader.

There won't be any question who is running the offense going into the Aug. 30 opener versus Tennessee-Martin.

"We've got to make a decision and get that person the amount of reps required to get ready to play," Brown said. "It's not going to be dragging on. I'm going to make sure it's not a distraction to the rest of the guys on the team."

Will it be after the spring game or a week or two into fall camp? Brown didn't offer a time frame. (http://www.kentucky.com/2014/02/08/3076957/uks-webcast-raises-the-bar-for.html)

Brown is a former UK receiver who transferred to UMass during the Hal Mumme error. He had success running an Air Raid type offense at TTech with Tommy Tuberville.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 12, 2014, 08:02:14 am
Alternate and manufactured kind of QB controversy:

http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/11/ex-mizzou-qb-james-franklin-i-wouldnt-say-supportive-but-accepting-of-michael-sams

Almost immediately after Sam publicly came out as being gay, former Mizzou tight end and Sam’s roommate Eric Waters called out his former teammates on Twitter, writing that “[h]alf y’all posting these pics saying how proud you are… [were] the ones talkin  [stuff]  behind his back in the locker room.”

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 18, 2014, 01:13:13 pm
After the Year of the Quarterback in the SEC, most of the stars at that position have left for the NFL. Is Auburn's Nick Marshall the unquestioned top quarterback coming back? How about Dak Prescott or Bo Wallace? (video discussion at link)

http://www.al.com/sec/index.ssf/2014/02/sec_top_quarterbacks_where_do.html
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 19, 2014, 09:14:23 pm
Chris Low/Travis Haney: Intriguing SEC quarterback battles

 (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/79718/intriguing-sec-quarterback-battles)

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With Johnny Manziel headed to the NFL, everybody will be watching to see who fills his shoes at 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... 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.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 21, 2014, 04:01:40 pm
The Wildcats have seven early enrollees from the 2014 signing class on campus, and one in particular will be under the microscope.

Spotlight: Quarterback Drew Barker, 6-foot-3, 217 pounds, true freshman

Barker passed for 2,671 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior at Conner High in Hebron, Ky., and graduated high school early so that he could enroll in January at Kentucky. He was an ESPN 300 prospect and ranked as the No. 9 quarterback nationally among pocket passers.

The skinny: It's never fair to expect a true freshman to come in at quarterback and save the day in the SEC, and nobody at Kentucky is expecting that from Barker. But he will get every chance to win the job...

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/79768/offseason-spotlight-kentucky-3

Low's article makes it appear UK has buried Patrick Towles, the QB that won Mr. Kentucky Football over Zeke Pike.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 24, 2014, 09:26:53 am
ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC ·1h
5 burning questions: Replacing QBs http://es.pn/1bEMwTm
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 26, 2014, 11:02:29 am
Quarterback Jeff Driskel, 6-foot-4, 239 pounds, redshirt junior

Driskel had his junior season cut short in the third game of the season, when he broke his right leg against Tennessee. During his three starts, he threw for 477 yards on 41 of 62 passing. He also threw two touchdowns to three interceptions and rushed for 38 yards and one more score...

He has to show that he's still a top leader on this team, he has to develop even better chemistry with his receivers and he has to make better decisions in the pocket. Driskel has gotten into a habit of getting careless with where he puts the ball and taking too long in the pocket. That can't happen if the Gators are going to rebound from a 4-8 2013 season. There's a lot of pressure on Driskel, and home fans turned on him at times in 2013.

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/79884/offseason-spotlight-florida-3

His competition is two true freshmen

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 27, 2014, 07:39:23 am
Michael Carvell ‏@RecruitingAJC ·37m
Is Josh Dobbs the clear-cut No. 1 QB for #Vols next season? http://wp.me/p3Xdrl-md

Vols is one program who has potential for QB controversy in 2014.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 01, 2014, 07:28:45 pm
Evan Woodbery ‏@TennesseeBeat  6h
With spring ball a week away, we're revisiting our position previews, starting with QBs. http://ow.ly/u8ujg

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Tennessee used three of its four quarterbacks this year, so perhaps it’s predictable that the one quarterback who didn’t play is the fan favorite to win the job in 2014.

Redshirt freshman Riley Ferguson does, in fact, have a strong chance of earning the No. 1 spot, but the race should be every bit as wide open as it was over the summer.

Justin Worley, who will be a senior, had two solid games in October when the Vols were playing their best. Joshua Dobbs got valuable experience after Worley was hurt. Nathan Peterman will have to overcome a rough performance at Florida.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 04, 2014, 01:03:06 pm
Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman ·24 hrs
Video: Kevin Sumlin on defense's 'sense of urgency,'; his 3 QBs aiming to replace Manziel; Everett on DBs coach: http://blog.mysanantonio.com/aggies/2014/03/video-sumlin-on-new-qbs-everett-on-new-dbs-coach-joseph/ …


On the video Sumlin noted that he did see Number 2 today (Speedy Noil). Did not have to blow the whistle as much with a guy (Manziel) complaining, "he didn't touch me... he wouldn't have had me."

On QB competition he has the "old guys" (Kenny Hill, Matt Joeckel) who has played a little and the "new guy" (Kyle Allen) gunning for him. At this point it is competitive but not combative but it's still early.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 04, 2014, 01:06:56 pm
Jimmy Hyams ‏@JimmyHyams ·22m
Almost 50% of UT's FB roster (46 of 95 players) will go through spring practice for first time, including QBs Josh Dobbs and Riley Ferguson
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 04, 2014, 02:14:33 pm
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports ·3 hrs
The top 5 most intriguing QB races in the SEC this spring http://ow.ly/ueg4n

1. Alabama
The contenders: Blake Sims, Alec Morris, Cooper Bateman, Parker McLeod, David Cornwell, Jacob Coker
The favorite: Jacob Coker...

2. A&M
The contenders: Matt Joeckel, Kenny Hill, Kyle Allen
The favorite: Matt Joeckel...

3. Tennessee
The contenders: Justin Worley, Josh Dobbs, Nathan Peterman, Riley Ferguson
The favorite: Justin Worley...

4. Kentucky
The contenders: Max Smith, Jalen Whitlow, Patrick Towles, Reese Phillips, Drew Barker
The favorite: Reese Phillips...

5. Vanderbilt
The contenders: Patton Robinette, Johnny McCrary
The favorite: Patton Robinette...


Hogs omitted
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 05, 2014, 02:07:34 pm
Hugh Kellenberger ‏@HKellenbergerCL ·20 hrs
Bo Wallace will not throw that much in the spring, because they want to see what the No. 2 options can do.

[Freeze] On backup quarterback battle: "I would say no one is ahead of the pack."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 07, 2014, 11:42:13 am
The question of who will win the Volunteers' starting quarterback job doesn't appear to be a source of insomnia for Butch Jones.

With the three-month winter portion of the four-man race to be Tennessee's starter now complete, Justin Worley, Josh Dobbs, Riley Ferguson and Nathan Peterman enter the next phase of the competition when the Vols open spring practice this afternoon.

"We'll chart and we'll film and we'll evaluate everything," Jones said Thursday at his news conference on the eve of his second spring as the Vols' coach.

"Every rep, like I told them, is a valuable rep," he added. "You don't know how many reps you're going to get, so you better make sure you make the most of every single rep. Every rep is for a championship. Every single rep is to be the starting quarterback.

"Has there been a timetable set on who our starting quarterback is? There are no timetables. That person will emerge. I don't know if it's the second week of spring. I don't know if it's after the conclusion of the Orange and White game. I don't know if it's a week prior to Utah State [in the season opener]. That will take care of itself.

"Right now, they just have to worry about making themselves better individually each and every day and being a leader and proving they can win at Tennessee."

In four of the Vols' five wins in 2013, Worley, now a rising senior, was the starter...

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/mar/07/jones-says-vols-qb-competition-will-take-care-of
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 10, 2014, 08:29:16 am
Nick Saban knows the drill.

The Alabama football coach has a starting position open at quarterback. That means fans and media are going to bug him on a regular basis until he names one.

Then they’ll criticize him for picking the wrong one, whoever wins.

“Let me be very clear about this, we’re not going to be in any hurry to decide who the quarterback is,” Saban said. “We’re going to give everybody a lot of opportunity to compete. You guys are going to ask me at least 1,000 times between now and the first game who’s the first-team quarterback, and I’m telling you right now you’re probably going to get a 1,000, ‘we’re going to wait and sees.’”

“I think it’s important to get it right,” Saban said. “The best chance to get it right is to see who (performs). Consistency in performance sort of defines success in anything. It’s no different in this. And we have one candidate in this horse race who’s not even going to be here until May, till he graduates where he is now. He’s certainly a guy that’s going to compete for the position, too.”

Jacob Coker will transfer from Florida State in the summer after three seasons with the Seminoles. He’ll be able to play right away with two years of eligibility.

However, there are five quarterbacks on campus who will get examined during the spring. Plenty will be seen from senior Blake Sims, sophomore Alec Morris, redshirt freshmen Parker McLeod and Cooper Bateman and freshman David Cornwell.

Only Sims has any significant experience...

http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20140310/SPORTS0401/303100010/Alabama-football-Quarterback-battle-headlines-spring-practice

Noted that McCarron and Phillip Sims alternated quarters in the opener before Saban went with AJ.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 10, 2014, 10:49:41 am
Quarterback: Miles said Saturday that “I think I have a good idea, anyway” about who the Tigers’ starting quarterback will be, but the competition for the job still figures to be fierce. By all accounts, the early leader is rising sophomore Anthony Jennings, but redshirt freshman Hayden Rettig and immensely talented early enrollee Brandon Harris could challenge Jennings for the job.

This competition is only beginning, however. Miles said the coaching staff is in no rush to settle on a starter now, preferring to allow the competition to progress over the next few months before making any decisions.

“The idea that you make the decision early is foolish,” Miles said. “I think there’s always going to be that point in time where a young guy gains speed late or an injury makes the decision or the old guy, the more veteran [player], just shows that he’s worthwhile.”

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/80369/miles-addresses-lsu-position-battles

Or an obligatory end-of-summer-camp bar fight
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 12, 2014, 07:55:22 am
Jeff Lockridge ‏@jefflockridge ·12h
#Vandy story posted. All eyes on QB competition between Robinette & McCrary as spring football practice begins: http://goo.gl/yabASy


Not sure this is as big a QB competition as at other schools
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 17, 2014, 08:35:10 pm
Maty Mauk is Missouri's starting quarterback.

That is, unless one of the other quarterbacks in camp outplays him.

"It's all about competition," Coach Gary Pinkel said. "He played a third of a season and did very, very well. We all know that. It's still about competition. He's the starter right now." (http://www.columbiatribune.com/sports/mu_football/maty-mauk-is-missouri-s-no-qb-but-that-s/article_3c3ad064-aa06-11e3-9508-10604b9f6eda.html)

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Corbin Berkstresser, Eddie Printz, Trent Hosick, early signee freshman Marvin Zanders and walk-on Colby Carpenter fill the depth chart behind Mauk, who went 3-1 as a redshirt freshman starter in place of injured James Franklin…


Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 24, 2014, 04:48:17 pm
There hasn’t been a real and important quarterback competition for four years (if ever) on the Georgia football team. Not for starter. Not even for backup. (http://www.macon.com/2014/03/23/3007656/a-real-quarterback-competition.html)

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Now there is one, for the first time since Aaron Murray beat out fellow freshman Zach Mettenberger in the spring of 2010.

Hutson Mason, who joined the team after Mettenberger’s dismissal the summer of 2010, has been the unquestioned No. 2 the past four years. Even when he redshirted in 2012, it was with the understanding that if Murray got hurt, Mason would go in.

“Hutson’s obviously ahead of everybody,” head coach Mark Richt said. “But we don’t want any position to think, ‘There’s no chance anyone can take my job’ or take playing time or whatever. So we’re telling everybody to compete for the starting job. We’re not saying, ‘Hey try to compete for the No. 2 job.’

“I’m not trying to cause a controversy at all, because Hutson is clearly in the lead. But it’s gonna be his job to keep it that way, and it’s gonna be the other guy’s job to try to close the gap.”

That said, the main competition is for that No. 2 job. It’s a vital one, because if someone can emerge this spring or summer, he would not only be in line this year if Mason got hurt (it is the SEC even if it's the East) and also have the lead for the job in 2015.

There are four scholarship quarterbacks at Georgia this spring: Mason, Bauta, Brice Ramsey and Jacob Park. Realistically the No. 2 battle is between Bauta and Ramsey, since Park just enrolled and is still learning the playbook.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 28, 2014, 08:58:13 am
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports ·27m
The Alabama QB competition didn't stop during Spring Break. Blake Sims worked with a private coach in So. Fla. http://ow.ly/v7gjB


That stuff wouldn't fly at Auburn.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 28, 2014, 04:22:58 pm
Michael Grant ‏@MichaelGrant_CJ ·5 hrs
Kentucky lineman Darrian Miller says freshman QB Drew Barker looked good today but "needs some more bass in his voice."

Michael Grant ‏@MichaelGrant_CJ ·5 hrs
One interesting Drew Barker note. Today was his first day of spring practice with Kentucky. Tomorrow, he'll attend his senior prom.

Michael Grant ‏@MichaelGrant_CJ ·3 hrs
Stoops on Drew Barker: "It was a typical first day. I saw some well-thrown balls. I saw some rust, erratic throws. Overall he looked good."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 29, 2014, 07:15:33 am
Riley L. Ferguson@tha_truth_104
Dang man. I feel lik the ref can't make tht type of call in that critical point of the game. It's watever tho the #vols put up a fight.

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 31, 2014, 10:53:09 am
Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace will visit a renowned mechanics coach this offseason.

Coach Hugh Freeze said that part of Wallace’s continuing rehabilitation program from January 2013 shoulder surgery will be spending about a week with Tom House. A former MLB pitcher, House has worked with lots of pitchers and quarterbacks with a focus on improving their mechanics and avoiding further injury.

“Eli (Manning) told me it was the guy who done Drew Brees,” Wallace said. “He said it’s probably going to be good.”

Co-offensive coordinator Dan Werner said he learned about House while watching an episode of “Real Sports” on HBO and investigated it further. Among House’s other past clients are Tom Brady, Matt Cassell and Tim Tebow.

http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20140330/SPORTS030103/303300007/Ole-Miss-QB-Wallace-meet-guru-part-shoulder-rehab

Freeze does not expect Wallace to throw much during the "Grove Bowl" spring game. He was 11-17 in Ole Miss' 2nd scrimmage.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 02, 2014, 12:42:35 pm
The three-way battle between senior Matt Joeckel, sophomore Kenny Hill and true freshman Kyle Allen will continue this week sans Hill, who was arrested (and later released) early Friday morning on a charge of public intoxication.

On Friday night, the Aggies held their third scrimmage of the spring, this particular workout serving as coach Kevin Sumlin's annual "Friday Night Lights" event which draws numerous recruits but also serves as a live-action opportunity for the current players.

"I think both of them did some good things," Sumlin said Monday. "They both are progressing. I think they understand the offense a lot more. Obviously, Kyle has to because he just got here. Joeckel, being two years into this [offense], he understands it a little bit more and he should. But we've got to get everybody on the same page."

Hill's absence obviously isn't helping his chances.

"I would say that if you're not out there practicing, then that would have an effect on your ability to compete for the job," Sumlin said.

"[It's] extremely disappointing," Sumlin said of Hill.

He noted that the team educates its players on a wide range of off-the-field matters, including drugs, alcohol and behavior, when they come into the program.

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/81291/sumlin-talks-qb-situation-sans-hill

Notes that Hill had attended CHAMPS class ("Helping guys with a sense of urgency about time management, about on the field and off the field situations, drug and alcohol counselors").
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 02, 2014, 12:54:55 pm
Steve Jones ‏@SteveJones_CJ ·3 hrs
Mark Stoops: QBs have improved. There has been no whittling down in th starters' race. All 5 at this point still feel like they are in it


5-way QB competition
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 03, 2014, 09:32:49 am
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports ·45m
In rare mid-QB competition interview, Alabama's Blake Sims talks 'once in a lifetime opportunity' http://ow.ly/vo36t

McCarron's back up in 2013
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 04, 2014, 02:14:40 pm
Brandon Allen. Nick Marshall. Bo Wallace.

That’s it. That’s the list.

Only three quarterbacks who started double-digit games last season return to the SEC this fall, and one of them isn’t even guaranteed to be a starter.

Everywhere you turn in this league, there’s a quarterback competition underway, from Alabama to Georgia, Arkansas to Kentucky, LSU to TA&M.

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/81431/no-right-answer-when-it-comes-to-selecting-a-qb
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 05, 2014, 01:54:40 pm
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247  46m
Worley-Ferguson debate is gonna continue for a while, IMO. I think I'd still go with Worley to start the season, but I'm not a coach.

Tennessee


Matthew Harris ‏@MHarrisAdvocate  22m
Going to join the chorus: Harris' arm looks good as advertised on deeper throws. Jennings better in the intermediate game. #LSU
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 09, 2014, 10:30:25 am
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports

Kentucky
The contenders: Max Smith, Jalen Whitlow, Patrick Towles, Reese Phillips, Drew Barker
The favorite: Reese Phillips...


Kyle Tucker ‏@KyleTucker_CJ ·15 mins
Any separation in the QB race? Stoops: "No." Whitlow good today. Goes back and forth.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 10, 2014, 10:41:05 am
ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC ·35 mins
Driskel has something to prove to UF fans http://es.pn/1edIfHE

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Jeff Driskel will be on a mission in Florida's spring game on Saturday.

His goal? Win over a skeptical fanbase.

"I want to show them that I'm confident," the junior quarterback said on Wednesday, "that I didn't let the Miami game or the injury take away from my confidence."

The Miami game in Week 2 still haunts Driskel, whose two red-zone interceptions and sack-fumble practically handed the Hurricanes a 21-16 win.


Suffered a broken leg the next week against Tennessee.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 10, 2014, 12:45:56 pm
Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio ·3h
"If we had to play a game tomorrow, Jalen Whitlow would be the guy." --- Mark Stoops on KSR

WJ Whitlow ‏@waltwhitlow1 ·4 mins
@KySportsRadio  i will say this, there are other teams who would love to have him if the BBN really don't want him.

Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio ·2 mins
@waltwhitlow1 I am a huge fan of your son. Don't let a few fans make you sour on the rest. Most love your son and his future here
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 11, 2014, 07:50:54 am
Vandy QB race comes down to Spring Offense v. Defense scrimmage, Saturday:

"I think you're only as good as your last game," Coach Derek Mason said. "Let's play the game within the game. Let's let the numbers speak for themselves. Let's come out of this deal with a quarterback and let's see what we're going to do this summer."

Sophomore Patton Robinette and redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary have been competing for the job through 14 practices.

Robinette began the spring with a leg up in the quarterback race due to his experience last season, but Mason has not named a leader in recent weeks.

"I think it's a tight race," Mason said. "I think Johnny right now looks to be poised in terms of the pass game, and I think Robinette functions a little better just in terms of his ability to manage the offense. So you have a big-play guy and you have a guy who understands how to manage the offense. So it will be interesting in the spring game to see how that goes. I want to see some points."

http://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/college/vanderbilt/2014/04/10/spring-game-vanderbilt-quarterback
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 11, 2014, 11:21:00 am
Ole Miss exited the spring without naming a backup quarterback, and with coach Hugh Freeze indicating the decision may actually extend into the 2014 season.

That’s by design, because Freeze and co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Dan Werner want redshirt freshmen DeVante Kincade and Ryan Buchanan competing against each other for as long as possible.

“They’re competitors, so they’ll try to outdo one another,” Werner said.

http://blogs.clarionledger.com/um/2014/04/11/time-for-ole-miss-backup-qbs-ryan-buchanan-devante-kincade-to-study

They will not know the full extent of Bo Wallace's throwing shoulder recovery and decision-making capability going into 2014.

Manage transfers by slow playing finalization of a depth chart.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 12, 2014, 03:35:14 pm
Ben Roberts ‏@NextCats  4h
Stoops says it's still a 4-man battle at quarterback.

Ben Roberts ‏@NextCats  4h
Out here at UK football today. Apparently, Drew Barker threw a 45-yard TD pass on the run during scrimmage.

[It was a closed scrimmage]

Ben Roberts ‏@NextCats  4h
Neal Brown on Drew Barker today: "You wouldn't have known he was a high school senior."

Ben Roberts ‏@NextCats  2h
Stoops and Brown had lots of good things to say about Drew Barker and Patrick Towles this afternoon http://bit.ly/1ek4Kee
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 16, 2014, 10:29:50 am
Jen Smith ‏@jenheraldleader ·34m
QB Jalen Whitlow plans to transfer, UK announces.


Mark Stoops mentioned that he had asked a 2013 starter to switch positions.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: Suidae Suis Scrofa on April 16, 2014, 11:03:37 am
Joeckel is out at A&M.

http://blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/2014/04/joeckels-transfer-will-leave-aggies-hurting-for-depth-at-qb/?cmpid=hpbn#15438101=0

-phil
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 16, 2014, 11:06:02 am
Joeckel is out at A&M.

http://blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/2014/04/joeckels-transfer-will-leave-aggies-hurting-for-depth-at-qb/?cmpid=hpbn#15438101=0

-phil

Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman ·1h
Sr QB Matt Joeckel intends to transfer, A&M says. That leaves freshman Kyle Allen, soph Kenny Hill & KO's finest @Conner_McQueen in mix.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 17, 2014, 09:29:14 am
Shea Dixon ‏@Sheadixon ·Apr 14
QB guru @georgewhitfield says #LSU freshman Brandon Harris reminds him of Heisman winner Jameis Winston (FREE) http://lsu.247sports.com/Article/QB-guru-George-Whitfield-says-Brandon-Harris-has-a-bright-future-28130537 …

In competition with Anthony Jennings for the QB spot.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 19, 2014, 03:36:00 pm
Clint Trickett ‏@ClintTrickett9  53m
Love seeing my boy Coker already at the Bama spring game. Watchin this game is gettin me hyped already! #WVUvsBama
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 21, 2014, 05:00:41 pm
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports ·3 hrs
Jacob Coker working his way toward competing for Alabama's staring quarterback job | http://AL.com  http://ow.ly/w0cVf
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 22, 2014, 08:53:39 am
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports ·18m
Former Alabama QB Greg McElroy 'didn't appreciate' AJ McCarron's A-Day complacency comments http://ow.ly/w1QzK


A different kind of QB Controversy
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 23, 2014, 01:36:26 pm
Ryan Lemond ‏@ryanlemond ·3 hrs
@UKCoachBrown on qb, "We would've loved Jalen to stay. The other 3 guys were just out performing him. Wish Jalen would've played wide out."

@UKCoachBrown on Drew Barker, "he does a lot of things really good. He's put himself in position to win the job, but still making mistakes."

@UKCoachBrown on qb, "We need somebody to win the job. We've trimmed it to 3.We'll pick somebody and work with them but all 3 could win it."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 23, 2014, 07:26:12 pm
Bo Mattingly ‏@SportsTalkwBo  2h
The New Orleans Times-Picayune’s @JimKleinpeter: Anthony Jennings’ is going to be the starter at QB for LSU against Wisconsin, but after that, it’s up for grabs.

 LSU is counting on some freshman to come in and help right away on offense.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 26, 2014, 08:24:03 am
Kyle Tucker ‏@KyleTucker_CJ  5m
Also: Mark Stoops says which QB runs out with the first team today is significant in that position battle: http://cjky.it/1mLYPS4
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 27, 2014, 07:57:38 am
Kyle Tucker ‏@KyleTucker_CJ  5m
Also: Mark Stoops says which QB runs out with the first team today is significant in that position battle: http://cjky.it/1mLYPS4

Coach Stoops played coy following today’s game about the starting QB. When asked if Patrick Towles was going to be named the starting QB he just said “we’ll see….we’ll see” and said it would be surprising in the coaching staff made a decision in the next week. Towles impressed in today’s game, going 11-15 with 126 yards and an interception. Reese Phillips was 10-17 with 74 yards and two touchdowns, while Drew Barker was 7-19 for 74 yards and one touchdown. (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/main/casey-kasems-sunday-news-and-views)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 27, 2014, 02:28:45 pm
HURT LOCKER: QB situation hazy for some SEC-W teams (http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20140426/news/140429733)

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Alabama — The Crimson Tide’s A-Day apparently served as a referendum that left most fans voting for “none of the above.”

Arkansas — Brandon Allen threw a couple of picks in the annual Intraswine game in Fayetteville on Saturday, but remains ahead…

LSU — Freshman Brandon Harris had a better intrasquad game than sophomore Anthony Jennings, but LSU coach Les Miles said he isn’t quite ready to name a starter yet [nor should he be].

A&M — There will be no more scrutinized new quarterback in college football (Coker excepted) than Johnny Manziel’s replacement. Matt Joeckel transferred after the spring. Kenny Hill has a little experience (and a spring DUI arrest.) There has been a lot of speculation that true freshman Kyle Allen will step into the massive shoes of Manziel.

Offense is the last thing Auburn has to worry about.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 30, 2014, 02:51:54 pm
Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio ·2h
UK adds a new Quarterback from North Carolina as a late enrollee for 2014: http://kentuckysportsradio.com/main/2014-qbwr-ryan-kendall-will-walk-on-at-uk/ …

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 30, 2014, 10:36:09 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  5h
SEC coaches update uncertain quarterback situations | http://AL.com  http://ow.ly/wlQcM
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 01, 2014, 01:07:23 pm
Jeff Lockridge ‏@jefflockridge Apr 30

How are the #SEC QB competitions shaping up at #Bama, #UT, #Vandy, etc.? Check out our post-spring FB capsules: http://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/college/2014/04/29/sec-spring-football-capsules …
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 02, 2014, 01:02:47 pm
Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman 3h

Suddenly, reps not issue for Texas A&M's young QBs -- and why you need to know name of Aggies' 3rd stringer: http://www.expressnews.com/sports/college_sports/aggies/article/Suddenly-reps-not-issue-for-young-QBs-5446948.php …


A&M coach Kevin Sumlin paid reserve quarterback Conner McQueen quite a compliment this week.

“He's been around the program for a long time,” Sumlin said of his gung-ho backup to the backup, a redheaded bundle of energy who walked on the A&M football team two years ago.

McQueen's name came up this week because of one that will no longer: Matt Joeckel, a senior who is transferring to TCU.

With high-profile recruits Kyle Allen and Kenny Hill fighting it out to replace the irreplaceable Johnny Manziel, McQueen is the new No. 3 on the list...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 11, 2014, 10:37:42 pm
http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/nfl-draft-scout/24557750/nfl-draft-after-johnny-manziel-sec-qbs-had-to-wait

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 15, 2014, 09:18:05 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  17h

Nick Saban on Alabama's QB competition: Don't forget about Blake Sims, Cooper Bateman http://ow.ly/wR8lu
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 16, 2014, 08:31:27 am
 The Volunteers ended the spring giving snaps to four quarterbacks: Sophomore Joshua Dobbs, senior Justin Worley, sophomore Nathan Peterman, and redshirt freshman Riley Ferguson. Dobbs, Worley and Peterman have all started games for Tennessee. All four showed flashes of good play during the spring.

You can’t rep four quarterbacks in preseason practice so offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian concedes he’ll have to cut that list down to two—maybe three--fairly early in Fall camp. (http://www.secdigitalnetwork.com/NEWS/tabid/473/Article/250872/regions-bank-2014-sec-football-spring-preview-tennessee.aspx)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 19, 2014, 09:38:27 am
Vaughts' Views ‏@vaughtsviews 1h
Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles ready to let QB guru George Whitfield help him http://wp.me/pt93y-bcs

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“Andrew Luck and Cam Newton swear by him. He is their guy and he’s working with a lot of guys now getting them ready for their Pro Day,” said Terry Towles, Patrick’s father, when he first talked about Patrick’s decision. “They had a good relationship before.”

Towles also worked out some on his own with  Donnie Walker, who has worked with current California offensive coordinator Tony Franklin.

That obviously helped both Towles’ fundamentals and confidence as he may have surged to the top of UK’s quarterback battle with his play in spring practice.

Walker teaches the same system as UK OC Neal Brown. Towles beat out Zeke Pike for Kentucky High School player of the year in his class. He went to the same high school as the Hefty Lefty.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 21, 2014, 01:41:56 pm
George Whitfield Jr. @georgewhitfield  ·  28m
#OleMiss QB @_ryanbuchanan_ working to stay alive VS Harvard QB Ryan Hempel.. #zombiedrill #dimecity #GottaLoveIt

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BoLbvA7IAAEYzIY.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 23, 2014, 07:04:30 am
Butch Jones oversaw the rare four-way quarterback battle during spring practice, as senior Justin Worley, sophomores Josh Dobbs and Nathan Peterman and redshirt freshman Riley Ferguson all took their shot at the starting gig. And when the dust from spring camp had settled, the answer was ... that Worley and Ferguson and possibly Dobbs were still right in the mix, with Peterman not eliminated just yet.

With a brutal schedule, both lines in flux, and several other major personnel questions to answer, it's impossible to imagine the Vols ending their now three-season bowl drought (much less make any real SEC East headway) without solid-to-actually-good quarterbacking play... (http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/eye-on-college-football/24569643/breaking-down-the-buzz-tennessee)

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What we think is ... yeah, it's probably Worley. But picking a quarterback might be more important than which quarterback gets picked. The good news for the Vols is that where 2013 was concerned, Jones didn't have much in the way of options; Dobbs was a true freshman, Worley took several weeks to get up to speed, Ferguson was either hurt and/or redshirting, and Peterman's single half of football against Florida ranked among the worst halves of quarterbacking seen in the SEC's recent memory...

But that half of Peterman's gets back to why Vol fans are right to be more antsy about Jones making a decision than what decision he happens to make. After Worley started 2013 slowly, Jones turned to Peterman for a shot in the arm against the Gators ... and after three first-half turnovers, lost by two touchdowns to a team that lost its starting quarterback in the first quarter and finished the year 4-8. Waffling over naming the starter just to waffle or making a change just for change's sake isn't productive, and having three or four potential starting candidates seems like the same sort of situation that tempted Jones into pulling the trigger on his backup too soon last season.

Jones may have learned from that mistake, of course. But it will bear close watching as the season draws near, and even begins -- whether you're a Volunteer fan or not.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 24, 2014, 07:34:27 am
Jimmy Hyams ‏@JimmyHyams  May 22
Jones said there is `zero benefit to naming a starting quarterback (now). I like competition. I want them to compete th/out summer months.'

Jones said UT's QBs had to play `perfect' last year and 'nobody's perfect.' He said catch radius for WRs was the `diameter of a basketball.'
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 28, 2014, 07:31:29 am
Butch Jones oversaw the rare four-way quarterback battle during spring practice, as senior Justin Worley, sophomores Josh Dobbs and Nathan Peterman and redshirt freshman Riley Ferguson all took their shot at the starting gig. And when the dust from spring camp had settled, the answer was ... that Worley and Ferguson and possibly Dobbs were still right in the mix, with Peterman not eliminated just yet.

With a brutal schedule, both lines in flux, and several other major personnel questions to answer, it's impossible to imagine the Vols ending their now three-season bowl drought (much less make any real SEC East headway) without solid-to-actually-good quarterbacking play... (http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/eye-on-college-football/24569643/breaking-down-the-buzz-tennessee)


And then there were three.

Jones says that Ferguson is transferring.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 28, 2014, 07:37:25 am
With Luke Del Rio long gone (to Oregon State) and McLeod having one foot out the door, as many as four players will vie to become Alabama’s next starting quarterback when fall camp begins.

The presumptive leader in the clubhouse, of course, is Florida State transfer Jacob Coker. The redshirt junior was the backup to Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston last season and first-round NFL draft pick EJ Manuel the season before that. He enrolled at Alabama earlier this month and should be fully recovered from knee surgery when practice begins later this summer.   (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/83550/another-qb-on-his-way-out-at-alabama)

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Coker, who attended Alabama’s spring game but was unable to participate because he hadn’t yet graduated from Florida State, looked the best out of anyone, and he was in a simple T-shirt and a camouflage hat.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 30, 2014, 09:17:30 am
Lane Kiffin, speaking at the 20th annual L'Arche Football Preview on Thursday in Mobile, said both Blake Sims and Cooper Bateman did well in the spring, although noting that Sims "did not perform real well in the spring game." Of course, they were joined on campus this month by Florida State transfer and former St. Paul's star Jacob Coker, seen by many as the favorite to land the starting job.

"I thought it was really nice of Coach Fisher," Kiffin said with a grin toward Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, who was set to follow him at the podium. "We want to thank you for giving up your backup quarterback to us. Appreciate that. It must be nice to be that loaded." (http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2014/05/lane_kiffin_calls_alabamas_off.html)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 30, 2014, 01:22:00 pm
Matt Jones @KySportsRadio  ·  2h
Neal Brown pleased with UK Quarterbacks' progress but says more work needs to be done: http://bit.ly/RKZgyg

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Brown said he’s pleased with the progress Patrick Towles, Drew Barker, and Reese Phillips are making, he’s not “happy”:

“We’re improved, I don’t know if happy’s the right word, but by no means are we a finished product in any aspect of our program or on offense in particular. But, I’m pleased that we’re improved. I’m pleased with the progress we made from January through May. These next two months are going to be critical for those guys, that’s one of the reasons we haven’t named a starter, just because we made so much improvement from January to the end of April for the spring game that I want to see over May, June, and July how much more improvement until we get into fall camp. So, that’s going to be critical.

"As far as happy, I don’t know if happy is the word. We’re still inexperienced there, so there’s still some worry. Now, I think we’re more talented, our guys are working really hard on fundamentals and we’re better, but it’ll probably be a while before I’m happy.”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 03, 2014, 07:25:04 am
Look at me! Look at me!

Kentucky quarterback Reese Phillips is entangled in a four-way quarterback derby along with Drew Barker, Patrick Towles and Maxwell Smith for the Wildcats' starting job this fall.

In UK's Blue-White Spring Game in April, the redshirt freshman was 10 of 17 for 74 yards and two touchdowns.  (http://247sports.com/Bolt/Reese-Phillips-reality-show-in-the-works--28941424)

Reese Phillips @ReesePhillips11
I always hear that the #BBN knows nothing about me... I'm starting a reality show so that's not the case anymore
4:36 PM - 1 Jun 2014

This is really happening just wait... #BBN
4:48 PM - 1 Jun 2014
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 05, 2014, 12:03:28 pm
Ranking Vanderbilt's 2014 quarterbacks
With the addition of Stephen Rivers from LSU there are now six. (http://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/college/2014/06/04/ranking-vanderbilt-quarterback)

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1. Johnny McCrary
Perhaps the highest-rated quarterback recruit to ever put on a Vanderbilt uniform, the exciting 6-4 redshirt freshman received praise from Coach Derek Mason for his arm strength and grasp of the offense...

2. Patton Robinette
The sophomore brings the most game experience to the competition. In relief of Austyn Carta-Samuels, Robinette led the Commodores to wins over Georgia, Florida and had the game-winning touchdown run against Tennessee. He was more productive with his legs than arm at times last season, and struggled in the BBVA Compass Bowl.

3. Stephen Rivers
Largely an unknown after transferring from LSU, Rivers has the pedigree and measurables...

...
6. Shawn Stankavage
The freshman was a late addition to the 2014 recruiting class. The son of former NFL quarterback Scott Stankavage, he has the pedigree to be a factor. Recovering from a torn ACL suffered in his junior season...

Nick Cole takes over for Jeff Lockridge as Vandy beat writer for The Tennessean.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 09, 2014, 07:12:27 am
Jimbo Fisher:Jacob Coker most talented QB in Saban era at Alabama (https://alabama.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1648441)

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Fisher, a former offensive coordinator under Alabama head coach Nick Saban at LSU (2000-06), believes his former signal caller and new Alabama transfer Jacob Coker not only gives the Crimson Tide the best chance to win in 2014, he's the most gifted quarterback Saban's staff has had since arriving in Tuscaloosa seven years ago.

"Including what they've had, he's much more talented than anything they've had," Fisher said. "I don't mean to discredit the previous guys, they were all great. But this guy is extremely talented. Arm and mind."

Would know.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 16, 2014, 07:46:02 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  7h
#Vandy's @CoachDerekMason on Stephen Rivers: 'He an immediate impact guy' http://tinyurl.com/nxea36q

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anderbilt first-year coach Derek Mason may have six quarterbacks fighting for the starting job, but he said at least one of them has the potential to make an immediate impact.

Stephen Rivers, the younger brother of San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers, transferred to Vandy earlier this month.

"I think any time you can get a player of his caliber who understands what this conference is and has the skill set we are looking for -- I just think he's an immediate impact guy," Mason told The Times Free Press late last week. "As we went through the process and he went to programs and talked to coaches around the country, we hit it off, and he understood who we were and what we wanted to be. It's great to have him on board."

Rivers of Athens, Ala., is competing with five others at the quarterback position: Patton Robinette, Johnny McCrary, Josh Grady and freshmen Wade Freebeck and Shawn Stankavage.

"It's probably going to head into the better part of two weeks, but I don't know if we can give six quarterbacks reps doing it that way," Mason said.

Plans to name a starter game week.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 18, 2014, 04:33:04 pm
NFL.com: 10 schools with intriguing QB battles (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000359740/article/texas-texas-am-among-10-schools-with-intriguing-qb-battles?campaign=Twitter_nfl_cb)

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Kentucky Wildcats
The contenders: Drew Barker, Reese Phillips, Patrick Towles…

LSU Tigers
The contenders: Brandon Harris, Anthony Jennings…

Tennessee Volunteers
The contenders: Justin Worley, Joshua Dobbs, Nathan Peterman…

A&M
The contenders: Kyle Allen, Kenny Hill...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 18, 2014, 06:19:01 pm
Bo Mattingly @SportsTalkwBo  ·  2h
The Big Ten Network’s @gerrydinardo (former Vandy and LSU coach): The one thing you can’t do now is develop a QB, because when one wins the battle to start, the other transfers.

DiNardo: It’s not any harder to recruit good quarterbacks, it’s harder to keep & develop them. They lose a QB battle, and they leave.
Title: Climer: SEC lacks quality, proven QBs
Post by: jbcarol on June 20, 2014, 12:18:51 pm
When I was asked to vote on a preseason All-SEC team, it was a process of elimination.

The SEC is loaded with such across-the-board talent that you're picking one great player over another great player at most positions.

And then I got to quarterback.

The pickings are slim — at least by past SEC standards. (http://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/columnist/david-climer/2014/06/19/david-climer-sec-football-bo-wallace-nick-marshall)

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In 1996, Peyton Manning was relegated to second-team All-SEC. Why? Because Danny Wuerffel was busy winning the Heisman Trophy at Florida.

Three SEC quarterbacks have won the Heisman in the last seven years ... Since 1998, six SEC quarterbacks have been the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft ... Last season's SEC quarterback crop produced four NFL draftees...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 22, 2014, 03:38:45 pm
Bo Mattingly @SportsTalkwBo  ·  2h
The Big Ten Network’s @gerrydinardo (former Vandy and LSU coach): The one thing you can’t do now is develop a QB, because when one wins the battle to start, the other transfers.

DiNardo: It’s not any harder to recruit good quarterbacks, it’s harder to keep & develop them. They lose a QB battle, and they leave.

It's amazing how some schools can keep as many as six QBs all thinking, "I'm the one."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 22, 2014, 03:42:46 pm
GoVolsXtra @GoVolsXtra  ·  Jun 12
What impact will Quinten Dormady have on UT's quarterback position? @TennesseeBeat breaks down the news: http://bit.ly/1is1vxX
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 23, 2014, 09:23:05 am
Ross Dellenger @DellengerAdv  ·  23h

On the move: #LSU shifting its focus at QB position to dual-threat guys - http://theadvocate.com/sports/lsu/9512499-123/on-the-move-lsu-football …

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LSU’s quarterback position is undergoing a makeover. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and head coach Les Miles are gathering the tools to reshape the position, and it’s clear what the goal is.

“They’re changing a lot,” McMillan said. “They’re starting to change their quarterback. It’s still an NFL offense, but he’s starting to get more mobile quarterbacks.”

Despite going 20-6 over the past two seasons, LSU’s offense lacked an element many teams have these days: an unpredictable and versatile quarterback, a playmaker with another dimension.

The Tigers are certain to have a true dual-threat starting quarterback in 2014 for the first time in eight years. The only two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster are dual-threat, athletic QBs, too: freshman Brandon Harris and sophomore Anthony Jennings.

The future is becoming clear: The two most recent QB commits for the next two years — McMillan, a 2015 prospect from Cedar Hill High in Texas, and Feleipe Franks, a four-star 2016 recruit from Wakulla High in Florida — are dual-threat guys. And the two quarterbacks who left the team this spring — Stephen Rivers and Hayden Rettig — are pocket passers.

One of the current QB's is more "dual threat" than the other.
Title: Fox Sports rank SEC QB...top to most to prove...
Post by: seasonhog on June 23, 2014, 12:48:03 pm

Fox Sports rank the SEC QB fro top to most to prove...

Auburn qb....top rank.

Brandon Allen....number 12.......


1. Marshall...Auburn
2. Prescott...MS
3. Wallace...OM
4.Coker...AL
5.Thompson...SC
6. Mauk.... MO
7. Driskel...FL
8. Hill... T-A&M
9. Mason... Georgia
10. Jennings...LSU
11. Smith...KY
12. Allen...AR
13. Robinette...Vanderbilt
14. Worley.....Tenn
Title: Re: Fox Sports rank SEC QB...top to most to prove...
Post by: Hoggiedawg on June 23, 2014, 12:52:23 pm
After last year that is certainly understandable.
Title: Re: Fox Sports rank SEC QB...top to most to prove...
Post by: bennyl08 on June 23, 2014, 03:55:39 pm
We know Marshall can be a game manager in the passing game and a game breaker as a runner, but does that get him #1?

Prescott has a ridiculously high ceiling and MSU return almost more experience than any team in the country.

Wallace has the best balance of experience, passing ability, and athleticism, but even in year two threw way too many INT's.

Coker: Does he get fourth? Is this based on talent, or level of success? I mean, BA could have a lot of success at Bama in his second year as a starter, but Coker has yet to prove anything.

Thompson easily deserves to be above Coker. He's a much better qb than Shaw. However, in the same way that Shaw was much better than Garcia, Spurrier plays experience over talent.

Mauk: He looked very good in limited reps. Can he extend that success to a full season when his 4 games played last year makes him one of the more experienced players on the team?

Driskel? He shows enough flashes of potential to keep him on the list but injuries/lack of anybody to throw to/lack of an OL to protect him (hence the injuries) makes him an enigma.

Hill: Again, success or talent? He has potential for both, but this aggies team will be a lot, lot different from what we have seen in the past.

Mason: How he is below Mauk is confusing. Mason has twice the experience that Mauk has. Mason has better numbers than Mauk has. Mason has a Georgia team that is returning a whole lot of experience and the best RB in the country.

Jennings did what even FCS qb's can do and that is look good against the Hog's secondary. Essentially, he has one 99 yard game winning drive to his name with the help of elite NFL talent that is no longer on the roster.

Smith: He's the best Kentucky has to offer, so there's a good chance even with our roster he wouldn't be more than a walk-on.

Allen: 4* prospect, threw 40 td's and no INT's in the regular season of his HS senior year. So far, he has more physical talents than even Tyler Wilson, but hasn't been able to put it together mentally. Combine that with the shoulder injury and his first year as a starter made some of Hooties qb stats look good.

Who?

Worley: Been around Tenner for a while. There's a reason he hasn't been a regular starter and I don't expect that to stop this season.
Title: Re: Fox Sports rank SEC QB...top to most to prove...
Post by: seasonhog on June 23, 2014, 04:14:21 pm
We know Marshall can be a game manager in the passing game and a game breaker as a runner, but does that get him #1?

Prescott has a ridiculously high ceiling and MSU return almost more experience than any team in the country.

Wallace has the best balance of experience, passing ability, and athleticism, but even in year two threw way too many INT's.

Coker: Does he get fourth? Is this based on talent, or level of success? I mean, BA could have a lot of success at Bama in his second year as a starter, but Coker has yet to prove anything.

Thompson easily deserves to be above Coker. He's a much better qb than Shaw. However, in the same way that Shaw was much better than Garcia, Spurrier plays experience over talent.

Mauk: He looked very good in limited reps. Can he extend that success to a full season when his 4 games played last year makes him one of the more experienced players on the team?

Driskel? He shows enough flashes of potential to keep him on the list but injuries/lack of anybody to throw to/lack of an OL to protect him (hence the injuries) makes him an enigma.

Hill: Again, success or talent? He has potential for both, but this aggies team will be a lot, lot different from what we have seen in the past.

Mason: How he is below Mauk is confusing. Mason has twice the experience that Mauk has. Mason has better numbers than Mauk has. Mason has a Georgia team that is returning a whole lot of experience and the best RB in the country.

Jennings did what even FCS qb's can do and that is look good against the Hog's secondary. Essentially, he has one 99 yard game winning drive to his name with the help of elite NFL talent that is no longer on the roster.

Smith: He's the best Kentucky has to offer, so there's a good chance even with our roster he wouldn't be more than a walk-on.

Allen: 4* prospect, threw 40 td's and no INT's in the regular season of his HS senior year. So far, he has more physical talents than even Tyler Wilson, but hasn't been able to put it together mentally. Combine that with the shoulder injury and his first year as a starter made some of Hooties qb stats look good.

Who?

Worley: Been around Tenner for a while. There's a reason he hasn't been a regular starter and I don't expect that to stop this season.


I would take your opinion over who wrote the article.......someone needing a paycheck.

I think Allen has a chance to be on top of the sec........we will know soon.............
Title: Re: Fox Sports rank SEC QB...top to most to prove...
Post by: tophawg19 on June 23, 2014, 04:44:58 pm
First Marshall has to prove he has an air game to be #1. I don't see that offense working as well this time around
Title: Re: Fox Sports rank SEC QB...top to most to prove...
Post by: MuskogeeHogFan on June 23, 2014, 04:48:06 pm
Fox Sports rank the SEC QB fro top to most to prove...

Auburn qb....top rank.

Brandon Allen....number 12.......


1. Marshall...Auburn
2. Prescott...MS
3. Wallace...OM
4.Coker...AL
5.Thompson...SC
6. Mauk.... MO
7. Driskel...FL
8. Hill... T-A&M
9. Mason... Georgia
10. Jennings...LSU
11. Smith...KY
12. Allen...AR
13. Robinette...Vanderbilt
14. Worley.....Tenn


Shocking, absolutely shocking. ;) After last year's numbers? Injury last year or not, what are they supposed to say? Hey, he may very well turn out to be the most improved QB in the conference and while I don't know the kid personally, who could doubt that he probably has a giant chip on his shoulder and feels challenged to prove that he is better than anyone gives him credit for being?

I hope he surprises everyone, especially many here on Hogville. Hopefully, many of those who don't have confidence in him hope for the same as it will mean nothing but good things for the Hogs as a team.
Title: Re: Fox Sports rank SEC QB...top to most to prove...
Post by: nwahogfan1 on June 23, 2014, 05:08:10 pm
We need BA to move up the list and get in the top 5 or 6 for us to win 5, 6 or more games.   
Title: Re: Fox Sports rank SEC QB...top to most to prove...
Post by: seasonhog on June 23, 2014, 05:16:54 pm
We need BA to move up the list and get in the top 5 or 6 for us to win 5, 6 or more games.


We will know abt BA the first game........win or lose. I hope he has some receivers that can catch the ball.

We can't pigeon hole allen by last season.....with the injured.......

Title: Re: Fox Sports rank SEC QB...top to most to prove...
Post by: masshog2412 on June 23, 2014, 05:19:53 pm
i would go..
1. Prescott-MSU....top all around talent returning
2. Wallace-Ole Miss....has shown more throwing the ball than Marshall
3. Marshall-AU.......has to prove it this year with his arm
4. Mauk- UM.......filled in very nicely last year but can he keep it up?
5. Thompson- SC.......the team is now his with Shaw graduating
6. Mason- GA........showed off while filling in last year
7. Coker- Bama......will only be asked to manage and Saban knows how to teach this
8. Allen- UA........has to make proper progressions and stay in pocket longer
9. Jennings- LSU....lost a lot of PROVEN talent at WR
10. Hill- A&M......Huge shoes to fill
11. Driskel- UF.........An injury free year could move him up
12. Worley- UT.........its now or never
13. Smith-UK........Will be interesting as hes really only option
14. Robinette-Vandy.....honestly ive never heard of him
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 24, 2014, 09:05:06 pm
Michael Bonner @MikeBBonner  ·  Jun 23
ICMYI: Dak Prescott is the unquestioned starter in 2014, but who's behind him? Some big arms with great size.  http://on.thec-l.com/T3ud1t
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 26, 2014, 09:37:40 am
Bama football's VIP 25: Johnny Manziel's replacement will have tough act to follow

The 25 most important figures within or around the Crimson Tide program (or foes) who will determine whether Alabama's upcoming season is a success.

Number 13. Whoever wins the Texas A&M quarterback battle: (http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2014/06/alabama_footballs_vip_25_johnn.html)

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52 completions. 717 passing yards. 190 rushing yards. Seven touchdowns.

It's hard to believe those totals from Johnny Manziel came in just two career games against Bama...

The Aggies' quarterback race was whittled down to two in April, when Matt Joeckel announced his intentions to transfer...

Kenny Hill's spring was rocky, but he carries the experience edge over five-star freshman Kyle Allen. Hill, who appeared in four games last season, missed the Aggies' final few spring practices following his arrest for public intoxication. He rejoined the team for summer workouts.

Allen's drawn rave reviews since he enrolled in January. The Scottsdale, Ariz., product received the bulk of the praise from Sumlin when the coach spoke with reporters on the SEC's post-spring teleconference.

"We were able to get quite a bit of installation in with the players before we had started the practice process because of the number of guys offensively and defensively that are going to have to play for us. He's handled it," Sumlin said. "The thing now is he's got the tools, he's got the basics of the offense, he's got progressions and what we expect out of him."

A&M cancelled their spring game due to Kyle Field renovations.

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 28, 2014, 11:46:28 am
Who Will Win UK’s Starting Quarterback Job?

It’s the question we’ve all been asking since Barker committed, Whitlow transferred, and Towles stepped up. And one that we still have yet to get a definite answer. (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/football-2/one-big-question-for-kentucky-football)

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Earlier this week Matt Jones mentioned on the Kentucky Sports Radio show that he felt the order as of now was Towles one, Phillips two, and Barker three but Barker had a shot to move up to the second spot by the time UT-Martin travels up to Lexington. If that’s the case you have to consider redshirting Drew and letting this year play out to get ready for sustainable success in the years to come. You’d have Towles along with Phillips and Smith to get you through 2014...

(http://bluegrassfootball.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/image23.jpg)
Maxwell Smith started 2013 until injured and replaced by now-transferred Jalen Whitlow who finished 13th in the SEC QB Rankings just ahead of Allen.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 02, 2014, 12:57:45 pm
It’s been some time since A&M has had questions surrounding the quarterback position. At least it seems that way... With two young quarterbacks vying to fill his shoes, the coaching staff is expected to rely on a deep backfield with increasing experience to take the load off. (http://collegesportsblog.dallasnews.com/2014/07/texas-am-projected-starters-two-quarterback-race-shows-youth-while-running-back-depth-provides-support.html)

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Quarterback

Contenders: Kyle Allen (Fr., Scottsdale, Ariz., Desert Mountain); Kenny Hill (So.)

Projected starter: Allen

Stanglehold on position from 1-10: 5

Analysis: The top quarterback recruit in the nation last season, Allen is a pro-style quarterback with athleticism. He has a greater chance at starting due to the transfer of Matt Joeckel to TCU but his best foot in the door is his play. Allen’s throws are tight and accurate but the only knock against him is the lack of experience. Despite his early enrollment Allen is behind the eight ball in the experience column but certainly not in the talent department.

Should the Aggie coaching staff insist that a mobile quarterback take the reigns, Hill would be the choice. In mop up time last season Hill completed 16 passes for 183 yards and a lone touchdown. The former Southlake Carroll prospect has the winning pedigree to take A&M to new heights but getting a public intoxication arrest during the offseason could hurt his chances despite all of his accolades and experience.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 03, 2014, 02:53:05 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  32m
Recent history shows quarterback experience a factor for national contenders | http://AL.com  http://ow.ly/yL1ew

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It's not a stretch to think the Crimson Tide could contend with Florida State transfer Jacob Coker at the helm, if he wins the starting job as expected. Just last year, Auburn won the SEC and made the BCS championship game with a junior-college transfer ...

Pete Roussel of CoachingSearch.com and 247Sports charted every starting quarterback who has led a team in that finished in the top 10 over the last five years, and found that only five quarterbacks during that time were in their first year in their respective offensive systems.

The upshot according to the chart: Teams with quarterbacks in their first or second years in a system are 20 percent less likely to finish in the top 10 than those with three or more years in the same system.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 06, 2014, 01:00:53 pm
David Climer: Vols’ QB problem still lacks solution

Tennessee’s Vols recently won a recruiting tug-of-war with Alabama for quarterback Quinten Dormady.

For UT, that’s the good news.

The bad news: Dormady is entering his senior season at Boerne (Texas) High. (http://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/columnist/david-climer/2014/07/05/climer-vols-still-need-qb-help)

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That means the Vols will continue to plug along this season with Justin Worley, Josh Dobbs and Nathan Peterman. The fact that none of the three was able to secure the starting spot in spring practice tells us this remains a position of need.

Maybe Dormady is the next big thing. Maybe not. But after four straight losing seasons and five in the last six years, UT fans are anxious for any good news. Winning a head-to-head recruiting battle with Alabama is a start.

Granted, it won’t erase the embarrassment of losing the last four games with Alabama by a combined score of 167-39, but landing a quarterback less than a week after he was offered a scholarship by Nick Saban is cause for guarded optimism.

Jones also has a verbal commitment from Jauan Jennings, a star quarterback at Blackman High in Murfreesboro and the state’s consensus No. 1 prospect for 2015.

Jennings will get a shot at quarterback at UT, but most see him as a difference-making safety on defense.

And then there is Torrance Gibson, a gifted player from Plantation, Fla. Gibson continues to list UT and Auburn as his top two choices. Like Jennings, he can play other positions, with wide receiver a possible landing spot.

Jones has pulled out all the stops when it comes to recruiting quarterbacks. ESPN’s Jon Gruden, a noted quarterback guru, was at the Arsenal Elite QB Camp in Knoxville in early June and it just so happened Dormady and Gibson were there as well.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 10, 2014, 09:38:50 am
Potential 2014 SEC villains

AJ and Johnny were the SEC’s necessary villains last season. And for that they will be sorely missed.

This year won’t be the same without them. Who will you boo? Who will you tune in to watch in hopes of seeing them fail?

Subjects are listed is in alphabetical order  (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/84996/potential-2014-sec-villains)

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Jacob Coker, Alabama: [I know AJ McCarron.] He’s no McCarron...

Jeff Driskel, Florida: Is anyone else tired of hearing about how Driskel is going to get better? Before you start, that was a rhetorical question. The answer, for everyone outside of Gainesville, is a resounding yes. You can hear the chants of “O-VER-RATED” now, can’t you? ...

Lane Kiffin, Alabama: Coordinators are rarely the subject of such scorn...

Nick Marshall, Auburn: ... Marshall has baggage.

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 11, 2014, 08:58:10 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  23m

The end of our Alabama football VIP 25 is here: Fan favorite to replace AJ McCarron first needs to seize the job http://ow.ly/z2QN1

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The anticipation started long before Jacob Coker made it official. Months' worth of rumblings eventually became justified in January, when Coker made his transfer from Florida State a done deal after a weekend visit to Tuscaloosa.

Many fans anointed him as the starter tasked to fill the cleats of AJ McCarron before he even finished his third and final season with the Seminoles. The unabashed optimism kicked into overdrive when the final whistle blew at April's A-Day game, a scrimmage that saw up-and-down performances from Coker's top competitors for the job.

He watched from the sidelines on that sunny afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium. At one point, he embraced his top challenger, Blake Sims.

His past two months have been devoted to embracing the all-encompassing challenge that comes with (potentially) becoming the fourth starting quarterback of the Nick Saban era.

He arrived early, enrolling in an interim semester class that allowed him to work with Alabama's coaches -- off the field -- while most of his teammates were away on a summer break of sorts. When summer semester began, he was tasked with forming the kind of bond and chemistry a player like Sims, a fifth-year senior, has with Alabama's playmakers over a short stretch of time. How he fared in that regard will go a long way toward how quickly he impresses when camp opens in August...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 12, 2014, 11:02:47 am
SEC QBs enjoying time at Manning camp:

Among the several dozen college quarterbacks in attendance are seven from the SEC: Mason, Worley, Ole Miss’ Bo Wallace, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott, Florida’s Jeff Driskel, Missouri’s Maty Mauk and South Carolina’s Dylan Thompson.  (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/85135/sec-qbs-enjoying-time-at-manning-camp)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 14, 2014, 09:51:59 am
The SEC is losing six veteran and successful quarterbacks. (http://theadvocate.com/sports/lsu/9621594-123/breaking-down-the-secs-new)

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LSU
OUT: Zach Mettenberger
By the numbers: 5,691 passing yards, 34 touchdowns
IN: Brandon Harris or Anthony Jennings

Missouri
OUT: James Franklin
By the numbers: 8,856 passing yards, 1,613 rushing yards, 43 total touchdowns
IN: Maty Mauk

South Carolina
OUT: Connor Shaw
By the numbers: 5,581 passing yards, 1,518 rushing yards, 72 total touchdowns
IN: Dylan Thompson

Bama
OUT: AJ McCarron
By the numbers: 8,630 passing yards, 77 touchdowns, 67 completion percentage
IN: Jacob Coker or Blake Sims

A&M
OUT: Johnny Manziel
By the numbers: 7,820 passing yards, 2,169 rushing yards, 93 total touchdowns
IN: Kyle Allen or Kenny Hill

Georgia
OUT: Aaron Murray
By the numbers: 13,166 passing yards, 121 touchdowns
IN: Hutson Mason

Vandy
OUT: Austyn Carta-Samuels
By the numbers: He completed 68 percent of his passes for 2,268 yards as a senior in 2013.
IN: Patton Robinette
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 14, 2014, 03:22:07 pm
Michael Carvell @Carvell_AJC  ·  5h

Good news. Auburn QB commit Tyler Queen is "80 to 90 percent" recovered from elbow injury: http://on-ajc.com/1qX9KsH
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 16, 2014, 09:50:09 am
Kentucky football still has plenty of unanswered questions heading into 2014 – coach Mark Stoops and his staff's second season in Lexington – but none bigger than this: Who'll start at quarterback? (http://www.courier-journal.com/story/uk-beat/2014/07/15/coordinator-breaks-down-kentucky-qb-battle)

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While third-year sophomore Patrick Towles emerged from spring practice with a slight edge over redshirt freshman Reese Phillips and true freshman Drew Barker, and although he's the only one of the three with game college game experience, he has hardly won the job. Stoops and offensive coordinator Neal Brown declined to name a starter after a month of spring practice...

* On Towles: "Mentally, he's in a much better place and fundamentally he's in a much better place, which led to playing at a much higher level in spring. If you're just talking about pure quarterback traits, he's got ideal size (6-5, 238). He's a better athlete than most people realize – he can run and showed that a couple times in the spring game. He runs the ball better than what you'd think looking at him. He's got a huge arm, very strong arm, can make any throw you want him to. And he's a smart kid. Those are all good traits."

* On Phillips: "I like Reese's demeanor a lot. He's the same every day. I really feel like going into games he's going to be the same regardless of who we're playing and what situation. I don't think he's going to be in awe of anything. I don't think any situation is going to be too big for him. I think he's going to be flatline, and I think that's really important. He's a tough kid, mentally and physically. He's a kid that's a natural leader; people are drawn to him. He's got a really quick release. He throws the best ball probably of the three, as far as being catchable. He's the most accurate."

* On Barker: "Drew, he's got the quickest release of the three. Really, really talented. Can run with the football – is a natural runner, not necessarily a fast guy, but a good, natural runner. Can make all the throws. At times he showed the ability to be accurate the football and give guys a chance to run after the catch this spring. I think that'll improve as he knows what to do more and as he gets more reps. He's also a really smart guy. He picked up our stuff really quick."

Brown said he's confident Kentucky's quarterback play will be improved over 2013, when his "Air Raid" offense ranked 100th nationally in passing yards and 97th in passing touchdowns. None of the three players in the mix this year played last season.

Junior Maxwell Smith who has started parts of the last two seasons is apparently injured and Jalen Whitlow who started the bulk of 2013 transferred.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 17, 2014, 08:59:53 am
Guilbeau: Brandon Harris remains the quarterback darling of LSU coach Les Miles (http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20140716/SPORTS0202/140716028/Brandon-Harris-remains-quarterback-darling-LSU-coach-Les-Miles)

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He is No. 2 on the depth chart at quarterback.

He has not played a down in a real game yet.

But freshman quarterback Brandon Harris of Parkway High in Bossier City seemed to be at center stage during LSU’s appearance Wednesday afternoon at the Wynfrey Hotel in suburban Birmingham on day three of Media Days.

“He’s innately accurate,” LSU coach Les Miles said, continuing to canonize the talented early enrollee who signed with LSU last winter as the No. 5 dual threat quarterback in the nation. “The key piece is he really throws the ball well. He’s got great footwork. He can extend a play, get out of the pocket, move around.”

Harris displayed that prowess in spots during LSU’s spring game in March when he completed 11 of 28 passes for 195 yards with touchdown passes of 21, 19 and 5 yards while rushing six times for 75 yards and a touchdown.

“But probably the best thing about him is he anticipated that great play, too,” Miles said. “He has the opportunity to see it and has the arm to get it there. There’s some real advantages with him.”

Sophomore Anthony Jennings of Marietta, Georgia, is listed in LSU’s latest depth chart as the starter with Harris at No. 2. The third quarterback likely to be junior Jared Foster...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 18, 2014, 09:21:28 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  9h
Jacob Coker's new Alabama teammates offer insight into 'shy' quarterback http://ow.ly/zk2v8
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 23, 2014, 07:39:37 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  17h

Nick Saban says national title expectations 'unrealistic' for first-year Alabama quarterbacks http://ow.ly/zsQLP

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 26, 2014, 09:47:27 pm
ESPN CollegeFootball @ESPNCFB  ·  4h
#QBbattle A.Jennings vs B.Harris
Both have dual-threat quality that will help either this fall http://es.pn/1nIUsGw 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BtgTN9nCEAEBJut.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 29, 2014, 07:35:10 pm
UK quarterback candidates: (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/football-2/2014-kentucky-position-by-position-preview-quarterbacks)

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Patrick Towles  6-5, 238 So. Ft. Thomas, KY (Highlands)

Towles made a strong impression in the Spring after appearing to be the odd man out in 2013, when he was beaten out by both Max Smith and Jalen Whitlow.  Towles redshirted in 2013, and rededicated himself to the fundamentals, in part through the employment of private quarterback coaches in the off-season.  This work appears to have paid off. Towles was named the starting quarterback for the Spring Game, and appears to be the leader in the clubhouse for the position going into Fall camp.

Reese Phillips 6-2, 218 Fr.-RS Signal Mountain, TN

Despite being far and away the least heralded of the contenders for the Kentucky quarterback position, Phillips nearly worked his way onto the field as a true freshman in 2013.  Having graduated high school a semester early, Phillips immediately impressed coaches with his cool demeanor and accuracy in the Spring of 2013.

Drew Barker 6-3, 216 Fr.-HS Burlington, KY (Conner)

Barker gave himself a legitimate shot at the starting quarterback position by enrolling in January so that he could participate in the conditioning program and compete in Spring Practice.  Undoubtedly one of Mark Stoops’ biggest achievements to date as the Wildcat coach was the signing of Barker, an Elite 11 quarterback and four star prospect.

Maxwell Smith 6-4, 238 Jr. Granada Hills, CA

Smith’s status is up in the air following off-season shoulder surgery.  However, he is throwing at this point, and has been told by coaches he will have the opportunity to compete if healthy.  “If healthy” is a significant qualification for Smith, who has actually been quite capable in those rare moments that he has been able to avoid injury.  Smith has played in 21 games in his Kentucky career, starting 11.  In that game action, he has thrown for over 3000 yards and 21 touchdowns compared to just 9 interceptions.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 31, 2014, 02:54:22 pm
Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  4h

Butch Jones says he'll name a starting quarterback as soon as one steps up and takes command.

Jones says it's not important to name a starting quarterback before game week.

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 31, 2014, 06:41:37 pm
Nick Cole @ncole6  ·  Jul 30
Mason says Philip Rivers reached out to program during his brother's search for a a school.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bt0Ay38CEAAo0P7.jpg)

Mason says system will be in place for QBs to work different groups each day. No set rotation, just a general idea.

Nick Cole @ncole6  ·  Jul 30
Cunningham on QB situation "might as well develop chemistry with all of them"
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 03, 2014, 07:53:38 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  22m
Breaking down the SEC's other quarterback competitions | http://AL.com  http://ow.ly/zU1xg
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 04, 2014, 10:13:04 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  15m

"No one ever seems to ask about Blake Sims, but he has done extremely well so far in camp as well," Saban says http://ow.ly/zVsEa
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 05, 2014, 06:14:54 pm
SEC Quarterbacks

16. Anthony Jennings gets first-team reps at quarterback for LSU on Monday.

17. Nick Marshall won’t start the opener for Auburn but no one has told Jeremy Johnson.   Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee: “I haven't even told him that he's starting. “

18. It’s a wide-open quarterback competition at Kentucky and offensive coordinator Neal Brown says he’s “being more intense with them early in camp than I normally am.”

19. Vanderbilt’s quarterback battle down to five candidates.  Josh Grady moving from QB back to wide receiver.

20. Here’s a situation both Alabama quarterbacks Jacob Coker and Blake Sims can identify with – having a competitor for the position that’s generating all the buzz. (http://mrsec.com/articles/sec-headlines-8-5-2014)

Links available at link.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 05, 2014, 10:03:18 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  1h
Nick Saban pleased with QB play, says offense has 'shown a little more maturity' http://ow.ly/A06AC

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Nick Saban appears no closer to a decision about Alabama's starting quarterback…

He spun a question about the progress of redshirt freshman quarterback Cooper Bateman -- who is competing against the likes of Florida State transfer Jacob Coker and senior Blake Sims -- into some strong praise about the Crimson Tide's five quarterbacks.

"Really, all the quarterbacks in this camp so far have really done well. I think our offense has done pretty well because of that," Saban said. "We make a lot of explosive plays and we're doing a good job of getting the ball in the guys that can make those plays' hands.

"The quarterbacks, they've done a pretty good job of distributing the ball to those guys. I've been pretty pleased with how we've developed on offense. Most of the time, defense is a little bit ahead but it really does seem like our offense has shown a little more maturity."

Saban said he'd like to see more consistency from Bateman, whom he labeled "very athletic," but stressed he's made "dramatic improvement" since arriving in January 2013.

"Probably a lot of that is confidence," Saban said. "Some of it's probably technique, and those are the kinds of things that we work on every day."

Whoever wins the job will essentially be tasked with not messing up the potential of Alabama's 2014 offense. Saban summed it up thusly.

"When the quarterbacks do well," he said, "we can be pretty good."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 06, 2014, 01:11:59 pm
Tyler Thompson @MrsTylerKSR  ·  21h

One SEC coach thinks UK should give Drew Barker a “baptism by fire and just throw him in, see what he can do”: http://kentuckysportsradio.com/football-2/what-the-sec-coaches-are-saying-about-kentucky/ …


True freshman from Connor.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 06, 2014, 04:31:51 pm
ESPN SEC @ESPN_SEC  ·  35s
Grantland: Alabama's plans at QB          http://es.pn/1AVEgI2

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New year, new quarterback … same hype for the Nick Saban Death Star. Does it truly not matter who’s taking the snaps for Alabama?

With almost any other team, question marks under center would spawn question marks everywhere else. With Alabama, not knowing who’s going to start at quarterback has little impact on the preseason predictions, because let’s face it, most people think they already do know who’s going to start at quarterback: the same guy as always. You know him well. He’s a 6-foot-3-ish “game manager” with a fratty haircut. He “plays within the offense.” Handoffs galore...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 07, 2014, 02:52:46 pm
Brandon Marcello @bmarcello  ·  4h

Gus Malzahn refuses to publicly name Jeremy Johnson Auburn's quarterback for opener http://ow.ly/A4s57
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 07, 2014, 03:35:25 pm
Baton Rouge News @brnola  ·  1h

.@LSUfball offensive coordinator Cam Cameron chased videographers from quarterback drills during practice WATCH: http://ow.ly/A4OA5  #LSU
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 07, 2014, 03:52:10 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  · 

Kenny Hill looked really, really sharp and in charge during Aggies early team drills this evening. Kyle Allen looked like a freshman.

   

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 08, 2014, 07:12:35 am
Butch Jones unimpressed by QBs (http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2014/08/08/sec-power-five-conferences-get-their-way)

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“We’re not playing winning football at that position right now,” Jones said.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 09, 2014, 04:41:07 pm
Wes Rucker @wesrucker247  ·  22h
#Vols OC Mike Bajakian 'not panicking' despite slow camp start by QBs: (FREE READ) http://tennessee.247sports.com/Article/UT-Vols-Mike-Bajakian-not-panicking-about-slow-QB-start-30168984 … via @247Sports
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 10, 2014, 02:00:53 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  19h
Kevin Sumlin said the QB race between Hill and Allen is 'dead even' to date.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 10, 2014, 07:21:25 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  2h
Who will be Auburn's backup quarterback in season opener against Arkansas? http://ow.ly/AaEif
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 12, 2014, 12:31:29 pm
Randy Rosetta @RandyRosetta  ·  2h
#LSU QB competition far from over as both try to prove they're the future | Talkin' Tigers http://s.nola.com/I0a7gmC  via @nolanews

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LSU offense will be similar regardless of which player is at the controls. Game experience could give Jennings an edge at first, but Harris should get playing time pretty quickly.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 13, 2014, 01:34:11 pm
NASHVILLE – Vanderbilt’s competition for starting quarterback has been cut in half after two weeks of fall camp.

Patton Robinette, Stephen Rivers and Johnny McCrary are the contenders left standing with just over two weeks until the Commodores open the Derek Mason era with a home game against Temple on Aug. 28.

“We’ve got three guys out there battling, and they’re doing a really good job,” Mason said after Tuesday’s practice. “I’m watching all of these guys make good throws, make good decisions, taking care of the ball and understanding when it is there and when it is not.”

Mason has removed Josh Grady, who changed positions to wide receiver, and true freshmen Wade Freebeck and Shawn Stankavage from consideration for the starting job, but he is not ready to trim the competition any further just yet. (http://www.dnj.com/story/sports/2014/08/12/vanderbilt-starting-quarterback-contenders-trims-three)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 14, 2014, 03:21:04 pm
In 2013, Justin Worley began the season as Tennessee’s starting quarterback before being sidelined by injury.

Fast-forward to 2014, and the Vols’ are in the same signal-calling boat.

As expected, UT head coach Butch Jones announced that Worley is his starting quarterback.  Worley had been involved in a competition with Josh Dobbs and Nathan Peterman for the job.

“Worley has earned the right to the be starting QB. I believe Justin is playing the best football he’s played in a long time,” Jones said by way of UT’s Twitter feed. “Worley has been a leader, he’s been very vocal. When you manage the football, it’s a matter of seconds. He’s managed that. …

“[He] has experience in the SEC and we’re going to need that with our young football team.” (http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/08/14/as-expected-vols-go-with-justin-worley-as-starting-qb)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 15, 2014, 02:54:30 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  20h

Is it crazy to think Blake Sims just might start the opening game for Alabama? http://ow.ly/AlnHj
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 16, 2014, 01:20:29 pm
Michael Grant @MichaelGrant_CJ  ·  2m
Stoops: no decision on QB yet. Will review film from today's practice.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 16, 2014, 01:31:02 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  2h
Knowing Alabama 'pressure cooker,' West Virginia QB Trickett checks in on former teammate Jacob Coker. http://ow.ly/Aowvt
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 16, 2014, 01:56:59 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  5h
So, who's going to win the Aggies' QB battle: The gunslinger ... or the other gunslinger? http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/college-football/article/Aggies-QB-battle-between-Hill-Allen-nears-an-end-5692311.php …
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 16, 2014, 09:25:45 pm
Texas A&M Football @AggieFootball  ·  4h
BREAKING: @coachsumlin names Kenny Hill the starting QB #12thMan http://instagram.com/p/rxpSzyyY5W/
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 16, 2014, 09:27:03 pm
Dave Matter @Dave_Matter  ·  6h
Lame RT @DellengerAdv: Miles says three TD passes were thrown. He won't reveal who threw the TDs or the one pick. "Quarterbacks," he says.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 18, 2014, 08:47:29 am
Kentucky Football @UKFootball  ·  21m

. @UKCoachStoops has named @patty_ice14 the starting quarterback. #whynot


Patrick Towles was Mr. Kentucky High School football (beating out Zeke Pike) at the Hefty Lefty's former high school.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 18, 2014, 12:18:30 pm
Kevin Scarbinsky @KevinScarbinsky  ·  3h

8 of the top 10 in the AP preseason poll return their starting QB. Another has an heir apparent. Then there's Alabama http://ow.ly/Arl1c
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 18, 2014, 12:20:27 pm
Kentucky Football @UKFootball  ·  21m

. @UKCoachStoops has named @patty_ice14 the starting quarterback. #whynot


Patrick Towles was Mr. Kentucky High School football (beating out Zeke Pike) at the Hefty Lefty's former high school.

Steve Jones @SteveJones_CJ  ·  2h

UK OC Neal Brown: "What Patrick did was look himself in the mirror." "He made football one of his top priorities."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 18, 2014, 05:33:36 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  4h
LSU could elect to play both Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris this season | http://AL.com  http://ow.ly/Ash03
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 18, 2014, 08:40:37 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  12h
Why Kevin Sumlin and Jake Spavital pegged Kenny Hill as Johnny Manziel's successor -- w/ competition ongoing: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/aggies/article/Hill-gets-the-nod-to-start-at-QB-for-A-M-5693579.php …
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 18, 2014, 09:49:03 pm
Kevin Scarbinsky @KevinScarbinsky  ·  4h
Alabama's starting QBs tend to hang on to the job like pit bulls with pork chops. http://ow.ly/AsPgX
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 19, 2014, 08:09:52 am
Coming down the stretch with first game and first class (too late to transfer) looming, here is the announced regular QB scorecard:

Arkansas:  Allen
Auburn:    not if but when for Marshall
Bama:       TBD
Florida:     Driskel
Georgia:    Mason
Kentucky:  Towles
LSU:         TBD
Ole Miss:   Wallace
State:       Dak
MU:          Mauk
SC:          Thompson
UT:          Worley
A&M:        Kenny Hill
VU:          TBD
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 20, 2014, 09:42:18 pm
Cecil Hurt @CecilHurt  ·  Aug 19
Saban on quarterbacks: "The good thing is we have two (quarterbacks) I feel comfortable playing."

Cecil Hurt @CecilHurt  ·  Aug 19
Saban on Sims: Blake has really improved on his knowledge of the offense. "He doesn't go rat-trap."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 21, 2014, 11:43:12 am
Most coaches looking for a starting quarterback like to name him a week or two before the season opener in order to get him more reps. Not Saban, who said on SiriusXM Wednesday that since Jacob Coker and Blake Sims are different types of quarterbacks, he likes making West Virginia prepare for both. Two things to consider: one, Coker still needs to learn the offense; two, Sims has a lot of respect in the Crimson Tide locker room. Saban has no interest in creating a divide.  (http://espn.go.com/ncf/notebook/_/page/3pointstance081420/alabama-crimson-tide-quarterbacks-coaches-top-25-byu-scheduling-3-point-stance)

Would also jab the consensus that Coker won the job the day he mentioned we was transferring before even finishing the spring semester and getting his degree at FSU.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 21, 2014, 02:02:11 pm
Sheldon Mickles @MicklesAdvocate  ·  Aug 19

Miles said winner of QB derby probably won't be informed of decision until Thursday night before Wisconsin game. #LSU

#LSU's Miles says both quarterbacks -- Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings -- will have an opportunity to play against Wisconsin.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 21, 2014, 02:06:39 pm
Sheldon Mickles @MicklesAdvocate  ·  Aug 19

Miles said winner of QB derby probably won't be informed of decision until Thursday night before Wisconsin game. #LSU

#LSU's Miles says both quarterbacks -- Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings -- will have an opportunity to play against Wisconsin.


Glenn Guilbeau @LSUBeatTweet  ·  Aug 20

Harris or Jennings will know 2 days before LSU's opener, but you will not: http://www.wwltv.com/sports/college/LSUs-starting-QB-will-be-informed-two-days-before-game-271939581.html …
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 22, 2014, 11:47:35 am
Bama and LSU are the only two SEC teams not to name a starting quarterback for 2014, now that Vanderbilt announced Thursday night that Patton Robinette would be the Commodores’ starter.

Robinette, a sophomore, beat out LSU transfer Stephen Rivers, brother of San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, and redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary. Robinette started three games last season for Vanderbilt, including the team's win at Florida. He also scored the fourth-quarter touchdown that gave Vandy a 14-10 win over Tennessee. (http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2014/08/22/vanderbilt-picks-a-starting-quarterback)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 23, 2014, 12:21:15 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  2h
Alabama veteran explains biggest difference between current QB competition and 2011's http://ow.ly/AE0Ru

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Brian Vogler wasn't much of a factor in Alabama's 2011 offense, but he was involved enough to see what was happening at quarterback.

Though AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims competed throughout the preseason and split time in the season opener, Vogler, then a redshirt freshman, saw a favorite emerging long before McCarron took all of the meaningful snaps in Game No. 2 against Penn State. The senior tight end hasn't seen a similar pecking order emerge this past month as senior Blake Sims and Florida State transfer Jacob Coker duel it out to become the fourth starting quarterback of the Nick Saban era.

"I think last time there was a competition it was kind of clear-cut who the favorite was and who took command of the offense – no offense to Phillip Sims or anything like that," Vogler said after Thursday's practice. "It's kind of harder to tell right now. Both guys are just taking control of the offense and they want it so bad.

"We're all comfortable with whoever it is that's out there at the end of the day."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on August 23, 2014, 02:30:24 pm
SEC Quarterbacks

17. Nick Marshall won’t start the opener for Auburn but no one has told Jeremy Johnson.   Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee: “I haven't even told him that he's starting. “

 (http://mrsec.com/articles/sec-headlines-8-5-2014)

What's the point? Playing one play isn't really starting, is it.........? 8)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 24, 2014, 08:21:33 am
Two-QB system? LSU’s Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings could share job (http://theadvocate.com/sports/10067274-123/two-qb-system-lsus-brandon-harris)

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LSU coach Les Miles admitted this week what many close to the program already knew — both sophomore Anthony Jennings and true freshman Brandon Harris will play in the season opener against Wisconsin.

The starting quarterback derby that began in the spring — that carried into the summer, that waged heavy during fall camp — will bleed into the season.

This isn’t expected to be your ordinary two-quarterback system, where each brings a different quality than the other.

This isn’t Matt Flynn and Ryan Perrilloux, Tim Tebow and Chris Leak or, even, Jefferson and Lee.

Or maybe it is...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 24, 2014, 07:27:12 pm
Glenn Guilbeau @LSUBeatTweet  ·  23h
LSU QBs Have Had Their Share of Gurus From Which to Learn:
http://www.theadvertiser.com/story/sports/college/lsu/2014/08/23/jennings-harris-worked-qb-guru-offseason/14507437/ …
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 25, 2014, 08:41:16 pm
John Zenor @jzenor  ·  9h
Saban on QBS: No guarantee that "whatever pitcher starts the game is necessarily going to pitch nine innings."
Title: ACC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 26, 2014, 09:19:26 am
Jason McIntyre @jasonrmcintyre  ·  14h

LOVE RT @JFowlerCBS MT @dijana_kunovac Larry Fedora won’t reveal starting QB: “b/c it bothers everybody and that just gives me pleasure.”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 27, 2014, 09:51:44 pm
Pete Roussel @coachingsearch  ·  8h
Les Miles just announced when #LSU will reveal its starting QB. Do NOT ever change, Les!

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BwEKho_IUAErsRh.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 29, 2014, 06:38:30 am
Texas A&M Football @AggieFootball  ·  4h
BREAKING: @coachsumlin names Kenny Hill the starting QB #12thMan http://instagram.com/p/rxpSzyyY5W/

Good call, again.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 29, 2014, 08:43:55 am
Blake Sims' winding Alabama story includes sleepless decommitment, few wild twists of fate (http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2014/08/blake_sims_alabama_quarterback.html)

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It's hard to imagine taking a longer road to this moment. Yet here is Blake Sims, a senior in his fifth year playing his third position.

If the subtle hints from Nick Saban hold true, the Georgia native could trot out with the first team offense in Atlanta to open the Alabama season. Largely discounted by the public after a rough A-Day, Sims didn't fade as competition transferred in from Tallahassee.

From all accounts, he took charge of the Alabama locker room as a vocal veteran. Saban's praised his understanding of the offense and comfort within the plan. Though no starter has been named, it's hard to envision a game plan that doesn't involve Sims for the 2:30 p.m. game with West Virginia...

His current OC Lane Kiffin once tried to flip his commitment...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 29, 2014, 08:47:35 am
Will LSU use two quarterbacks like it did in 2008?

Faced with possibility of using two quarterbacks, Miles briefly shuffled Hatch, Lee six years ago (http://theadvocate.com/sports/lsu/10117731-123/will-lsu-use-two-quarterbacks)

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Coach Les Miles has draped a shroud over his plan for LSU’s quarterbacks.

It’ll be lifted Saturday night when his 13th-ranked Tigers meet No. 14 Wisconsin in Houston.

But the past often predicts the future.

Miles has done this before. Remember Andrew Hatch and Jarrett Lee in 2008? The Tigers entered that season with a plan to play two quarterbacks.

The way in which LSU used Hatch and Lee could point to what the coaching staff plans for Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris...

Is this what we’ll see Saturday? Maybe.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 29, 2014, 06:42:27 pm
FWIW, Jim Kleinpeter @JimKleinpeter  ·  2h
#LSU's Anthony Jennings to start at QB vs. #Wisconsin, source says @b5q, @buckyville, @tigerdroppings http://s.nola.com/EOI1ovD  via @nolanews
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 30, 2014, 08:30:38 am
Mike Organ @MikeOrganWriter  ·  14h
#Vandy coach Derek Mason denies giving QB Patton Robinette the hook. @VandyFootball http://tnne.ws/VVSdVL
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 30, 2014, 02:17:28 pm
Blake Sims will start at QB for Bama.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 31, 2014, 06:00:10 am
Ross Dellenger @DellengerAdv  ·  6h
Miles: "I'd like to have gotten Brandon Harris more time." #LSU
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 01, 2014, 01:48:32 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  9m
Nick Saban says Alabama QB competition resumes, set no timetable for its resolution. http://ow.ly/AX8qu
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 02, 2014, 08:28:24 am
Guilbeau: LSU's Jennings shows flashes of quality QB

So far, LSU No. 1 quarterback Anthony Jennings has started two games and has not yet hit double figures for completions.

He is 2-0 as a starter, though, and has thrown three touchdowns, including an 80-yard score to wide receiver Travin Dural Saturday in the Tigers' season opening, 28-24 win over Wisconsin. (http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/sports/college/lsu/2014/09/01/lsus-jennings-shows-flashes-quality-qb/14937367)

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Jennings was 9-of-21 passing for 239 yards and two touchdowns Saturday after hitting 7 of 19 for 82 yards with an interception and a touchdown in the 21-14 win over Iowa in the Outback Bowl last season. That is a combined 16-of-40 for just a .400 completion percentage...  he hit 4 of 6 in the second half for 119 in the second half Saturday. He also did not throw an interception or fumble amid two sacks.

"I felt like Anthony managed the game pretty well," said LSU coach Les Miles, who praised offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Cam Cameron as well.

"I think Cam did a great job in managing the situations for Anthony," he said. "But then we got to a point where we had to do the things that we do best. I thought he did a really quality job calling plays and managing a young quarterback."

Jennings' four completions in the second half were all for significant gains...

Jennings did not make any bold statements about his future as LSU's starter with true freshman Brandon Harris just getting in for one series and not attempting a pass while getting sacked.

"I don't know," Jennings said when asked if he now thinks he is the permanent starter. "That's up to the coaches to decide. I'm just coming in every day in practice and trying to get better with what the coaches give me."

Jennings is expected to start Saturday when the Tigers (1-0) host Sam Houston State (1-1) at 6:30 p.m. in Tiger Stadium...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 04, 2014, 06:18:12 am
ESPN SEC @ESPN_SEC  ·

Our post-Week 1 updates on QB battles http://es.pn/WbD8Qg
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 04, 2014, 07:53:27 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  22h

SEC debate: Which team still has the biggest question mark at quarterback? http://ow.ly/B2oMv
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 06, 2014, 08:55:15 pm
Michael Casagrande @ByCasagrande  ·  2h

Vote for which Alabama quarterback played better against FAU http://ow.ly/Bbnjk
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 09, 2014, 11:20:25 am
Mike Organ @MikeOrganWriter  ·  13h

Derek Mason says @VandyFootball QB position is wide open again. #AnchorDown @SEC http://tnne.ws/1qa67RJ
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: NaturalStateReb on September 10, 2014, 08:59:59 am
Mike Organ @MikeOrganWriter  ·  13h

Derek Mason says @VandyFootball QB position is wide open again. #AnchorDown @SEC http://tnne.ws/1qa67RJ

Every position other than K and P should be wide open.  They haven't looked good at any other position so far.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 10, 2014, 12:47:57 pm
SEC Quarterback Tracker: Week 2

After Week 2, the quarterback battles in the SEC seem to be dwindling.

While it looks like both Kentucky and Tennessee have found their man. The same can’t be said just yet at Alabama and LSU, and nobody knows what’s going on at Vanderbilt. (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/88262/sec-quarterback-tracker-week-3)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 10, 2014, 12:57:26 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  3h

Film Room with John Parker Wilson: Comparing Blake Sims vs. Jacob Coker http://ow.ly/BkISE
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 12, 2014, 08:31:20 am

Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  12m

No controversy about it: Aggies have plenty of Quarterback Comfort with Kenny Hill, Kyle Allen: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/college-football/article/Eighth-ranked-Bears-are-a-handfulwhether-starters-5749410.php …
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 14, 2014, 07:58:42 am
Ross Dellenger @DellengerAdv  ·  8h

#LSU QB Anthony Jennings' grip on the starting job got a lot tighter on Saturday in the win over ULM - http://bit.ly/1qTGFOf
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 16, 2014, 10:13:15 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  53m

Vanderbilt to use two-quarterback system with Robinette and Freebeck | http://AL.com  http://ow.ly/ByEMm
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 16, 2014, 03:47:44 pm
Asked if he was going to play both quarterbacks against South Carolina on Saturday night (6:30 p.m., SEC Network), Mason said:

"Patton Robinette is going to be our quarterback until a situation comes up that makes us do otherwise."

When asked about the second-guessing from fans about starting three quarterbacks in three games, Mason said:

"With Patton, there are things there that you guys don't know, OK. If you guys knew the story, then you guys would understand what I understand about Patton. Sometimes you have to protect players from themselves. With that being the case, I'm just going to leave it at that." (http://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/college/vanderbilt/2014/09/16/vanderbilt-derek-mason-press-conference/15717195)

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 18, 2014, 06:23:55 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  12h

Nick Saban explains Alabama's quarterback plan entering SEC opener with Florida. http://ow.ly/BCJOm

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Where does Alabama's quarterback competition stand? Will both Blake Sims and Jacob Coker play in the 2:30 p.m. Saturday meeting with Florida?

"We're going to play Blake and we'll always evaluate and see how it goes," coach Nick Saban said. "We have a lot of confidence in Jake. If we need to play Jake, we'll certainly have no problems putting him in there and allowing him to play."

Sims started the first three games and completed 48 of 64 passes for 646 yards and four touchdowns.

Coker appeared in the last two games, but was in a more limited role in the Southern Miss game. He's completed 20 of 31 passes for 248 yards while still learning the Alabama playbook...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 19, 2014, 06:14:53 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  10h

Blake Sims disproved fans, 'most of our players' who doubted QB skills, Nick Saban says. http://ow.ly/BFu35
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 20, 2014, 10:42:16 pm

John Talty @JTalty  ·  8h

Tweet of the week RT@AyeyoKEJO: I absolutely hate Florida but I wouldn't wish having Jeff Driskel on anyone”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 21, 2014, 09:40:24 am
Brett McMurphy @McMurphyESPN  ·  28m

Alabama QB Blake Sims, East Carolina LB Zeek Bigger are Walter Camp National Players of Week
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 21, 2014, 09:42:10 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  58m

Lars Anderson on Nick Saban’s past as a QB and its effect on his handling of Alabama’s QB competition http://ow.ly/3rClm8
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 21, 2014, 10:56:47 am
Emmitt Smith        ✔ @EmmittSmith22

Put Jeff Driskel on the bench please, I have seen enough.
6:44 PM - 20 Sep 2014
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 21, 2014, 12:41:40 pm
Shea Dixon @Sheadixon  ·  11h

Is there a QB battle in Baton Rouge (again..)? Les Miles said he's taking a closer look after Saturday night's loss...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 22, 2014, 11:20:50 am
ESPN SEC @ESPN_SEC  ·  2h

Florida and LSU should play freshmen QBs http://es.pn/1uZ3bXq
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 22, 2014, 05:06:35 pm
Jim Kleinpeter ‏@JimKleinpeter

ICYMI: POLL, Should #LSU change starting quarterbacks? #geauxtigers http://s.nola.com/AWZN3Ul  via @nolanews

8:29 AM - 22 Sep 2014
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 22, 2014, 09:34:31 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  2h

Les Miles says Brandon Harris 'earns some consideration' at quarterback for LSU | http://AL.com  http://ow.ly/BNtyc
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 23, 2014, 08:18:38 am
Derek Mason says quarterback status is up to the doctors, reports Tennessean. Last week’s starter, Patton Robinette, left the game against South Carolina in the first quarter after hitting his head on the turf when he went airborne on a quarterback scramble. True freshman Wade Freebeck replaced Robinette and played the rest of the game in Carolina’s 48-34 loss to the Gamecocks. (http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2014/09/23/bbl-vanderbilt-quarterback-situation-unsettled)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 23, 2014, 10:35:53 am
Muschamp must stop coddling Driskel

Three games into this season, that unbreakable bond has created a conflict of interest for Muschamp.

Aside from an array of short passes (with a lot of yards after catch) in the second half against Kentucky and a prayer on fourth down in the first overtime, Driskel has been dreadful through SEC play.

Here are his numbers in six of Florida’s last eight quarters: 16-of-48 (33 percent), 209 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions. Alabama quarterback Blake Sims had more passing yards and touchdowns in the first quarter of Saturday’s game... (http://editorsdesk.blogs.gatorsports.com/10805/muschamp-must-stop-coddling-driskel)

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    CBS sideline reporter Allie LaForce: “Driskel just 5-for-17 with a pick. What do you tell him at the half?”

    Muschamp: “Well, we can still run the ball. We need to stay with the run a little bit more, continue to take some shots. We’ve had a couple drops. We missed the deep ball on their sideline.”

    Gainesville Sun columnist Pat Dooley: “Will, you talked all summer about Jeff getting better. But tonight, he certainly didn’t look better. What do you think his problem was?”

    Muschamp: “Well, I think it was overall execution offensively. We didn’t do enough up front. We didn’t get enough going in the run game. We had some holes. Matt and Kelvin both had some nice runs.”

On his television show Sunday, Muschamp criticized his secondary — for the second week in a row — and flat out said he’s making changes there.

Why the double standard? How come the running backs, receivers, linemen and defensive backs get singled out, but not Driskel?

Muschamp has been asked twice in the past two weeks about inserting No. 2 QB Treon Harris for at least a series. He dismissed both questions, saying Driskel is Florida’s best chance to win and the offensive struggles are not entirely his fault.

Several more experienced QBs transferred after Driskel was named the starter.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 23, 2014, 02:43:02 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  48m

Blake Sims' performance vs. Florida now historic after stat correction gives Tide QB program record http://ow.ly/BPFkd

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In the Crimson Tide's 42-21 victory over Florida, Sims was retroactively credited with 27 more rushing yards than the 12 he had in Saturday's stat book. That gave him 39 for the day and 484 total, putting him at No. 1 in program history for most yards in a single game.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 24, 2014, 01:01:30 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  47m

Les Miles hints that Anthony Jennings will remain starter at QB for LSU | http://AL.com  http://ow.ly/BSbgC
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 24, 2014, 01:29:25 pm
Emmitt Smith        ✔ @EmmittSmith22

Put Jeff Driskel on the bench please, I have seen enough.
6:44 PM - 20 Sep 2014

Smith later deleted the tweet and called Florida coach Will Muschamp to apologize.

"Emmitt called to apologize, to me, to Jeff Driskel and our football team," Muschamp said Wednesday. "He was frustrated. He wants us to win. He wants us to be successful. He’s a great Gator. Everybody’s entitled to their opinion. And I appreciate Emmitt calling and saying the things he said, I really do. He’s a class individual, and he’s about all the right things."

Smith is far from the only one to call for Driskel's job. (http://florida.247sports.com/Bolt/Emmitt-Smith-apologizes-for-bench-Driskel-tweet-31446093)

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Florida is sticking with him, confident he'll get things turned around.

"He's frustrated. He needs to play better, that's the bottom line," Muschamp said. "There's no question he pressed and forced some throws into some coverage. Needs to take the checkdown in those situations, especially when it's third and long. But he knows he needs to play better and he will."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 26, 2014, 12:21:10 pm
Adam Sparks @AdamSparks  ·  18h

#Vandy will not name starting QB until Saturday.


Should keep Mark Stoops in suspense not knowing how to prepare.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 27, 2014, 10:02:56 am
Adam Sparks @AdamSparks  ·  16m
#Vandy freshman QB Wade Freebeck starting vs Kentucky. His second career start.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 27, 2014, 07:51:23 pm
Ross Dellenger @DellengerAdv  ·  1m
To applause, Brandon Harris trots on the field to start #LSU's eighth drive.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 27, 2014, 09:21:24 pm
Ross Dellenger @DellengerAdv  ·  2m
Mississippi State gashed #LSU's D last week, but what's the score if Harris plays the entire game against the Bulldogs? Something to ponder.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 28, 2014, 07:44:33 am
Brett McMurphy @McMurphyESPN  ·  16h
Gator fans: what could have been RT @CFBHeather: Watch this Jacoby Brissett TD if you missed it http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=11599830 …

Brissett transferred to QB Transfer U (NC State) after Driskel had sealed the job prior to the 2013 season.  Jacoby had a good start against Florida St.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 29, 2014, 12:46:50 pm
Sam Khan Jr.        ✔ @skhanjr
With true frosh QB Brandon Harris set to start for LSU at Auburn, @ESPNChing writes he was the obvious choice: http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/89620/harris-the-obvious-choice-at-qb-for-lsu …
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 30, 2014, 03:42:56 pm
 David Paschall @DavidSPaschall  ·  3h 2 hours ago

When Patton Robinette is not Vanderbilt's quarterback, the Commodores have been outscored 150-30. Robinette is doubtful this week.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 02, 2014, 08:02:27 am
Gators QB Jeff Driskel ready to face Tennessee amid avalanche of criticism

Jeff Driskel, lambasted by Gators fans and even UF great Emmitt Smith for his performance against Alabama, is taking it all in stride. ‘I’m grown. I can handle it.’ (http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/college/sec/university-of-florida/article2415729.html)

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GAINESVILLE

Jeff Driskel was tarred and feathered on social media and lambasted by commentators on CBS, ESPN and other networks.

Florida’s redshirt junior quarterback took a beating – literally and figuratively – during the worst performance of his career in a blowout loss at No. 2 Alabama on Sept. 20.

Now, UF’s signal-caller is ready to move forward against Tennessee this weekend (noon, SEC Network).

“It’s a new week,” Driskel said, smiling. “Thank goodness, it’s a new week.”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 04, 2014, 06:56:26 am
What does freshman quarterback Brandon Harris bring to this offense that LSU hasn't seen this season, or perhaps ever under Les Miles? (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2014/10/4_burning_questions_and_an_lsu.html)

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He's a true dual-threat quarterback, and I don't mean like Jordan Jefferson. Harris clearly became the best quarterback on the roster when he enrolled in January. He outplayed Anthony Jennings in the spring game and the coaching staff knew all along it was only a matter of time before he won the job. He's got an NFL arm, as Gus Malzahn confirmed, and he can run. He can throw every type of pass with pace or with touch. He seems to be instinctive to the position.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 04, 2014, 01:26:37 pm
Xtina @g8rlover77  ·  2m 2 minutes ago
If you can't trust your QB to throw on 3rd and long, he shouldn't be in. #GatorNation #FreeTreon #GatorFootball


He wouldn't even try a hail mary before the half with almost no risk from the Vol 39.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 04, 2014, 01:32:12 pm
Pat Dooley @pat_dooley  ·  15m 15 minutes ago
How loud would boos be if Driskel came back in at home?
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 04, 2014, 04:11:01 pm
David Jones @DaveJonesUFbeat  ·  1h 1 hour ago
Muschamp said Treon Harris has the "it" factor. #Gators
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 04, 2014, 04:19:37 pm
Adam Sparks @AdamSparks  ·  11m 11 minutes ago
Who's laying down odds on #Vandy starting QB for Charleston Southern? Robinette, Freebeck, Rivers. .... Go

Adam Sparks @AdamSparks  ·  5m 5 minutes ago
Rivers 4-4 for 65 yards
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 04, 2014, 10:06:56 pm
GoGamecocks.com @gogamecocks  ·  now
Dylan Thompson badly overthrows Pharoh Cooper and into the arms of a waiting UK defender. 1:31 left
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 06, 2014, 07:21:03 am
Richt says Georgia might continue to use two-QB system

Georgia coaches made sure to get backup quarterback Brice Ramsey into the game Saturday behind Hutson Mason by giving him a designated first-half series in a 44-17 homecoming win against Vanderbilt.

The redshirt freshman could see his first action away from home as a Bulldog Saturday when No. 13 Georgia plays at No. 23 Missouri at 12 p.m. ET on CBS. (http://onlineathens.com/sports/college-sports/2014-10-05/richt-says-georgia-might-continue-use-two-qb-system-going-forward)

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“It did work out well,” coach Mark Richt said Sunday evening. “There’s always a chance we’ll continue to do that. I’m not going to sit here and say for sure what we’re going to do because I don’t know for sure. It’s definitely a possibility to keep doing that type of thing.”

Mason hit Chris Conley in stride on a 44-yard touchdown pass after Ramsey’s series—Mason’s longest completion of the season—on a day he completed 11 of 17 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns, but he was picked off on an overthrow of tight end Jeb Blazevich and nearly had a first-quarter pass intercepted.

“I thought overall Hutson played well,” Richt said. “I don’t like that pick much. I know he didn’t either. Other than that I thought he played a very good game.”

Georgia worked a talented No. 2 quarterback behind a starter in 2006 with freshman Matthew Stafford behind senior Joe Tereshsinki before Stafford took over as the starter in game eight...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 06, 2014, 08:08:58 am
Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred  ·  15h 15 hours ago

Muschamp's mind is a strange place. Isn't sure which QB he will start — after Gators clearly rallied w/ Treon Harris http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20141005/ARTICLES/141009784 …
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 06, 2014, 09:16:37 am
Adam Sparks @AdamSparks  ·  12 hours ago

#Vandy still no closer to QB answer. http://tnne.ws/1tqEYpZ 

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Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said he does not want to keep switching quarterbacks, but he will until consistency is found.

In a 44-17 loss to No. 13 Georgia on Saturday, Mason swapped freshman Wade Freebeck and LSU graduate transfer Stephen Rivers twice and still left the game unsatisfied in his quarterbacks.

And with sophomore Patton Robinette's return from a concussion still uncertain, Vanderbilt appears no closer to finding a quarterback to start the second half of the season as it did throughout the first half.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 07, 2014, 06:24:15 pm
Ross Dellenger @DellengerAdv  ·  2 hours ago

PM RT: #LSU FB Notes: Jennings & Harris to compete for the starting job once again; injury news on Neighbors, Thomas http://bit.ly/1ttD1sO

#LSU FB Connor Neighbors exits football facility with no noticeable limp/boot on his ankle. Seems fine.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 07, 2014, 07:26:27 pm
Adam Sparks @AdamSparks  ·  1 hour ago

Climer: For #Vandy's Derek Mason, QB carousel a 'rollercoaster' http://tnne.ws/1rVc976 
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 08, 2014, 08:13:32 pm
Adam Sparks @AdamSparks  ·  10 hours ago

#Vandy coach Mason on SEC call: "Our QB situation is the same as a week ago right now" (which means Robinette out, for now)

#Vandy's Mason said Mr. All-Purpose Darrius Sims has played a little option QB in practice for scout team to prep for Charleston Southern
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 09, 2014, 03:52:22 pm
Les Miles promises one of LSU’s quarterbacks will start against Florida

Keeping the name of the starter under his hat. (http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/10/08/les-miles-promises-one-of-lsus-quarterbacks-will-start-against-florida)

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Miles and his coaching staff are currently splitting repetitions between the two signal-callers.

“They split reps right down the middle,” Miles told The Advertiser‘s Glenn Guilbeau after Wednesday’s practice. “We’ll likely wait until we get to the game to name a starter.”

While the man known as the “Mad Hatter” wouldn’t give any indication who the favorite is to start behind center, the two quarterbacks should have a relatively good idea.

“The players know much more than you guys do, and so we’re good with that,” Miles said. “And we’re really playing both guys, giving them a bunch of reps.”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 11, 2014, 09:14:20 am
Pat Dooley @pat_dooley  ·  17 hours ago
So next week we have a QB controversy since Treon won't play this week?

Now that Treon has been reinstated hopefully the local TV stations can start pronouncing his name correctly.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 11, 2014, 07:33:37 pm
Chris Smith @ChrisSmithVU247  ·  19 seconds ago
The Vandy QB carousel continues!

Adam Sparks @AdamSparks  · 
#Vandy QB Johnny McCrary going in game. First appearance since opener vs. Temple
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 11, 2014, 08:19:54 pm
Chris Smith @ChrisSmithVU247  ·  3m
Derek Mason just said on TV their plan all along was to play Johnny McCrary tonight by either the 3rd or 4th series.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 13, 2014, 09:30:09 am
And now the debate officially begins. Jeff Driskel ran and threw Florida within a few bad plays of knocking off LSU on Saturday night only to fall 30-27.

It was close but that seems to have been the hard luck story of Driskel's career at UF. While there was a lot of anticipation freshman Treon Harris would get a start in Saturday's 30-27 loss to LSU after he led UF back against Tennessee the previous week, is he ready?

That debate could rage this week... (http://www.floridatoday.com/story/sports/college/university-florida/2014/10/12/will-floridas-harris-finally-get-the-call-this-week/17155741)

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Muschamp said after it was decided not to play Harris to take advantage of the situation.

"He was in the press box. I felt like it would be a great learning experience for him. . . . He was very relieved obviously to be back in the building. It's been a tough time, but he wanted the focus to be on Florida-LSU, our football game, and not him,'' Muschamp said. "So we felt like what a great learning experience for him to sit in the box with Kurt (Roper), to hear how the game's called, to hear how we see things and the adjustments that are made. I decided to take advantage of that and that situation.''
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 13, 2014, 08:15:51 pm
Dave Matter @Dave_Matter  ·  Oct 12
Read some tweets sent by fans/trolls to Mizzou players after Georgia loss. Good lord, there are some sick, sad people on the Internets.

One dude tweeted more than 25 messages at Mauk. Vile stuff.

Pinkel asked if he thought about sitting Mauk during Georgia game: "No not at all. He's our guy."

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 15, 2014, 11:11:16 am
The decision has been made to play two quarterbacks. Now, the questions are when and how much will each play, especially the No. 2 guy.

Florida coach Will Muschamp and offensive coordinator Kurt Roper are not ready to reveal what kind of two-quarterback system they’ll use with junior Jeff Driskel and true freshman Treon Harris against Missouri on Saturday.

The only certainty is that Driskel will start the game...
 (http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20141014/ARTICLES/141019806)

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Senior center Max Garcia said whatever the two-quarterback system turns out to be, the players have confidence it will work.

“The coaches are going to put us in the best position to win the game,” Garcia said. “I like what both quarterbacks bring to the table, regardless of what people say about Driskel..."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 15, 2014, 02:13:02 pm
Adam Sparks @AdamSparks  ·  9 minutes ago

#Vandy QB situation is "a hot mess" (excerpt from Vandy fan story). http://tnne.ws/1w7T7v0 


Adam Sparks @AdamSparks  ·  6 minutes ago

We may never know RT @Brian_Rye: @AdamSparks If Robinette doesn't get hurt with a 14-0 lead against South Carolina, is it still a hot mess?
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 18, 2014, 07:20:29 am
LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings' numbers weren't huge, but he got the job done when it mattered most (http://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2014/10/numbers_werent_huge_but_lsu_qu.html)

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Numbers-wise, LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings might not have turned a lot of heads with his performance in a come-from-behind 30-27 victory at Florida last Saturday. His teammates saw things a little differently.

Back in the starter's role after Brandon Harris struggled badly at Auburn the week before, Jennings was 10-of-21 passing for 110 yards and a touchdown in the victory and added 26 rushing yards (excluding sacks).

Again, nothing spectacular on the surface.

It was the plays that Jennings made in the second half and in the final 6 minutes in particular that drew his teammates' praise.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 18, 2014, 07:29:21 am
SEC Network @SECNetwork  ·  15 hours ago
How much Treon will we see Saturday? Jeff Driskel has committed 9 TOs this season, more than 47 FBS teams. #MIZZvsUF

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B0LYJ8oIQAAoejv.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 18, 2014, 11:00:01 am
David Jones @DaveJonesUFbeat  ·  18 hours ago
Who FINISHES the #Gators game Saturday, Driskel or Harris?: http://tinyurl.com/lpnvazq 
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 19, 2014, 03:04:46 pm
Brett McMurphy @McMurphyESPN  ·  3h 3 hours ago
RT @RedditCFB: Just a reminder: Last QB to beat Florida State was Jeff Driskel
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 21, 2014, 11:43:30 am
MrSEC @MrSEC  ·  23 minutes ago

A month after suffering a concussion, Vanderbilt quarterback Patton Robinette has still not been cleared to... http://fb.me/72QNOdf9d
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 21, 2014, 02:11:11 pm
Chuck Carlton @ChuckCarltonDMN  ·  31 minutes ago

Texas A&M coaches re-examining every position, including quarterback, in wake of three-game losing streak http://share.d-news.co/E245rQd
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 21, 2014, 03:18:43 pm
VandyFootball @VandyFootball  ·  3h 3 hours ago

Mason on starting QB: Johnny McCrary will probably be the guy to start this week.

Adam Sparks @AdamSparks  ·  20 minutes ago

#Vandy's Mason says Robinette concussion not career-ending. “I have all the confidence in the world Patton will be back, sooner than later"

#Vandy players at presser in agreement: QB McCrary has an energy the team has lacked on the field.

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 23, 2014, 08:14:18 am
Muschamp turns to QB Treon Harris to save season (and job?) (http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/10/22/will-muschamp-turns-to-qb-treon-harris-to-save-season-and-job)

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After a horrendous loss at home at the hands of Missouri, Florida head coach Will Muschamp is finally handing the offense over to freshman quarterback Treon Harris. The question is whether or not the damage has already been done in Gainesville.

Harris will replace Jeff Driskel as the starting quarterback for the Gators. Florida is off this week, but the Gators take on a red-hot Georgia team next week in Jacksonville (and the Bulldogs are hoping to have running back Todd Gurley back on the field). Harris would have started in place of Driskel two weeks ago against LSU, but a university investigation connecting Harris to an alleged sexual assault held him out of practice. Harris was later cleared to play after the accuser dropped her complaint...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 24, 2014, 07:30:58 pm
Adam Sparks @AdamSparks  ·  9 hours ago
#Vandy QB Patton Robinette medically cleared to play. But McCrary not scared of being pulled. http://tnne.ws/1rtqyVH 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B0uPSPdCMAENCR2.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 24, 2014, 07:55:50 pm
Wes Rucker @wesrucker247  ·  Oct 23
Status of #Vols Sr QB Justin Worley in serious question heading into Saturday game against No. 4 Bama: (FREE READ) http://bit.ly/1wnr3Vx
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 25, 2014, 06:23:09 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B0zyHPkCIAAyGg2.jpg)

ESPNU        ✔ @ESPNU
BREAKING: There is a QB Controversy in Arkansas.
1:23 PM - 25 Oct 2014
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 25, 2014, 07:54:00 pm
Wes Rucker @wesrucker247  ·  2m 2 minutes ago
For this season? Yes, I do. RT @bumpermanofindy: @wesrucker247 and u think Worley is better then Dobbs?
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 27, 2014, 05:16:10 pm
Wes Rucker @wesrucker247  ·  5 hours ago

I doubt it. But JMO. RT @JeffHaws: @wesrucker247 Is there hardly any real chance anybody except Dobbs starts vs. SC after last weekend?

Kudos to Butch for being honest and admitting the depth chart he gives us every Monday is “just names on a list” and doesn’t mean anything.

#Vols in ‘no rush’ to name starting QB this week: Worley, #SpaceDobbs, Peterman all options: (FREE) http://bit.ly/1xwbUAH
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 28, 2014, 11:21:54 am
Butch Jones may have displayed some gamesmanship Monday when he declared the Volunteers would be in no hurry this week to name a starting quarterback for the trip to South Carolina.

Or maybe there really will be a three-way battle for the starting job involving the recovering Justin Worley, Josh Dobbs and Nathan Peterman. (http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/oct/28/jones-not-yet-declaring-dobbs-the-starter)

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"Josh will continue to get first-team reps, but I also have to guard against crowning individuals," Jones said during his weekly news conference Monday.

"I know everyone's excited, and they're looking for positive things, and there's a lot of positive things, but that's one game. When you watch the video tape, Josh would be the first to tell you there's a number of plays we left out there, a number of opportunities we left out there.

"Now, how can he transition from game one to game two of him playing?"

Tennessee will try to speed up Worley's recovery early in the week to see if he can throw the ball effectively enough to play, and even if the senior can, Jones said that would not guarantee him starting against the Gamecocks in his home state...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 28, 2014, 01:01:07 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  7 minutes ago

To summarize re: QBs according to Spavital: Job is wide open between Kenny Hill and Kyle Allen and starter will be named Thursday.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 29, 2014, 01:58:48 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  2 hours ago

Kevin Sumlin said on today's SEC Teleconference that "too much is being made of" the competition at QB between starter Kenny Hill and backup Kyle Allen. "My exact words were all the jobs are back open," Sumlin said. "Some people just chose to pick on that one."

Of course, Sumlin's offensive coordinator, Jake Spavital, went into great detail on Tuesday about the gig being up for grabs between Hill and Allen, with a decision on starter being named Thursday. The Aggies play host to Louisiana-Monroe starting 11 a.m. Saturday in nonconference action, after being blown out in their last three SEC West games.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 30, 2014, 12:21:29 pm
Patrick Brown @patrickbrownTFP  ·  21 hours ago

Knoxville sports radio caller interested in comparing Josh Dobbs to ... Tony Robinson and Tee Martin. No, really.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 31, 2014, 01:04:45 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  6 hours ago

Aggies' Kyle Allen with at least one more day as Most Popular on Campus: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/aggies/article/Allen-suddenly-Mr-Popular-at-A-M-5859876.php …
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 01, 2014, 10:26:48 am
Injury to the senior puts the guy they hoped to keep a redshirt on into the starting role (http://knoxblogs.com/volsbeat/2014/10/30/notes-wednesday)

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Butch Jones said again on Vol Calls Wednesday night that senior quarterback Justin Worley isn’t quite game ready but is working his way back from his shoulder injury. Offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian and the rest of the assistant coaches are loathe to discuss injuries without Jones present, but Bajakian did say that Worley wouldn’t be available if Saturday’s game against South Carolina were held tomorrow.

Bajakian said Joshua Dobbs is progressing at practice, though consistency in accuracy is still an issue.

“Ball location,” he said when asked what about him is inconsistent. “I go back to the game he had. He threw some really good balls right on target right on time. Then he had Marquez on the slant that he missed which was wide open for the touchdown potentially. We had to settle for three points. We also had another play down the sidelines when he was rolling out. He had, I can’t remember who it was exactly, I think it was Jason Croom down the sideline. And he missed him. We just need to improve on accuracy and ball location.”

However, Bajakian said he wasn’t surprised Dobbs was successful in the loss against Alabama.

“Josh has a lot of talent,” Bajakian said. “Works hard at his craft and throughout the course of last year and last spring and this training camp and all has gotten better and better.”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 01, 2014, 10:48:40 am
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  5 minutes ago
Aggies suspend Kenny Hill for 2 games, meaning Conner McQueen is a heartbeat away from starting (Blog): http://blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/2014/11/aggies-suspend-kenny-hill-for-2-games/ …
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Post by: jbcarol on November 01, 2014, 11:20:33 am
David Cloninger @DCTheState  ·  Oct 31
Worley returns to home state facing questions about future: http://www.gogamecocks.com/2014/10/30/635396/for-rock-hill-native-justin-worley.html …

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Justin Worley will have a homecoming on Saturday, but it won’t nearly be the one he envisioned.

He was supposed to be a redshirt junior this year, starting at quarterback for Tennessee, coming back to South Carolina to play in front of family and friends. They could travel from Rock Hill and see him continue to polish his NFL resume while leading the Volunteers farther out of the abyss.

Instead, Worley will travel to Columbia with a bum shoulder, one that likely has ended his season and collegiate career. It’s been a disappointing journey for the former star who rewrote record books during his stint at Northwestern High.

“If he could have redshirted that first year … ,” his high-school offensive coordinator (and now Trojans head coach) Kyle Richardson began. “Next year would have been Year 3 with coach (Butch) Jones – Year 3 with the same offense.

“He’s been there for four years and he, technically, had three head coaches. Lane Kiffin started his recruiting, then he had two more head coaches, two offensive coordinators, three position coaches and they ran three different offenses. It’s been a revolving door.”

Worley emerged from Northwestern in 2011 having played in three consecutive state championship games, winning the last and guiding the Trojans to their first 15-0 season. He was named Gatorade National Player of the Year, the only South Carolina athlete in any sport to ever win the award, and was a finalist for the state’s “Mr. Football” (won by Jadeveon Clowney, with Notre Dame’s Everett Golson another finalist)...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 01, 2014, 07:52:07 pm
Wes Rucker @wesrucker247  ·  5m 5 minutes ago
Butch says he doesn’t believe in “gamers.” Dobbs is a gamer, though. Clearly.

It’s hard to believe this is the same Josh Dobbs who couldn’t complete an 8-yard hitch in camp. I mean … night and day different. Whoa.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 02, 2014, 09:34:24 am
Adam Sparks @AdamSparks  ·  12 hours ago
#Vandy CB Taurean Ferguson on McCrary's record 5 TDs: "Looked like same old Johnny to me. He's just actually on the field now."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 04, 2014, 08:41:04 am
Adam Sparks @AdamSparks  ·  11 hours ago

#Vandy's Mason sticking w/ QB Johnny McCrary, will not "disrupt" offensive rhythm. http://tnne.ws/1ulWOQu 

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 04, 2014, 10:39:16 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  14 hours ago

See how Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs' classmates greeted him at class Monday | http://AL.com  http://ow.ly/DLZCH

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The class Dobbs was entering when he received his (partial) standing O was Circuits 301. Dobbs, a sophomore from Alpharetta, Ga., is majoring in aerospace engineering.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 04, 2014, 10:41:44 am
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  Nov 3

Aggies are hurting in big way at QB, w/ no easy answers at hand (Blog): http://blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/2014/11/aggies-are-hurting-in-big-way-at-qb-with-no-easy-answers-at-hand/ …
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 06, 2014, 03:31:54 pm
Adam Sparks @AdamSparks  ·  3 hours ago

#Vandy QB Patton Robinette 'eager to play,' but coaching up Johnny McCrary. http://tnne.ws/1ooLMbj 
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 07, 2014, 03:03:55 pm
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Within hours of the announcement that Texas A&M would opt for sophomore Kenny Hill as its starting quarterback for the team's season opener against South Carolina, true freshman quarterback Kyle Allen did what many kids do these days: take to social media.

Allen opened his Twitter account and fired off a five-word tweet, a note to the world that he was down, but not out.  (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/92852/kyle-allens-opportunity-arrives)

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"Don't count me out yet," the post read on Allen's Twitter account the night of Aug. 16.

Allen will trade the friendly confines of Kyle Field and a Sun Belt Conference opponent for the hostile atmosphere of Jordan-Hare Stadium and the No. 3 team in the nation.

"That's a lot of pressure for an 18-year-old kid to get thrown into," Aggies offensive coordinator Jake Spavital said.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 08, 2014, 10:28:51 am
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  Nov 6
I believe we all can agree on one thing: This whole Sean Salisbury-Mentoring-Kenny Hill Era is off to a less-than-ideal start.

That was one of the weirdest segments I've ever heard on radio. Sean Salisbury trying to defend his planned mentoring of Kenny Hill. Crazy.

Larry Bowen @larry_bowen  ·  Nov 6
@BrentZwerneman As a former A&M beat writer with experience covering controversy, I'm available to advise you. Fee negotiable. #HangInThere
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 08, 2014, 03:21:12 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  7 minutes ago
No matter what happens from here, early in this game is first time I've seen flashes of '5 star' from Allen -- and that's good sign for Ags.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 09, 2014, 03:55:43 pm
Adam Sparks @AdamSparks  ·  17 hours ago
Mason not committing on QB moving forward


Vandy
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 11, 2014, 11:37:12 am
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  16 hours ago

A&M true fish Kyle Allen named SEC offensive player of week after throwing 4 TD passes -- all in 1st 20 minutes -- in 41-38 win at Auburn.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 11, 2014, 11:41:58 am
The Advocate @theadvocatebr  ·  2 hours ago

.@RabalaisAdv: Time for Les Miles to reopen QB battle & mix things up. Do you agree? http://bit.ly/1szpVdx  #LSU

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In the grand scheme, though, it’s time to put the focus on the future in the Tigers’ final three games.

Like The Man said, it’s time to move on.

Moving on mainly means reopening the quarterback position to at least a shared responsibility between Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris. Harris got in only for a couple of snaps when Jennings got hurt against Bama. It’s high time for him to see significant snaps, entire drives, a chance to prove himself and at least gain some priceless experience.

The LSU quarterback position is going to be an open city for the taking between Jennings and Harris come spring practice anyway. Why not get started early?
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 11, 2014, 08:07:45 pm
Kate Hairopoulos @khairopoulos  ·  8 hours ago
Sumlin confirms Kyle Allen will start at QB Saturday vs. Mizzou. "I don't know why he wouldn't start. ...Played pretty well last week."

Asked Sumlin if QB Kenny Hill is available if needed
Saturday: "yes."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 12, 2014, 01:46:42 pm
Ross Dellenger @DellengerAdv  ·  2 hours ago

#LSU Twitter Mailbag: Y'all asked about QBs and when y'all were done u asked again and again - http://bit.ly/11ibVym 
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 14, 2014, 07:22:50 am
LSU quarterback Brandon Harris will get ‘an opportunity’ to play (http://theadvocate.com/sports/lsu/10826966-123/lsu-quarterback-brandon-harris-will)

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“He’ll have an opportunity in the next several games to show his wares and play some more,” Miles said Wednesday.

“If it looks like it’s best for us to win the game to substitute another quarterback, we will absolutely do that. For me, it’s the best opportunity for victory, the guy who has the greatest chance to help us win the game. Frankly, Brandon Harris is getting closer and closer. We’d love to get him in the game.”

Harris enrolled in January and was part of LSU’s No. 2-ranked signing class. A four-star prospect from Bossier City, Harris was the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, according to 247 Sports’ composite rankings.

He was successful in spurts against Sam Houston State, Mississippi State and New Mexico State before taking over for the game at Auburn. He went 3-of-14 for 58 yards, and LSU lost 41-7.

The fans wanted Harris for the Auburn game.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 15, 2014, 09:21:32 am
Aggie Sports @Aggie_Sports  ·  Nov 11
Spavital: Kenny’s been great. He saw how Allen handled it at the beginning of the season, he’s been encouraging and helping Allen out.

Spavital: You’re going to continue to see the playbook evolve more with Allen.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 15, 2014, 03:23:00 pm
Reese Phillips replaces Patrick Towles at QB.

Towles throws his helmet on the sideline.  May be nursing an ankle injury.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 16, 2014, 10:24:43 am
Glenn Guilbeau @LSUBeatTweet  ·  11 hours ago
"There's no easy answer," LSU coach Les Miles said after 17-0 loss to 0-17 Arkansas. Updated Game Story
http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/sports/college/lsu/2014/11/16/arkansas-blizzard-blows-away-lsu/19125069/ …

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Jennings finished 12-of-22 passing for 87 yards and was sacked four times. Tailback Leonard Fournette gained nine yards on five carries.

"Certainly, we need to start throwing the football a bit better," Miles said. "Uncharacteristically, we were out of rhythm."

Jennings showed little rhythm a week ago either as he was 8 of 26 for 76 yards with an interception. Miles said he considered playing backup quarterback Brandon Harris, but he did not.

"I think we went with Anthony because he gave us the best chance to win," he said.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 17, 2014, 12:21:49 pm
What passes for QB controversy in Knoxville.  What a difference a few weeks make.


Wes Rucker @wesrucker247  ·  15 hours ago

Seriously, if you could go by Joshua Dobbs, Josh Dobbs, Rob Dobbs or Bob Dobbs, there’s only one wrong answer there. Hint: It’s Joshua.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 17, 2014, 02:54:32 pm
Brandon Harris, the highly rated freshman quarterback from Bossier City, never stepped onto the field — not even in the waning minutes of a hopeless defeat with starter Anthony Jennings and the offense struggling.

Why? Jennings gave LSU the best chance to win the game, coach Les Miles said.

Miles, though, suggested that the Tigers (7-4, 3-4 Southeastern) would give Harris playing time in the next outing, a meeting with Texas A&M (7-4, 3-4) on Thanksgiving. (http://theadvocate.com/sports/lsu/10851602-123/as-lsus-offense-struggled-mightily)

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The Tigers are in jeopardy of ending their nation-leading 13-year streak of winning at least eight games and are a defeat away from losing three straight games for the first time in Miles’ 10 years in Baton Rouge.

LSU’s passing game continues to struggle 11 games into the season — a fact never more evident than in the shutout loss to the Hogs (5-5, 1-5). It was the fifth straight game in which LSU and its starting quarterback failed to break the 200-yard mark passing — the team’s first such skid since 2002.

LSU finished with 123 yards of offense, the fewest in a regular-season game since the Tigers had 114 in a loss to Texas A&M in 1975.

“It’s tough,” running back Terrence Magee said...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 18, 2014, 09:49:20 am
Glenn Guilbeau: Time for a new QB, off. coordinator at LSU (http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/sports/college/lsu/2014/11/17/guilbeau-time-new-qb-coordinator-lsu/19174873)

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It is time for LSU coach Les Miles to start over from scratch with his offense, which mystified him as much as anyone in an embarrassing, 17-0, loss at Arkansas Saturday night.

"I don't know what's going on there," Miles said after his offense's strength — the running game — netted 36 yards on 32 carries.

Jennings just keeps getting worse, too, and present offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has to share some or most of that blame. He has had Jennings for nearly two full years now. Remember how good Jennings looked at the end of the Arkansas game last season. After a month of bowl practice with Cameron, he looked worse. He has continued to regress as this season has gone one — regardless of opponent.

And if Harris is not ready to play, that is as much or probably more Cameron's fault than that of Harris.

Meanwhile, most of the rest of the college football world has little trouble with state of the art and prolific passing attacks. Look at old school Alabama. New offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has done much more in one season with quarterback Blake Sims in his first year of starting than Cameron has done in more than one with Jennings.

Yes, Cameron did a good job with quarterback Zach Mettenberger last season, but Mettenberger was already well on his way when Cameron got him...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 19, 2014, 12:02:58 pm
Ross Dellenger @DellengerAdv  ·  3 hours ago

AM RT: #LSU Twitter Mailbag: U asked about Brandon Harris, play-calling and Brandon Harris - http://bit.ly/1xBBA2A 

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The question everyone wants answered. Look, there is a reason. There has to be, right? We saw Brandon Harris excel in his playing time in, mostly, every game except his first career start at Auburn.

So why no Harris? He goes from starting in an SEC road game to not seeing significant playing time in the next five games? It makes no sense. There is a reason here of some sort. Remember, we don’t get to watch practice. We aren’t in the quarterback meetings. We aren’t in the film room. Something may be happening behind closed doors to keep Harris off of the field.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 20, 2014, 06:53:41 pm
Ross Dellenger @DellengerAdv  ·  8 hours ago
First exchange on our #LSU football live chat:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B25m3h9CMAEdBs-.png:large)

Ross Dellenger @DellengerAdv  ·  2 minutes ago
Jennings on fan criticism: "I don't buy into any of that." #LSU
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 23, 2014, 04:55:08 pm
Ross Dellenger @DellengerAdv  ·  7 hours ago
We dig into the roots of #LSU's current QB situation and QB recruiting and attrition under Les Miles - http://bit.ly/1yGrvhK

Some #s from story: #LSU signed 13 QBs in 10 yrs under Miles. Five never played, just 3 finished careers at LSU at QB
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 23, 2014, 06:15:26 pm
Adam Sparks @AdamSparks  ·  20 hours ago
Mason: Johnny McCrary will start at QB vs Tennessee. Robinette condition uncertain.

Vandy QB Robinette leaves field in walking boot

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B3GQidKIUAAeJla.jpg:large)

Adam Sparks @AdamSparks  ·  7 hours ago
#Vandy QB turnovers return w/ struggling offense & other notes http://tnne.ws/1yGgdu5 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B3JLDyzCEAEdPFe.jpg:large)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 24, 2014, 03:26:41 pm
ESPN SEC @ESPN_SEC  ·  2 hours ago
QB will be key if LSU rebounds again http://es.pn/11PTiBa

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It all boils down to the quarterback position. It's difficult to imagine LSU opening up its offense if its coaches aren't confident leaning on the quarterback, and it's apparent that Jennings and Harris don't have their full trust, yet. That makes this an enormous offseason for the position.

If Jennings or Harris or even a mystery third option fails to seize the starting job between now and next August, expect to see more of the same from the Tigers' offense next season. That isn't necessarily a death sentence in the SEC West, particularly since LSU's defense should be tough, but this won't be the West of 2011, either...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 26, 2014, 11:17:00 am
Hugh Kellenberger @HKellenbergerCL  ·  1 hour ago

All indications remain that Bo Wallace is going to play in this Saturday's Egg Bowl. http://www.clarionledger.com/story/olemisssports/2014/11/26/hugh-freeze-bo-wallace-anticipate/19525889/ …

Hugh Freeze on Bo Wallace: "He's been limited some but you would have to chain him down to keep him from going in this game."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 27, 2014, 07:00:30 pm
Travis Haney @TravHaneyESPN  ·  1 minute ago
If Brandon Harris doesn't get a look against this A&M defense, the transfer chatter will really heat up. Jennings' ceiling is obvious.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 27, 2014, 09:16:22 pm
Kate Hairopoulos @khairopoulos  ·  50 minutes ago
So....Kenny Hill sighting in second half for A&M? Or no?
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 27, 2014, 10:16:58 pm
Chandler Rome @Chandler_Rome  ·  4 minutes ago
Les: "I wanted to get Brandon Harris in. I didn't get it done and that was a mistake."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 28, 2014, 10:16:01 pm
Robbie Neiswanger @NWARobbie  ·  4 hours ago
Arkansas QB Brandon Allen said he didn't have a hip injury. It was his oblique. "I thought I was healthy enough to play so I played."

Robbie Neiswanger @NWARobbie  ·  4 hours ago
Bielema on Allen: "It was 100 percent effort. He just wasn’t 100 percent. Still we thought he gave us the best chance to win."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 29, 2014, 01:12:07 pm
Kyle Tucker @KyleTucker_CJ  ·  57 seconds ago
I'd really like to know what's happened to Patrick Towles the last four games. Something has. He's just not right.


UK's QB
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 29, 2014, 01:12:45 pm
With that, Dakota Prescott is the only QB for a 2014 SEC team not needing to be represented in this thread.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 29, 2014, 09:10:59 pm
Finebaum: Does Bama go with Jacob Coker?
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 30, 2014, 11:41:47 am
Dan Wolken @DanWolken  ·  12 hours ago

Saban says they "didn't really think" about pulling Sims unless things kept going in the wrong direction, wasn't anxious to pull plug
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 02, 2014, 06:15:30 pm
ESPN SEC @ESPN_SEC  ·  6 hours ago
Bo Wallace ends regular season on high note http://es.pn/1zeqaPD

Mo Good Bo
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 06, 2014, 10:50:41 am
David Morrison @DavidCMorrison  ·  2 hours ago
In the paper: Maty Mauk has weathered the storm and emerged stronger for it during his sophomore season- http://bit.ly/1yWhvCe .

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The words of others didn’t sting for very long.

Maty Mauk would see some of the things people were saying about him on social media, get angry for a moment then shrug it off and go about his day.

It lingered longer for his father. It still eats at him.

“The biggest role I’ve tried to play is continue to encourage him to not listen — or be discouraged — by the naysayers, the pundits or the people that have answers without knowledge of what’s really going on,” Mike Mauk said. “It’s almost like sometimes he’s been bullied into thinking that he’s doing something that’s causing them not to be successful.

“Everybody’s looking for insight or a story or a situation where they can give their opinion. They’re entitled to do so. He’s got to not worry about things that are totally irrelevant to what’s going on.”

When Missouri’s redshirt sophomore quarterback was mired in his three-game slump at the beginning of the Southeastern Conference season, the criticism came fast and heavy.

He was completing just 37 percent of his passes. He had thrown five interceptions and no touchdowns. The offense wasn’t moving. He just didn’t have it anymore. Obviously, a change was needed.

Coach Gary Pinkel disagreed.

“I’ve dealt with quarterbacks for a long time. Not that I’ve always made the right decisions, but I always know what my gut feeling is,” Pinkel said. “Hopefully, he felt the vote of confidence. He certainly had my trust.”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 07, 2014, 10:54:57 am
Michael Carvell @Carvell_AJC  ·  15 hours ago
What I love about college football: A kid who has zero chance of playing QB after college (Sims) beat out a QB with #NFL potential (Coker)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 09, 2014, 07:42:04 pm
Ross Dellenger @DellengerAdv  ·  4 hours ago
#LSU OC Cameron blames self for QB woes, said Tigers to continue 'meshing' zone-read/tradition O; talked play-calling http://bit.ly/1vB4gCc
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 12, 2014, 01:05:16 pm
our beaver pelt trader of the week is Dak Prescott, who is presently suing Mississippi State fans for selling t-shirts bearing his likeness. Remember, this is the exact loophole I predicted boosters would exploit to legally pay players.

How do you do it? Start selling t-shirts with a player's likeness on it, refuse to stop when he and his lawyers send cease and desist letters, and then settle with him as soon as the lawsuit is filed. Voila, legal pay for play in the NCAA.

It's genius... (http://www.foxsports.com/college-football/outkick-the-coverage/all-that-and-a-bag-of-mail-most-likable-playoff-team-edition-121214)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 16, 2014, 09:17:00 pm
Cecil Hurt @CecilHurt  ·  3 hours ago
Saban: "Some little 10-year old boy came up to me after A-Day and asked if we had a quarterback other than Blake Sims."

Saban followed up by saying that the 10-year old "probably jumped on the bandwagon at some point just like the rest of you."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 17, 2014, 07:11:47 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  9 hours ago

Auburn's Jeremy Johnson has 'leg up' in competition to replace Nick Marshall http://s.al.com/6BUcdNG
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 21, 2014, 11:16:41 am
GoGamecocks.com @gogamecocks  ·  20 hours ago
G.A. Mangus keeps an eye on future QBs http://www.gogamecocks.com/2014/12/19/658398/practice-report.html …

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G.A. Mangus is one coach for South Carolina who probably is taking a little more interest in how his backups are performing this week than how his starter is doing.

...bowl practice has been another opportunity to get a look at the backups – Connor Mitch, Perry Orth and redshirt freshman Michael Scarnecchia. Mitch and Orth combined to throw eight passes this season.

It will be an interesting spring as the Gamecocks go searching for a new signal-caller next season.

But Mangus likes what he sees out of Mitch...

“We always try to give young guys reps during bowl practice,” he said. “That’s why it is always critical to get into one and let these young guys play a little bit. They’ve gotten some good scrimmage time the last week or so. Connor Mitch has seen the light bulb come on. He’s starting to figure it out. He’s made some nice throws and checks and done some good things.”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 22, 2014, 07:53:57 pm
Ross Dellenger @DellengerAdv  ·  32 minutes ago
Miles on Jennings criticism: "We're searching for great quarterback play. He's given us that in spurts." #LSU
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 27, 2014, 11:17:35 am
Kevin Brockway @gatorhoops  ·  12 hours ago
Former #Gator QB Jacoby Brissett 15-26, 262 yards, 1 TD in NC State's 34-27 win over UCF in the Bitcoin Bowl.


Florida went with Driskel over Brissett, et al. back when and Jacoby landed at QB Transfer U.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 29, 2014, 02:02:39 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  14 minutes ago

Aggies need Kenny Hill to stick around & need Kyler Murray to avoid signing baseball, and truly make it a competition again for '15 w/ Allen
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 30, 2014, 12:10:00 pm
Glenn Guilbeau @LSUBeatTweet  ·  6 hours ago

LSU Could Beat Notre Dame Comfortably, But It Needs to Work on QBs - Game Day Column: http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/sports/college/lsu/2014/12/29/guilbeau-lsu-work-musical-quarterbacks/20999141/ …

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With a huge and first-of-its-kind New Year's Day party going on in New Orleans this week amid the College Football Playoff semifinal between Alabama and Ohio State, LSU finds itself well off Broadway at the Music City Bowl Tuesday in a non-prime time day game at 2 p.m. on the eve of New Year's Eve.

Do the Tigers try to save face and salvage a season at 9-4 by hiding their quarterback or quarterbacks and winning with the power running game as they did against Iowa in the Outback Bowl last season? Or do they look toward the future by pressing starting sophomore quarterback Anthony Jennings and finally letting more talented freshman Brandon Harris play a significant amount of time.

 Notre Dame is expected to play backup quarterback Malik Zaire in addition to starter Everett Golson. Can Miles and Cameron please play their backup? Please play Harris if only to get more film heading into spring drills. This has gotten ridiculous. Jennings did play well against A&M, but again, that was A&M. He remains 90th in the nation in passing efficiency and has been consistently average to below average all year.

•QUARTERBACK BRAXTON MILLER: Or maybe it will be better not to play Harris, particularly if he lights it up as he did in spots against Mississippi State and New Mexico State this season. That way if projected transfer quarterback Braxton Miller, who graduated this month from Ohio State, watches the game and Jennings does more of the same all game, Miller may choose to play 2015 with the Tigers. That could mean a Happy New Year.

•PREDICTION: LSU again does not play Harris much...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 31, 2014, 08:54:51 am
Pat Dooley @pat_dooley  ·  Dec 30
Back Nine: Gators' QB battle won't be settled in spring practice: , ... http://bit.ly/1th91kJ

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There was a lot of buzz on Twitter over the weekend about two former Florida quarterbacks as fans were pointing out how Jeff Driskel's backups were about to be 2-0. And then Boston College missed an extra point. But both Jacoby Brissett and Tyler Murphy played well and the point was being made that the quarterback that was chosen ahead of both players is no longer a starter at UF. Well, this is what I have to say about that — Gator fans need to quit worrying about the past and start worrying about the future when it comes to quarterbacks. The coach who made those decisions is at Auburn now so let it go. The bigger issue is what Florida will have next year. I assume Jim McElwain will recruit a quarterback because he knows Driskel will be transferring. I'm hearing Louisiana Tech and Maryland are possibilities and CBSSports.com reported recently that Duke is in the mix. No matter where he goes, he's gone and will be able to play right away. That leaves Florida with Treon Harris and Will Grier as possible starters next season, which is why you probably won't see a starter named after the spring. You know how it is with quarterbacks. The loser of the battle might transfer as well. That's why both Brissett and Driskel started the 2012 opener. McElwain has a track record with quarterbacks, but he has his work cut out for him at Florida...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 02, 2015, 03:06:39 pm
Hugh Kellenberger @HKellenbergerCL  ·  6 hours ago

Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade plan to hone their skills and not worry about Chad Kelly this offseason. http://www.clarionledger.com/story/olemisssports/2015/01/01/ole-miss-ryan-buchanan-devante-kincade-chad-kelly-challenge/21152745/ …
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 03, 2015, 09:37:06 pm
GoGamecocks.com @gogamecocks  ·  52 minutes ago
Who will replace 'Ironman' as USC's next QB? http://scne.ws/80l4Pn 

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“Connor had a better overall team around him than Dylan,” Spurrrier said.

Thompson finished up his career with the Independence Bowl win, meaning South Carolina will have to hand the offensive reins over to one of the young quarterbacks Spurrier seemed so reluctant to play this season.

Rising junior Perry Orth, rising redshirt sophomore Connor Mitch and rising redshirt freshman Michael Scarnecchia will “battle it out” in spring practice later this year. ... In the fall, Lorenzo Nunez, a four-star prospect from Kennesaw, Ga., is expected to join the competition and at least get a look from the coaching staff because of his mobility.

Based on pedigree, Mitch is the frontrunner for the job. At 6-foot-3, 211 pounds, he looks the part, and he compiled 12,078 passing yards and 153 touchdowns at Wakefield High in Raleigh. He played in two games this season, completing 2 of 6 passes for 19 yards.

As Mitch watched Spurrier being presented the Independence Bowl trophy on the field following the game, his thoughts already had turned to the competition for the 2015 job.

“It’s got to, being the back up quarterback,” he said. “I am going to take this offseason and work as hard as I can to make sure I give myself the best opportunity.”

Orth, the career passing leader at Ponte Vedra (Fla.) High, walked on at South Carolina in 2013. He was named the team’s most improved quarterback last spring and shared the backup duties with Mitch this season. Orth played in one game, throwing two incomplete passes.

Scarnecchia (6-4, 189) was rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com after throwing 28 touchdowns and two interceptions during his senior season at Fleming Island High (Fla.). Scarnecchia redshirted in 2014, but Spurrier mentioned at every opportunity that Scarnecchia will have a chance to compete against the two veterans this spring.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 04, 2015, 07:08:44 pm
Ross Dellenger @DellengerAdv  ·  10 hours ago
Round II: #LSU QBs Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris set to compete again in open starting job - http://bit.ly/1BvaQPN

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LSU’s starting quarterback position, as expected, will be open for competition during spring practice.

Starter Anthony Jennings and true freshman Brandon Harris will battle for the job for a second straight spring practice, and coach Les Miles expects to pick a starter after drills end.

“This will be a very competitive spring,” Miles said. “Out of spring, I’d like to pick another starter. It could be Anthony. It could be, certainly, Brandon. Competition will have to continue there.” ...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 07, 2015, 11:50:40 am
With longtime starter Bo Wallace finally departing, the Rebels are in search for their next full-time quarterback. (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/96619/rebels-must-get-run-game-going-in-2015)

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Redshirt freshmen DeVante Kincade and Ryan Buchanan both played a bit in 2014, and sophomore Jeremy Liggins was used more as a specialist at quarterback. The status of junior college transfer Chad Kelly, who on Monday pleaded guilty to a non-criminal charge of disorderly conduct after a fight with bouncers outside a Buffalo nightclub last month, is unknown at this moment.

So for now, that position is completely up in the air.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 07, 2015, 06:14:28 pm
Ross Dellenger @DellengerAdv  ·  2 hours ago
Predicted #LSU post-spring QB depth chart for @ElliottCalvert:

Brandon Jennings
Anthony Harris
Braxton Golson
Everett Miller

Elliott Calvert ‏@ElliottCalvert  2 hours ago
@DellengerAdv where does Braxton Golston fit in?
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 07, 2015, 07:00:44 pm
osh Kendall @JoshatTheState  ·  28 minutes ago
Spurrier talks QBs RT @gogamecocks: Gamecocks 'not actively looking' for 'free agent' QB http://scne.ws/82g1MW
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: HogFanFromTheHills on January 07, 2015, 07:09:11 pm
Anything reliable on Golson or Braxton floating around? Seen Golson would need a waiver. Don't really anticipate either of these guys in the SEC next year.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 08, 2015, 12:47:59 pm
ESPN SEC @ESPN_SEC  ·  2 hours ago

Alabama QB battle will play itself out http://es.pn/1yFBdEN

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Bama’s 2015 season begins in 239 days.

This sportswriter, along with scores of others, were dead wrong at this time last year when we thought we knew exactly who Alabama’s starting quarterback would be. Whatever we didn’t know about Jake Coker, we were certain we knew about Blake Sims...

...Let’s try as best we can to not crown the next leader of the Crimson Tide so early...

It very well could be Coker who ends up winning the starting job a year late. We know he has taken some first-team snaps during the season, and we’re certain he should have a better grasp of the offense after spending a year in the system. But there is also Cooper Bateman, David Cornwell and Alec Morris to consider. And don’t count out Blake Barnett, the five-star prospect who enrolled in school this week.

If we learned anything from Sims, it’s that anything is possible. Any of the five current candidates could develop into a starter...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 08, 2015, 12:49:54 pm
Anything reliable on Golson or Braxton floating around? Seen Golson would need a waiver. Don't really anticipate either of these guys in the SEC next year.

http://collegefootball.blog.ajc.com/2015/01/07/braxton-miller-in-lsu-mix-everett-golson-shoots-down-transfer-rumors
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 09, 2015, 09:15:18 am
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  7 hours ago

Kenny Hill's pending transfer leaves Texas A&M shy of scholarship QBs (Aggies Blog): http://blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/2015/01/kenny-hills-pending-transfer-leaves-texas-am-shy-of-scholarship-qbs/ …

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Kenny Hill, a former Southlake Carroll star, will transfer from Texas A&M to TCU in time for this semester...

So where does this leave the Aggies on the quarterbacking front? Allen showed enough late in the season, including earning Liberty Bowl MVP honors in the Aggies’ 45-37 victory over West Virginia, for the Aggies to feel comfortable with him as a capable starter moving forward.

Former walk-on Conner McQueen was put on scholarship last summer, but isn’t a threat to compete with Allen (no offense to the scrappy and perpetually happy McQueen, of course).

Celebrated Allen High quarterback Kyler Murray, who led the Eagles to three consecutive state titles, has pledged to play for A&M, with national signing day in less than a month. The pro baseball draft could be a threat to the Aggies landing Murray this summer, however, considering he’s projected as a likely first rounder as a standout infielder.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 10, 2015, 08:36:38 am
Nathan Peterman, a four-star recruit in the 2012 class, was supposed to be the future of Tennessee Volunteers football. At the very least, the Fruit Cove, Florida, native was expected to push for a starting position. Instead, the talented signal-caller was never able to work his way into a permanent spot in the lineup during his previous three seasons in Knoxville. (http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/01/09/no-indications-qb-nathan-peterman-will-transfer-from-tennessee)

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If the redshirt junior stays, he’ll inevitably be stuck behind a burgeoning star in sophomore Josh Dobbs.

Dobbs took the reigns of the offense after Peterman’s only start of the season and never looked back. The dual-threat quarterback threw for 1,206 yards and ran for 469 more in only six games.

“Josh, for the first time, is in a position where he’s going into the offseason and next season as the apparent starter and can really take ownership of this team and lead it,” Mike Bajakian said.

Peterman may not have given his coach any indication he will transfer, but he just might want to consider it.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 12, 2015, 09:38:11 am
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  22 minutes ago

In age of QB transfers, Alabama's former top recruits explain why they're staying put. http://ow.ly/Hb6wq

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Alabama QB signees

2007: Nick Fanuzzi (transferred after one year)

2008: Star Jackson (transferred after two years)

2009: AJ McCarron (started 2011-13, graduated)

2010: Phillip Sims (transferred), Blake Sims (recruited as "athlete," started 2014)

2011: Phillip Ely (transferred after two years)

2012: Alec Morris (entering third year)

2013: Cooper Bateman (entering second year), Parker McLeod (transferred after one year), Luke Del Rio (walk-on transferred after one year)

2014: David Cornwell (entering second year), Jacob Coker (entering second year after transferring from FSU)

2015: Blake Barnett (enrolled in January)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 14, 2015, 02:06:16 pm
The Schotty effect on the QB battle. (http://www.macon.com/2015/01/14/3530257_georgias-next-quarterback-the.html)

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... Schottenheimer was hired in large part because his philosophies are similar to Mark Richt and Bobo, so he might not look at the quarterbacks all that differently. There was a reason Ramsey had emerged ahead of Bauta, and that was his arm strength. Park doesn’t have as strong an arm, but he’s more mobile than Ramsey, though not as mobile as Bauta.

My sense is that Ramsey is still the favorite. But I’m among those who will be very interested in Schottenheimer’s impressions of the quarterbacks as spring goes on.
Title: B1G QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 15, 2015, 04:00:52 pm
Bill Rabinowitz @brdispatch  ·  42 minutes ago

Cardale Jones announces that he will return to OSU.


Chris Low @ClowESPN  ·  4 hours ago

For those saying Jones is clearly better than Barrett, I would suggest putting on Michigan State tape from this year. Speaks for itself.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 15, 2015, 08:33:17 pm
Ross Dellenger @DellengerAdv  ·  1 hour ago
#LSU Notes: Miles expects QB 'misery' to be thing of past; Orgeron, Steele making instant impact on recruiting trail http://bit.ly/1uaPin8

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Les Miles thinks LSU’s quarterback problems are over, and he said the Tigers are “unlikely” to bring in a quarterback transfer during the offseason but didn’t rule it out.

“We would think that we’re through the quarterback misery … development, if you will,” he said earlier this week.

LSU had one of the nation’s worst passing offenses this season, and its quarterback play ranked toward the bottom of the country. Miles, though, has faith that his current QBs — Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings — and LSU’s passing game will “improve tremendously.”

He did not completely shoot down the possibility of LSU landing a transfer quarterback, like Ohio State’s Braxton Miller, but said “at some point in time, it’s unlikely.”

Miles later said, “it’s unlikely.”

The coach lauded the talents of Harris, the highly rated dual-threat quarterback from Bossier City who played little after a struggling start at Auburn.

“I think that Brandon Harris will absolutely compete for the job, and I’m not discounting Anthony Jennings, just not going to do it,” Miles said, “but Brandon Harris is faster, throws the ball harder and really runs hard. Some fundamental things that he will improve on, and he’s ready to do so.”

LSU plans to throw the ball “a ton” in the spring, and Miles insisted that the staff wants to pass more. He suggested that Jennings’ low completion percentage (48 percent) was a reason behind all of the running...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 16, 2015, 11:07:22 am
Jeff Duncan @JeffDuncan_  ·  2 hours ago

My column... Defensive additions are fine, but LSU must find a quarterback this offseason: Jeff Duncan http://s.nola.com/U8FZGCD  via @nolanews

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Kevin Steele and Ed Orgeron received heroes' welcomes at their introductory press conference at LSU on Wednesday.

Judging by the overflow crowd at the event and the widespread genuflection on social media, you'd have thought LSU had landed a pair of demigods instead of hired a coordinator and D-line coach. 

Don't get me wrong. I like the hires...

But none of it will matter if the Tigers can't develop a quarterback or sign one before fall practice. It is the single most important goal of LSU's offseason.

If the Tigers' can't improve at QB, It won't matter if Knute Rockne is recruiting for them and Vince Lombardi is coaching the defense.

The quarterback position has bedeviled LSU in the same way the cornerback spot has haunted the Saints and the small forward position has confounded the Pelicans. It is the Tigers' albatross, their riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.

Of the 12 quarterbacks recruited and signed by Miles since 2005, only Zach Mettenberger went on to be drafted by the NFL. Of the 12, seven either transferred, were dismissed from the team or never enrolled in school. That's an unacceptable batting average for a school of LSU's stature.

There's no excuse for a school with LSU's resources and star power to continually struggle to find talent at the game's most important position. Everything else is in place to win a national title. QBs should be knocking down Miles' door to call signals for the Tigers.
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Post by: jbcarol on January 20, 2015, 03:12:53 pm
James Moran @SmartestMoran  ·  3 hours ago

#LSU RT @TIM_MAYsports: Ohio State spokesman confirms Braxton Miller is enrolled at OSU this spring semester. FYI FWIW
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 23, 2015, 01:00:30 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  23 hours ago

Still an 'interesting' dynamic that ESPN, partner of Longhorn Network with Texas, would cover anything related to Kyler Murray-UT visit.

Look, my stance from start has been ESPN should've never partnered w/ a university. That'll never change. Now it's covering KM recruitment.

I'm stunned a bunch of Longhorns and ESPN folks would defend ESPN's partnership w/ Longhorn Network. Stunned!

Never said Longhorn Network was covering Kyler Murray recruitment & UT visit. Just the one w/ the massive vested interest in LHN is.

Kyler Murray tells DMN at paper's high school banquet that he's 'still committed to A&M': http://blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/2015/01/kyler-murray-tells-paper-hes-still-committed-to-texas-am/ …
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 24, 2015, 03:47:06 pm
LSU's search for 2015 and 2016 quarterback commitments continues (http://www.nola.com/recruiting/index.ssf/2015/01/lsus_search_for_a_quarterback.html)

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LSU currently has three quarterbacks on scholarship, but none of them have proven to be effective at this stage of their careers. The 2016 class features one commitment in Florida's Feleipe Franks, but the Tigers don't appear content on signing just one more quarterback in the next two seasons, so the search is on.

The Tigers will host one of the nation's premier gunslingers this weekend in Ohio State 2015 commitment Torrance Gibson. The Tigers were among the early leaders for his services when his recruitment began, but things tapered off a bit and ultimately Gibson declared for the Buckeyes.

Well, a crowded group of quarterbacks in Columbus, Ohio, has opened the door a bit for some other programs, and LSU is trying to seize the moment. Sources in Florida said that it's a long shot, but expressed that the 6-foot-4, 200-pound prospect has an affinity for LSU that could develop into something more if the Tigers knock it out of the park this weekend.

2016 Calvary Baptist quarterback Shea Patterson is frequently discussed and referred to as a must-get for LSU by most of its fan base. It's rare that Louisiana produces a quarterback of his caliber and the Tigers would love nothing more than to keep him home. However, Ole Miss and USC continue to push for his services and have proven to be tough competition. Patterson is expecting a visit from LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron in the near future, possibly even on Friday.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 25, 2015, 03:51:28 pm
Brian Davis @BDavisAAS  ·  Jan 22
That's current A&M commit QB Kyler Murray on the left. Texas WR commit DeAndre McNeal on the right. Photo @tbhmcNEal.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B8APPlqCEAAedd6.jpg:large)
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Post by: jbcarol on January 29, 2015, 07:42:01 am
ESPN SEC @ESPN_SEC  ·   37 minutes ago

SEC morning links http://es.pn/1v8VkuL

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One of the most compelling quarterback situations to watch this offseason and heading into next season is at LSU. Anthony Jennings started 12 of 13 games this season while Brandon Harris started just one while appearing in eight games. Harris was a highly touted recruit who arrived in Baton Rouge with much anticipation but it was Jennings who maintained a grip on the starting job after Harris' lone start in a loss to Auburn. Harris' high school coach at Parkway High in Bossier City, Louisiana, said he tried to talk Harris into transferring to a junior college for a season but that Harris is "all in" for staying and wants to "compete."

David Feaster, Brandon Harris’ high school coach at Parkway, told the quarterback to transfer to a junior college after his first semester at LSU, the coach said on a north Louisiana radio show Wednesday morning.

Feaster tried to talk Harris into transferring, he said on the Tim Fletcher Show.

Despite Feaster’s advice, Harris decided to remain at LSU this semester and is expected to compete for the starting quarterback job this spring along with Anthony Jennings.

Feaster said that LSU is telling receiver recruits to “‘come over here and play with Brandon Harris.” (http://blogs.theadvocate.com/tigertracks/brandon-harris-high-school-coach-told-leave-lsu)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 30, 2015, 12:45:51 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  4 hours ago

From the wee hours RT Kyler Murray reaffirms commitment to Texas A&M over Texas: http://blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/2015/01/kyler-murray-reaffirms-original-verbal-pledge-to-aggies …

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Murray, son of Texas A&M icon Kevin Murray, had visited A&M recruiting rival Texas last week, and entertained the idea of joining the Longhorns. But following a Thursday night visit with A&M coach Kevin Sumlin in his hometown of Allen, Murray apparently is sticking with his verbal commitment from last May, when he said A&M and the Southeastern Conference were the landing spots for him.

At the time, Murray called the SEC the “NFL of college.” National signing day is Wednesday, and at this point can’t get here fast enough for breathless Aggies hanging on Murray’s every post on Twitter.

Should he land on A&M’s campus this summer after playing a final round of high school baseball for Allen, Murray is expected to contend immediately for the Aggies’ starting gig with sophomore Kyle Allen. Last year’s starter over the first half of the season, Kenny Hill, exited A&M over the winter break, with his ultimate destination to be determined...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 01, 2015, 10:27:42 am
Six of the SEC's starting quarterbacks finished the 2014 season with a passer rating that ranked among the top 50 in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

But Mississippi State's Dak Prescott (151.7 QBR) is the conference's lone returner of the bunch (http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/01/secs_questions_at_quarterback.html)

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9) Vanderbilt

10) Ole Miss -

2014 starter: Bo Wallace

2015 projected starter: Ryan Buchanan/DeVante Kincade

Number of QB starts on roster: 0

11) Georgia -

2014 starter: Hutson Mason

2015 projected starter: Brice Ramsey

Number of QB starts on roster: 0

12) Florida -

2014 starter:  Jeff Driskel/Treon Harris
Birmingham BowlFlorida quarterback Treon Harris throws a second-quarter touchdown pass against East Carolina Coach Ruffin McNeill during the Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. (Mark Almond/ malmond@al.com)
 

2015 projected starter: Will Grier

Number of QB starts on roster: 8

13) LSU -

2014 starter:  Anthony Jennings

2015 projected starter: Brandon Harris

Number of QB starts on roster: 14

14) South Carolina -

2014 starter:  Dylan Thompson

2015 projected starter: Connor Mitch/Michael Scarnecchia/Perry Orth

Number of QB starts on roster: 0
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 04, 2015, 10:01:13 am
GoGamecocks.com @gogamecocks  ·  1 hour ago

QB Nunez hopes to play as freshman http://scne.ws/8NrmKv
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 05, 2015, 03:45:28 pm
Hugh Kellenberger @HKellenbergerCL  ·  40 minutes ago

Jeremy Liggins is not the first QB to become an offensive tackle, but he is the latest. http://www.clarionledger.com/story/recruitingreport/2015/02/05/ole-miss-jeremy-liggins-offensive-tackle-300-pounder-quarterback/22938133/ …

Hugh Kellenberger @HKellenbergerCL  ·  54 minutes ago

"I sure hope and pray like heck that he doesn't embarrass our team, university and myself but that is a possibility." http://www.clarionledger.com/story/recruitingreport/2015/02/05/ole-miss-chad-kelly-hugh-freeze-quarterback-embarass/22920981/ …

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"My thought process is really simple: I balance on the scales an opportunity for a young man to rewrite his story with the possibility of me having embarrassment," Freeze said. "That's really how I see it. If me getting embarrassed is the worst thing that happens to me in life than I'll be OK. I've been embarrassed before and I will be again.

"He has some redeeming qualities that hopefully we can help and put some structure around him to rewrite his story in a positive way. I sure hope and pray like heck that he doesn't embarrass our team, university and myself but that is a possibility. That's certainly something I know, that I recognize and that I own."

What Freeze did not say, but if also obvious, that Kelly's talent is a part of the equation. Good football players earn second and third chances that mediocre ones do not, and there's evidence to suggest Kelly is the former...

So now Kelly will compete with those backups, now-redshirt sophomores Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade, to be the starting quarterback in 2015. And Freeze will hope that Kelly does not let him down.

"He's made some poor decisions that have cost him some opportunities, and almost cost him this one," Freeze said. "He understands exactly what we have to do moving forward. He's got some strong reigns on him hopefully."


OXFORD -- The curiosity that has been Jeremy Liggins' college career took another turn.

Ole Miss' 300-pound backup tight end and Wildcat quarterback will move to offensive tackle during spring practice, coach Hugh Freeze said Wednesday.

"We are moving Jeremy Liggins to offensive tackle, which I think is his future," Freeze said. "This made me feel better about not just going after a kid. I think that is going to be Jeremy's future as far as where he needs to be."

The position switch is happening because Ole Miss lost Drew Richmond, one of the top offensive tackles in the country, on National Signing Day to Tennessee...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 06, 2015, 01:45:10 pm
Ross Dellenger @DellengerAdv  ·  3 hours ago

#LSU OC Cam Cameron: QBs "markedly improved," focused on leadership/decisions; Tigers could "reinvent" offense w/o FB http://bit.ly/1LUSGh5

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Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron says LSU fans will see “markedly improved” quarterback play this season, and that QBs Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris continue “growing.”  ... he heads into spring practice with two goals for his quarterbacks: grow more as leaders and make better decisions.

“It’s not a throwing competition. For any quarterback, it’s still a leadership position,” he said. “It’s decision making. It’s growth. It’s the ability to be accurate.”

“I think they’re athletic enough, think they’re tough enough,” he said of Jennings and Harris. “They bring a lot of talent to the table. Now, it’s the chemistry part and our passing game and even in our zone read, running attack. A lot of things developing. Think you’re going to see guys markedly improved.”

Asked if the starting quarterback battle was an open competition in the spring, Cameron joked, “Well, what has Les told you?”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 12, 2015, 11:29:36 am
With Justin Worley out of eligibility and Nathan Peterman's decision to transfer to Pittsburgh at the end of the semester, Tennessee was down to one scholarship quarterback in Josh Dobbs, who will be the Vols' undoubted starter going into a season of big expectations next fall.
 (http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/sports/college/story/2015/feb/12/vols-used-opportunity-land-3-qb-class/287896)

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His backup, though, will be one of the trio of players -- Quinten Dormady and Jauan Jennings enrolled last month and Sheriron Jones signed last week -- Tennessee added in its most recent recruiting class.

"I'm very proud of the three individuals at the quarterback position because not one quarterback asked me about the other individual or who else we were recruiting," Vols coach Butch Jones said at his signing day news conference last week. That's what we want. We want individuals with great competitive character that don't care. All they worry about is themselves.

"They're going to have a tremendous opportunity. We have one quarterback on scholarship. It was a tremendous selling point for these individuals. As we know, you're one snap away at the quarterback position, or any position. They all wanted that opportunity.

"They understand the magnitude and relevance of playing quarterback at the University of Tennessee, and that's what I'm proud of them (for), is they never looked over their shoulder. They knew what they wanted, and they stayed true to form."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 18, 2015, 01:05:56 pm
Jim Kleinpeter @JimKleinpeter  ·  6 hours ago

From @RonHIgg: #LSU stuggles to sign and develop QBs @tigerdroppings, @lsufball http://s.nola.com/25LmJzI  via @nolanews

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Louisiana, though rich in high school football talent, doesn't produce a bundle of five-star quarterbacks.

The prevailing theory is many of this state's high school programs stick their best athletes at QB, and then attempt to develop passing skills. There are fewer and fewer natural QBs who have been groomed from the time they were slinging the ball during elementary school recesses.

So when a five-star flinger such as Calvary Baptist rising senior Shea Patterson commits to Ole Miss over LSU and USC as he did Tuesday, it magnifies the Tigers' continued failure to successfully woo a difference-making QB.

"It's one of the mysteries of the SEC why LSU doesn't have a franchise-type quarterback running the show," said Jamie Newberg, national recruiting analyst for Scout.com. "I can't put my finger on it."

For most of LSU's history, it has rarely been successful recruiting highly rated QBs, especially during the 1960s and 70s when then-Tigers' coach Charles McClendon was married to the two-QB system in a run-heavy offense.

For instance, Bert Jones of Ruston, the only LSU QB ever to be named first-team All-American, ended up with the Tigers because LSU failed to sign Woodlawn-Shreveport passing stud Joe Ferguson, who opted for Arkansas.

At LSU, Jones had to split playing time with Paul Lyons, a converted cornerback...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 18, 2015, 02:54:47 pm
Adam Sparks @AdamSparks  ·  6 hours ago

#Vandy new OC Andy Ludwig's 1st impression of QBs: "We got a whole lot of work to do."

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-IcfOJIEAACJvC.jpg:large)

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 26, 2015, 12:49:27 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  2 hours ago

LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron urges patience, and other SEC links | http://AL.com  http://ow.ly/JGDAi

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"I know where everybody's primary concern is right now with this team," he said a few days ago in an early morning interview in his LSU football operations building office. "I almost want to say what (Packers quarterback) Aaron Rodgers said last season (after Green Bay started 1-2).

"RELAAAAAX."

After plummeting from a record-setting unit in 2013 featuring seven NFL draft choices to last season's completely imbalanced attack that ranked last in the SEC in passing offense, LSU has one glaring priority heading into spring practice March 7: find a consistent starting quarterback.

The solution or the problem, depending on where you stand, is the top two candidates - rising junior Anthony Jennings and rising sophomore Brandon Harris - are the same QBs who never quite got the job done last spring and last season...

"...What I do think that you have to realize is how good the defenses are in the SEC. Veteran quarterbacks were the ones who flourished against those defenses and the young quarterbacks were hot and cold. Did we want that to be us? Absolutely not."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 27, 2015, 08:37:34 am
Richt: Battle for quarterback will be 'a great competition' (http://onlineathens.com/sports/2015-02-26)

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Brice Ramsey has the most game experience and the big arm.

Faton Bauta brings athleticism to the position.

Jacob Park is more of a wild card after redshirting.

And coach Mark Richt is saying publicly that it will be a legitimate competition for the gig.

Georgia starts spring practices on March 17.

“We’ve got three guys right now on scholarship that are going to be battling away for that job,” Richt said Wednesday on the “Paul Finebaum Show” on the SEC Network. “I don’t really see a frontrunner right now. I see three guys that have a lot of talent, that have a lot of competitive spirit about them. I think it’s going to be a great competition.”

Some things to consider about that competition:

COMPRESSED PRACTICE TIME

Georgia is scheduled to complete its 15 spring practices in just over four weeks. There are 11 spring practices before the April 11 G-Day game and two more practices the week after.

“We’re going to give them all a really good opportunity to have reps with the first and second units and try to make it as fair as we can,” Richt said. “So we can make a really good judgment on where we need to go with that position.”

IMPRESS THE NEW COACH

For the first time since 2000, somebody other than Mike Bobo will be coaching the quarterbacks. That’s Brian Schottenheimer, who was hired Jan. 7 as offensive coordinator after holding the same job with the St. Louis Rams.

That means a different perspective on the quarterbacks...

CLUBHOUSE LEADER?

Coaches might not say it, but Ramsey is clearly the player to beat...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 27, 2015, 12:01:00 pm
Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  3h 3 hours ago

What will Texas A&M do at quarterback if Kyler Murray chooses baseball? That's TBD: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/article/A-M-faces-depth-concerns-at-QB-if-Murray-picks-6104704.php … via @HoustonChron

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Aggies will be keeping a close eye on a high school baseball tournament this weekend in Round Rock, where Kyler Murray, the heralded quarterback of A&M's 2015 recruiting class, opens his baseball season.

How Murray's season and his MLB draft stock go the next few months may well determine if Sumlin has another QB to push Allen or beat him out of the starting job.

A middle infielder with speed and pop in his bat, Murray could wind up a first- or second-round selection in June's draft. Murray and his father, former A&M star Kevin, have said they'll have another big decision after the draft.

What will the Aggies do if Murray opts for red stitches over white laces? The answer is akin to their game times next fall: to be determined.

Behind Allen, the Aggies' QB depth chart is thin. Sumlin granted junior Conner McQueen a scholarship last summer, but McQueen is considered a better holder than quarterback...

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 02, 2015, 10:42:00 am
Josh Kendall ‏@JoshatTheState

Clock ticking for Nos RT @gogamecocks: Brendan Nosovitch back at QB; Clayton Stadnik changes positions http://scne.ws/8mBkwk
9:36 AM - 27 Feb 2015

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Junior Brendan Nosovitch will take one more shot at playing quarterback this spring.

Nosovitch, a PARADE All-American at Central Catholic High School in Allentown, Pa., completed two passes in 2013 but was moved to tight end in 2014.

“He’s a pretty good runner,” Steve Spurrier told The State on Friday. “Hopefully, his passing has gotten a little bit better.”

If Nosovitch doesn’t win the quarterback job or at least secure a spot in the rotation, it is likely he’ll transfer.

“He probably should if he wants to play quarterback,” Spurrier said...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 02, 2015, 03:53:21 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  18 minutes ago

Auburn spring football 2015: Breaking down Auburn's quarterbacks http://ow.ly/JQp0Q

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Any talk of redshirt freshman Sean White possibly challenging Johnson for the starting job should end now, though we're sure we'll hear it plenty during spring drills. Johnson has proven himself over the last two seasons as an on-target passer and his start against Arkansas in the 2014 season opener gives us confidence the junior is poised for an All-SEC type of year for the Tigers.

FACTS OF LIFE

0 -- Times the same quarterback started season openers in consecutive years during Malzahn's nine seasons as an offensive coordinator and head coach. That streak could end with Johnson, who started in the 2014 season opener, if he starts against Louisville on Sept. 5.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 03, 2015, 07:48:07 am
Who will stand out in all these quarterback battles? (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/98532/ten-burning-spring-questions-in-the-sec)

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OK, so the SEC is littered with quarterback battles this year:

    Alabama

    Florida

    Georgia

    LSU

    Ole Miss

    South Carolina

    Vanderbilt

So who will stand out this spring and propel themselves into a true starting role this fall? At Alabama, you have Jake Coker, who was supposed to be the starter last year but wasn't, and a trio of former high school standouts in Cooper Bateman, David Cornwell and Blake Barnett. Florida has a new coaching staff, and Jim McElwain...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 04, 2015, 10:15:25 am
ESPN SEC @ESPN_SEC  ·  1 hour ago
Spring preview: Key SEC position battles http://es.pn/1zY6YVG

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Alabama:
As for the quarterback battle, if last season taught us anything, it's not to assume what Nick Saban will do. Many felt Jake Coker being the starter was a foregone conclusion only for Blake Sims to emerge as the guy. This year, it's Coker, Cooper Bateman, David Cornwell and Blake Barnett. Who will emerge from that battle?

Florida:
With a new head coach in Jim McElwain, this situation is intriguing. Treon Harris showed some promise when given the chance to play as a true freshman last season but Will Grier, who redshirted, looks like he'll get an opportunity to compete for the job, too.

Georgia:
There's a three-man battle for the right to succeed Hutson Mason and it's a wide-open battle. There's redshirt sophomore Brice Ramsey, redshirt junior Faton Bauta and redshirt freshman Jacob Park. Georgia coach Mark Richt called the race wide-open; Ramsey is the most experienced of the bunch, and Park is the only one who hasn't taken a collegiate snap yet.

LSU:
It's just a little bit of history repeating -- same candidates, same position, new season. Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris square off once again for the right to start for the Tigers. Jennings emerged victorious last season and held on to the job for most of the year (Harris started at Auburn and it didn't go well), but that didn't stop the fans calls for a longer look at Harris. Jennings finished the season with 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing only 48.9 percent of his passes; Harris completed 55.6 percent with six touchdowns and two picks.

Ole Miss:
Bo Wallace is gone so the signal-caller spot is up for grabs. Who will it be? Junior college transfer Chad Kelly? DeVante Kincade? Ryan Buchanan? Kelly appears to be the early favorite, though Kincade and Buchanan got a little bit of game action last season.

South Carolina:
The Head Ball Coach has to replace a graduating senior quarterback for the second straight season -- first Connor Shaw, now Dylan Thompson. This spring, it will be sophomore Connor Mitch, junior Perry Orth and freshman Michael Scarnecchia competing. Quarterback recruit Lorenzo Nunez doesn't join the fray until the summer. Mitch appears to be the early favorite.

Vanderbilt:
This position was a mess for the Commodores last season. They started four different quarterbacks, the most of any FBS team (only Utah State started as many quarterbacks as Vanderbilt). This spring there are four competing, three of which are returnees -- Wade Freebeck, Johnny McCrary and Patton Robinette. Stephen Rivers, who was with the Commodores last year, transferred, but redshirt freshman Shawn Stankavage joined the competition. New offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig was blunt early in spring practice, saying simply "We've got a lot of work to do."

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 06, 2015, 01:45:50 pm
Darrell Bird @DarrellBird  ·  Mar 5

Reese Phillips' mom reports all went well in surgery today. Speedy recovery for a great kid.

Elaine Reese, mom to UK QB Reese Phillips, says on Facebook she's on the way to Lexington because Reese ruptured his Achilles today.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 07, 2015, 12:10:44 pm
Kyle Tucker @KyleTucker_CJ  ·  48 minutes ago
Stoops on Towles and Barker: "It's an open situation." Towles was with first string today, Barker likely will Monday.

Patrick Towles said he's used to competition here and went back to work with same private QB coach after season.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 09, 2015, 09:20:01 am
LSU coach Les Miles addressed the quarterback situation Saturday after the Tigers finished their first day of spring practice Saturday. (http://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2015/03/lsu_les_miles_spring_football.html)

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Holdovers Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris were joined by signee Justin McMillan and walk-on Caleb Lewis in a helmets-and-shorts workout. The Tigers will don pads beginning Thursday.

The quarterback position, a weak point of the offense throughout the 2014 season which ended in an 8-5 record, drew a great deal of attention.

"We talked about the need and the want to throw the ball better," Miles said of pre-spring discussions with Jennings and Harris. "We need not only the quarterbacks to come on but the receiving corps. We're going to devote a lot of time to it. We're going to throw the ball in terms of snaps and percentages of our practices very significantly. It will be fun and I think we'll accomplish that.

"(Harris has got) so much more comfort in the play call and formation and what we're trying to get accomplished, with both guys," Miles said. "We're going to focus on the execution of how to throw it, where to throw it.

"I will give it to one guy if one distances himself from the other, demonstrates the ability to handle his business through the play call, style of offense, what we do."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 11, 2015, 10:00:29 am
LSU QBs Anthony Jennings, Brandon Harris seeking atonement as they battle for job (http://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2015/03/lsu_qb_brandon_harris.html)

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It's impossible to know where that battle will be in six months when LSU opens the season at home against McNeese State, but it's clear the success of the season will depend on vast improvement from whoever has the job.

Quarterback is the first subject that comes up when college football experts start talking about the Tigers and 2015. The general reasoning is it will have to be a lot better for LSU to get into the College Foortball Playoff conversation, much less one of the four semifinal spots.

The 2014 season was simply a mess for LSU quarterbacks.

"I wasn't good enough last year, plain and simple," said Jennings, who completed 48.9 percent of his passes (111 of 227) with 11 TDs and seven interceptions...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 12, 2015, 01:56:43 pm
Glenn Guilbeau @LSUBeatTweet  ·  17 hours ago

QB Brandon Harris must beat out Brandon Harris (sic) to be LSU's starter: #LSU http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/sports/college/lsu/2015/03/11/brandon-harris-mostly-blames-last-season/70182446/ …

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BATON ROUGE – It’s not Anthony Jennings. It’s Brandon Harris.

That’s how Harris sees it. Jennings, LSU’s sophomore quarterback who has started 13 of LSU’s last 14 games, is not the reason why Harris, a freshman who started one game last year at Auburn with disastrous results, is not the starter.

It’s also not head coach Les Miles’ or offensive coordinator Cam Cameron’s fault. Harris believes Harris is the reason why Harris is not the starter yet.

“Yeah, I don’t look at him as competition,” Harris said during media interviews Tuesday night when asked about the competition with Jennings during spring drills, which began Saturday and continued on Tuesday.

“I look at myself as the competition,” Harris said in his first mass interview since the Auburn game last season. “I’m the only thing that is holding myself back. I held myself back this past season, and now I realize that.”

Harris, according to LSU’s coaches, did not master the playbook last season and basically winged it when he started at Auburn, which may make one wonder why he was allowed to start...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 14, 2015, 11:50:30 am
ESPN SEC @ESPN_SEC  ·  22 hours ago
UF QB race important for present and future http://es.pn/1GNwdBv

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Former AG Ed Aschoff: Florida has been on shaky ground at quarterback since Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow left after the 2009 season. Yes, it was going to be hard to replace one of college football's greatest players, but to still be trying to replace him is unacceptable. Even with ultra-hyped recruits such as John Brantley and Jeff Driskel making their way to Gainesville, the Gators have been incredibly inconsistent under center.

In fact, since Tebow's departure, the Gators have had just two individual 300-yard passing performances in the last five years. Brantley threw for 329 yards against Furman in 2011, and Tyler Murphy threw for 305 yards in a home loss to Vanderbilt in 2013.

So here the Gators are -- trying to figure things out with a two-man quarterback battle between sophomore Treon Harris and redshirt freshman Will Grier. Harris replaced the one-time supposed savior Driskel as Florida's starter during the last month of the season, but never truly developed as a complete or consistent passer. Grier took last season to learn and bulk up after being named the Parade National Player of the Year and the Maxwell Player of the Year after his high school senior season.

There's so much on the line with this battle. For starters, McElwain's success in his first year in Gainesville rests heavily on what the offense can do, and that will be greatly determined by the guy at quarterback. Secondly -- and believe me, this is not hyperbole -- the future of offensive recruiting also hinges on the success at the quarterback position. This doesn't mean that Florida's next starter has to be an All-SEC performer, but he has to move the football more consistently. He has to make plays and score points. There needs to be continuity and some sort of passing threat...
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Post by: jbcarol on March 16, 2015, 09:02:37 am
ESPN SEC @ESPN_SEC  ·  60 minutes ago

SEC morning links http://es.pn/1Av38Ud

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LSU coach Les Miles hints slight edge to Brandon Harris after team’s first scrimmage.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 18, 2015, 12:44:32 pm
ESPN SEC @ESPN_SEC  ·  23 hours ago
Breaking down Georgia's quarterback battle http://es.pn/1ABFUfl

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Finding that quarterback won't exactly be easy for coach Mark Richt or new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. There's a three-man race for the starting position taking place in Athens, and the hope is that one of them can push Georgia's passing game back to a more elite level this year.

The contenders: Redshirt sophomore Brice Ramsey, redshirt freshman Jacob Park and redshirt junior Faton Bauta.

On paper, Ramsey, a one-time four-star prospect, is the early favorite. He's the only quarterback on the roster with real, extensive game experience. Serving as Hutson Mason's backup last year, Ramsey threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns, while seeing work in eight games. Ramsey certainly showed a lot of arm strength during his relief duty. I'm not calling him Matt Stafford, but when his arm is in control it's a thing of beauty.

But he also showed that he can be wild with the football, too. Of course, for young quarterbacks with monster arms that's natural. Ramsey will have to work through that and have to develop some better chemistry with his receivers, but he also won't be handed the job this spring. ...Richt envisions this thing being a highly contested battle among the three.

"I'd say it's more 1A, B and C," Richt said earlier this month. "It really is a matter of giving all those guys an opportunity to get reps and try to make it as equal as possible. I'm sure we'll be rotating who's No. 1 on any given day as far as who works with that unit. I'm sure every quarterback will get reps with the ones and the twos."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 20, 2015, 06:33:21 pm
Zach Abolverdi @ZachAbolverdi  · 
Harris, Grier remain close with QB job up for grabs | http://bit.ly/1BzNhmH  via @Gator_sports
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 22, 2015, 12:31:59 pm
Jim Kleinpeter @JimKleinpeter  ·  18h 18 hours ago
#LSU QB edge to Anthony Jennings over Brandon Harris in Tigers' scrimmage @tigerdroppings, @lsufball http://s.nola.com/4qZeW4V  via @nolanews
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Post by: jbcarol on March 22, 2015, 09:51:06 pm
Joel A. Erickson @JoelAEricksonAU  · 
Jonathan Wallace reminding Auburn of Kodi Burns after moving to receiver full-time http://s.al.com/QWROULd
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 23, 2015, 08:41:52 am
 ESPN SEC @ESPN_SEC  ·  40m 40 minutes ago

SEC morning links http://es.pn/1N5Z1nA

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This much we know after Vanderbilt’s spring football game on Saturday: Patton Robinette leads Johnny McCrary and others in the race to become the Commodores’ starting quarterback. But Vandy still has miles to go at the position if it is to become more competitive this fall. Vandy’s quarterbacks combined for five interceptions and were sacked seven times in the scrimmage, which the defense won 38-24 through a modified scoring system. That’s not a particularly good sign for the Commodores after a season where their quarterback carousel seemed to spin on a weekly basis. New offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig’s bunch clearly has a long way to go, and it has to start with getting more consistent play at quarterback. Robinette and McCrary are apparently the top two contenders, but this competition might continue for a while.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 23, 2015, 10:57:08 am
 AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  27m 27 minutes ago

Auburn quarterback Sean White 'battling Jeremy hard right now' http://s.al.com/0CciQpi
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 25, 2015, 09:34:46 am
Les Miles wasn't exactly naming a starting quarterback when he gave the edge to sophomore Anthony Jennings over Brandon Harris in Saturday's scrimmage. (http://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2015/03/lsu_qb_anthony_jennings_says_h.html)

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Jennings seemed upbeat as he talked about his improvement with the media Tuesday but he wasn't buying Miles' compliment.

"Coach Miles said my passes were crisp but my standards are higher than his," Jennings said with a straight face.

"It was decent from my perspective but I think could have done a lot of things better. . . completed more passes, made better decisions with the football, but I'm getting better with each practice."

While Jennings was being humble, he also knows he's getting better, and by doing so sends out the message he's not going to be overtaken by Harris, who has faster feet and a stronger arm. The pace of his conversation suggests a growing confidence...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 27, 2015, 06:51:18 pm
AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  8h 8 hours ago
Vanderbilt QB Patton Robinette 'retires' from football due to multiple injuries | http://ow.ly/KT4Gt
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 31, 2015, 08:28:03 am
A handful of quarterback contests got underway this spring, but we don't have many answers in terms of leaders at this point.  (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/99656/five-spring-developments-in-the-sec)

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Vanderbilt ended the spring by watching its four-man race drop to three after Patton Robinette decided to end his playing career, citing health concerns and a desire to go to medical school. Jake Coker is improving at Alabama, but he hasn't exactly distanced himself from the pack. Will Grier and Treon Harris are neck-and-neck at Florida, while Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings continue to flip-flop for the top position at LSU. Brice Ramsey looked like the leader on paper at Georgia, but Jacob Park is turning heads with his arm strength and athleticism. Connor Mitch got off to a fast start at South Carolina this spring, but still has a long way to go. Chad Kelly may have arrived at Ole Miss this spring as the favorite to take the starting job, but coach Hugh Freeze has made it clear that the three-man competition will bleed into the fall. It sounds like most of these are headed for Round 2 after the summer...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 01, 2015, 12:16:10 pm
ESPN SEC @ESPN_SEC  ·  1h 1 hour ago

Finding a QB at Florida is a slow process http://es.pn/1FhHneN

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The main contenders are sophomore Treon Harris, who started Florida’s final six games last season (1,019 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions), and redshirt freshman Will Grier, who took last season to get over a back injury and add some bulk. And hanging around is third-year walk-on Jacob Guy, who has taken full advantage of his spring reps, especially when Harris missed practice last week due to a death in the family.

What McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier have seen from each: Each has shown flashes, they’ve improved in some areas, they’ve taken to coaching, but they’re all miles away from where they need to be in order to lead this team...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 04, 2015, 03:25:47 pm
Seth Emerson @SethEmerson  ·  2h 2 hours ago
Faton Bauta is giving Brice Ramsey a close run for Georgia's starting QB job. Story:
http://www.macon.com/2015/04/04/3677000/ramsey-buata-have-separation-in.html …

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Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta are in a close race for the first spot, while redshirt freshman Jacob Park trails both, at least for now.

The Bulldogs held their second scrimmage of the spring Saturday, and Ramsey and Bauta split first-team snaps and put up nearly identical stats. Park, on the other hand, only had a handful of pass attempts, just as in the first scrimmage.

Head coach Mark Richt has been careful not to acknowledge a pecking order, and he kept up the caution Saturday. He emphasized that “we’re not done rotating,” and the coaches are “still learning” what all three can do.

There is one more scrimmage, next Saturday’s G-Day, which every fan will be able to see. Through two scrimmages, which were closed to the media and public, the stats break down this way:

Ramsey: 33-60, 451 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions

Bauta: 34-58, 497, 4 TD, 2 INT

Park: 6-15, 223, 1 TD
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Post by: jbcarol on April 08, 2015, 02:48:20 pm

ESPN SEC @ESPN_SEC  ·  Apr 6

One less QB in running at South Carolina http://es.pn/1DTKcUA

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When Steve Spurrier spoke to ESPN.com recently, he said that four quarterbacks were in contention to play this coming season. He did not mention Brendan Nosovitch.

“He needed to leave. Some players need to leave,” Spurrier said, according to The Charleston Post and Courier. “We could have let him go last year when he wanted to go, but I thought maybe he could help the team somewhere. He wants to go play quarterback, he doesn’t care if it’s small-level Division III or whatever. He wants to go play quarterback somewhere, so I hope he can, and we wish him the best. He’s a fine young man. He’s going to stay and graduate, and then go play somewhere, which is a good idea.”

Gamecocks had their second scrimmage of the spring on Saturday.

'Connor Mitch held the ball too much at times and threw late at times, as did all of them,' said Spurrier. 'But the protection probably wasn’t all that super at times either. Hopefully we can learn from it. The offense did a lot better yesterday than they did today, but the defense did better than they did yesterday. We’ve got a lot of work to do, a lot of improvement to do.'
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 10, 2015, 10:01:33 am
ESPN SEC @ESPN_SEC  ·  22h 22 hours ago

Kentucky in no rush to name a starting QB http://es.pn/1Ecbvts

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One of the top tasks this offseason for new Kentucky offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson is choosing a starting quarterback.

His options are Patrick Towles, who started all 12 games for the Wildcats last season, or Drew Barker, an ESPN 300 prospect in the 2014 class who redshirted during his true freshman season last year.

Both are Bluegrass State natives who were the top prospects in Kentucky in their respective recruiting classes. They have engaged in an open competition during spring practice, but Dawson made it clear he is in no hurry to name a starter, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

"That's the furthest thing from my mind right now, to be honest with you," Dawson told the paper. "I just care about them going out there every day, trying to develop a level of consistency.

"Right now this spring is really for getting me and them on the same page and just repping, learning. It doesn't matter to the point to where I'm going to sit here and I'm stressing about making a decision, because we don't play Saturday."

 A Madison County grand jury did not indict Barker and two of his University of Kentucky football teammates Wednesday in a Richmond bar fight that injured Eastern Kentucky University football player Colton Scurry, according to a statement from the grand jury.

"Having heard testimony from witnesses and having considered the evidence, it is the decision of the Madison County grand jury to not indict anyone," the statement said. (http://www.kentucky.com/2015/04/08/3790731/grand-jury-declines-to-indict.html)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 11, 2015, 07:10:28 am
 Matt Zenitz @mzenitz  ·  17h 17 hours ago

Nick Saban: Alabama quarterback depth chart remains unsettled http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2015/04/nick_saban_alabama_quarterback_1.html …

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Senior Jake Coker has been the first in line during drills throughout the spring, the presumed starter who lined up with the first-team offense during the portion of Alabama's scrimmage last week that was open to the media.

While Coker is the early favorite to replace Blake Sims as the Tide's starting quarterback, coach Nick Saban said Wednesday that Alabama's quarterback depth chart remains unsettled.

Coker was the first quarterback in line for drills during the viewing period of Monday's practice. Junior Alec Morris was second. Redshirt sophomore Cooper Bateman was third. Redshirt freshman David Cornwell was fourth. Freshman Blake Barnett was fifth.

"I think from a consistency standpoint we're far from making a determination as to who would be first, second or third," Saban said.

Alabama scrimmaged for the first time this spring last Friday.

The Tide did not release statistics for the quarterbacks.

"David Cornwell has done very well this spring. Blake, being a freshman, has done very well this spring. Jake has done well at times, and Alex Morris has done well at times. And Cooper Bateman, who's playing receiver some just because he's a good athlete, is still getting some opportunity at quarterback."

There were at least three touchdowns thrown during the scrimmage, as tight end O.J. Howard and wide receivers ArDarius Stewart and Robert Foster each had touchdown catches.

One was from Cornwell, a short pass that Howard turned into a touchdown of around 50 yards.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 11, 2015, 06:28:28 pm
 SEC Network @SECNetwork  ·  5h 5 hours ago

The Ole Miss QB battle just got interesting.

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Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: PorkSoda on April 11, 2015, 07:40:03 pm
interesting that there is so much contraversy around the league.  have a solid senior starter in BA may prove beneficial this year.
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Post by: jbcarol on April 12, 2015, 08:26:01 am
 Hugh Kellenberger @HKellenbergerCL  ·  11h 11 hours ago

Ole Miss is in win-now mode, but needs to pick a quarterback. I know who my guy would be. http://www.clarionledger.com/story/sports/2015/04/11/kellenberger-buchanan-ole-miss-guy/25645967/ …

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In the race to replace both good and bad Bo, a leader has emerged. Yes, Ryan Buchanan came into Ole Miss' spring game ahead of Chad Kelly and DeVante Kincade. Yes, it was only by a little bit — "so minute" and "so far from it being over" is what coach Hugh Freeze said.

Ole Miss does not need to take a massive risk at the quarterback position, which Kelly is — it was only a year ago that he was yelling at his Clemson coaches during the spring game, and in December he was getting arrested less than a week after Ole Miss gave him a second chance at college football. Freeze talked at length Saturday about guys making the right decisions during the offseason and that he worries all about 120 of them — but also acknowledged you worry more about some of them.

That's not Buchanan. You start Buchanan because he's the guy that understands the job is about more than touchdown passes. It's about leadership, and Buchanan is the guy that makes sure to touch hands and connect with every guy on the offense whether they're Laquon Treadwell or a walkon.

"The bottom line is Bo is not here, so they're looking to find a guy," Buchanan said. "So when we get into the huddle before we go out to start a drive, I'm always trying to motivate. … And on the offensive line, there are so many guys that are hurt and so we're playing younger guys and those guys I'm actually older than them now.

"It wasn't too hard, you just had to take it upon yourself."

Buchanan just gets it, which you cannot teach. So give him the keys, and see what he can do with the thing.

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Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 13, 2015, 08:58:44 am
ESPN SEC @ESPN_SEC  ·  Apr 6

One less QB in running at South Carolina http://es.pn/1DTKcUA

 Josh Kendall @JoshatTheState  ·  Apr 11

So Connor Mitch's first touchdown pass goes to Darius Rucker. Would not have been my guess but okay
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 13, 2015, 11:37:35 am
Seth Emerson @SethEmerson  ·  2h 2 hours ago

Analysis: Georgia QB competition should, and apparently will, go on awhile. http://www.macon.com/2015/04/13/3691959/analysis-georgia-quarterback-decision.html …

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Here was the picture before the spring: Brice Ramsey, the strong-armed sophomore, was the favorite, based on his experience. Faton Bauta, the mobile and heady junior, would try to give Ramsey a run for it. Jacob Park, the precocious redshirt freshman, had the talent to push Ramsey as well.

And now the picture heading into the summer: Ramsey and Bauta are in a closer race than expected, and it's not just for show. Ramsey has the arm but still has some things to iron out, while Bauta runs the offense well and makes good decisions. And Park? He shows enough flashes, and is still young enough, that he can't be discounted yet.

"That might be the closest battle between all units," senior linebacker Jordan Jenkins said of the quarterback battle. "Because you see Jacob have a great series, you see Faton have a great play and a great series. You see Brice. One person does one thing, then another person does the same thing. You can't get high on one because they're all such great quarterbacks. They all have an arm, they all have a unique asset about them.

"That's a hard decision. I feel for coach Richt on that one, because he's gonna have a hard time picking that job."

Head coach Mark Richt used basically his entire opening statement after Saturday's spring game to break down the quarterbacks, an acknowledgment that it is the main story right now.

"I think it's still a race," he said, adding: "I don't think there's any question it's going to go through the summer and fall before we make a decision is on who will start that first ballgame."

That's not just lip service to keep the three quarterbacks' competitive juices going. (And to keep them all on the team.) The spring has made that clear. And now another possibility is emerging:

Could the job actually still be up for grabs when Georgia opens its season, on Sept. 5 against Louisiana-Monroe? In all due respect to that Sun Belt team - as well as Vanderbilt, which Georgia visits a week later - they aren't Clemson and South Carolina. This is a year where Richt and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer could afford to carry the tryout into when the games count.

But Richt doesn't sound like he's crazy about the idea.

"I would hope to say this is the guy going into the very first ballgame," he said...
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Post by: jbcarol on April 13, 2015, 11:41:35 am
 ESPN SEC @ESPN_SEC  ·  2h 2 hours ago

SEC quarterback races still undecided http://es.pn/1DbhJaQ

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Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss and South Carolina held their annual spring games over the weekend with all eyes on their respective quarterback battles.

Redshirt freshman Will Grier left spring with a slight lead over sophomore Treon Harris, who started the final six games of the season for Florida last season...

The three-headed battle in Athens will continue into the fall with no real leader declared. Sophomore Brice Ramsey and junior Faton Bauta are the front-runners...

Coach Hugh Freeze did say that redshirt sophomore Ryan Buchanan has a "minute" lead over fellow sophomore DeVante Kincade and junior college transfer Chad Kelly, but he also was quick to say that this battle is far from over. Buchanan completed 5 of 16 passes for 49 yards and an interception...

Redshirt sophomore Connor Mitch, who spent most of the spring as the Gamecocks' No. 1 quarterback, was supposed to walk away with this multi-quarterback race. He threw for 183 and a touchdown to former Hootie and the Blowfish front man Darius Rucker on 10 of 16 passing. Now, no one was going to hit Rucker, but still, it was a touchdown. Redshirt freshman Michael Scarnecchia was just as impressive, completing 12 of 19 for 191 yards, with a rushing touchdown and the game-winning touchdown pass to Terry Googer. Redshirt junior Perry Orth went 11 of 19 for 137 yards and two interceptions. Now, the defense Scarnecchia faced wasn't allowed to do much...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 15, 2015, 10:21:01 am
 ESPN SEC @ESPN_SEC  ·  16m 16 minutes ago

Anthony Jennings, Brandon Harris to split LSU spring game reps http://es.pn/1DiMpqU

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Much like last season's spring game, when Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris split time between the first- and second-team offenses, their battle to claim the starting job will be the most scrutinized story of the day.

Miles said he will evaluate the quarterbacks' performances using a number of objectives.

"Run the team, use the tools at hand. Run the offense for us. Let it work," Miles said. "Take care of the ball and move it aggressively. Those kind of things."

But don't expect Saturday's game to settle anything. If spring game performances were the ultimate measuring stick, Harris would have been LSU's starting quarterback last season...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 17, 2015, 11:21:53 am
BRANDON HARRIS IMPROVING (http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/sports/college/lsu/2015/04/15/les-miles-points-college-football-playoffs/25855639)

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Freshman quarterback Brandon Harris continues to trail sophomore starter Anthony Jennings, but there is not much between the two.

“I think he’s much closer,” Miles said when asked if Harris is more prepared to play now than he was last year when he struggled in his only start. “His reps — oh my gosh — he’s had a pile of reps now. He’s coming.”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 18, 2015, 02:20:52 pm
Scott Rabalais @RabalaisAdv  ·  12m 12 minutes ago
Harris scored but they decided to do the play over. The jury is asked to disregard that TD as they deliberate who should be starting QB.#LSU

Scott Rabalais @RabalaisAdv  ·  26m 26 minutes ago
Another deep TD for Harris, this one 41 yds to Dural, puts White team up 21-0, 12:07 2Q. No help over top for Russell Gage. #LSU

QB stats (combo both teams) ...
Harris 7-9, 125 yds, 2 TDs
Jennings 4-9, 85 yds, 1 TD.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 18, 2015, 05:21:39 pm
 Matt Zenitz @mzenitz  ·  56m 56 minutes ago

Quarterbacks, offense struggle during Alabama's A-Day game http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2015/04/quarterbacks_offense_struggle.html …

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There were good moments for Alabama's quarterbacks during the White team's 27-14 A-Day game win Saturday -- such as a Jacob Coker 40-yard touchdown pass and a 35-yard pass from Coker to Robert Foster that set up a short Derrick Henry touchdown run.

There was more bad, a collectively lackluster showing to cap a collectively inconsistent spring for the five players competing to replace Blake Sims as Alabama's starting quarterbacks.

The quarterbacks finished a combined 46 of 83 for 426 yards with three touchdowns, six interceptions and one lost fumble.

While Coker was the best of the group, he was just 4 of 12 with an interception during the second half after completing 10 of 16 passes for 147 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the first half.

Coker's interception -- picked off over the middle of the field by safety Maurice Smith -- was returned 51 yards for a touchdown.

Redshirt freshman David Cornwell -- an emerging contender for the starting quarterback who saw time with the Tide's first-team offense during Alabama's scrimmage last week -- was 12 of 24 for 110 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 18, 2015, 07:01:48 pm
Ron Higgins @RonHigg  ·  29m 29 minutes ago
Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings still neck-and-neck as LSU's starting QB: Ron Higgins  http://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2015/04/post_123.html …

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Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 18, 2015, 07:39:00 pm
SEC Network @SECNetwork  ·  3h 3 hours ago
After #ADay2015 the question remains » who will be Alabama's starting QB?

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Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: OneTuskOverTheLine™ on April 18, 2015, 09:33:31 pm
Went to A-Day today in Tuscaloosa and was sorely unimpress3ed with any of the QB's. Coker could not hit anyone in stride for the 1st 3 1/4's. Their defense did not look that great either. Offensive miscues were horrible and they still scored 27 points on them. Saban was down talking the importance of the spring game, but the fans I was sitting around again were very curious as to how we are right now. I advised them we were running on all cylinders, but that Bama will probably be Bama by the time we go to T-town. That is one game I surely want to see...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 22, 2015, 08:03:05 am
SEC Network @SECNetwork  ·  15h 15 hours ago

Braxton Miller to Alabama? “I checked with a source in Tuscaloosa, and they told me there’s a chance.” - @Finebaum

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Post by: jbcarol on April 22, 2015, 03:20:01 pm
 ESPN SEC @ESPN_SEC  ·  2h 2 hours ago

Mark Stoops talks Kentucky QB competition http://es.pn/1Hu7Ojz

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Kentucky hosted a quarterback battle this spring between 2014 starter Patrick Towles and redshirt freshman Drew Barker. Each had a chance to showcase his skills in front of new Wildcats offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson and they got plenty of repetitions as last year's backup quarterback, Reese Phillips, missed spring with an Achilles' tendon injury. Dawson hails from the "Air Raid" coaching tree like his predecessor at Kentucky, Neal Brown (who left the offensive coordinator post this offseason for Troy's head coaching job).

"A couple things were big improvements, with Patrick, I think his accuracy on some intermediate throws has really improved and both guys were getting rid of the football very quick and the delivery was good and accurate," Stoops said. "And I just felt like with some of the differences in what we're doing I felt like some things that we do, eliminates some of the pressure on the quarterback and I think that helped them as well."

Stoops made it clear he's not making a decision on who the starter will be right now. Towles started all 12 games last season and threw for 2,718 yards and 14 touchdowns last season.
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Post by: jbcarol on April 24, 2015, 09:11:24 am
 Zach Abolverdi @ZachAbolverdi  ·  22h 22 hours ago

#UF QBs Harris & Grier enjoy having an offensive-minded head coach | http://bit.ly/1Pnlbos  via @Gator_sports #Gators

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The lack of offensive production during Will Muschamp's four seasons ultimately led to his firing last year.

As coach Jim McElwain aims to return Florida's offense and program to elite status, his players already see the benefits of his background and experience on the offensive side of the ball.

“It plays a big part,” quarterback Treon Harris said. “Coach Mac, he's still like Muschamp, similar a little bit. But he knows offense. He knows what is going on in the offense.”

Muschamp, now Auburn's defensive coordinator, never found a way to fix Florida's offensive woes despite bringing in highly regarded coordinators Charlie Weis, Brent Pease and Kurt Roper.

Unlike those three, new coordinator Doug Nussmeier has worked with his boss before and was even described as a McElwain clone when he succeeded him at Alabama.

“He's more involved with us a little bit more than Muschamp was just because I think he knows the offense very well,” quarterback Will Grier said. “He'll tell us stuff on the field and off the field. ... Muschamp didn't have as much knowledge.

“He had some, but not as much as McElwain has in this one. Since he has a little bit more knowledge of the offense, he can say more and more specific type of things.”

That's most evident at quarterback, a position the Gators desperately need to improve before they can get it going offensively.

Harris and Grier combined for more than 200 yards passing in the spring game, but McElwain criticized both afterward for losing focus at times.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 26, 2015, 03:36:13 pm
Jim Kleinpeter @JimKleinpeter  ·  Apr 22
Podcast: #LSU QBs Anthony Jennings, Brandon Harris on The Game Plan 100.3 @tigerdroppings, @lsufball http://s.nola.com/AGrOU4I  via @nolanews

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Anthony Jennings or Brandon Harris? The LSU quarterback battle raged through the Tigers' spring football game...

There's no discernible difference between the two quarterbacks as far as which should start, but the body language of both was better. Jennings has the composure  but not the arm. Harris has the skills to go with itchy feet.
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Post by: jbcarol on April 29, 2015, 07:28:14 am
 SportsDayDFW @SportsDayDFW  ·  Apr 27

Three takeaways from Texas A&M’s spring: Kyle Allen…or Allen’s Kyler Murray? http://d-news.co/MbOCK  | @khairopoulos

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CDnpFQvWYAEe8TT.jpg)

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Kyle Allen had a doozy of a freshman season, from losing out on the starting job in August to taking over for Kenny Hill (who has since transferred) and ending up as MVP of the Liberty Bowl. Allen said team leadership was missing last offseason, and he will step up this summer. He said he’s open to competition from incoming QB Kyler Murray...

Murray, the Allen star, has said he would evaluate his options after the MLB draft in June. Murray has played designated hitter for Allen, offensive coordinator Jake Spavital said. Murray is reportedly dealing with a shoulder injury.
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Post by: jbcarol on May 01, 2015, 03:53:55 pm
 Seth Emerson @SethEmerson  ·  6h 6 hours ago

Mark Richt broke down the three quarterback candidates for fans earlier this week. http://www.macon.com/2015/04/30/3722346/georgia-post-spring-analysis-quarterbacks.html …

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Here was Richt’s run-down of each of the three candidates, in order of seniority, he pointed out, lest anybody look too much into that:

Faton Bauta:: “Guy’s been here working his tail off every day. He’s probably the hardest worker of the bunch. He’s really become a good decision-maker. He’s getting the ball to the right guy most of the time. He’s thrown very few balls, in a competitive setting, that should be intercepted. He hasn’t been careless with the ball. He understands the system, even though it’s relatively new he’s picking it up quickly. So he’s got a tremendous opportunity.”

Brice Ramsey: “Brice, when he does it right it’s beautiful. Big, tall, he’s got a beautifl throwing motion, he’s very athletic. And he’s really becoming a great student of the game. It’s just amazing to see him in meetings and how well he takes notes and how well he’s picking things up. Brice has had a little bit of a habit of throwing some balls into coverage, and he’s gotta do a little better job of taking care of the ball in that regard.”

Jacob Park: “(He) has got a tremendous skill set. Tall, long, athletic, can throw it extremely well. But he’s a little bit behind in the knowledge of the game. But like I told him, and I’ve said publicly, if between now and the time August 1 rolls around, when we start practicing, if he really gets that knowledge down and gets to where it’s second nature to him, he’s gonna throw his hat in the ring pretty strong.”

Richt then added that he didn’t know for sure when a starter would be named. He hopes it will be by the third scrimmage of the preseason...
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Post by: jbcarol on May 03, 2015, 03:10:01 pm
 Suzanne Halliburton retweeted
ProFootballTalk @ProFootballTalk  ·  2h 2 hours ago

Only seven quarterbacks were drafted. That's the fewest since 1955, when Johnny Unitas went in the ninth round. http://wp.me/p14QSB-9LqP
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Post by: jbcarol on May 05, 2015, 10:36:38 am
Seth Emerson @SethEmerson  ·  23m 23 minutes ago

Quarterback candidate Faton Bauta is graduating from UGA this week. So are Jay Rome and Justin Scott-Wesley. http://www.macon.com/2015/05/05/3730623/bauta-will-graduate-from-uga-this.html …

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ATHENS - It's uncertain whether Faton Bauta will win Georgia's quarterback competition. Whatever happens, Bauta is leaving school with his degree.

Bauta is graduating this week with a degree in sports management, just three-and-a-half years after coming to campus. Bauta is entering his redshirt junior season this fall, when presumably he will be enrolled in graduate classes.

Bauta's teammates and coaches have pointed to him as a hard worker in the film room. Evidently the Brooklyn, N.Y., native has also spent a considerable amount of time in the classroom.

Four other current Georgia players are also graduating this week: Defensive lineman Sterling Bailey (history degree), receiver Justin Scott-Wesley (history), tight end Jay Rome (history) and long snapper Nate Thues (human development and family science).
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Post by: jbcarol on May 06, 2015, 10:22:56 am
 Lane Kiffin @Lane_Kiffin  ·  May 4

.@_bsims6 taught us it's not about when you get your opportunity, it's about what you do with your opportunity.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CENaJZkW0AEbXmM.jpg:large)
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Post by: jbcarol on May 06, 2015, 02:52:32 pm
 Brent Zwerneman @BrentZwerneman  ·  3h 3 hours ago

Essentially & a guess, Kyler Murray telling MLB not to draft him means he can enroll at A&M 1st thing in summer, & skip drawn-out process.
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Post by: jbcarol on May 07, 2015, 09:28:29 am
 ESPN SEC @ESPN_SEC  ·  19h 19 hours ago

Texas A&M's QB battle between Kyle Allen, Kyler Murray will begin soon http://es.pn/1cnCMyB
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Post by: jbcarol on May 07, 2015, 10:54:06 am
 Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins  ·  19h 19 hours ago

Blog: Chad Kelly is apparently in California working with famed QB coach George Whitfield Jr. http://www.clarionledger.com/story/olemisssports/2015/05/06/chad-kelly-pictured-working-with-famed-qb-coach-george-whitefield-jr/70902926/ …
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Post by: jbcarol on May 08, 2015, 10:07:52 am
Ole Miss' first-year junior college quarterback posted a photo on Instagram on Wednesday of himself working with George Whitfield, the famed private quarterback tutor who's sometimes referred to as the "quarterback whisperer."

Whitfield most notably works with gunslingers who are preparing for the NFL draft in San Diego. He also serves as an analyst for ESPN. (http://www.clarionledger.com/story/olemisssports/2015/05/06/chad-kelly-pictured-working-with-famed-qb-coach-george-whitefield-jr/70902926/)

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Whitfield was the guy seen chasing around both Wintson and Manziel with a broom during their respective pro days. He's known for his rather unorthodox antics, such as the broom thing as well as having quarterbacks perform their drops while backing into waves in the ocean.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 10, 2015, 06:49:20 am
A&M pads QB depth with JUCO transfer (http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/05/09/texas-am-pads-qb-depth-with-juco-transfer/)

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JUCO transfer Jake Hubenak announced his transfer decision by saying he has accepted a scholarship offer from Texas A&M.

“It’s amazing, just to think how far I’ve come,” said Hubenak to The American-Statesman. “You look back on stuff and wonder why certain things happen. But on days like today, you remember that things happen for a reason.”

Hubenak at least adds some sort of veteran experience to the Aggies at a position that could benefit from it. Hubenak previously led Georgetown to the 2012 Class 4A, Division 1 championship game. Last fall, with Blinn College, he passed for 4,094 yards and 48 touchdowns, suggesting he fits the offensive style Sumlin would like to use in College Station. In between JUCO stints, Hubenak walked on with Oklahoma State.
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Post by: jbcarol on May 17, 2015, 03:03:48 pm
 ESPN SEC @ESPN_SEC  ·  May 13

Nick Saban still feeling out quarterback situation http://es.pn/1FkgFWw

 ESPN SEC @ESPN_SEC  ·  May 13

Les Miles: We're going to be better at quarterback http://es.pn/1HgRBzT
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Post by: jbcarol on May 18, 2015, 09:47:46 am
 Chris Low @ClowESPN  ·  May 15

Saban's not rushing it with his QB situation, but there's a genuine feeling at Alabama that David Cornwell could end up winning the job.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 20, 2015, 12:44:12 pm
Right now the LSU Tigers have three scholarship QBs- Anthony Jennings, Brandon Harris and Justin McMillan. There are also walk-ons Brad Kragthorpe, Caleb Lewis, Brandon Bergeron, Jake Clise and Tiger Scheyd. It's going to get crowded with 2016 commitment Felipe Franks and it's possible the Tigers will add another quarterback signee in that class, although Dwayne Haskins passed on the Tigers. (http://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2015/05/lsu_football_ethan_pocic.html)

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I think if LSU had an injury issue at quarterback they would make a play for a guy who was ready... Right now, the coaches probably feel strongly committed to Jennings and Harris.
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Post by: jbcarol on May 22, 2015, 10:59:03 am
 AL.com sports @aldotcomSports  ·  3m 3 minutes ago

Say hello to Auburn's 1A quarterback, the starter the Tigers may need http://ow.ly/NiASK

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Sean White didn't win Auburn's starting job, but he apparently has secured the next best thing.

The redshirt freshman will fill a role similar to the one Jeremy Johnson served in 2013 and 2014, when he started two games and played in 11 more as Nick Marshall's backup.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn believes it's a requirement for his backup quarterback to be ready to start, and it's one of the reasons why he kept the Tigers' quarterback competition open through the spring.

"He pressed him," Malzahn said. "He brought out the best in Jeremy. Jeremy Johnson is our starter but we want Sean to come along like Jeremy did to like a 1, 1A, where the stress level, if something happens to Jeremy, we feel comfortable putting him in the game. After spring I felt a real good comfort with that...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 22, 2015, 04:31:57 pm
 Paul Finebaum @finebaum  ·  May 19

"Let's be honest, the group of QBs in the SEC this season is largely embarrassing" -@DanWolken
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 24, 2015, 03:39:50 pm
If Les Miles can solve his QB riddle, LSU will be a contender for the West—and the playoff. (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/101831/lsu-tigers-preview)

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How you beat the Tigers: Only nine teams outpaced LSU’s 621 rush attempts in ’14, a reality born from strength (Fournette) and weakness (shaky quarterbacks). Neither soph Brandon Harris (one start) nor junior Anthony Jennings (12 starts) could get the pass game humming (162.9 ypg, No. 114 in the FBS; 46.5 QBR, No. 86), but each will vie for the starting nod again. At least the two seem to know that reliable quarterback play is the team’s missing puzzle piece. Says Jennings: “Sixty percent passing [completion], I think, in this offense will win a national championship.”
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Post by: jbcarol on May 26, 2015, 03:23:26 pm
One of the least controversial notations in the thread:

 ESPN SEC @ESPN_SEC  ·  2h 2 hours ago

100 numbers to know 100 days from kickoff http://es.pn/1KxS2qw

25. Tenure in SEC: Arkansas’ Brandon Allen has 25 career starts, most of any active SEC quarterback.
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Post by: jbcarol on May 28, 2015, 07:13:19 am
Ball Coach says quarterback competition ‘wide open’ (http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/sec/article22391199.html)

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DESTIN, Fla.

Incoming freshman quarterback Lorenzo Nunez should be ready to play, but not necessarily start, this fall, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said Tuesday at the SEC’s annual spring meetings.

“He’ll be in contention to play a lot,” Spurrier said. “Now, whether he can start the first game of the year, that’d be asking a lot, but who knows? We will get him ready to play some.”

Nunez is a four-star, dual-threat quarterback out of Kennesaw, Ga. Redshirt sophomore Connor Mitch remains the frontrunner to win the job in the fall.

“But the other players are going to go through the summer with the idea that it’s wide open, and it is wide open,” Spurrier said.
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Post by: jbcarol on May 29, 2015, 11:13:11 am
Defense was the offseason focus for most SEC West teams, but quarterback play could be the biggest challenge. (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/102078/sec-west-hasnt-lost-its-luster-or-bluster)

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Only two teams from the division enter the summer with definitive returning starters -- Mississippi State’s Prescott and Arkansas' Brandon Allen. Three teams will definitely turn to a new starter, and that number could rise to five as LSU once again looks for Anthony Jennings or Brandon Harris to separate, and Texas A&M's Kyle Allen must beat out heralded incoming freshman Kyler Murray.
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Post by: jbcarol on May 29, 2015, 08:01:04 pm
Fletcher Page ‏@FletcherPage 5h5 hours ago

Why talk of QB transfers & UGA persist? Because UGA coaches worry Bauta or Park will be next name on the market http://bit.ly/1PT8YLM

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Georgia’s recent involvement with transfer quarterbacks is about the situation.

It’s not about the starter.

Here’s the thing — players transfer when they don’t get to start or play enough.

That’s why these names, such as Everett Golson earlier this month and now Greyson Lambert, keep popping up in your Twitter feed.

While Georgia's coaches keep pushing the idea of an ongoing quarterback competition, they’re worried Faton Bauta or Jacob Park will be the next name on the open market.

The staff, I'm told by people I trust, is petrified of that happening.

That's because, barring injury, Brice Ramsey is going to start for Georgia in 2015...
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Post by: jbcarol on June 02, 2015, 08:32:44 am
Junior Anthony Jennings is the likely starter when the LSU Tigers open with McNeese State on Sept. 5. The question is 'can he hold the job with sophomore Brandon Harris breathing down his neck. Both will be improved.

How that position plays out will have a lot to do with how well the offense functions.  (http://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2015/06/anthony_jennings_lsu_quarterba.html)

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LSU will have a good balance of run and pass and will run fewer plays per game because the Tiger offense will be controlling the clock. That will help the defense look a little better in the stat column. LSU has three offensive line starters back, all of their receivers, both QBs and perhaps the best running back in the nation. There's enough experience on defense to keep the Tiger offense on the field for long stretches. Plus, LSU does not pile up a lot of garbage time yardage against weak non-conference foes. Les usually gets ahead and sits on the ball late in the game.

Anthony Jennings will be the starter on Sept. 5 when McNeese State comes to Tiger Stadium. After that, the job may be up for grabs. Both quarterbacks looked improved in the spring game and so did the wide receivers, which will help both. But Jennings still has a tighter grip on handling the offense. He looks more confident in the huddle and in executing the plays. His decision making has gotten better, meaning quicker. Harris still has itchy feet and doesn't fully go through his progressions. These advantages and disadvantages for both will continue through fall practice. If Harris is to catch Jennings he will have to get some meaningful snaps in games and smooth out his rough edges...

Some have suggested that Harris is staring down his receivers.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 03, 2015, 02:40:45 pm
Seth Emerson ‏@SethEmersonAJC 5h5 hours ago Dunwoody, GA

Brian Schottenheimer on the quarterbacks and more. http://m.ajc.com/news/sports/college/schottenheimer-expects-one-winner-to-emerge-as-geo/nmTbT/ …

Schotty doesn't sound like he wants to carry QB competition into the season: "Coach Richt and I both belief that you need to find one guy."

Schottenheimer on Georgia looking at a graduate transfer QB: "Obviously it speaks to the fact that we're trying to create competition."

Greyson Lambert confirms to the AJC that he is transferring to Georgia: "Yes sir. I'm going to Georgia."
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Post by: jbcarol on June 05, 2015, 08:45:13 am
Mark Stoops on encouraging the projected starter (Towles) while giving the backup (Barker) enough hope not to consider a transfer. (http://ukfootball.bloginky.com/2015/06/03/stoops-after-governors-cup-luncheon)

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“I think two reasons it’s good to see the growth of Drew because I thought Patrick did some real good things. I think it’s good to show competition. I think competition helps us at every position. You hear me talk about that often: Every position you need great competition it helps step up everybody’s game and elevate everybody’s game. I feel like we’re getting more and more competition at a lot of spots and it’s good to have two guys playing quality football at quarterback.”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 07, 2015, 05:10:16 pm
Hugh Kellenberger ‏@HKellenbergerCL 9h9 hours ago

A listing of SEC quarterbacks: 1. Dak 2. Well ... 3. Uh ... 8-14: TBD http://www.clarionledger.com/story/sports/2015/06/06/kellenberger-dak-sec-starting-qbs-tbd/28623699/ …

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Virginia's 2014 starting quarterback transferred to Georgia this week, where Greyson Lambert will be immediately eligible to play his final two seasons. This sounds like more fuel for "the SEC teams get everything/rich get richer" fire until you get to this part of the bio: Lambert threw more interceptions than touchdowns for the 5-7 Cavaliers, whose coach decided to demote Lambert this spring.

So why is Georgia bringing him in? Because Georgia, like a lot of Southeastern Conference teams, has a quarterback competition going on, and clearly Mark Richt would like another option at hand in training camp.

There are no less than seven schools (Ole Miss, LSU, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida) that do not have a starting quarterback at the moment...
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Post by: jbcarol on June 11, 2015, 07:57:57 am
AJC UGAVerified account ‏@ChipTowersAJC

UGA coaches trying to hold onto Jacob Park http://on-ajc.com/1cMc0zh
2:39 PM - 10 Jun 2015

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“Jacob hasn’t 100 percent made up his mind yet,” Ray Stackley, Park’s now-retired coach from Stratford High in Goose Creek, S.C., said Wednesday. “I know from conversations with the mom and the dad — and they’ve had conversations with coach (Mark) Richt — they tell me (the Bulldogs) definitely don’t want to lose him. They’re trying to talk him into staying. They want to keep him around.”

Stackly said Richt, Brian Schottenheimer and Jeremy Pruitt have all tried unsuccessfully to talk to Park.

“Wouldn’t take their phone calls,” Stackley said. “But he’s probably just emotional right now and trying to think through the process.”

Park, along with fellow quarterbacks Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta, have been trying to trying to process last week’s news that Greyson Lambert, a rising junior, is transferring from Virginia to UGA to join the quarterback competition in July. Park, a 6-foot-4, 202-pound redshirt freshman-to-be, exited spring practice third on the Bulldogs’ depth chart behind Ramsey and Bauta, respectively...
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Post by: jbcarol on June 11, 2015, 07:35:59 pm
AL.com ‏@aldotcom  21m21 minutes ago
Five of the last six national championship teams featured a first-year starter under center  http://ow.ly/OcgQm 

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Brice Ramsey/Greyson Lambert, Georgia
Whether it is Ramsey or former Virginia starter Lambert under center for the Bulldogs, the QB will play behind arguably the nation’s top offensive line and will benefit from one of the country’s top running games.

Chad Kelly/Ryan Buchanan, Ole Miss
With nine starters – including one of the nation’s top wideouts in Laquon Treadwell and left tackles in Laremy Tunsil –

Jacob Coker/David Cornwell, Alabama
Even though the Tide return just three starters on offense, whoever wins Alabama’s starting QB job will be helped by one of the nation’s top defenses, a talented o-line...

Jeremy Johnson, Auburn
No program in the FBS lost more lettermen than the Tigers (33) did this offseason, but Gus Malzahn’s offense will now be paired with a Will Muschamp defense...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 12, 2015, 09:34:49 am
ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC 29m29 minutes ago

Georgia traded youth for experience with Greyson Lambert http://tinyurl.com/ojjlduw


The Virginia grad transfer is in.  The former 4-star sophomore Jacob Park is out.
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Post by: jbcarol on June 15, 2015, 10:57:55 am
Seth Emerson ‏@SethEmersonAJC 2h2 hours ago Athens, GA

And new this morning, some more tidbits about Lambert: http://ugasports.blog.ajc.com/2015/06/15/more-tidbits-from-greyson-lambert/ …

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Lambert flatly describes himself as a pro-style, pocket quarterback … but he can run if needed.  He pointed out he had 40-plus rushing yards against BYU last year, although most of that came on one run.

“I’m not a statue or anything,” Lambert said. “I am a pro-style quarterback. I love the play-action pass. I love to be able to survey the defense and try to figure out what they’re doing and get the ball to the playmakers. Because ultimately that’s our job as a quarterback, is to facilitate the football, get it there accurately, on time, and make the right decisions.”
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Post by: jbcarol on June 18, 2015, 07:47:00 pm
Glenn Guilbeau ‏@LSUBeatTweet  10m10 minutes ago
LSU QB Anthony Jennings arrested along with three other football players:

http://bit.ly/1IRX4v1

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Two days after LSU defensive lineman Trey Lealaimatafao was arrested for allegedly hitting a woman, starting quarterback Anthony Jennings and two other LSU football players were arrested Thursday, according to Baton Rouge Police.

Jennings, a junior from Marietta, Georgia, sophomore defensive lineman Maquedius Bain of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and junior defensive back Dwayne Thomas of New Orleans were expected to be booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Thursday night, but Baton Rouge Police spokesman Cory Lalonde would not immediately say what the charges were against Jennings and Bain were. Thomas was arrested on a misdemeanor simple burglary charge.

Lealaimatafao, a redshirt freshman from San Antonio,was suspended indefinitely from the football team by Coach Les Miles after getting arrested on Tuesday for allegedly pushing and punching a woman in the face outside Reggie's bar near the LSU campus, according to a Baton Rouge Police report. He was allegedly taking money from the pants of another person who was on the ground unconscious at the parking lot outside Reggie's, and that man's girlfriend began yelling at Lealaimatafao to stop.

"When she approached him, he pushed her away," the Baton Rouge Police initial report says. "She continued to scream at him to stop, and he hit her in the face with a closed fist, causing her to fall to the ground."

It is not known how the man on the ground ended up unconscious. Lealaimatafoa, 18, was charged with attempted simple battery and attempted simple robbery – both misdemeanors.

Lealaimatafoa was issued a misdemeanor summons last July for stealing a bicycle...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 19, 2015, 07:15:04 am
Ron Higgins ‏@RonHigg 9h9 hours ago

How do you pick a starting QB at LSU? Wait until somebody gets arrested. @TigerDroppings http://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2015/06

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Well, at least Les Miles and Cam Cameron don't have to study spring practice tape anymore to decide who'll start at quarterback for LSU in its season opener Sept. 5 vs. McNeese State.  [Judge hasn't negotiated the sky box upgrade arrangement, so don't be premature.]

Anthony Jennings took all the guesswork out of a decision that nobody seemed to want to make when he, defensive tackle Maquedius Bain and cornerback Dwayne Thomas were arrested and charged Thursday at 6 p.m. with unauthorized entry into a inhabited dwelling of another LSU student. Thomas was also charged with simple burglary.

It ended with a Baton Rouge bail bondsman's dream day after Tigers' defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao, who has more arrests than tackles in his brief college career, was arrested for simple battery and simple robbery four hours earlier.

The repeated examples of misguided youth forced Miles to set a school record for most suspensions in a day.

Of course, Miles issued the usual statement. Suspended the players. On-going investigation. Players will cooperate fully.

Since LSU has had 10 players arrested the last three years with six arrests since January, including two domestic abuse charges, you'd think Miles has a "form" statement prepared when his players get cuffed.

The felony that Lealaimatafao is accused of following a Tuesday fight in the parking lot of an off-campus bar is unconscionable.

The case of Jennings, Bain and Thomas certainly isn't as violent, but nevertheless it's inexcusable behavior for a trio of players who didn't just show up on campus yesterday.

Thomas, from O. Perry Walker High, is about to become a fourth-year junior and Jennings a true junior. Bain is a third-year sophomore.

They should have obtained some wisdom during their time in the LSU program, watching the off-the-field mistakes of other knuckleheads before them.

Apparently not.

Because what the players are accused of – retrieving items allegedly stolen June 10 from Jennings' apartment – a PlayStation 4, a MacBook Air and three pairs of shoes – is incredibly stupid.

The trio, along with three more black males, busted the bedroom door of a West Campus apartment to get the items, according to a roommate of the student who supposedly stole the items from Jennings.

The alleged thief wasn't at home at the time Jennings, Thomas and Bain went all SWAT team on the door. Thomas apparently did the busting honors, thus preserving Jennings' throwing shoulder to get the items.

What a good teammate!

This is so senseless it's laughable.

It leads to the basic question whether Jennings filed a police report when his stuff was originally stolen. And why didn't he tell Miles or offensive coordinator Cameron or any LSU coach what happened? Why not go through the proper channels in retrieving the stolen goods?

Guess Jennings took matters into his own hands. He certainly called the wrong audible...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 20, 2015, 11:06:01 am
Riley Blevins ‏@Riley_Blevins 23h23 hours ago

What are the 5 biggest questions for Ole Miss heading into fall camp/the season? http://www.clarionledger.com/story/sports/2015/06/19/five-biggest-questions-ole-miss-heading-year/28984147/ …

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Who's the No. 1 quarterback?

Many Ole Miss fans penciled Chad Kelly in as Ole Miss' starting quarterback when he announced his commitment last December, but he didn't run away with the job during spring practice.

No, Freeze said sophomore Ryan Buchanan had a slight edge in Ole Miss' quarterback race at the end of camp. And it certainly looked that way. Buchanan was more mistake-free, taking what the defense gave him.

But will it stay that way in fall camp?

Kelly not only had to learn a new offense in spring, but learn it fast – literally. Freeze made it a priority to get back to his up-tempo style this spring, so it's not too shocking that the guy who's been in the system for a few years would have the early leg up.

Can Ole Miss handle the road tests?
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 24, 2015, 11:41:47 am
The Advocate Sports ‏@AdvocateSports 18h18 hours ago

Poll: What should be the football fate of the four arrested LSU football players? http://ow.ly/OI1se 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CIOHn5sWsAAHdrP.jpg)

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 25, 2015, 04:45:39 pm
ex-UGA QB Jacob Park will visit Alabama (http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/06/25/report-ex-uga-qb-jacob-park-will-visit-alabama)

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Mark Richt has a (very classy) policy of permitting his transferring  players to move onto any other institution they desire with no restrictions, including another SEC school.  One former Bulldog may be on the verge of taking full advantage of the latter part of that policy.

According to ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad, Jacob Park will visit Alabama this weekend.

3 to play 3
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 29, 2015, 06:58:51 am
South Carolina (http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/josh-kendall-blog/article25736599.html)

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BEST CASE
Sophomore Connor Mitch is the real deal The 6-foot-3 sophomore QB has all the right pedigree. He threw for 12,078 yards in high school and was recruited by Alabama, LSU and Auburn among others. What he doesn’t have is experience. He completed two of his six passes in mop-up duty last year.

WORST CASE
The quarterback position is unsettled If Mitch can’t win and keep the job, and it becomes a revolving door at quarterback, that will put more pressure on a rebuilding defense. Perry Orth, Michael Scarnecchia and Nunez are the other options at quarterback.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 29, 2015, 05:16:12 pm
LSU Tigers ‏@Geaux247 6h6 hours ago

Around the SEC: #LSU QB questions front and center once again (FREE) http://bit.ly/1dsKCGS  @jcshurburtt

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CIrgNz8WEAA_sT8.jpg)

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2. What’s the team with both the highest ceiling and lowest floor this season in the league?

I would have to say LSU. The Tigers, top to bottom, have one of the most talented overall rosters in the country. But, there are big issues at the most important position on the field- quarterback- and we know how that can turn an offense stagnant in a hurry. Also, the overall talent level on the defensive line isn’t quite as good as it normally is. That’s probably the biggest difference-making position on the defensive side of the ball in this league. LSU could win the SEC West and the SEC or it could finish last in the division. I do think the Tigers will have a winning season and go to a bowl, so it’s not like the bottom is going to drop out, but it’s the toughest division in college football and the margin for error is slim.

3. Can Missouri three-peat in the SEC East?
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 01, 2015, 09:55:11 am
ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC 23h23 hours ago

Why LSU will -- or won't -- win 10 games in 2015 http://es.pn/1C5hIZr

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Despite what LSU's quarterback situation looks like, the Tigers have a lot going for them this season

Why LSU won't win 10 games in 2015:

    Instability at quarterback: Last season, Anthony Jennings started 12 games, but the offense never took off. He averaged 110.4 yards and completed just 48.1 percent of his passes in SEC play. Though he's a decent athlete, Jennings is limited as a passer and we just don't know how much higher his ceiling is. His recent arrest and suspension could throw a wrench into his plans to be the starter again, which means sophomore Brandon Harris has to be light years better than he was last season. Harris, who was a top recruit in the 2014 class, has the tools to be a true SEC starter, but he has to keep his focus. In his lone start last season, Harris completed 3 of 14 passes for 58 yards before getting benched. Harris has shown flashes, but couldn't separate himself from Jennings this spring. If LSU is going to have a chance at competing in the West, its quarterback play has to be threatening, something it wasn't close to being last season.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 02, 2015, 07:49:43 pm
Athens Banner-Herald ‏@onlineathens Jun 30

Q&A: Aaron Murray talks #UGA quarterback battle and more...  #ABHSports http://bit.ly/1R1p72j 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CIwHOLfUAAAYnL_.jpg)

Thinks whoever organizes and runs the summer 7-on-7 will be the starter.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 03, 2015, 07:02:29 pm
Matt Zenitz ‏@mzenitz 7h7 hours ago

Quarterback coach 'really excited' about Alabama QB Jake Coker's progress http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2015/07/quarterback_coach_really_excit.html …

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Jake Coker was a regular on the field in his hometown of Mobile once the Tide's spring practice was over, working with longtime quarterback coach David Morris in preparation for the fall.

To Morris, the Tide's senior quarterback "looks good" and "looks ready" going into a fall he enters as the favorite to replace Blake Sims as Alabama's starting signal caller.

"I really feel good about where he is," said Morris, a former Ole Miss quarterback who has trained high-profile quarterbacks such as Eli Manning, AJ McCarron, Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow. "I'm really excited about the way he looks right now. He looks twitchy. It's not really a word, but that's how I would describe it. He's a great athlete. He's got his step back. I think his motion is a little quicker, and I think he's going to be in position to react fast and play fast.

"People don't realize that that doesn't happen overnight. That's a maturation process and an experience thing, and I really think he's in a position to hit his stride right now. I really believe that. I've had him for a long time and have always known his potential, and I'm really excited about where he is right now."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 06, 2015, 09:37:08 am
A look at the Texas A&M pecking order:

1. Kyle Allen, So.
2. Kyler Murray, Fr.
3. Jake Hubenak, So.

Outlook for the 2015 season:

One of the scariest things for a football coach to imagine is entering a football season without a true number one option at quarterback. (http://collegesportsblog.dallasnews.com/2015/07/texas-am-quarterback-breakdown-kyle-allen-leads-talented-deep-qb-group.html)

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The projected Week One starter and pocket-passing machine in sophomore Kyle Allen. The Arizona native was seamlessly plugged in as a replacement to Kenny Hill (now at TCU) last season and hasn’t looked back yet. Allen has a high football IQ with a strong arm for deep passes while also possessing just enough speed to work his way out of pressure situations.

On campus now for the Aggies, in addition to Allen, are dual-threat and incoming freshman Kyler Murray and Jake Hubenak, a pro-style QB who will have three to play three.

Murray’s talents combined with the hype of a similar playing style to Johnny Manziel have some Aggie fans ready to pass him the torch already, calling for the QB to be named starter for the 2015 season. As for Hubenak, he too will provide competition in camp as well as valuable depth at a position lacking an abundance of game experience.
Title: The next Auburn QB ?
Post by: pigskenG on July 07, 2015, 11:38:21 am
Florida St quarterback De'Andre Johnson has been dismissed from the team. (he might have just been suspended from the team until September, but it turns out there was video)
Title: Re: The next Auburn QB ?
Post by: Dr. Starcs on July 07, 2015, 11:39:21 am
Florida St: you can rape, but don't hit.
Title: Re: The next Auburn QB ?
Post by: bigdaddyhawg on July 07, 2015, 11:49:26 am
Florida St: you can rape, but don't hit.

No video of the rape. In this day and age, that makes all the difference.
Title: Re: The next Auburn QB ?
Post by: Dominicanhog on July 07, 2015, 01:37:39 pm
No video of the rape. In this day and age, that makes all the difference.

especially at FSU...
Title: Re: The next Auburn QB ?
Post by: GolfnHog on July 07, 2015, 01:53:47 pm
"If you hit, you can't acquit"
Title: Re: The next Auburn QB ?
Post by: rhames on July 07, 2015, 01:56:36 pm
Welcome to yesterday
Title: Re: The next Auburn QB ?
Post by: Torqued pork on July 07, 2015, 01:57:17 pm
It was a weak punch. Jimbo probably doubts the guy's heart.
Title: Re: The next Auburn QB ?
Post by: hogcard1964 on July 07, 2015, 02:06:41 pm
He's playing that trusty race card.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 07, 2015, 06:14:59 pm
Kyle Tucker ‏@KyleTucker_CJ 3h3 hours ago

Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Texas A&M have new QBs. UK's Towles could be rare SEC vet: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/college/kentucky/2015/07/07/offseason-synopsis-kentucky-footballs-patrick-towles-one-experienced-sec-quarterbacks/29827693/ …

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Fourth-year junior Patrick Towles' experience is arguably more important than his huge right arm. The 6-foot-5, 241-pound former Parade All-American has played in 17 games and started all 12 last season for UK. That is no small thing in the SEC, considering Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Texas A&M will all have new starting quarterbacks this fall. Florida might, too, and Tennessee and Vanderbilt will both have QBs with five or fewer career starts. Having one of the league's few veterans at such a critical position could be huge for the Cats...

On the one hand, it's hard to call Towles a star when he's technically still battling redshirt freshman Drew Barker for the job – although Stoops has all but named Towles the starter. On the other hand, it's hard not to call Towles a star after he completed 57.3 percent of his passes and produced 3,021 total yards and 20 touchdowns (with just nine interceptions) in his first season as a starting quarterback in the SEC. But the Cats need more of the guy who had 391 total yards at Florida and 466 against Mississippi State and less of the Towles who averaged just 185 total yards in the last four games of 2014...

Don't count out Barker just yet. While the former four-star recruit has had his share of regrettable moments already at UK – he's been questioned by police about a pellet-gun incident on campus and a bar fight with Eastern Kentucky players in Richmond – he remains supremely talented. He's been nipping at Towles' heels since he arrived last January...
Title: Re: The next Auburn QB ?
Post by: Rzbakfromwaybak on July 08, 2015, 07:23:39 pm
Right now I would have to go with De'Andre Johnson.  Looks like he qualifies. 

It's really hard to say. There's plenty of time for any number of high school, or college QB's.... to get into trouble, arrested, suspended, dismissed, etc....& become a prime target.
Title: Different Brand of SEC QB Controversy
Post by: jbcarol on July 09, 2015, 09:39:55 am
Michael Bonner ‏@MikeBBonner Jul 7

Without playing a game, Dak Prescott no longer has the best odds to win the Heisman among SEC QBs. Dak 12/1. Auburn's Jeremy Johnson 10/1.

Latest Heisman odds: Aub's Jeremy Johnson 10/1. Dak 12/1. 2014 Passing Yards: Johnson 436. Dak's Orange Bowl 453 http://on.thec-l.com/1IHBtau
Title: Re: Different Brand of SEC QB Controversy
Post by: NoNC4Tubs on July 13, 2015, 08:23:43 pm
Michael Bonner ‏@MikeBBonner Jul 7

Without playing a game, Dak Prescott no longer has the best odds to win the Heisman among SEC QBs. Dak 12/1. Auburn's Jeremy Johnson 10/1.

Latest Heisman odds: Aub's Jeremy Johnson 10/1. Dak 12/1. 2014 Passing Yards: Johnson 436. Dak's Orange Bowl 453 http://on.thec-l.com/1IHBtau

That's just stupid!! A player that played half a game is favored over Prescott?!?  8)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 20, 2015, 02:51:35 pm
 The Advocate ‏@theadvocatebr 49m49 minutes ago

Update: Les Miles says suspended @LSUfball quarterback Anthony Jennings to return after 'positive' end to arrest: http://ow.ly/PR66J

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Les Miles says LSU was interested in OSU QB Braxton Miller and that QB Anthony Jennings will have ‘positive’ end to arrest

The LSU coach, during his trek around ESPN’s studios Monday, said the Tigers “would’ve loved” to have Miller. He also said that Jennings will return to the team after what’s expected to be a “positive” end to his arrest.

Miles, in speaking with a group of ESPN.com reporters, admitted that LSU was interested in Miller transferring in. The Ohio State quarterback decided to remain with the Buckeyes and compete for the starting job with a host of others. He missed last season with a shoulder injury.

Miles said LSU did not speak with Notre Dame QB Everett Golson about his potential of transferring.

Jennings and sophomore Brandon Harris are in a hot competition for the starting QB job for a second straight off-season. Jennings is expected to return from suspension soon...

“We anticipate there will be a very positive outcome there with Anthony Jennings, and we expect there to be competition (at QB),” he said.

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore hasn’t announced whether he’ll charge Jennings or the other players arrested. He said Monday through text message that there was no news on the case and that he’s “not sure” when news will come.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 21, 2015, 07:15:53 am
It’s not often that Georgia goes through quarterback battle in preseason practice (http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2015/07/20/3822443_its-not-often-that-georgia-goes.html)

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ATHENS -- During preseason practice, all eyes will be on the three quarterbacks competing for the Georgia starting job.

Brice Ramsey, Faton Bauta and Greyson Lambert will all have their shot at being Georgia’s starter, head coach Mark Richt said last week, with no one knowing which direction the Bulldogs will go.

Ramsey and Lambert are similar in style while Bauta offers a running capability. It stands that this quarterback competition is the most open in recent memory. In fact, not often has Georgia gone into the preseason not knowing who the quarterback will be. This is only the third time under Richt when a clear-cut quarterback hadn’t been established by the start of practice.

“No matter who Coach (Richt) puts in there ,they’ll be able to do the job,” senior offensive tackle John Theus said. “It’s up to Coach with what he wants to do.”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 22, 2015, 07:52:40 am
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 13h13 hours ago

With 9 SEC QB battles set to resume this fall, @Natalie_Pierre tells you what you need to know
http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/07/who_will_be_under_center_for_e.html …

Let the slideshow begin...

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CKegm5VWsAAJj5E.jpg)

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State has Dak Prescott, Auburn has Jeremy Johnson, Tennessee has Joshua Dobbs, Missouri has Maty Mauk and Arkansas has Brandon Allen – beyond that, every other SEC program will open fall camp with a quarterback battle. SEC football reporter Natalie Pierre Williams previews those nine battles...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 24, 2015, 03:06:55 pm
ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC 3h3 hours ago

Florida's quarterback battle could have new threat http://es.pn/1SG9xF2

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...that two-way battle between sophomore Treon Harris and redshirt freshman Will Grier could grow come fall camp. I must emphasize could because the third body in this race is still awaiting word on if he can even play for the Gators this fall.

That third name is Oregon State transfer Luke Del Rio, who made Florida his third school in three years. Del Rio started his career as a walk-on at Alabama...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 27, 2015, 07:13:46 am
Nick Saban, along with three of his Alabama assistants, has personally spoken to Jordan Stevenson, the 2015 Wisconsin signee who was officially denied enrollment at UW this past week even as he met NCAA enrollment standards.

What the UW issue is and the reason why this happened so close to the start of summer camp hasn’t been detailed, nor will it be. (http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/07/26/nick-saban-personally-wooing-4-star-rb-denied-wisconsin-admission)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 01, 2015, 08:23:50 am
LSU reinstates three players, including QB Anthony Jennings (http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/07/31/lsu-reinstates-three-players-including-qb-anthony-jennings)

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LSU head coach Les Miles made the decision Friday afternoon with the indication the three players will undergo further in-house discipline. All three were suspended in response to an incident involving alleged unauthorized entry of an inhabited building. The alleged victim in that incident has since asked for the charges against the LSU football players to be dropped. That is exactly what has happened, allowing the door for Miles to welcome back all three, which he suspected might be the case.

No formal charges were filed against the three LSU players. Nor will they be.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 02, 2015, 02:24:58 pm
Chuck Kingsbury ‏@Kingsbury_AJC 3h3 hours ago

This Florida QB has put on an insane amount of weight: http://on-ajc.com/1MFNxeQ 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CLany_IUAAAOvBP.jpg)

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Florida quarterback Will Grier has reportedly taken the “freshman 15″ to a new level. Apparently, he’s bulked up to 215 pounds after weighing in at 172 as a freshman.

Grier will likely have a good shot at dethroning sophomore quarterback Treon Harris for the starting gig. Last year, Harris threw for 1,019 yards and nine touchdowns while Grier was sidelined due to injury.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 02, 2015, 06:39:16 pm
Ross Dellenger ‏@DellengerAdv 3h3 hours ago

PM: 2 ex-#LSU players on '14 team offer window into raging Jennings-Harris QB battle. "We were like 'Pick 1'" last yr
http://bit.ly/1E15AnH

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LSU’s quarterback battle between Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris was so close last year that even players didn’t know who should be the starter.

Most of them just wanted the competition resolved.

“Pick somebody,” said one former LSU player who was part of the 2014 team.

The massive talent gap fans believe exists from the gun-slinging, highly touted Harris to Jennings isn’t necessarily there, another ex-player said. The two were “neck and neck” in practice.

“So close,” he said.

When Harris got his first and only start against Auburn, the fans got what they wanted, the former player said. LSU got a guy who wasn’t ready.

“He wasn’t the savior everyone thought he was going to be,” the ex-LSU player said. “I think this year is going to be completely different.”

A few days before LSU opens preseason camp, two players from last year’s team offered a window into the past — and present — of the starting quarterback slugfest between Jennings and Harris.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 03, 2015, 08:06:38 am
QB race biggest question headed into Rebels’ camp (http://djournal.com/sports/3-positions-to-watch-qb-race-biggest-question-headed-into-rebels-camp)

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Ryan Buchanan has a slight lead in the race with junior college transfer Chad Kelly and DeVante Kincade, a third-year sophomore like Kelly.

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze told the crowd at SEC Media Days that he wouldn’t be surprised to see the competition the regular season (sic).

Probably it will, and when it’s over all three parties will have been given long hard looks.

The guess here is that Kelly, who has had a quiet off-season in the wake of his December arrest, will eventually be the clear starter.

Someone will be by Week 3 when Ole Miss visits Alabama.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 04, 2015, 01:56:05 pm
Seth Emerson ‏@SethEmersonAJC 1h1 hour ago

Mark Richt says Georgia's QBs will rotate equally at practice until ...
https://www.dawgnation.com/football/richt-all-three-quarterbacks-to-get-equal-chance …

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Georgia will practice its three quarterback candidates equally throughout camp “until we have an answer,” according to Mark Richt.

Brice Ramsey, Faton Bauta and Greyson Lambert will rotate on a day-to-day basis, Richt said Tuesday, each getting work with the first, second and third teams.

“It could go all the way to the first game,” Richt said. “Somewhere along the way it could drop into a two-man race. It’s hard to say where it might go. But that’s our starting point.”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 05, 2015, 05:31:13 pm
William McFadden ‏@McFadden_AJC 2h2 hours ago

@SC_HBC says that a freshman quarterback may be in the cards for South Carolina: http://on-ajc.com/1ORgWAm 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CLq7RMiWgAAtClL.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 06, 2015, 09:57:57 pm
Seth Emerson ‏@SethEmersonAJC Aug 4

Lambert brings a "quiet confidence." Ramsey said he knows what he needs to do. And Bauta loves the competition:
https://www.dawgnation.com/football/lambert-brings-quiet-confidence-while-ramsey-welcomes-the-competition …
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 07, 2015, 07:42:37 am
Adam Sparks ‏@AdamSparks 11h11 hours ago

Vandy QB battle opens between McCrary & Freebeck, but freshman Kyle Shurmur makes case. http://tnne.ws/1gO1sCF 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CLvo5SeWsAYejIi.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 07, 2015, 01:53:47 pm
Ross Dellenger ‏@DellengerAdv 4h4 hours ago

Brandon Harris continues to work with No. 1 group at QB. #LSU
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 09, 2015, 08:11:29 am
Riley Blevins ‏@Riley_Blevins 15h15 hours ago

Chad Kelly spent time with his uncle, Jim Kelly, right before reporting for fall camp.  http://www.clarionledger.com/story/sports/2015/08/08/kelly-knows-microscope-ole-miss/31342471/ …

After posting a 4.0 GPA this summer, Freeze says he couldn't be more pleased with Chad Kelly so far
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 09, 2015, 08:13:59 am
Ross Dellenger ‏@DellengerAdv 11h11 hours ago

From @RabalaisAdv: Who's ahead in the #LSU QB battle? That'd be Brandon Harris but the jury's still out - http://bit.ly/1IusEz3

Not the grand jury...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 09, 2015, 01:54:42 pm
Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman 4h4 hours ago

Kyle Allen, Kyler Murray more than ready for most touted QB camp showdown in Texas A&M history: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/aggies/article/May-the-best-QB-win-in-battle-to-start-at-Texas-6433155.php?t=44984b8203438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium … via @HoustonChron

(https://o.twimg.com/2/proxy.jpg?t=HBg7aHR0cDovL3d3Mi5oZG51eC5jb20vcGhvdG9zLzQwLzEzLzY3Lzg0MzcyMjEvMy9yYXdJbWFnZS5qcGcUgCAU3hAcFIQGFJQDAAAWABIA&s=80kdqv8l7O4yytqAg6Fb-329v1NVPwZa94dhgqOP9rQ)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 09, 2015, 05:55:10 pm
SportsTalk ‏@sportstalksc  5h5 hours ago
Spurrier said QBs are still "pretty even."  Right after scrimmage he thought Mitch might have played better but tape review shows even.

Spurrier said if QBs are even going into opener, he might send one out for couple of series and then send another one out.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 12, 2015, 11:48:31 am
http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sn8c0m

https://twitter.com/BrentZwerneman/status/631294861136797696
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 19, 2015, 06:31:38 pm
https://twitter.com/CecilHurt/status/633974382134583296
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 23, 2015, 07:23:09 am
“I’m a patient guy, but the clock is ticking,” Richt said Saturday when meeting with members of the media during fall practice. Richt appears to be no closer to naming a starting quarterback than he was when fall camp opened up. (http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/08/22/mark-richt-will-find-peace-in-naming-a-starting-qb)

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The spring ended with Faton Bauta, Brice Ramsey and Jacob Park all vying for the job, which Richt expected to continue to play out over the summer anyway. Park has since left the program and Georgia has added Virginia transfer Greyson Lambert. Lambert would seem to be a likely candidate for the job, although Richt has not jumped to any such conclusions.

“I’d like to know and have peace,” Richt explained. “I mean I’m waiting for some peace.”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 23, 2015, 08:33:22 am
https://twitter.com/gatorhoops/status/634887446392651779


#Jackson
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 24, 2015, 09:04:05 am
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/635239053873561600
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 25, 2015, 08:16:38 am
https://twitter.com/JJ_AJC/status/635902387501330432

Kyle Allen
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 25, 2015, 10:42:16 am
https://twitter.com/gogamecocks/status/635993031062085632

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BAMA
Florida State transfer Jake Coker still is trying to win the job a year later. Four others have a shot, but Nick Saban is quiet.

FLORIDA
Last year’s starter Treon Harris is trying to hold off Will Grier, and coach Jim McElwain is talking like he’ll give both a chance.

GEORGIA
The Bulldogs are deciding between three – the slight favorite Brice Ramsey, transfer Greyson Lambert and Faton Bauta.

LSU
Neither Anthony Jennings nor Brandon Harris looked ready last year and neither has done enough to get the first chance this year.

OLE MISS
Clemson transfer Chad Kelly is trying to supplant Ryan Buchanan, who had a slight lead coming out of spring practice.

VANDERBILT
Johnny McCrary, a former four-star prospect, appears to be the leader, but it’s tough to tell...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 25, 2015, 05:12:16 pm
https://twitter.com/GamecockFB/status/636285625260482560

https://twitter.com/gogamecocks/status/636271568268730368
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 26, 2015, 02:36:55 pm
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/636620423900319744
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 27, 2015, 10:15:01 am
https://twitter.com/LSUBeatTweet/status/636619689062473728

https://twitter.com/LSUBeatTweet/status/636361178470608896

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 27, 2015, 05:54:56 pm
https://twitter.com/gatorhoops/status/637033444116144128
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 28, 2015, 10:23:55 am
https://twitter.com/JesseReSimonton/status/637054622511833088
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 29, 2015, 03:57:55 pm
https://twitter.com/ByCasagrande/status/637622005769105408
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 31, 2015, 10:21:27 am
https://twitter.com/JTalty/status/638335847100751872
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 31, 2015, 03:30:48 pm
Ole Miss names a starter:

https://twitter.com/HKellenbergerCL/status/638390358670487552
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 31, 2015, 05:03:23 pm
https://twitter.com/JasonHButt/status/638470301735587840

UVA Transfer
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 01, 2015, 09:15:44 am
Brett McMurphy ‏@McMurphyESPN 14h14 hours ago

Brandon Harris named LSU’s starting QB, Les Miles announces
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: bigdaddyhawg on September 01, 2015, 10:19:09 am
Brett McMurphy ‏@McMurphyESPN 14h14 hours ago

Brandon Harris named LSU’s starting QB, Les Miles announces

Can someone refresh me on Mr. Harris' most recent run in's with the law enforcement community??  They've had so many I forget.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 01, 2015, 11:51:35 am
https://twitter.com/SECNetwork/status/638721098184568832
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: bigdaddyhawg on September 01, 2015, 11:57:24 am
https://twitter.com/SECNetwork/status/638721098184568832

If I were a UGa fan, I'd be really worried: how can you win big with a QB named Grayson????

Don't see it.  Too bad.  Another year of disappointment.  And with all that talent.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 01, 2015, 12:02:31 pm
SportsTalk ‏@sportstalksc 19h19 hours ago

So Georgia announced that Greyson Lambert will be the guy who gets to hand the ball to Nick Chubb 40 times a game, eh?
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 03, 2015, 03:51:41 pm
Zach Abolverdi ‏@ZachAbolverdi 3h3 hours ago

QB Treon Harris will start #UF's season opener | http://bit.ly/1hV9CK1
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 04, 2015, 06:44:31 am
Vanderbilt Passing   C/ATT   YDS   AVG   TD   INT   QBR
Johnny McCrary   18/34   217   6.4   1   2   43.8


Those interceptions were passes into the end zone.

McCrary had 8 "rushes" for a net 58 yards.  He ended the game with a noticeable limp.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 04, 2015, 06:48:44 am
South Carolina Passing   C/ATT   YDS   AVG   TD   INT   QBR
Connor Mitch                     9/22   122   5.5   1   0   59.2
Perry Orth                               2/2   24   12.0   0   0   27.1
Pharoh Cooper                       1/2   -6   -3.0   0   0   1.5

South Carolina Rushing   CAR   YDS   AVG   TD   LONG
Shon Carson                    4   75   18.8   1   48
Brandon Wilds                  14   51   3.6   0   10
Connor Mitch                  10   44   4.4   0   15
David Williams                  10   42   4.2   0   9
Pharoh Cooper                   4   20   5.0   0   7
Sean Kelly                           1   17   17.0   0   17
Perry Orth                           2   7   3.5   0   7

Carson is the only one on this list who did not take a snap from center. He almost took one to the house.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 05, 2015, 09:00:09 am
Brett McMurphy ‏@McMurphyESPN 15h15 hours ago

Kirk Herbstreit says “it wouldn’t surprise me” if Jake Coker gets start at QB for Alabama


Would know.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 05, 2015, 12:36:44 pm
David Brandt ‏@davidbrandtAP 3m3 minutes ago

All of the Ole Miss QBs have looked good today, but it's easy to see why Kelly is No. 1. Good grasp on offense, strong arm, good touch.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 05, 2015, 07:27:18 pm
SEC Network ‏@SECNetwork 13m13 minutes ago

BREAKING NEWS: Jake Coker is Alabama's starting QB vs. Wisconsin. #WISvsBAMA

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/COLcrhHWUAAA-D0.jpg)

I did see this coming.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 06, 2015, 12:35:53 am
ESPN Stats & Info ‏@ESPNStatsInfo 5h5 hours ago

ARK’s Brandon Allen (14-of-18, 308 yds, 4 TD): 99.6 QBR, 4th-best one-game QBR by SEC player (15th-highest by ANY FBS QB) in last 10 seasons
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 07, 2015, 08:25:10 am
Seth Emerson ‏@SethEmersonAJC Sep 5

Greyson Lambert with media after game. He's the starter again next week, per Mark Richt.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/COKyJyDWwAA5seJ.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 08, 2015, 10:28:43 am
Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 15h15 hours ago

Grateful Lambert treats his linemen to ice cream http://trib.al/d8bKeQE


#CostO'Attendance
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 08, 2015, 11:44:52 am
Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello 23m23 minutes ago

Tommy John surgery on QB Tyler Queen? "It's similar," Gus Malzahn says without confirming exactly what the surgery entailed.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 09, 2015, 12:36:11 pm
Michael Bonnette ‏@LSUBonnette 1h1 hour ago

Brandon Harris will be 1st @LSUfball QB since Melvin Hill in '94 (at UF,at Ole Miss) to have 1st 2 career starts come on road vs. SEC teams.


Joel Coleman ‏@JoelTColeman 40m40 minutes ago

Mullen on Brandon Harris: He came in during the 4th quarter against us last year and was lighting it up.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 10, 2015, 08:38:49 am
Kyle Tucker ‏@KyleTucker_CJ 22h22 hours ago

New Story || QB Patrick Towles searching for consistency after eighth consecutive game with sub-60% completions: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/college/kentucky/2015/09/09/cats-need-consistency-qb-towles/71932692/ …
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 10, 2015, 02:12:10 pm
Edgar Thompson ‏@osgators 23m23 minutes ago

UF announces redshirt freshman Will Grier will start Saturday vs. East Carolina. Grier 16 of 18 passing last week against New Mexico State.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 12, 2015, 09:37:31 pm
Edgar Thompson ‏@osgators 58m58 minutes ago

#Gators QB Will Grier with two near picks. There's no denying dude has confidence in his arm. Decision-making needs work.

Jordan McPherson ‏@J_McPherson1126 41m41 minutes ago

Treon Harris is in the game. #Gators
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 13, 2015, 07:39:07 am
Brett McMurphy ‏@McMurphyESPN 9h9 hours ago

Steve Spurrier on South Carolina starting QB Connor Mitch: “Separated shoulder, that usually takes a year” @JoshatTheState reports


When pestered HBC said that Orth would start at QB.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 15, 2015, 08:00:17 am
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 11h11 hours ago

Nick Saban hasn't decided on a QB rotation for the Ole Miss game yet http://ow.ly/ScCv5  #ALCFB

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CO6LpFLU8AAOzQE.jpg

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Both of the Tide's quarterbacks — Jake Coker and Cooper Bateman — "need to play better," Saban said.

The Tide's coach didn't say which — or whether both — will play when No. 2 Alabama hosts No. 15 Ole Miss Saturday night.

"I think both guys need to improve, and we evaluate this on a day-to-day basis," Saban said. "We're going to make the decision based on what we think is best for our team. If it's to play two guys, it'll be two guys. If we think one guy is going to give us a better chance in this game, we'll certainly play that guy."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 17, 2015, 09:44:08 am
Sean White ‏@SeanWhiteAU Sep 13

When adversity hits...you're either going to fold or you're going to focus!!
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 17, 2015, 12:16:37 pm
Tony Barnhart ‏@MrCFB 5h5 hours ago

Perry Orth's incredible journey from a bag boy at Publix to starting QB for South Carolina. http://gridironnow.com/kentucky-looking-to-end-streak-against-florida/ … #gridironnow
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 18, 2015, 03:03:59 pm
Brett McMurphy ‏@McMurphyESPN Sep 17

Freshman QB Will Grier will get 2nd consecutive start for Florida Saturday vs. Kentucky
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 19, 2015, 07:21:21 pm
Chris Low ‏@ClowESPN  1m1 minute ago Tuscaloosa, AL
Looking to get more athletic at QB, Alabama wants to get Cooper Bateman on the field more, and there's a good chance he starts tonight.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 21, 2015, 08:51:48 am
 AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 15h15 hours ago

Here's why Nick Saban's plan to surprise Ole Miss with Cooper Bateman didn't work: http://ow.ly/SrHVP  #ALCFB

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Saban said he thought starting Bateman "could be a little bit of an element of surprise." The plan was short-lived: Saban pulled Bateman after a second quarter interception and No. 2 Alabama (2-1) found itself down the whole game before finally losing 43-37.

Bateman and Jake Coker, who started the first two games, combined to throw three interceptions contributing to a negative-five turnover ratio for Alabama. Bateman completed his first six passes against Ole Miss, but the Alabama offense stalled on multiple drives once it crossed on Ole Miss' side of the field. The only Bateman-driven points came from a 20-yard Adam Griffith field goal. Interestingly, Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin never really tried to utilize Bateman's athleticism with any designed keepers or speed options to get him out in space.

Coker came in after a Bateman and ArDarius Stewart miscommunication gave Ole Miss the ball deep inside Alabama's territory. At times, Cooker looked better than he ever has...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 22, 2015, 08:29:13 am
Michael Casagrande ‏@ByCasagrande 20h20 hours ago

Nick Saban tentatively names starting quarterback for Saturday. http://ow.ly/SughW

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...Saban came close to one while praising Jake Coker's effort and leadership late in Saturday's 43-37 loss to Ole Miss.

"At this point, providing he does the things he has to do, I think we'll start him in this game."

Alabama plays Louisiana-Monroe at 3 p.m. Saturday before heading to No. 7 Georgia.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 22, 2015, 04:16:54 pm
South Carolina to start third different QB in three weeks (http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/09/22/south-carolina-to-start-third-different-qb-in-three-weeks)

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Steve Spurrier is making a quarterback change heading into this weekend’s non-conference tilt with UCF. On Tuesday, Spurrier announced freshman Lorenzo Nunez will be the starting quarterback for the Gamecocks.

“I think it’s the first true freshman quarterback I’ve ever started, but that’s just where we are right now,” Spurrier said Tuesday. “Lorenzo gives us a little spark maybe we need offensively.”

Nunez was a four-star recruit from Kennesaw
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 23, 2015, 10:25:48 am
Coker earns respect from teammates in loss to Ole Miss (http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/sports/college/sec/university-of-alabama/article36229701.html)

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MARQ BURNETT, Jennifer Anniston Post: Coker finished Saturday's game 21-of-44 for three passing touchdowns while also adding a rushing score.

But it was Coker's fight that received the most praise from his teammates. That and his scrambling ability.

"He's obviously very resilient. He's very mobile if you didn't notice," Tide running back Kenyan Drake said. "It was very sneaky with him being as big as he is, he did have the ability to maneuver in the pocket and the ability to run down the field and make a play. That's definitely something that surprised a lot of people, even people that see him every day."

Added Tide receiver Richard Mullaney, "Just him escaping the pocket, making plays on his feet. I'm not sure really anyone really expected that. But it was good to see him and his leadership throughout the game."

Coker was the Tide's second leading rusher with 58 yards...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 23, 2015, 11:46:47 am
Jeff Drummond ‏@JDrumUK 18h18 hours ago

Towles says he's trying to block out "the noise," has gotten rid of Twitter, social media. Says QB gets too much credit, blame.

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 24, 2015, 07:26:47 am
 Wesley Sinor ‏@WesleySinor 11h11 hours ago

Analyzing Auburn's 3rd option at quarterback http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2015/09/auburns_3rd_option_at_quarterb.html …

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Receiver Jason Smith is practicing at the position this week in preparation for the SEC home opener against Mississippi State. At 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, Smith is a closer fit to former Auburn star Nick Marshall in the zone-read offense than Jeremy Johnson or White, both pocket passers.

"(Smith) was a very good passer for us and has a good, live arm," said Smith's former head coach at McGill-Toolen, Chad Sessions...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 24, 2015, 08:08:53 am
Jimmy Hyams ‏@JimmyHyams 18h18 hours ago

6 SEC teams - Alabama (2) Florida (2) LSU (2) Vanderbilt (2) Auburn (0) South Carolina (0) - will start quarterbacks with 8 combined wins

2 top 10 SEC teams - Ole Miss (3) and Georgia (3) – will start quarterbacks with six combined wins. Both are transfers (JC, Virginia)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 27, 2015, 07:33:39 am
Adam Sparks ‏@AdamSparks 8h8 hours ago

Johnny McCrary threw 13 INTs in first 9 games of career. But he has no INTs and completed 68 pct of passes over last 2 games
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on September 30, 2015, 09:40:32 am
David Morrison ‏@DavidCMorrison 18m18 minutes ago

Lock: "Hell, four months ago he was going to prom. Now he's starting a Division-I football game in the SEC."

Maty Mauk had played 40 collegiate snaps before his 1st career start in 2013. Lock has played 37.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 02, 2015, 09:56:56 pm
Dave Matter ‏@Dave_Matter Oct 1

All six first-time starting QBs under Pinkel won their first start.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 03, 2015, 04:17:32 pm
John Talty ‏@JTalty  1m1 minute ago
Brice Ramsey is in for Greyson Lambert.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 04, 2015, 06:49:10 pm
Jason Butt ‏@JasonHButt  32m32 minutes ago
Georgia sticking with Greyson Lambert as starting QB for Tennessee game: http://www.macon.com/sports/college/sec/university-of-georgia/bulldogs-beat/article37744566.html …
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 06, 2015, 07:41:41 am
James Crepea ‏@JamesCrepea 12h12 hours ago

Jeremy Johnson, Sean White will compete for Auburn's starting QB job vs Kentucky
http://bit.ly/1MV1l35 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CQmGY2rUAAAzvui.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 06, 2015, 08:35:43 am
https://twitter.com/JonHale_CJ/status/651174466878238720

Stoops thinks there's a "high probability" UK loses to EKU if he had made QB switch

Kyle Tucker ‏@KyleTucker_CJ 11h11 hours ago

Kyle Tucker Retweeted Jon Hale

That's a strong quote from Stoops on QB situation. Auburn, meanwhile, has not picked one.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 08, 2015, 07:06:46 pm
In the Valley of the shadow of Death:

 Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 6h6 hours ago

Report: Perry Orth will start at QB for South Carolina http://trib.al/wYCMb5d
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 10, 2015, 11:22:17 am
Ben Garrett ‏@SpiritBen  39m39 minutes ago
Jeremy Liggins is wearing No. 66 and working with the linemen. With so many guys banged up, need him for depth.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 12, 2015, 01:51:46 pm
Graham Hall ‏@Graham311 5m5 minutes ago

QB Josh Grady will back up Treon Harris. Oregon State transfer Luke Del Rio is ineligible for the season.

Kevin Brockway ‏@gatorhoops 11m11 minutes ago Gainesville, FL

McElwain said he thinks that Treon can make all the throws that Will can. "Obviously he's got a different skill set."

McElwain said Grier will be able to practice, but won't be able to play.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 15, 2015, 06:21:31 pm
Sean White is having a big first quarter in Lexington. 
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 17, 2015, 06:34:08 am
John Talty ‏@JTalty Oct 15

Will Blake Barnett redshirt this season? Nick Saban addresses the question: http://ow.ly/TspHl

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Blake Barnett has been in the news a lot lately after spending three days in the hospital for unknown reasons.

He posted videos on Snapchat that showed he had received several blood transfusions, but didn't elaborate why and Alabama declined to address the specifics (HIPPAA).

Alabama fans, understandably, were nervous. Barnett was a five-star prospect and was one of the nation's top-rated high school quarterbacks when he arrived in Tuscaloosa in January. He was hand-picked by offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin and is considered the future of Alabama's offense. Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy told AL.com before the season Barnett has the "it factor."

Typically, no matter how highly-regarded the player is, freshman quarterbacks redshirt under Saban at Alabama. Every scholarship quarterback on Alabama's roster this year redshirted his freshman year though Jake Coker did his redshirt year at Florida State. Only one of Saban's starting quarterbacks during his nine seasons in Tuscaloosa didn't redshirt his freshman season and that was John Parker...

John Parker was a true freshman under Shula.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 17, 2015, 04:14:28 pm
Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman  6m6 minutes ago College Station, TX
Captain Obvious Question Alert: A&M will need to give Kyler Murray a shot soon, right?
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 18, 2015, 03:36:47 pm
tnsports ‏@tnsports 19h19 hours ago

Updated: Derek Mason said Johnny McCrary gave #Vandy best chance to win despite 4 turnovers. http://tnne.ws/1GMtODk 

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — With his first SEC win within grasp, Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason stuck with his quarterback and lost 19-10 to South Carolina in frustrating fashion Saturday.

Johnny McCrary committed four turnovers — three interceptions and one fumble — in a span of six possessions after Vanderbilt lost a rare second-half lead against an SEC team.

“Sometimes it’s the gift and the curse,” Mason said of McCrary. “… This game was just too close (to change quarterbacks). I’m trying to win. I felt like Johnny gave us our best chance.”

McCrary’s miscues were devastating to the Commodores (2-4, 0-3 SEC), who took a lead into the second half against an SEC opponent for the first time since Nov. 16, 2013.

Vanderbilt led 10-6 early in the third quarter until Pharoh Cooper’s 78-yard touchdown reception put South Carolina (3-4, 1-4) ahead 13-10. Then McCrary tossed three interceptions in a span of 13 plays.

“The team played a (heck) of a game, defense and special teams,” said McCrary, who was 21-of-42 passing for 177 yards, one touchdown and a career-high three interceptions. “On offense, they coach us better than that. When you go out there and do stuff like that, it looks like you’re not coached.”

The Gamecocks converted two of McCrary’s interceptions into a pair of field goals for a 19-10 lead. Vanderbilt made one last march, but McCrary lost a fumble at South Carolina’s 33-yard line with 3:53 remaining to finish it off.

Still within one score until the 5:27 mark, Mason said it made sense to stick with McCrary, who has been the starter over backup Wade Freebeck all season.

“It doesn’t mean that I’m always going to be that willing to go that far, but thus far he’s had the most reps and seen all the looks,” Mason said. “I’ve got to continue to back him, and I will. He’s just got to be better.”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 19, 2015, 02:56:43 pm
Adam Sparks ‏@AdamSparks 5h5 hours ago

2 factors helping McCrary stay on field IMO: (1) Avoid QB carousel of last year (2) Sticking w/ him at MTSU worked out
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 22, 2015, 07:13:31 am
Adam Sparks ‏@AdamSparks Oct 20

Mason asked if McCrary is starting QB. He answers, "We are exploring every option."

Darrius Sims on starting QB: "All three guys are great candidates." (McCrary, Freebeck, Shurmur)

.@VandyFootball QB competition appears open once again (& it might be a 3-man race). http://tnne.ws/1M5NgCK 

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Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 22, 2015, 01:26:43 pm
Adam Sparks ‏@AdamSparks 37m37 minutes ago

They're not saying. Keeping it quiet. But IMO, I don't think Shurmur was added to depth chart by accident.

Vandy center Spencer Pulley on freshman QB Kyle Shurmur: "I've tested him before games to see if he knows the gameplan, and he does."

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 24, 2015, 03:28:39 pm
David Morrison ‏@DavidCMorrison  2m2 minutes ago
Kyle Shurmur out at QB for Vanderbilt. True frosh.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: HyperDrive on October 24, 2015, 03:44:21 pm
I think it's safe to say there's no more QB controversy in Auburn.

Now, we may have a WR controversy...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 26, 2015, 08:54:16 am
GoGamecocks.com ‏@gogamecocks Oct 23

South Carolina QB Perry Orth never slowed by setbacks http://scne.ws/CX9MQm 

USC receiver (sic) dropped six of Orth’s 28 passes.

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“It is pretty tough actually,” Orth said. “Growing up, I played baseball. So it was like if it wasn’t working out in the infield, I could always try outfield or do different things like that. Quarterback is different. You’ve got to be so mentally tough because you never know when you’re going to get in and out of a game or what can happen in the course of a football game. People say quarterback is one of the toughest positions in all of sports, and you’ve just got to take the good with the bad and keep going forward because there always will be a next play.”

In any number of worlds, Orth is not where he is today: on track to start the Gamecocks’ game after the bye against Texas A&M and maybe in position to hold onto the starting spot the rest of the year.

He was behind former four-star prospect Connor Mitch to start the season. Being the former walk-on who worked his way from the aisles of Publix to becoming a hard-working steady backup could be a narrative in itself. Orth got a start when Mitch got hurt, then gave way to athletic four-star freshman Lorenzo Nunez...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 27, 2015, 09:23:00 pm
Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman  6h6 hours ago
Kevin Sumlin throws open Texas A&M QB competition among 3 candidates: http://blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/2015/10/kevin-sumlin-throws-open-texas-am-qb-competition-among-3-candidates/ …

Paul Finebaum ‏@finebaum  5h5 hours ago
Kevin Sumlin says he'll name a starter on Friday. Will it be Kyle Allen, Kyler Murray or Jake Hubenak?

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CSWlGiJWIAAS2U-.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 28, 2015, 03:20:33 pm
 Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman 5h5 hours ago

Kyler Murray perhaps next man up for Texas A&M; Sumlin: 'We are not a divided team': http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/article/A-M-opens-QB-job-to-3-man-competition-6594592.php?t=6783dae6a6438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium … via @HoustonChron

I realize 3 points at Ole Miss isn't going to cut it, and offense is the primary problem, but interested to see results of QB competition.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 28, 2015, 09:41:22 pm
Jason Butt ‏@JasonHButt  4h4 hours ago
Richt was asked if there's been any thought to change starting QB during bye week due to inconsistencies. Said "we evaluate that every week"
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 30, 2015, 07:01:14 am
Kevin Procter ‏@KProcterTN 15h15 hours ago

From @AdamSparks - Why Kyle Shurmur didn't play 4th quarter vs. #Mizzou http://tnne.ws/20e7hLR 

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Vanderbilt freshman quarterback Kyle Shurmur could be on the field at No. 18 Houston Saturday until he runs out of play calls.

That’s why Shurmur left last week’s 10-3 win over Missouri late in the third quarter, according to offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig. The quarterback simply ran out of plays in his debut.

“Kyle went in with a fairly small package (of play calls) and was very efficient early in the game,” Ludwig said. “We ran the ball well and did some good things there, but it dried up.

“… He executed at a good level, and I’ve seen great improvement this week. His play list will grow week in and week out.”

Vanderbilt (3-4) has not named a starter for Saturday’s game (6 p.m./ESPN2) against Houston (7-0). Last week, Shurmur made his first start, replacing sophomore Johnny McCrary, who had started the previous 11 games.

Against Missouri, Shurmur played 52 snaps and McCrary took 25, including the entire fourth quarter.

Will need to fill the quiver against Houston.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 30, 2015, 09:28:48 am
Jason Butt ‏@JasonHButt 28m28 minutes ago

Can confirm that Faton Bauta was told he'll be Georgia's starting quarterback this Saturday against Florida: http://www.macon.com/sports/college/sec/university-of-georgia/bulldogs-beat/article41921196.html …

Mark Schlabach ‏@Mark_Schlabach 2h2 hours ago Georgia, USA

How Bauta Them Dawgs?
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 31, 2015, 06:57:07 pm
Marc Weiszer ‏@marcweiszer 13m13 minutes ago

No commitment to start Faton Bauta next week vs. Kentucky. Decision still to be made, Richt said.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 31, 2015, 09:56:13 pm
Jason Butt ‏@JasonHButt 1h1 hour ago

Somebody would like to 'Free Ramsey,' who's been passed over at QB but shined at punter against Florida: http://www.macon.com/sports/college/sec/university-of-georgia/bulldogs-beat/article42109416.html …

(http://www.macon.com/sports/college/sec/university-of-georgia/bulldogs-beat/bszutg/picture42109137/ALTERNATES/FREE_960/RamseyWhiteBoard.jpg)

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.

Mark Richt possibly saw the message. Perhaps he didn't.

For some, the two words written on the white board inside an EverBank Field meeting room underneath the stadium were hard to miss.

Richt walked to the podium for his post-game presser following Georgia’s brutal 27-3 defeat to Florida. Centered straight ahead was the usual Georgia backdrop he speaks in front of after every game. To the media’s left and Richt’s right, a message on a white board was written with a red marker and in all-caps.

“Free Ramsey,” it read.

The message referred to quarterback Brice Ramsey, who’s had quite the journey since signing with the Bulldogs as a prized prospect in 2013...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on October 31, 2015, 10:22:25 pm
ESPN Stats & Info ‏@ESPNStatsInfo 4h4 hours ago

Faton Bauta is the first Georgia player to throw 4 interceptions since Quincy Carter in 2000.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 01, 2015, 07:34:20 am
Bryan Fischer Verified account
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I think we can already start the Kyle Allen transfer watch.


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CollegeFootballTalk Retweeted Bryan Fischer

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Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 03, 2015, 02:08:01 pm
Jason Butt ‏@JasonHButt 3h3 hours ago

Richt on QBs: "It would be nice to get more stability at that position."

Richt didn't reveal who will start at quarterback against Kentucky.

Richt explains Bauta running the read-option didn't work because OL was whipped up front. Fla didn't need fifth DL to crash down as result.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 04, 2015, 01:11:44 pm
ABH Sports ‏@abhsports 6m6 minutes ago

UGA could be turning back to Greyson Lambert or going with Brice Ramsey at QB for Kentucky http://bit.ly/1kbaIm7 

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Mark Stoops took a stab Wednesday at which Georgia quarterback he might see start against the Wildcats Saturday.

“I’m not sure what they’re going to do this week,” he said. “I would expect them to go back with (Greyson) Lambert.”

Georgia coach Mark Richt later said that Lambert, who started the first seven games of the season, and Brice Ramsey have gotten the most first-team reps, a sign that they are the top candidates to start.

Faton Bauta, who threw four interceptions in his first college start against Florida in a 27-3 loss on Saturday, also has gotten “some work” with the first unit.

“We’re not counting that out,” Richt said.

Richt said “more than likely,” he’ll name a starting quarterback before Saturday.

“If you’re talking between Brice and Greyson, I don’t think there’s a big difference,” Richt said. “Quite frankly even with Faton it wasn’t like there was going to be a huge gameplan change and shift and all that kind of thing.”

Richt laughed when explaining some of the reasoning to go with Bauta last week, indicating the element of surprise was part of the thinking. The first report that Bauta was expected to start came Thursday night and more followed on Friday.

“I was just curious if there were any secrets anymore,” Richt said. “Somehow things always slip out through social media or whatever it is. I was just curious if everybody could keep it under their hat.”

Bauta was 15 of 33 for 154 yards with four interceptions...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 04, 2015, 07:15:48 pm
ABH Sports ‏@abhsports 6m6 minutes ago

UGA could be turning back to Greyson Lambert or going with Brice Ramsey at QB for Kentucky http://bit.ly/1kbaIm7 

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Richt said that Bauta asked offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer if he could work some scout team safety to stay in shape. When it’s his turn to get quarterback work, he comes back with the offense.

“He’s back there running around, getting the scout team juiced up, fired up,” Richt said. “Then when it’s his time to take offensive plays, he runs over there and takes offensive plays. That’s leadership to me. That’s a competitive spirit. That’s a guy that wants to help Georgia win.”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 04, 2015, 08:03:43 pm
Adam Sparks ‏@AdamSparks  7h7 hours ago
Vandy's last 6 INTs were thrown in the first 6 plays of a possession. #StoppedBeforeYouStart

Bad stat of note for Vandy: Johnny McCrary has thrown 7 INTs in his past 79 pass attempts.

Vandy QBs get 'special talk' from Derek Mason on turnover issues. http://tnne.ws/1MIXHfL 

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Post by: jbcarol on November 07, 2015, 10:11:03 am
Brett McMurphy ‏@McMurphyESPN 21m21 minutes ago

QB Greyson Lambert returns to the starting lineup for Georgia @KayceSmithESPN reports
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 07, 2015, 10:43:47 pm
Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman  9m9 minutes ago College Station, TX
Sumlin said he turned to Jake Hubenak over Kyle Allen based on "purely practice" the last couple of weeks.

Sumlin on Murray’s injury (head): They took him inside, & once they take a guy inside if he doesn’t come back out he’s not available to play
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 08, 2015, 07:50:02 am
Quick notes from Kentucky’s 27-3 loss at Georgia:

1. It would not surprise me if Kentucky starts Drew Barker at quarterback next Saturday at Vanderbilt. I’m not positive that is what’s going to happen, but it wouldn’t come as a shock. After Patrick Towles completed just eight of 21 passes for 96 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns, both head coach Mark Stoops and offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson admitted they will be re-evaluating the quarterback position. (http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2015/11/07/will-kentucky-make-a-quarterback-change)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 08, 2015, 08:40:06 pm
Marc Weiszer ‏@marcweiszer  4h4 hours ago
The plan against Auburn will be to again use both Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey in game at QB, Richt said.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 10, 2015, 09:04:52 am
 There is no easy answer at the quarterback position for Kentucky.

And Coach Mark Stoops didn't offer any as his team tries to stop a four-game losing streak at Vanderbilt on Saturday. (http://www.kentucky.com/2015/11/09/4129944/kentuckys-starting-quarterback.html)

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"We'll see how the week goes," Stoops said on Monday when asked whether Drew Barker or Patrick Towles will start this weekend. "Whoever gives us the best chance to go into Vandy and win will take the first snaps..."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 11, 2015, 08:30:30 pm
Jason Butt ‏@JasonHButt  3h3 hours ago
Richt says QB stays in wild dog formation because someone's got to call the play, hence why Lambert and Ramsey line up at WR in formation.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 13, 2015, 12:07:11 pm
 Kyle Tucker ‏@KyleTucker_CJ 1h1 hour ago

This emailer is so happy today.

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Jennifer Palumbo Verified account
‏@JenNimePalumbo

QB Patrick Towles has a new look...

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Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 14, 2015, 11:37:40 am
Jason Butt ‏@JasonHButt  1h1 hour ago
Greyson Lambert announced as Georgia's starting QB.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 14, 2015, 04:02:31 pm
Drew Barker is in at QB for UK
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 14, 2015, 10:18:30 pm
Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman  4m4 minutes ago College Station, TX
Kevin Sumlin: I thought Kyle Allen did a great job of being a great teammate the last couple of weeks.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 15, 2015, 06:57:26 am
Rich Brooks ‏@UKcoachbrooks 15h15 hours ago

Nice drive by Barker. Quick decision making and quick release. Got the lead now add to it. Defense needs a stop and keep it up.

John Clay ‏@johnclayiv 11h11 hours ago

Video: UK quarterback Drew Barker on his touchdown drive and his pick-6 https://youtu.be/KF8mvkXewH0
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 15, 2015, 07:50:42 am
Unbelievable number of SEC teams do not have the starting QB locked down yet:

Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman 8h8 hours ago College Station, TX

Kidded w/ A&M SID Alan Cannon in press box, So, who's starting QB for Vandy game? He smiled & said, Sounds like a good question for Tuesday.

Kevin Sumlin: That competition with our quarterbacks (in practice) makes them all better.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 16, 2015, 08:05:05 am
Like a rock:  Mississippi State and Arkansas

Settled in on: Bama, Ole Miss, Tennessee and LSU

Suspension of disbelief:  Florida and Mizzou

Insult to Injury: South Carolina

Still searching:  Georgia, Kentucky, Vandy, A&M and Auburn

http://espn.go.com/college-football/conferences/statistics/player/_/stat/passing/sort/collegeQuarterbackRating/year/2015/id/8/sec-conference

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 17, 2015, 06:41:58 am
Jon Hale ‏@JonHale_CJ 20h20 hours ago

Stoops confirms Drew Barker will start against Charlotte
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 18, 2015, 08:59:30 am
Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman 8m8 minutes ago

Aggies ride into Nashville singing familiar tune: Who's gonna saddle up at quarterback?: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/aggies/article/Aggies-QB-controversy-remains-as-unsettled-as-6639774.php … via @HoustonChron

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Ten games into the season, A&M has little offensive identity, and even less of a starting quarterback, after coach Kevin Sumlin said Tuesday the job was (again) up for grabs between freshman Kyler Murray and sophomore Kyle Allen.

"We'll evaluate where we are in practice," Sumlin said during the weekly news conference. "We've had some good moments, some not so good moments (with both). We're looking for consistency out of the position, and that's what this week of practice will be about.

"We'll name a starter as we get closer to game time."

The Aggies (7-3, 3-3) play at Vanderbilt (4-6, 2-4) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, facing an improving defense. The Commodores are coming off a home victory over Kentucky (21-17) and a close loss at No. 8 Florida (9-7) the week prior...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: bigdaddyhawg on November 18, 2015, 10:22:42 am
Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman 8m8 minutes ago

Aggies ride into Nashville singing familiar tune: Who's gonna saddle up at quarterback?: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/aggies/article/Aggies-QB-controversy-remains-as-unsettled-as-6639774.php … via @HoustonChron


I said before the year when Allen was rated by ESPN as the SEC's #4 QB that he was seriously over-rated.

I think the old saying applied "if you have two QB's, you have zero QB's".

It couldn't happen to a better team -- except for Auburn!!
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 20, 2015, 08:00:54 am
Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman Nov 18 College Station, TX

Kevin Sumlin said on SEC Teleconference he intends to announce starting QB a little before game time (Saturday night at Vandy).
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 27, 2015, 08:04:51 am
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 Nov 25

Vandy freshman QB Kyle Shurmur had a QB rating of 1.0 last week against Texas A&M. It hurts to just read that.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 28, 2015, 08:29:42 am
Adam Sparks ‏@AdamSparks 11h11 hours ago

Vandy hopes for big day from frosh QB Kyle Shurmur's first game in Neyland. http://tnne.ws/21kFr0L 

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Shurmur is listed as the starter for Vanderbilt (4-7, 2-5 SEC) against the Vols (7-4, 4-3) for the 3 p.m. kickoff (SEC Network). And Mason expects the rookie to not only adjust to the atmosphere of the rivalry game, but to hopefully thrive in it for the Commodores to win.

“Kyle Shurmur’s got to play well in this game,” Mason said. “We need guys on the perimeter to make plays for him. … But (Shurmur must do) whatever it takes to keep his offense on the field and manufacture points.”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 28, 2015, 11:13:11 am
South Carolina:

 SportsTalk ‏@sportstalksc 47s47 seconds ago South Carolina, USA

Lorenzo Nunez taking snaps at quarterback now...

Mobile quarterbacks have been one of the few things that have given the Clemson defense problems over the past few seasons.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 28, 2015, 02:31:49 pm
Eric Crawford ‏@ericcrawford 30m30 minutes ago

Drew Barker is 1 for his last 12 passing, negative one yard.

2 mins ago

Patrick Towles will come in. Probably a series or two too late. But we’ll see if he can engineer a quick score.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 29, 2015, 07:52:22 am
Zach Abolverdi ‏@ZachAbolverdi 9h9 hours ago

McElwain asked if he thought about replacing Treon Harris: "No. He's our quarterback."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 30, 2015, 08:15:05 am
Ross Dellenger ‏@DellengerAdv 18h18 hours ago

#LSU QB Brandon Harris.

Last 4 games
Comp-Att: 60-126
Comp %: 47
TDs: 3
INTs: 5

Previous 3 games
Comp-Att: 42-67
Comp %: 62
TDs: 7
INTs: 0
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on November 30, 2015, 08:17:11 am
Vaughts' Views ‏@vaughtsviews 10h10 hours ago

At VaughtsViews: Patrick Towles leaving Kentucky with same class he's always shown http://bit.ly/1XqHtgz

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Towles will complete his degree in political science in December, so he will have one season of eligibility remaining and can play immediately at any school now that he’s been given his full release by Kentucky.

“I would like to thank the University of Kentucky for giving me the opportunity to achieve my childhood dream of playing quarterback for the Wildcats,” Towles said in a statement released by UK. “The last four years have been ones that I will truly cherish for the rest of my life. Although I wish my time in Lexington could have ended another way, I’m eternally grateful.

“I’ve decided to transfer to play my fifth year at another university. Thank you to coach Stoops, coach (Shannon) Dawson, (athletics director) Mitch Barnhart, my teammates and the Big Blue Nation for allowing me to achieve my lifelong dream. I will truly bleed blue ‘til the day I die.”

Towles has always said and done the right things. He survived being ignored by then offensive coordinator Randy Sanders his first season. The next year he was told by then offensive coordinator Neal Brown what he had to do to improve during a redshirt season, and he did it. He started in 2014 as a sophomore for Brown, who left after last season to become head coach at Troy. This season under new offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 03, 2015, 08:55:01 am
ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC 23h23 hours ago

Quarterback play leads to down year in SEC http://es.pn/1OG1lVt

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SEC's limp to the finish of 2015 can mostly be attributed to the lack of elite quarterback play. A year after eight SEC teams averaged at least 224 passing yards per game and 10 teams had at least 21 touchdown passes, the SEC produced just four teams -- Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Arkansas and Texas A&M -- that hit the 224-yard (neither 223-yard nor 225-yard) mark and had 20-plus touchdowns.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 03, 2015, 09:13:48 am
Brett McMurphy ‏@McMurphyESPN 18h18 hours ago

Manning Award finalists (top QB): Allen, Boykin, Cook, Doughty, Hogan, Kelly, Lynch, Mayfield, Prescott, Reynolds, Ward Jr., Watson
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 03, 2015, 11:38:28 pm
Adam Sparks ‏@AdamSparks 10h10 hours ago

True freshman Kyle Shurmur is the only QB with a positive TD-to-INT ratio among the 5 who have played under Derek Mason. (5 TD, 3 INT)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 04, 2015, 03:40:29 pm
http://espn.go.com/college-football/conferences/statistics/player/_/stat/passing/sort/collegeQuarterbackRating/year/2015/id/8/sec-conference
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 05, 2015, 07:39:08 am
Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 13m13 minutes ago

Analysis: Georgia’s quarterback situation, post-Bauta http://trib.al/Bo9qLbj

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In at least one way, Faton Bauta is much like his now-former coach, Mark Richt, who he followed out the Butts-Mehre door this week. Both were popular in the program and praised for their intangibles. But both are also more competitive people than some gave them credit for...

When three quarterbacks are given the chance to play in a season, it’s almost certain that one and perhaps two will depart after the season. Bauta actually appeared to be the No. 2 quarterback last week at Georgia Tech, taking all the second-team snaps in warm-ups. But it’s also very likely he saw the inevitable for next year, particularly after getting no more playing time post-Florida.

There was a more subtle sign of where things stood last Sunday night, when players filed out from the meeting at which Richt talked to the team about his firing: Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey walked out together, along with a couple other teammates, none of them Bauta, who quietly exited at another time or door.

Bauta will be wished well and rooted on by many, who still like him a lot for his hard work and positive attitude. But his departure now makes one thing very evident for incoming coach Kirby Smart:

Jacob Eason needs to be kept in the fold...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 05, 2015, 10:39:59 am
Jon Hale ‏@JonHale_CJ Dec 2

New Story | Starting a position-by-position look at the UK football roster starting with the quarterbacks today http://cjky.it/1Pwb6IY

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Returning starter: Redshirt freshman quarterback Drew Barker started the final two games of the 2015 season for Kentucky after losing the competition for the starting job to Patrick Towles in preseason camp. Barker’s stint as the starter offered few highlights...

Other returning players: Sophomore quarterback Reese Phillips appeared only as the holder on field goals and extra points in 2015 after missing out on the preseason quarterback competition due to an Achilles’ tendon injury just before the start of spring practice, but he appeared in three games as Towles’ backup in 2014 and enters the spring No. 2 on the depth chart behind Barker. Freshman walk-on quarterback Davis Mattingly, a Male High School alum, redshirted during the 2015 season.

Important losses: After being benched for the final two games of the season, junior quarterback Patrick Towles announced his decision to transfer to play his final season of eligibility at another school. Towles leaves UK ranked sixth in program history in career passing yards (5,099 yards) and total offense (5,452), but he compiled a 9-13 record in almost two full seasons as UK’s starter. In 2015, he completed 56.1 percent of his passes for 2,148 yards, nine touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 07, 2015, 06:50:54 pm
Matt Jones ‏@KySportsRadio  6h6 hours ago
UK students make banner supporting Patrick Towles http://bit.ly/1PQZuAr  #BBN

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Patrick is still in the process of checking out schools, and judging by the tweet leaves, he may have Colorado State this past weekend.

When Patrick got back to campus, he had the banner pictured above greeti
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 07, 2015, 07:01:56 pm
Jason Butt ‏@JasonHButt  4h4 hours ago Fort Lauderdale, FL
Greyson Lambert was asked if he was going to be back next year with the coaching change. Seemed surprised by question, said he'll be back.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 10, 2015, 06:16:12 am
Examining Florida’s QB situation for 2016: Help is on the way (https://www.seccountry.com/florida/examining-floridas-qb-situation-for-2016-help-is-on-the-way)

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Will Grier’s mid-season suspension was a major blow to the UF offense, and production at the QB position worsened each week after Treon Harris took over.

Barring Harris transferring, the Gators will have at least four signal callers for spring and fall, and five once Grier’s suspension ends six games into the season.

In addition to soon-to-be eligible transfer Luke Del Rio and incoming early enrollees Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask, the Gators are still recruiting UGA commit Jacob Eason and Maryland commit Dwayne Haskins, both of whom have officially visited Florida.

McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier will need a true freshmen to step up.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 11, 2015, 10:31:51 am
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 15h15 hours ago

If you’re an SEC starting QB and you transfer, you’re either seriously homesick or hate your coach. Few other things make sense.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 11, 2015, 02:09:13 pm
Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 37m37 minutes ago

Crop of College Football Playoff QBs offers hope to SEC teams http://trib.al/u5DWvg7

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Quarterback play in the SEC was no doubt down this season. But that wasn’t really predicted to be the case heading into the year.

Auburn’s Jeremy Johnson fell flat on his preseason 12-to-1 Heisman odds. SEC East Champion Florida lost Will Grier to suspension, forcing Jim McElwain to revert to Treon Harris, whose 9-for-24, 5.1-QBR performance in the SEC Championship might serve as a microcosm for his forgetful season under center. Georgia was so underwhelmed with the play of junior transfer Greyson Lambert that it voluntarily started third-stringer Faton Bauta against its biggest rival in a key divisional matchup.

Those were some of the bigger problems while, turning away from the vanilla years had by most, the conference’s best three quarterbacks –– Arkansas’ Brandon Allen, Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly and Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott ––
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 13, 2015, 07:14:36 am
Michael Bonner ‏@MikeBBonner 12h12 hours ago

Elijah Staley is in a QB competition under Dan Mullen while playing power forward for Ben Howland http://on.thec-l.com/1QDsf26

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STARKVILLE - The post-Dak Prescott era began with the best player in Mississippi State history watching from the sideline. One game remains in Prescott’s career but the quarterback competition started with the first bowl practice on Friday.

Redshirt freshman Nick Fitzgerald worked with the first-team offense. Junior Damian Williams manned the second-team offense, and true freshman Nick Tiano was third string. Prescott took a backseat to the younger players allowing for more reps.

Elijah Staley, the co-favorite to become Prescott’s replacement in 2016, was in Kansas City with Mississippi State’s basketball team.

“The competition, the only thing is, it’s reps.  It’s those things,” MSU coach Dan Mullen said. “Reps are always a big deal, the more reps you get the better. And we’ve got a lot of young guys that need a lot of reps at the quarterback position.”

Staley signed with Mississippi State as a two-sport athlete in 2014. The three-star quarterback also put up big numbers on the hardwood at Wheeler High School in Georgia.

As a junior, he averaged 18 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
Title: Never Too Early 2016 SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 15, 2015, 03:25:33 pm
 Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 1h1 hour ago

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is confident Dak Prescott’s successor is ready http://trib.al/CQXRXxO

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Prescott will play his final game as a Bulldog on Dec. 30 in the Belk Bowl.

So when the new year rolls in, who will fill the void left by the best quarterback in Mississippi State history? All signs are pointing to Nick Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald, now a redshirt freshman, is a perfect fit in many ways for coach Dan Mullen’s offense. For starters, he’s even bigger than Prescott, standing at 6-foot-5 and 227 pounds. Secondly, in high school, Fitzgerald ran a triple-option offense that relied as much on his legs as it did his arm.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 16, 2015, 04:55:36 pm
Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman 1m1 minute ago College Station, TX

Kevin Sumlin says Kyler Murray isn't feeling well and is going through some things, so Sumlin told him not to attend practice today.

Sumlin said he expects Kyler Murray back for practice Thursday, and to start bowl game.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 16, 2015, 06:49:33 pm
https://twitter.com/AggieFootball/status/677270222714351617
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 17, 2015, 02:25:47 pm
Adam Sparks ‏@AdamSparks 7h7 hours ago

Adam Sparks Retweeted Taylor

Shurmur is the guy, unless something unexpected happens in spring. But yeah, it's shurmur in '16

Adam Sparks ‏@AdamSparks 4h4 hours ago

@DeuceWallace eager to join Vandy QB competition early as mid-term enrollee. http://tnne.ws/1NVjzDq 

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Wallace finishes classes at Sevier County High School ("Go Bears") on Wednesday. He enrolls at Vanderbilt on Jan. 9 and starts spring practice with the Commodores in February.

His goal is to be the starter in 2016.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 17, 2015, 10:23:18 pm
Distrust among Texas A&M’s coaches and quarterbacks was a big reason why freshman quarterback Kyler Murray decided to request his transfer (https://www.seccountry.com/texas-am/report-reveals-big-reason-why-texas-am-qb-kyler-murray-seeks-transfer)

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The 5-star recruit, who is also a talented baseball player, can transfer to any school outside of the SEC, excluding Texas A&M’s non-conference opponents through the next four years.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 18, 2015, 06:37:00 am
Billy Liucci@billyliucci

I called Hubenak an important addition, but had no idea it would be this soon. One of the team's most respected and popular players at TAMU

1:47 PM - 17 Dec 2015
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 18, 2015, 08:27:33 pm
Ross Dellenger ‏@RossDellenger 3h3 hours ago

Miles on transfer QBs: "I'm not really at this point in time looking for that. If I was, frankly, I wouldn't tell you."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 18, 2015, 09:00:42 pm
Clay Travis ‏@ClayTravis 6h6 hours ago

Just said on @finebaum: 11 of 14 SEC schools have had QB drafted in first round since Big Ten's last first round QB -- Kerry Collins in 1995
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 19, 2015, 01:23:21 pm
With the impending departure of Grier, Florida will be left with Treon Harris and Oregon State transfer Luke Del Rio [Jackson]. The Gators will also have true freshmen Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask on campus in January, as both quarterbacks are early enrollees. (https://www.seccountry.com/florida/report-will-grier-to-transfer-from-florida)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 19, 2015, 07:19:24 pm
Johnny Manziel ‏@JManziel2 Dec 17

Let's ride @hubenak_j @conner_mcqueen #GigEm https://sqor.com/posts/cb05ff72-171b-4a3e-a68f-616b2cb01178/uid/58226 …

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CWd_9ZSWwAAdlEi.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 21, 2015, 07:54:28 am
SEC Network ‏@SECNetwork Dec 19

Will Grier is the sixth SEC QB to announce he will transfer since the regular season's end.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CWn_tqCXAAAgUb0.jpg)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 22, 2015, 09:08:49 am
Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 1h1 hour ago

Ranking the SEC quarterback situations for 2016 http://trib.al/CtbafOz

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1. Ole Miss

Incumbent: Senior Chad Kelly (3,740 yards, 27 TDs, 12 INTs)

Contenders: Freshman Shea Patterson (No. 2 pro-style), ...

2. Tennessee

Incumbent: Senior Joshua Dobbs (2,125 yards, 15 TDs, 5 INTs)

3. Auburn

Incumbent: None

...

12. Texas A&M

Incumbent: None

Contenders: Junior Jake Hubenak (92 yards, 1 TD) ...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 22, 2015, 09:51:55 am
Jason Butt ‏@JasonHButt 16h16 hours ago Doral, FL

Greyson Lambert starting TaxSlayer Bowl but Brice Ramsey figures to earn QB reps in it: http://www.macon.com/sports/college/sec/university-of-georgia/bulldogs-beat/article50980885.html …
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 24, 2015, 06:16:34 am
Will Grier's transfer means Florida will have one hell of a quarterback competition in 2016 (http://www.alligatorarmy.com/2015/12/19/10626786/will-grier-transfer-florida-gators-quarterbacks-2016-preview)

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Pat Dooley told ESPN Radio's Paul Finebaum earlier this week that Florida is keen to pursue another graduate transfer at quarterback...

Gators could target Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight, and would present a compelling case to any other quarterback looking to get into the mix at an SEC school.

Don't expect Florida to get very far with Texas A&M transfers Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 26, 2015, 06:55:59 am
Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 24h24 hours ago

Kentucky’s Christmas wish: Leadership at QB http://trib.al/jZ948V1

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Before he was benched after 10 games as the team’s starter, junior quarterback Patrick Towles was the heartbeat of the Kentucky team. Of course his 14 interceptions to nine touchdowns were troubling...

At the end of the year, when Stoops decided redshirt freshman Drew Barker would be the starter for the season’s final two games...

Barker can’t make up for his lack of experience. It’s simply something he and the Wildcats have to accept heading into 2016. But vocal leadership is something Barker can have — must have —
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 26, 2015, 08:38:01 pm
Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman 10h10 hours ago

Jake Hubenak, who dressed up as A&M player as youngster, ready to play big-boy football for Aggies: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/aggies/article/Aggies-Hubenak-dreams-coming-true-6719968.php … @HoustonChron

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...Hubenak and his girlfriend, a University of Alabama student who carries the title of Miss Alabama World 2015, could grace the cover of a fashion magazine as easily as Facebook. But there's another picture of Hubenak that A&M fans love even more, because it shows a little boy with big dreams of playing for the Aggies.

In the photo he once posted to Twitter, a pint-sized Hubenak is dressed up in an A&M uniform, in the middle of fastening the chin strap on an A&M helmet.

In the department of Sometimes Dreams Really Do Come True, a big-boy Hubenak will fasten his chin strap as the Aggies' starting quarterback Wednesday night against Louisville in the Music City Bowl in Nashville

Loves the helmet
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 29, 2015, 10:42:29 am
Matthew Stevens ‏@matthewcstevens 16h16 hours ago

BLOG (w/VIDEO): Auburn “could see both” QBs used in Birmingham Bowl vs. Memphis - http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/sports/college/auburnauthority/2015/12/28/auburn-could-see-both-qbs-used-birmingham-bowl/77995382/ …

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CXWteqhWcAAVDOO.jpg)

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HOOVER – Auburn quarterback Sean White still isn’t completely healthy according to his head coach but healthy enough to possibly make a difference Wednesday in the Birmingham Bowl.

In the first open media session of practice, White and Jeremy Johnson, who started the final four games of the 2015 season in place of the injured White, were working on individual drills with Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.

White, who is still wearing a large knee brace on his left leg, didn’t look as immobile as in previous weeks and in his last appearance during the third quarter of the 20-13 loss to Georgia.

“He's moved around very well,” Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said.

“You could see both of them,” Malzahn said Sunday.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 30, 2015, 01:13:47 pm
Matthew Stevens ‏@matthewcstevens 49m49 minutes ago

Auburn's best pass today was thrown by punter Kevin Phillips. That is all.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 30, 2015, 01:30:27 pm
Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello 13m13 minutes ago

Jerermy (sic) Johnson throws a touchdown to Jason Smith. Auburn leads.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on December 30, 2015, 01:37:34 pm
Matthew Stevens ‏@matthewcstevens 2m2 minutes ago

14:57 left in 4th: Auburn 24, Memphis 10 - Jeremy Johnson has been in for 3 plays today. 2 TDs and a first down run.


His single game QB rating is off the charts.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 01, 2016, 07:59:25 am
Michael Casagrande ‏@ByCasagrande 8h8 hours ago

Just throw the dang ball, right?  http://ow.ly/WvHbF

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Jake Coker made the two plays early that broke the Cotton Bowl standoff. The senior from Mobile went on to a career night that keyed the Crimson Tide's deconstruction of Michigan State.

The 38-0 whipping saw Coker pass for 280 yards on 25 of 30 throwing. After three quarters, the Alabama yardage ratio pass to run was 280-to-64.

There were the handful of deep balls, but the accuracy number might have been the key number. The 83.3 completion percentage beat his previous best of 77.8 (21 of 27) against Tennessee. The 30 attempts were Coker's most since the Arkansas win in October.

"It's hard to describe," Coker said on the field, confetti on the ground. "I'm so excited about this. I couldn't be happier but we still have another game to play. That's the one that means the most."

His 50-yard dagger to Ridley pushed him past his previous best game. Coker's career high was 262 yards on 24-of-33 passing against Arkansas. He'd broken 200 yards just once since November with a 204-yard day against Florida in the SEC Championship Game.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 01, 2016, 09:03:52 am
 Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello 31 Dec 2015

"I'm coming back." Jeremy Johnson ready to battle (again) for starting quarterback job this spring. The story: http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2015/12/auburn_quarterback_jeremy_johnson_coming_back.html …

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Jeremy Johnson has a message for Auburn fans following a roller-coaster season.

"I'm coming back," the junior quarterback said.

Johnson did not start Auburn's 31-10 victory against Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl, but he certainly lifted the Tigers in the second half in the red zone. He threw and completed one pass for an 11-yard touchdown to Jason Smith, and ran for another touchdown in a second half dominated by Auburn.

As of today, Johnson will have a stacked group of players contending for the starting job in the spring. Sean White is expected to return after going 8 of 13 passing for 103 yards with two interceptions. Dual-threat quarterback John Franklin III signed with Auburn and will be on campus in January.

"I'm not worrying about it," Johnson said. "All I can do is work on myself. I'm a competitor, I'm going to compete and I've got faith in myself to be the starting quarterback."

Johnson finishes the season with 1,054 passing yards and 10 touchdowns with seven interceptions. He completed 60.5 percent of his passes in nine games.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 01, 2016, 02:02:05 pm
https://twitter.com/SBNationGIF/status/682999673171267585
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 02, 2016, 09:45:02 am
Joe Schad Verified account
‏@schadjoe

I’d like to see the research on which teams HAVEN’T struggled against running quarterbacks.

Which school has held the most Top 40 rushing quarterbacks UNDER their per-game average this season? Every game has same storyline.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 02, 2016, 10:09:45 am
John Franklin III ‏@jf3_5 12h12 hours ago

My boy Chad Kelly is the truth. Straight gamer  #EMCCAlum's
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 04, 2016, 08:09:09 pm
Andrew Hutchinson ‏@NWAHutch 7h7 hours ago

Brandon Allen’s Total QBR, each year (NCAA/SEC rank)…
'13: 59.3 (No. 70/No. 11)
'14: 69.8 (No. 31/No. Eight)
'15: 87.9 (No. 1/No. 1)

Incredible
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: AirForceHog on January 05, 2016, 01:19:39 am
Just read that the Okies knight will transfer to the Aggies.

Sooners' Knight to transfer to Texas A&M

Oklahoma backup QB Trevor Knight announced today that he intends to transfer to Texas A&M. Knight would be immediately eligible in 2016 as a senior. The Aggies need QB help after their top two from this season left the program.

ESPN is the source
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 06, 2016, 01:41:39 pm
ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC 3h3 hours ago

SEC quarterback situation could be even worse in 2016 http://es.pn/1RsjacX

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The cyclical nature of college football brought a hammer of sorts down on the SEC's quarterbacks in 2015, as only Ole Miss' Chad Kelly averaged more than 300 passing yards per game (310.9) and just three quarterbacks -- Kelly, Mississippi State's Dak Prescott and Arkansas' Brandon Allen -- threw for 3,000 yards. That was the fewest 3,000-yard passers in the league since 2011 (two).

Those three quarterbacks are also the only ones who threw at least 20 touchdown passes as well. Alabama's Jake Coker has 19...

SEC will return just three 2,000-yard passers in 2016. Only Tennessee's Joshua Dobbs joins Kelly as returning quarterbacks with at least 15 touchdown passes. Kelly led the league with 31; Dobbs had 15.

Kelly will be the only returning quarterback with a QBR of at least 80 (87.1). Six starters return with QBRs less than 70 and seven teams return starters who threw at least 10 interceptions in 2015. Six teams averaged fewer than 200 passing yards per game and all six have returning starters.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 07, 2016, 09:09:40 am
Is Coach Mac writing off quarterback Dwayne Haskins with the addition of Austin Appleby? (https://www.seccountry.com/florida/zachs-mail-stack-for-florida-gators-football-recruiting-16)

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Gators still want Haskins and will continue recruiting the Maryland commit, but they also couldn’t put all their eggs in that basket.

There’s a possibility that Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask will both need to redshirt, as is the case with many true freshmen quarterbacks. Whether they’re able to remains to be seen, but if you’re Florida, you don’t want to force one of them into action due to lack of depth.

Luke Del Rio is considered the leading candidate to start next season, and behind him would have only been Treon Harris if the freshmen weren’t ready. With the way Harris has played recently in McElwain’s offense, he’s not a suitable or sustainable option.

Enter Appleby.

I doubt Florida is counting on him to come in and be the starter, but he’ll certainly contend for the job. Should Del Rio win the competition, the Gators will have a pair of quarterbacks behind him with two years of experience as a starter (Appleby and Harris).

That’s a way better scenario than the backup situation in 2015 with Josh Grady and walk-on Jacob Guy. Moreover, Appleby is the quintessential McElwain QB and fits his system better than Harris and Grady.

As for Haskins, I ultimately don’t expect the Gators to land him because he wants to start as a freshman and would enter preseason camp at UF behind all the quarterbacks who went through spring practice. He’s a confident kid who won’t be deterred by Appleby or anyone else, but Florida already wasn’t the ideal place for him if his goal is to play right away.

UF could not turn down a veteran QB available right now in order to hold out hope for a high schooler who has to be flipped from his in-state school. After having just two scholarship quarterbacks in eight games, McElwain has made a point of expanding the depth chart.

Now he has five scholarship players at the position for 2016.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 07, 2016, 12:40:54 pm
Johnny McCrary announced on his Instagram account that he is leaving Vanderbilt to make the most of the two years of eligibility he has left in college football. (https://www.seccountry.com/vanderbilt/vanderbilt-qb-johnny-mccrary-to-transfer)

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The sophomore struggled during the 2015 season with 12 interceptions. Only two SEC quarterbacks threw more picks. Although coach Derek Mason deemed him the initial starter, he soon lost that job to freshman Kyle Shurmur.

The Commodores established Shurmur would start for Vanderbilt next season after he closed it out against the Tennessee Vols.

VandyMania.com ‏@VandyManiacom 54m54 minutes ago

It's official. Quarterback Johnny McCrary is transferring from Vanderbilt. He'll have two years of eligibility remaining wherever ends up.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 08, 2016, 03:52:17 pm
Cincinnati quarterback transferring to Kentucky (http://kentuckysportsradio.com/football-2/cincinnati-quarterback-luke-wright-transferring-to-kentucky)

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Since Patrick Towles and Reese Phillips announced they were transferring, there have been a lot of question marks around the quarterback position. With former Cincinnati offensive coordinator Eddie Gran and quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw now on staff, finding Drew Barker a backup has become a primary concern, and it looks like another Bearcat is on the way to Lexington.

A source tells KSR that Cincinnati backup quarterback Gunner Kiel Luke Wright is transferring to Kentucky. The 6’4″ 204 lbs. Wright walked on at Cincinnati and played in four games this past season, going only 1-3 for 16 yards.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 10, 2016, 01:03:02 pm
Tom Green ‏@AUBlog  17h17 hours ago
Ahead of signing day, quarterback John Franklin III leads crop of Auburn recruits http://www.oanow.com/sports/college/auburn/ahead-of-signing-day-quarterback-john-franklin-iii-leads-crop/article_6eba7088-b73f-11e5-8d36-e7188638a867.html …

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Junior college transfer quarterback John Franklin III, who signed with Auburn last month, will be on campus when the spring semester begins on Wednesday. Franklin, a four-star quarterback prospect, is expected to compete for next season’s starting job when spring practices get underway in March.
“We’ll see what happens,” Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said Dec. 29. “He’s a talented young man. When we get to the spring, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there, but he’s got a lot of ability.”

Quarterback play is always crucial, but in Malzahn’s Hurry-Up, No-Huddle scheme it is of the utmost importance to the offense’s success. As everyone witnessed this season, underwhelming quarterback play could quickly turn a season with championship aspirations into a .500 regular season and lower-tier bowl game.
Both Jeremy Johnson and Sean White were less than stellar running Malzahn’s offense, which has always been at its best with a true dual-threat option at quarterback — like in 2010 with Cam Newton and 2013-14 with Nick Marshall. The Tigers could have that with Franklin, who spent last season as a backup with East Mississippi Community College.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 13, 2016, 08:34:46 am
ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC 22h22 hours ago

Early look at 2016 QB situation for each SEC program http://es.pn/1OoX8DC

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Crimson Tide must replace their quarterback for a third consecutive season after Jake Coker's departure...

Arkansas: Brandon Allen was outstanding as a senior, leading the nation with an 87.9 Total Quarterback Rating and ranking fifth with 9.3 yards per pass attempt. There is essentially no experience behind him...

Auburn: There is no obvious answer here, which was a big part of Auburn’s problem in 2015. Jeremy Johnson (1,042 passing yards, 9 TDs, 7 INTs) and Sean White (1,064, 1 TD, 2 INTs) will apparently both stick around to compete this spring, and they will get some company from junior college transfer John Franklin III and Woody Barrett, both dual-threat quarterbacks.

Florida: Another mess. Sensing a trend yet?
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 13, 2016, 08:51:15 am
Daniel Paulling ‏@DanielPaulling 14h14 hours ago

Something that may only interest me: Six of the past seven national championship-winning QBs were in their first year as a starter.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 14, 2016, 07:13:10 am
The college football recruiting dead period is over and coaches can hit the road. New USC offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper is headed to Columbia, TN Thursday to meet with QB Tylin Oden (6-5 180), a Louisville commitment who is very interested in what Roper and the Gamecocks have to show him.  He will make an official visit with his parents this weekend. (http://sportstalksc.com/index.php/2016/01/14/strecruiting-uscs-roper-to-meet-with-quarterback-thursday)

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Oden said USC assistant Bobby Bentley first contacted him just before the start of the dead period and then he and Roper began to talk and things have heated up from there.

“Me and him have a really good relationship and we were just talking about his resume and how he’s been in the NFL and stuff like that,” Oden said.  “He wanted me to come on an official visit and meet Coach Muschamp.  That’s really all we’ve been talking about.”

Oden is a dual threat quarterback who can burn a defense with his arm and is legs.  From their conversations he gathers that Roper likes what he’s seen of him on film and thinks he can handle what they would throw at him.

“Being in the offense I am I can do just about anything,” Oden said.  “I can throw in the shotgun, I can throw from under center.  I can roll out and throw.  I can hit my intermediate throws and stuff like that.  That’s really what he was talking about, and my athleticism, too.  I can make plays when stuff breaks down.  I think that’s really what stood out to him.”

The Gamecocks have not yet offered Oden but that could change as early as Thursday or this weekend.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 14, 2016, 11:09:18 am
ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC 3h3 hours ago

Lane Kiffin has earned benefit of doubt in picking next Tide QB http://es.pn/1n1RosN

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He’s the reason Alabama is projected to be a playoff team next season despite searching for their third starting QB in three years. He’s the reason Alabama fans are so calm when it comes to replacing running back Derrick Henry. Whether next year's quarterback is Cooper Bateman, Blake Barnett, David Cornwell or a another contender such as true freshman Jalen Hurts, there’s a sense that Kiffin has it covered.

Now he is looking for influence to delay the team bus while holding court.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 15, 2016, 02:47:47 pm
Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello 58m58 minutes ago

Report: Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb plans to visit Auburn. He will be immediately eligible in 2016: http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2016/01/texas_tech_quarterback_davis_webb_plans_to_visit_auburn.html …

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Webb is a graduate transfer and will be immediately eligible at his next stop if he completes nine credit hours of course work at Tech. He finished his career with the Red Raiders with 46 touchdowns and 22 interceptions, and was Patrick Mahomes' backup in 2015.

Auburn struggled at the position throughout its 7-6 finish to the 2015 season as Jeremy Johnson started seven games and Sean White the other six games. Johnson was benched after throwing six interceptions in the first three games -- then tied for the most in the FBS.

Newcomer John Franklin III arrived on campus Sunday and is expected to compete immediately for the starting job.

Franklin III was the backup QB for East Mississippi Community College and was the Seminole's "Nick Marshall" as they prepped for and defeated Auburn in the 2013 season BCS-NCG.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 17, 2016, 11:20:21 am
The Auburn University athletics department officially announced the nine football players that signed Financial Aid Agreement paperwork and began classes Wednesday morning.

The group of nine, which include two junior college transfers and five High School All-America selections, is highlighted by possible 2016 season starter at quarterback. (http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/sports/college/auburnauthority/2016/01/13/auburns-spring-enrollees-feature-multiple-16-starters/78769646)

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The only quarterback in the group is the highly acclaimed John Franklin III, who is expected to compete for the starting job with Jeremy Johnson and Sean White this spring. Franklin III, who begin his career at Florida State and spent last season [as backup QB at] East Mississippi Community College, has already sent out messages via social media that included talking about national championships. Franklin had 16 total touchdowns (nine rushing, seven passing) and 1,184 total yards (733 passing and 451 rushing) this year as he was lined up at quarterback and wide receiver in his one season at EMCC.

“We'll see what happens,” Malzahn said when asked about Franklin III during Birmingham Bowl practices. “He's a talented young man. When we get to the spring we'll cross that bridge when we get there, but he's got a lot of ability.”

Franklin III, who was signed to Florida State by current Auburn wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig, before transferring to East Mississippi Community College, verbally committed to Auburn on Nov. 4.

He was noted for emulating Nick Marshall on the Seminole scout team leading up to their victory over Auburn.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: bigdaddyhawg on January 17, 2016, 12:05:44 pm
The Auburn University athletics department officially announced the nine football players that signed Financial Aid Agreement paperwork and began classes Wednesday morning.

The group of nine, which include two junior college transfers and five High School All-America selections, is highlighted by possible 2016 season starter at quarterback. (http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/sports/college/auburnauthority/2016/01/13/auburns-spring-enrollees-feature-multiple-16-starters/78769646)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CYsPxHTWQAAOnOq.jpg)

He was noted for emulating Nick Marshall on the Seminole scout team leading up to their victory over Auburn.

Well, he's already fitting it great at AU -- talking the talk before he even takes his first snap -- it's what they do at Auburn.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 18, 2016, 12:08:15 pm
Elijah Staley
‏@ES14_

#HailState

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CZBNhHpWEAASnBY.jpg)

Michael Bonner ‏@MikeBBonner 40m40 minutes ago

Howland on Staley: I was really appreciative of his efforts, but I think talking with his dad, his main focus is football.

More on Staley: He really wants to battle for the starting QB position.

Howland said Staley wasn't getting any meaningful reps on the basketball team. Howland couldn't promise Staley any would come either.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 21, 2016, 09:13:36 am
ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC 5m5 minutes ago

Take Two: Which QB had the better year, Chad Kelly or Dak Prescott?  http://es.pn/1npOwq2

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Edward Aschoff: Chad Kelly had the stronger season. Prescott was great -- don’t get me wrong -- but if you look at the overall numbers and complete body of work, Kelly was the SEC’s top quarterback. Now, I know that Prescott’s line wasn’t as strong as Kelly’s, but Kelly also was working with a brand new team and offense...

Kelly finished the season with the third-most total yards in SEC history (4,542) and became just the third SEC quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in a season (4,042). He led the SEC with 31 passing touchdowns...

Greg Ostendorf: ...To me, one stat stands out when you compare these two -- interceptions. Kelly threw 13 on the year while Prescott threw only five. And before I hear about how much Kelly slings it and how you have to throw some interceptions if you want to make plays, Prescott finished with more passing attempts.

Taking care of the ball should be priority No. 1 for a quarterback, and for that reason, QBs should be rewarded for protecting the football.

Sure, Prescott didn’t rush for as many yards or touchdowns -- though his 588 yards and 10 touchdowns were second only to Joshua Dobbs among SEC quarterbacks -- but that’s because he didn’t have to. He was a better passer. He threw for more yards (3,793), more touchdowns (29), fewer interceptions (5) and his completion percentage went from 61 to 66 percent.

And as good as De’Runnya Wilson and Fred Ross were this past season, Kelly had the advantage when it came to his targets. Can you imagine the numbers Prescott would have put up if he had Laquon Treadwell to throw to?
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 22, 2016, 06:49:14 am
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 9h9 hours ago

#Alabama coaches are encouraged about Blake Barnett. Here's why: http://ow.ly/XnyQa 

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"He kind of showed some of the speed that he has," fellow redshirt freshman Deionte Thompson said of Barnett, whom ESPN ranked as the top dual-threat quarterback and 14th-best overall prospect in last year's recruiting class. "I was just like, 'Wow.' Not too many quarterbacks do that against our defense. I know it's practice. But still, that he was able to do that, that was pretty impressive."

Serving as a scout team quarterback, Barnett had periodic eye-catching moments like that in practice throughout the year against Alabama's first-team defense despite working with mostly fellow freshmen and walk-ons, enough that Tide All-American linebacker Reggie Ragland said the California native is "going to be a monster."

"Once he learns everything and gets stronger and all that stuff and does the things he has to do, he's going to be a monster in college football," Ragland said of Barnett, who will be among the players competing to replace departing senior Jake Coker as Alabama's starting quarterback.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 22, 2016, 06:51:08 am
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 10h10 hours ago

Signing day preview: What does #Auburn's quarterback situation look like? http://ow.ly/XnkNo 

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Position: Quarterback

Coming back: Jeremy Johnson, started seven games in 2015, senior; Sean White, started six games in 2014; sophomore; Tyler Queen, redshirt-freshman

Leaving: Tucker Tuberville, walk-on

Currently committed: John Franklin III, early enrollee, 3-star athlete in 247Sports Composite; Woody Barrett, 4-star dual threat

What Auburn needs: Consistency was missing at the quarterback position and was the major reason for Auburn's offensive woes and overall disappointing season in 2015. Finding one reliable hand behind the center this off-season will be paramount in what will be a pivotal year in Gus Malzahn's coaching tenure at Auburn.

Though both Jeremy Johnson and Sean White have said they intend to stay at Auburn, there will certainly be a wide open competition in the spring, which will include early enrollee John Franklin III, who many believe is in the best position to earn the starting job.

The theory that Gus Malzahn must have a dual-threat quarterback in order to have offensive success will likely be put to the test as Franklin wants to "be the guy right away" for the Tigers.

Four-star prospect Woody Barrett is also committed and will likely be a longer term candidate for the starting job.

Tyler Queen, who redshirted while recovering from surgery this season, will return.

While adding another signal caller is not completely out of the question, it appears unlikely.

Assuming all five quarterbacks are indeed still on the roster come the fall, Auburn will have a senior (Johnson), junior (Franklin), sophomore (White), redshirt-freshman (Queen) and true freshman (Barrett).
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 22, 2016, 01:00:54 pm
Dave Matter ‏@Dave_Matter 14h14 hours ago

Curtis Wilson, dad of new Missouri QB commit Micah Wilson, started on same Mizzou O-line as Andy Lock, dad of QB Drew Lock, in late 1980s
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 23, 2016, 01:23:15 pm
Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC  42m42 minutes ago
Greg McElroy already has favorite in Alabama’s 2016 QB battle http://sec.news/1JsSxDM

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With Jake Coker out of the picture, McElroy said one of three players will take the most important spot on the team: Blake Barnett, Cooper Bateman and David Cornwell.

Earlier this week, we projected Barnett as the winner. McElroy agreed.

“If I were to guess, I might lean toward Blake Barnett,” McElroy said on Saturday’s broadcast. “He’s a young kid that has some stuff, and he was exceptional on scout team this year, giving these guys a really nice look.”

Added ESPN’s Joe Tessitore: “He’s extraordinarily athletic. He can give them a completely different dimension than what Jake Coker offered up.”

McElroy acknowledged Tide fans will be seeing a “different-look offense” no matter what, and offered an alternative scenario in which Bateman — who started against Ole Miss this past September — wins the job.

“If he’s the quarterback, he’s more athletic than what we’ve seen from Jake Coker,” McElroy said...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 25, 2016, 05:19:38 pm
ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC 9h9 hours ago

SEC 2015 position rankings: Quarterback http://es.pn/1OS5VOy

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3. Arkansas: Who had Brandon Allen as the SEC’s third-best quarterback this season? (sic) He had always been efficient in years past, but he was more of a game manager. Not this year. Allen threw for 3,440 yards and 30 touchdowns, and there were multiple times where he put his team on his back and carried them to victory. In fact, he led the conference in Total QBR (87.8).

14. Missouri: No team in the SEC threw for fewer yards than Missouri
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 27, 2016, 08:02:35 am
David Morrison ‏@DavidCMorrison 2h2 hours ago

Printz's departure leaves MU with 2 scholarship QBs active and in good standing on the roster: Drew Lock and Marvin Zanders.


Eddie Printz, Jr. is transferring from Mizzou.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 28, 2016, 12:57:31 pm
 Dave Matter ‏@Dave_Matter 8m8 minutes ago

Mizzou QB signees from 2006-13

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Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 28, 2016, 01:52:41 pm
Jon Hale ‏@JonHale_CJ 2h2 hours ago

New Story | QBs Stephen Johnson, Gunnar Hoak expect to compete for starting job http://cjky.it/1SMpiP6

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UK head coach Mark Stoops announced Barker would enter spring as the Wildcats’ No. 1 quarterback after he started the final two games of a 5-7 season. Quarterbacks Patrick Towles and Reese Phillips decided that vote of confidence in Barker was enough to necessitate a transfer, but California juco Stephen Johnson was promised the opportunity to compete for the job in spring practice.

Barker and Johnson are joined on campus by freshman early enrollee Gunnar Hoak, a four-star recruit according to ESPN.com.

During his introductory news conference, Hinshaw noted he has started a true freshman quarterback before, seemingly opening the door for Hoak to also factor in the competition this spring.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 28, 2016, 08:01:14 pm
Dave Matter ‏@Dave_Matter 8m8 minutes ago

Mizzou QB signees from 2006-13

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Dave Matter ‏@Dave_Matter  8h8 hours ago
Missouri is left with two scholarship QBs for spring practices: Lock & Zanders. Micah Wilson joins the group this summer.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 30, 2016, 05:40:44 pm
Despite all the smiles, the Aggies have encountered plenty of headwinds during the recruiting process this winter. They have had to try to overcome another mediocre showing in SEC play (4-4 and 11-13 over the past three seasons), two surprising quarterback transfers and uncertainty, real or perceived, about Sumlin's future as coach. (http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/college-football/article/Texas-A-M-enters-stretch-run-for-signing-day-6791475.php)

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In December and before the Aggies' Music City Bowl loss to Louisville, A&M lost two five-star quarterbacks in sophomore Kyle Allen and freshman Kyler Murray - each the proclaimed starter at the time of his transfer.

Allen wound up at the University of Houston, and Murray transferred to Oklahoma, and both players either publicly or privately cited trust issues regarding their time with the Aggies without getting specific.

Meanwhile on the all's-fair-in-love-and-recruiting front, former A&M walk-on quarterback Jordan Traylor, Allen's roommate in Aggieland, is now a graduate assistant at Texas, where his father Jeff is tight ends coach, meaning the Longhorns now have a direct pipeline into knowing what Allen's troubles were with the Aggies...

Sumlin also released offensive coordinator Jake Spavital and replaced him with Noel Mazzone, who held the same position at UCLA.

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on January 31, 2016, 09:42:20 pm
AP Top 25 ‏@AP_Top25  12h12 hours ago
SEC West QBs Prescott, Coker and Allen helped South to Senior Bowl win: http://apne.ws/1KOE0NQ 

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Allen passed for a game-high 106 yards, including a couple of on-target deep balls. Prescott threw for 61 yards and a touchdown with both teams rotating their four quarterbacks after each quarter.

Both were 7 of 10 passing.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 01, 2016, 02:06:27 pm
Jim Kleinpeter ‏@JimKleinpeter Jan 31

Lindsey Scott Jr.'s commitment gives #LSU a QB with unique qualities: James Smith @LSUfball http://s.nola.com/0A3lOcN

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Scott stands just under 6-feet tall, by no means the "prototypical" height one would look for in a quarterback, but he plays much bigger than that

Scott also possesses intelligence and a high football IQ. He processes things so quickly that he sets himself apart from most by his ability to analyze, understand and ultimately execute on what he determines is best for each situation. He has a photographic memory and his understanding of the game allows him to adapt under fire. Scott is one of two quarterbacks I would put in this elite category that I have spent time around, the nation's No. 1 signal caller, Shea Patterson (Ole Miss commitment), is the other.

Scott Jr. has everything you want in a quarterback, excluding a couple of inches.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 03, 2016, 06:27:24 am
Wesley Sinor ‏@WesleySinor 6m6 minutes ago

John Franklin III aims to be Auburn's starting quarterback http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2016/02/john_franklin_iii_aims_to_be_a.html … via @bmarcello

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Franklin will be inserted immediately into Auburn's battle at quarterback. His early enrollment gives the former Florida State player two months to digest the playbook before spring practices and the drama begins among Franklin, Jeremy Johnson and Sean White.

Auburn needs a dual-threat quarterback and Franklin is expected to be  one of only two who fit the bill on the roster in the fall. Considering Auburn's struggles at the position last season with Johnson and White, Franklin III will be the favorite to win the job in the spring or when preseason camp arrives in August.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 03, 2016, 06:59:56 am
Wesley Sinor ‏@WesleySinor 6m6 minutes ago

John Franklin III aims to be Auburn's starting quarterback http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2016/02/john_franklin_iii_aims_to_be_a.html … via @bmarcello

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Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 37s37 seconds ago

It’s official: Four-star quarterback Woody Barrett signs with Auburn http://sec.news/1R1Ejey
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 03, 2016, 04:01:13 pm
Chandler Rome ‏@Chandler_Rome 2h2 hours ago

#LSU QB Brandon Harris is here watching Lindsey Scott sign his papers

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Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 04, 2016, 11:37:00 am
QB Jacob Eason choosing to embrace ‘great expectations’

Sitting on a stool on one side of the room was quarterback Jacob Eason, who was virtually hidden from view due to the crush of reporters and cameras that surrounded him. (https://www.dawgnation.com/football/recruiting/qb-jacob-eason-choosing-to-embrace-great-expectations)

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Bulldogs and their newly-minted crop of freshmen get busy on preparing for the 2016 season. Eason, the No. 1-rated quarterback in America and a household name before ever taking a snap in college football, will be a major part of the narrative from now on.

“Obviously, as a young kid I’m going to want to live up to it and be the great quarterback and stuff. But that’s a longshot,” he said on Wednesday afternoon as Georgia made his available for interviews for the first time as a freshman enrollee. “I want to be the guy that comes in and works my hardest and does the best that I can to fill my potential. Yeah, I look at the expectations and they’re great and people have high hopes for me. I’m going to do the best I can to fulfill them. But that just means a lot of hard work.”

Eason is saying and doing all the right things so far. He acknowledges that Georgia already has two seasoned quarterbacks on the roster in Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey and that him beating them out to become the Bulldogs’ starter is not a given. He said both players have been gracious and helpful and have wholeheartedly accepted him as a friend and comrade, not a threatening competitor.

In the meantime, Kirby Smart and the Georgia coaches have stepped in to serve as a sort of protective shield from the heat of expectations. Smart said how Eason performs from this point forward is more their responsibility and Eason.

“The pressure’s not on Jacob; the pressure’s on me,” Smart said during his signing day debriefing on Wednesday. “I’m the first-year head coach. The pressure is on me and (offensive coordinator Jim) Chaney to protect him..."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 05, 2016, 07:41:32 am
Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman Feb 3 College Station, TX

Sumlin on QB Nick Starkel: He has a tremendous upside. He’s a tall, rangy guy (6-3, 185) who’s going to need to put on a little weight.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 05, 2016, 08:34:59 am
Suzanne Halliburton ‏@suzhalliburton Feb 3

Kevin Sumlin on Trevor Knight, the transfer QB from OU: "He's filling a void in leadership that we need."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 05, 2016, 09:07:54 am
#MIZNSD16 ‏@MizzouFootball 14h14 hours ago

.@coachjoshheupel on today's signee Jack Lowary: He has a big arm & throws a great deep ball. He really improved his feet in junior college
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 05, 2016, 10:02:19 am
Austin Appleby ‏@AAppleby12 16h16 hours ago

The QB crew! Great group of guys gonna do big things this year!  #QBs #GatorNation

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Apparently Treon Harris was not available for the photo
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 07, 2016, 07:18:32 am
Austin Appleby ‏@AAppleby12 16h16 hours ago

The QB crew! Great group of guys gonna do big things this year!  #QBs #GatorNation

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Apparently Treon Harris was not available for the photo

SEC Network ‏@SECNetwork 12h12 hours ago

Now starting... at WR?

#Gators QB Treon Harris working out at wide receiver. http://es.pn/1SUWd2D

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Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 07, 2016, 07:37:52 am
Jimmy Hyams: A reason to believe in SEC QBs in 2016 (http://gridironnow.com/chad-kelly-a-reason-to-believe-in-sec-qbs)

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For a conference that won an eighth national championship in 10 seasons, went 9-2 in the postseason and scored at least 38 points in seven of those games, the SEC didn’t exactly dazzle the nation with its quarterback play.

Only four SEC quarterbacks averaged at least 200 passing yards per game and only six were in the top 60 in pass efficiency. And a stunning nine SEC quarterbacks were benched during the season for poor play or suspension. Only Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee stayed with the same signal-caller the entire season.

SEC is losing three solid quarterbacks — Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott, Arkansas’ Brandon Allen and Coker – the league could be improved at the most important position on the field. Nine schools return quarterbacks with starting experience. And when it comes to quarterbacks SEC had a huge National Signing Day.

SEC schools signed the top two pro-style passers and three of the top five. Ole Miss’ Shea Patterson and Georgia’s Jacob Eason were ranked first and second, respectively, and Florida’s Feleipe Franks was fifth. In addition, SEC schools signed the top three dual-threat quarterbacks — in order, Tennessee’s Jarrett Guarantano, South Carolina’s Brandon McIlwain and Alabama’s Jalen Hurts. The best part: Five of the six (all but Guarantano) enrolled early.

Arkansas: Brandon Allen, who led the SEC in pass efficiency, is a huge loss. Hogs coach Bret Bielema said Wednesday during his NSD news conference that Austin Allen — Brandon’s younger brother — is the clear front-runner. Ricky Town, rated the No. 2 pocket passer in the class of 2015 and a transfer from USC, also could get in the mix.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 11, 2016, 01:05:05 pm
...Les Miles’ silence about Jennings? The coach hasn’t brought up his name in discussing the starting quarterback battle, mentioning only Brandon Harris and Danny Etling when talking about it recently.

That’s a pretty good sign that Jennings continues to slip down the depth chart. Things just haven’t been the same for him since his arrest last summer. Many had predicted he’d transfer after the fall, but that didn’t happen. Will he transfer after spring? That’s always a possibility. (http://blogs.theadvocate.com/tigertracks/lsu-twitter-mailbag-you-asked-about-quarterbacks-rbs-coach-and-more)
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 14, 2016, 04:59:38 pm
Jacob Eason has only been at UGA for a month as an early enrollee, but the highly-touted quarterback is already entrenching himself in the Bulldogs culture.

The five-star quarterback has been spending time with the team’s most recent star quarterback, Aaron Murray, who is now a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.  (https://www.seccountry.com/georgia/jacob-eason-is-spending-time-with-ugas-last-star-qb)

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Eason will be in competition with Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey when spring football starts in March.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 17, 2016, 11:57:40 am
Patrick Brown ‏@patrickbrownTFP 5h5 hours ago

Is Josh Dobbs going through with playing baseball this spring? Update here from Dave Serrano:...

Not sure what all he's going through.

But Dobbs is not scheduled to play baseball for the Vols this spring.


Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 17, 2016, 02:50:58 pm
Ross Dellenger ‏@RossDellenger 47s47 seconds ago

Les Miles says Brandon Harris is throwing and should be fully recovered from surgery by the time #LSU's spring begins March 7.


No word on Jennings
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 19, 2016, 12:08:53 pm
Chris Low: Chad Kelly ready to lead Ole Miss (http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/14765603/chad-kelly-ready-more-success-ole-miss-rebels)

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OXFORD, Miss. -- Chad Kelly's immaturity at Clemson cost him. He's the first to admit it and regrets his behavior.

SEC has been a haven for second-chance quarterbacks during the years...

"I think we've been a good fit for Chad, and he's been a good fit for us," Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said.

Good enough that Kelly returns for his senior season as the premier quarterback in the SEC...

Kelly said there's no doubt in his mind that the Rebels will produce even more on offense in 2016 because of his knowledge of the playbook and his comfort level in the pocket. With the Rebels losing both starting tackles, including Laremy Tunsil, he said it's important the offensive line develops the right kind of chemistry, but it helps that several younger players got playing time last season when Tunsil was serving his seven-game suspension. Plus, incoming freshman Greg Little was the No. 1-ranked tackle prospect in the country...

Ole Miss would rival Tennessee for team with least controversy heading into 2016. They do have 5-star Shea Patterson ready to be the fanbase's favorite backup if he is not explicitly redshirted.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 19, 2016, 06:59:18 pm
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 1h1 hour ago

Jalen Hurts helped #Alabama prepare for Clemson. Now he's ready to compete for the QB job: http://ow.ly/Yxd2m 

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In his first week on Alabama's campus, Hurts earned the difficult task of imitating Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson in the lead up to the national championship game...

The willingness to jump right into a stressful situation should serve Hurts during his time in Tuscaloosa. The dual-threat quarterback will compete for the starting role this spring in a crowded, but open competition. Cooper Bateman, last year's backup, and Blake Barnett are the presumed favorites though Hurts and David Cornwell could be in the mix to be Alabama's starter when it opens the season against USC in Dallas.

Hurts could have gone elsewhere and walked into an easier situation, an easier path to becoming the starter. Texas A&M made a heavy late push for the four-star quarterback after a rash of transfers left its quarterback depth depleted. He stuck with his Alabama commitment...

 AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 3h3 hours ago

Take a look at #Alabama's quarterback position group heading into spring practice: http://ow.ly/YSZ4M 

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Departed:

— Jake Coker (3,110 yards, 21 TDs, eight INTs, 66.9 completion percentage), Alec Morris (1 of 1, six yards)

Projected spring depth chart:

QB1: Redshirt junior Cooper Bateman

QB2: Redshirt freshman Blake Barnett

QB3: Redshirt sophomore David Cornwell

QB4: Freshman Jalen Hurts

New in spring: Hurts

Outlook: Alabama will have a first-year starter for the third straight year.

It does, however, return multiple quarterbacks that people inside the program are optimistic about.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 20, 2016, 11:14:50 am
Signs continue to point toward a change in LSU’s offense.

The Tigers extended an offer to the nation’s No. 5 dual-threat quarterback, Kellen Mond. (https://www.seccountry.com/louisiana-state/lsu-offers-nations-no-5-dual-threat-quarterback)

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6-foot-2, 201-pound quarterback is the latest dual-threat prospect to pick up an offer from LSU, joining the top Tigers target Lowell Narcisse.

LSU continues to try and add more athletic quarterbacks as the offense shifts toward a more spread attack. Class of 2016 signee Lindsey Scott Jr. was the first sign of a changing offense, as Cam Cameron is expected to have a greater impact on the offense, more specifically in terms of on-the-field principles and quarterback targets.

Mond is rated as the No. 21 prospect out of Florida...

Ron Higgins ‏@RonHigg 13h13 hours ago

ESPN reveals some statisical elements about LSU QBs @dandydonlsu   http://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2016/02/espn_reveals_some_statisical_e.html …

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Tigers' quarterbacks Brandon Harris started every game last season and one game in 2014, and is 9-4 as starter. Jennings started the Outback Bowl in 2013, 11 games in 2014 and none last year, and is 8-4.

Two things the stats revealed were Harris throws a more effective deep ball and spreads the ball around better than Jennings.

Other interesting facets revealed by the stats were Harris had his highest quarterback rating on third down while having his lowest completion percentage of any down on third down. Also, he has just a 52,8 (sic) QB rating on downs where the Tigers needed 6-to-10 yards to achieve a first down or touchdown.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 20, 2016, 11:19:30 am
Quarterback certainly was a weakness for Florida last season, but it’s too early to say what the future holds at the position with a new batch of QBs -- including graduate transfer Austin Appleby, Luke Del Rio and freshmen Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask -- competing for the job. (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/114623/strongestweakest-positions-for-sec-contenders-florida-gators)

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lorida’s line play generally was as bad as its quarterback play last year, paving the way for the Gators to rank 111th nationally in total offense (334 yards per game) and average just 3.5 yards per rushing attempt. They also surrendered 46 sacks -- nine more than the next closest SEC team -- with their average of 3.29 sacks allowed per game ranking 121st nationally.

The Gators dealt with depth problems and injuries up front last season, so it would not be a surprise to see things turn in a more positive direction in Year 2 under Jim McElwain. The Gators started three freshmen (led by Martez Ivey) and a sophomore in their bowl loss to Michigan, so there obviously is plenty of room for growth. Until we see it, though, the line will be a major question mark for Florida.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 20, 2016, 11:25:43 am
When the subject of SEC instant-impact early enrollees arises, Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason’s name is typically one of the first to come up in the conversation. (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/114617/take-two-secs-most-intriguing-early-enrollees)

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hat’s completely understandable, as the Bulldogs struggled at the position for much of last season and Eason was one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the 2016 recruiting class.

We’ll soon learn where Eason stands in the Bulldogs’ quarterback competition...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 20, 2016, 11:56:41 am
Auburn’s disappointing quarterback play was one of the top storylines of the 2015 SEC season, and many Tigers fans believe dual-threat prospect Franklin might be the guy who brings life back to Gus Malzahn’s offense. The former Florida State signee certainly can add the running threat that Auburn lacked at the position last year. (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/114617/take-two-secs-most-intriguing-early-enrollees)

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Tigers return Jeremy Johnson, Sean White and Tyler Queen from last year and will add signee Woody Barrett to the mix this summer – creating a competition that Malzahn has described as “wide open.”

Malzahn’s offense has typically functioned most effectively when the Tigers have a running threat at quarterback –
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 22, 2016, 06:25:41 pm
Adam Sparks ‏@AdamSparks 8h8 hours ago

Derek Mason wants Kyle Shurmur to earn starting job. "We've got a QB battle. (Last year) left Kyle in No. 1 spot, but we have to make sure"

Adam Sparks ‏@AdamSparks 9h9 hours ago

Spring post-practice observation: @VandyFootball QB Kyle Shurmur is a good interview.

tnsports ‏@tnsports Feb 24

Kyle Shurmur ready for #Vandy 'QB battle' if there really is one, @AdamSparks writes http://tnne.ws/1SVGthw 

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Vanderbilt’s Kyle Shurmur is in a “quarterback battle” in spring practice. Whether that’s a real competition or merely for motivation of a young player, it doesn’t matter to him.

“I knew coming in that it’s always going to be a competition with yourself and with other people,” Shurmur said. “I have always known it’s a competition, so that doesn’t surprise me at all.”

Coach Derek Mason previewed spring practice last week by saying Shurmur was in a “quarterback competition.” That could be lip service to keep the young quarterback on his toes, especially when compared to the coach’s comments following last season’s finale loss at Tennessee. That’s when Mason said, “I believe Vanderbilt has found a quarterback in Kyle Shurmur.”

On Monday, Mason clarified the quarterback competition by saying Shurmur needs to earn the job on his current progress rather than the performances from his freshman year.

Shurmur started five of the final six games of the 2015 season, after making his debut in the seventh game. He took the job from former starter Johnny McCrary, who announced in January that he plans to transfer this summer.

So it seems like Shurmur should be the surefire starter. He’s competing with Wade Freebeck, Shawn Stankavage and Deuce Wallace in spring.

Freebeck started four games as a freshman in 2014, but he only played in a win over Austin Peay last season. Stankavage has not played in two years on campus, and he was limited by injuries last year. Wallace, a former Sevier County standout, signed and enrolled in January as a true freshman.

Despite the lack of experienced competitors, Shurmur believes he must develop further in spring to secure the starting job.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 24, 2016, 05:06:43 pm
David Morrison ‏@DavidCMorrison Feb 23

On the blog: We begin our annual spring MU position primers with the quarterbacks- http://bit.ly/1p1Z4fe .

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 26, 2016, 07:47:30 am
 Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 19h19 hours ago

Brandon Allen thinks his little brother has a good shot of winning Arkansas QB competition http://sec.news/20XrTFD

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Austin is thought to be the favorite to take over the role of starting QB, the position his brother held for the past three seasons. Brandon thinks Austin has a good shot of winning the job.

“He’s been the backup for two years, so he has the experience,” Brandon said to a group of reporters at the NFL combine. “He’s a good player. He’s a tough player. He’s very smart and he’ll be able to win that job, but they aren’t going to hand it to him. The other QBs are trying to win that spot just like he is.”

The biggest competitor will likely be transfer Ricky Town, a former four-star recruit from California.

Austin will also battle it out for the top of the Razorbacks’ depth chart against Rafe Peavey, Ty Storey and Cole Kelley.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 26, 2016, 08:11:42 am
 Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 13h13 hours ago

QB Joshua Dobbs: #Vols can’t focus on ‘misrepresentations’ of their program: http://bit.ly/1oDFQw3 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CcGn4WCWIAA1yCE.jpg)

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Dobbs, who recently completed his junior season and has established himself as the Vols’ starting quarterback, said he and his teammates need to focus on the things they can control — their performance on and off the field — rather than allegations in an ongoing Title IX civil lawsuit into the athletic department’s culture regarding women.

No Tennessee players have been criminally convicted of sex-related crimes during coach Butch Jones’ three-plus-year tenure, but there have been several allegations and at least two cases featuring a total of three former players haven’t been settled, and several of the incidents that didn’t result in criminal charges have reappeared in connection with the ongoing civil case.

Dobbs, whose abilities on the field as a player and off the field as an aerospace engineering major have brought countless hours of good publicity for the Tennessee program, said the players need to keep their focus where it belongs — on the things they can control.

Dobbs didn’t diminish the nature of the ongoing investigation, though, saying the “hearts and prayers” of everyone on the team are with any woman who was sexually assaulted.

“Our hearts and our prayers go out to them,” Dobbs said. “We understand the consequences of peoples’ mistakes that they’ve had. Our hearts and prayers go out to them.

“We pray for them. Hopefully they get peace.”

...

“I mean, you just go out to McDonald’s, and everyone knows how you are. You have to be smart. You have to understand the situation you’re in, the situation that you’ve been placed in, the opportunity you’ve been blessed with, and you have to turn that into a positive.

“You have to use the platform, to use the voice that you have to influence people positively instead of negatively.”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 26, 2016, 09:49:05 am
A&M can’t get Manziel back, but they do have a QB in Trevor Knight who shredded the Tide in the 2014 Sugar Bowl.  (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/114815/chasing-alabama-texas-am-aggies)

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Knight, a graduate transfer from Oklahoma, threw for 348 yards and four touchdowns in that game, a 45-31 win for the Sooners. And Knight will have plenty of weapons at his disposal next fall, including All-SEC freshman Christian Kirk.

Knight is an obvious X-factor, seeing as how he will likely be Texas A&M’s starting quarterback next fall, but how about another ex-Sooner, Keith Ford? Also, who knows what to expect from Knight?
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 27, 2016, 06:21:21 pm
t’s easy for new Kentucky quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw to tell you what he looks for in his starting quarterback.
“No. 1, he he has to have a motion and can throw the ball accurately,” he said. “Believe me, I’m very picky with that. If you don’t have that motion … everything else I can fix. (http://www.vaughtsviews.com/2016/02/throwing-motion-top-priority-for-new-uk-qb-coach)

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The proper throwing motion is his No. 1 thing and obviously UK quarterbacks Drew Barker and Gunnar Hoak have that because Hinshaw tried to recruit them at Cincinnati. Same for junior college quarterback Stephen Johnson because Hinshaw recruited him after he got to UK.
“I’ve studied the motion for a long time. Looking at the NFL guys, the ones that have success, (that’s) what they all have in common. The ones that didn’t have success didn’t have it in common. Through the process I’ve been able to recruit really good quarterbacks,” Hinshaw said.
“Aaron Rodgers has unbelievable motion. All my film I do everything off of is from Drew Brees. His footwork and I got (film of him) when he was at Purdue doing all the drills. Peyton Manning has a very good motion. Tom Brady has very good motion. That’s what they call them gunslingers.”
“They guys that have success have good motion and that’s why they have good success.”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 28, 2016, 01:32:03 pm
For the first time in years, Mississippi State will have a true quarterback competition in the spring. (http://maroonandwhitenation.com/2016/01/04/who-is-the-lead-man-to-replace-dak-prescott-at-quarterback)

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Is it a four man race between Nick Fitzgerald, Elijah Staley, Damien Williams and Nick Tiano; or does one man stand above the rest?

Here are 10 SEC players who should begin to garner attention when 2016 spring practices get started. (https://www.seccountry.com/sec-news/10-underrated-sec-players-to-watch-for-in-spring-practice)

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Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Mississippi State – After two years on the sideline behind Dak Prescott, the Bulldogs offense will be led by Fitzgerald in 2016, and there’s reason to think the 6-foot-5 redshirt sophomore will do well with the opportunity.

In limited action in 2015, he completed 11 of 14 passes with three touchdowns, albeit against schools like Northwestern State and Troy. Still, spring practices will be a great chance for the giant, big-armed passer to show what he has and establish himself as the new leader in Starkville.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on February 29, 2016, 01:43:03 pm
Every year, recruit one, and usually only one, quarterback.

Rare is the situation where a staff takes a second, or a passer wants to find himself being the second quarterback in the class. This year, South Carolina seemed to poke around the idea after four-star Brandon McIlwain was signed as an early enrollee, but nothing came of it. (http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-recruiting/article57828198.html)

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South Carolina didn’t see much attrition at the position, as passers from the past three recruiting classes are still on campus, plus former walk-on Perry Orth. But none showed a consistent ability to get and stay on the field, and some could be transfer candidates depending how spring practice goes.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 01, 2016, 09:51:38 am
A&M: It's Time to Make a Change; Time to Turn the Pange (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/114875/texas-am-turns-the-page-at-quarterback)

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The first spring practice of Texas A&M's 2016 campaign began like almost every spring practice before it in the Kevin Sumlin era -- with much of the attention on the quarterbacks.

As team stretching concluded and players broke off into position groups for drills on Monday, about a dozen media members followed the passers, affixing their eyes on the group that included Oklahoma graduate transfer Trevor Knight and Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl starter Jake Hubenak.

This is Sumlin’s fifth spring in Aggieland, and it’s the fourth one in which the starting quarterback is unknown. It includes a notable first: The battle will be between a senior (Knight) and a junior (Hubenak). Every other preseason quarterback competition involved mostly sophomores and freshmen.

“It’s good,” Sumlin said of that dynamic. “They’re mature guys. They’re handling things pretty well. For older guys, they’re still new guys.”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 01, 2016, 05:59:35 pm
Tennessee’s 2016 Quarterbacks: Joshua Dobbs, Quinten Dormady and Sheriron Jones (https://www.seccountry.com/tennessee/tennssee-spring-football-preview-quarterbacks)

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In terms of quality talent, Tennessee is deeper at quarterback than it has been in a decade. Of course, the starting quarterback job belongs to Dobbs. He’ll be a senior with 22 starts under his belt entering the 2016 season. Dobbs is considered one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC and has even been mentioned as a longshot to win the Heisman Trophy. While that’s all great, Dobbs can still grow as a passer. His legacy entering his senior season is a great runner who can miss wide-open receivers by a large margin....

Vols may be grooming Dormady for the future, but they may need the sophomore much sooner than that. With the amount of hits that Dobbs takes in the running game, Dormady had better be ready...

Jones is the unknown among the group. He was playing catch-up all of last season since he enrolled in the summer...

This is Dobbs’ team. It would take an injury or a massive team derailment to change that. However, it’s time for him to prove he can be a more consistent passer.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 02, 2016, 09:08:18 am
ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC 4m4 minutes ago

Which SEC quarterbacks will be most difficult to replace in 2016? http://es.pn/1TS08Oq

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1. ARKANSAS: On one hand, Arkansas has some promising options to replace Allen. On the other, there is a tremendous experience void since he took nearly every snap last season. Allen handled the ball on 454 action plays while passing for 3,440 yards, 30 touchdowns and eight interceptions. His backup, younger brother Austin Allen, posted a 71.5 QBR while handling all of three action plays. Perhaps the younger Allen is the favorite since he has been around longer, but redshirt freshmen Ricky Town and Ty Storey should make this a battle despite their lack of college experience.

2. MISSISSIPPI STATE: The Bulldogs’ offense for the last two-plus season was essentially the Dak Prescott Show...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 03, 2016, 10:54:47 am
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 44m44 minutes ago

Let's talk #Alabama, #Auburn spring QB competitions with @mattscalici on http://AL.com  All-Access: http://ow.ly/Z1SLG

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Quarterback derbies seem to have become an annual occurrence at Alabama and Auburn, somewhat surprising considering the sustained success at Alabama in recent years and Gus Malzahn's reputation as an offensive guru.

There are a number of factors that have played into the lack of multi-year starters at quarterback for Alabama and Auburn, but some of it may come down to a common factor the two programs face every year: pressure.

For Alabama, the days of starting a youngster at quarterback, suffering through growing pains, and hoping it all adds up to success down the road seem to be a thing of the past. Nick Saban knows he has the talent to compete for national championships every year. Why settle for a "rebuilding year" when you have the talent to win it all every year?

At Auburn, the pressure is a bit different, though related.

As we saw in 2015, in Gus Malzahn's HUNH offense, the quarterback isn't just an important cog in the machine. He's the engine the drives it all. Without the right quarterback, the offense sputters to a halt and Auburn's defense simply hasn't been good enough in recent years to make up the difference.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 03, 2016, 12:46:21 pm
David Cloninger ‏@DCTheState Mar 2

15 keys to Muschamp's first season: QBs have to be more on target -- http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/josh-kendall-blog/article63375342.html …

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It’s a safe bet first-year offensive coordinator Kurt Roper is going to base a lot of his decision about the starting quarterback on completion percentage. The Gamecocks’ new passing game, like all passing games really, is very reliant on hitting a lot of throws.

Last season, the Gamecocks’ quarterbacks completion percentages broke down like this: Lorenzo Nunez (61.5), Perry Orth (54.8), Connor Mitch (44.8).

South Carolina’s team completion percentage of 54.4 percent ranked 11th in the SEC. The Gamecocks have 15 spring practices for Roper to figure out which passer is the best choice to keep that number higher than 60 over the course of a season.

“We use spread principle runs, but we still teach the same passing game we taught Eli (Manning at Ole Miss),” Roper said.

Roper will take a long look at all five scholarship quarterbacks on the roster this spring – Connor Mitch, Brandon McIlwain, Lorenzo Nunez, Perry Orth and Michael Scarnecchia. Mitch, Nunez and Orth have starting experience, while Scarnecchia has limited snaps and McIlwain just arrived from high school.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 04, 2016, 05:31:31 pm
 Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 3h3 hours ago

Predicting the SEC quarterbacks in 2016: The sure things, the safe bets and the long shots http://sec.news/1TwyWqb

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The Sure Things:

Brandon Harris – LSU
Drew Lock – Missouri
Chad Kelly – Ole Miss
Joshua Dobbs – Tennessee

The Safe Bets:

John Franklin III – Auburn
Drew Barker – Kentucky
Nick Fitzgerald — Mississippi State
Trevor Knight – Texas A&M
Kyle Shurmur – Vanderbilt

The Long Shots:

David Cornwell – Alabama
Ricky Town – Arkansas
Austin Appleby – Florida
Jacob Eason – UGA
Brandon McIlwain – South Carolina
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 06, 2016, 07:43:41 am
Last but not least in the minds of LSU fans everywhere is the quarterback position. (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/114995/five-lsu-position-battles-to-watch-in-spring-practice)

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Can anyone truly threaten Brandon Harris' status as the starting quarterback? That is one of the biggest questions of the spring. Harris enjoyed a solid first half last season, his first as the LSU starter, before fading down the stretch. Talent-wise, the junior is more than capable of developing into a solid SEC quarterback, but he needs to become a more consistent performer -- assuming he holds onto the job at all. Purdue transfer Danny Etling is now eligible after sitting out last season, while senior Anthony Jennings (LSU's 2014 starter) and redshirt freshman Justin McMillan are also available to compete this spring. Additionally, signee Lindsey Scott will enter the picture this summer. This is probably still Harris' job to lose, but LSU will be better off if the other quarterbacks push him to raise his game over the next several months.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 06, 2016, 01:55:05 pm
Five SEC quarterbacks that need a successful spring like a fat man needs cake (https://www.seccountry.com/sec-news/5-sec-quarterbacks-that-need-a-successful-spring)

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Luke Del Rio, Florida
Florida’s quarterback situation is far from settled after Will Grier announced his transfer intentions and Treon Harris’ transfer of positions, but Del Rio is considered the front-runner for the Gators’ quarterback job.

After sitting all of the 2015 season, the Alabama and Oregon State transfer...

Blake Barnett, Alabama

Another season, another early quarterback battle for coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. While junior Cooper Bateman and sophomore David Cornwell have spent more time practicing in the system, redshirt freshman Blake Barnett ...

Brandon Harris, LSU

Brandon Harris can be expected to start the season atop the Tigers’ depth chart for the Tigers. That doesn’t mean he can’t end up being supplanted ...

Jeremy Johnson, Auburn

Whether Johnson is the frontrunner for Auburn’s quarterback job remains to be seen. After last season’s game of musical chairs under center, it’s nearly impossible to project what coach Gus Malzahn will do...

Austin Allen, Arkansas
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 08, 2016, 04:47:55 pm
Tigers have to throw the ball better in 2016. Whether it's junior Brandon Harris, or Danny Etling figures out a way to dethrone the incumbent, success must come from the quarterback position.

If it does … LSU could be unstoppable. (https://www.seccountry.com/louisiana-state/why-lsu-needs-offensive-balance-to-win-it-all-in-2016)

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LSU had a crazy 1.83-to-1 run-to-pass ratio last season, only Auburn’s was more skewed, and there’s no way LSU wants to be lumped into any category with Auburn –
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 08, 2016, 04:51:08 pm
Jon Hale
‏@JonHale_CJ

Practice Report | Stoops updates injuries, QB situation, Collins punishment & another Youngstown family connection http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/college/kentucky/2016/03/08/practice-report-no-contact-boom-williams/81479958/ …

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Mark Stoops is not worried about a timeline to name Kentucky’s starting quarterback, but the situation appears much more stable than in previous springs. Sophomore Drew Barker took the first-team reps in the opening spring practice, and junior-college transfer Stephen Johnson worked with the second-team offense. Stoops said the plan is to rotate reps with the third-team offense for now.

“Gunnar (Hoak) was a little anxious, as you can imagine,” Stoops said of his early enrollee. “His first college practice, but you could see the talent in his arm, that's for sure. But Drew and Stephen were very comfortable.”

New offensive coaches Eddie Gran and Darin Hinshaw are on record saying Johnson and Hoak will have a chance to compete for the starting job, but the vibe from the first day of spring practice interviews suggested that competition has taken a backseat to the installation of the entire offense.

“I’m not really worried about that,” Stoops said. “I’m gonna let it play out and we’ll see how it goes.”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 09, 2016, 07:15:51 am
Jeremy Johnson taking first-team QB reps in Auburn practice (https://www.seccountry.com/auburn/jeremy-johnson-taking-first-team-qb-reps-in-auburn-practice-injured-d-lineman-returns)

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Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson began last spring with the first team. He won the job, but he struggled as the starter to begin last season.

Johnson took the first-team reps during Auburn’s fourth spring practice Tuesday, according to 247Sports’ Ryan Black. Sean White, who replaced Johnson after four games last season, led the second team, while John Franklin III worked with the third string players.

Johnson finished last season strong by leading the Tigers to a comeback victory over Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl. That was after the team fell behind with White as the starter in the first half. Johnson’s performance gave him confidence heading into this spring. But it is hard to discern if Johnson is truly ahead of the other passers at this point.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 09, 2016, 07:36:46 am
Gatorsports.com ‏@Gator_sports 15h15 hours ago

Del Rio has the edge at QB as UF starts practice http://bit.ly/1LPIgT5

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Florida’s much-anticipated quarterback competition begins today with an early leader — Oregon State transfer Luke Del Rio.

Del Rio has an edge because he’s been in the offense longer than the other candidates, UF coach Jim McElwain said Tuesday.

Del Rio has been on campus, and in the offense, since last summer. The other three contenders — Purdue graduate transfer Austin Appleby and true freshmen Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask — just arrived in January.

“Yeah, (Del Rio) has been here obviously and been learning,” McElwain said. “He and Austin have done an outstanding job together with those two young guys, Feleipe and Kyle. I’m excited to see routes on air.

“Obviously, we haven’t been able to do that. You can have a ball out there, you just watch them condition. I’m just looking for routes on air now. It should be a lot of fun.”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 09, 2016, 10:03:59 am
Gatorsports.com ‏@Gator_sports 15h15 hours ago

Del Rio has the edge at QB as UF starts practice http://bit.ly/1LPIgT5


 AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 16h16 hours ago

#Florida will be without Treon Harris, Antonio Callaway during spring practice: http://ow.ly/ZdQU7 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CdEDTtdWEAELXSx.jpg)

Reportedly moving Harris to WR for 2016
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 09, 2016, 10:20:54 am
ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC 1h1 hour ago

SEC spring preview: Mississippi State begins life without Dak Prescott http://es.pn/1QDt0rf

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Prescott is gone and there’s a three-man race to replace him among Nick Fitzgerald, Elijah Staley and Damian Williams.

Damian Williams is the most senior of the group, Fitzgerald got the most reps last season and Staley might have the most upside.

While it’s difficult to imagine coach Dan Mullen pulling the trigger on naming a starter in the spring
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 11, 2016, 08:02:40 am
Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 12h12 hours ago

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn: QB John Franklin III has a ‘wow’ factor http://sec.news/1TQqAtr

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“When he (Franklin III) takes off running, he has the wow factor,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn

The junior college transfer is competing with sophomore Sean White and junior Jeremy Johnson in spring practice. White and Johnson are ahead of the curve in terms of learning the offense, as both saw time as a starter last season. But neither Johnson nor White is wowing anyone with his speed like Franklin III has the ability to do.

“They’re all getting an opportunity,” Malzahn told reporters.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 12, 2016, 08:06:34 am
ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC 21h21 hours ago

Five Alabama players to watch: Is QB Blake Barnett ready? http://es.pn/1Xir8pJ

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QB Blake Barnett: Be wary of fan favorites and frontrunners when it comes to quarterback races... Barnett hit the wall most rookies experience, but with a year under his belt, there’s something to the notion that he’s the favorite to be Alabama’s starting QB in 2016. The former No. 1-rated pocket passer in the 2015 class is brimming with potential, but he must show that his slim 6-foot-5, 200-pound frame can handle the rigors of an SEC defense and that a relative lack of experience won’t hurt him in mastering the offense and winning over the locker room. With Cooper Bateman and redshirt sophomore David Cornwell in the mix, Barnett will have all the competition he can handle.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 15, 2016, 11:29:51 am
Greyson Lambert will be Georgia’s starting quarterback – at least for the first spring practice. (https://www.dawgnation.com/football/kirby-smart-quarterbacks)

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There is an open competition this spring, and possibly beyond, to determine the starter. Lambert, who started all but one game last year, faces competition from five-star recruit Jacob Eason and junior Brice Ramsey.

“There’s no timetable,” Smart said when asked about having a starter named.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 17, 2016, 10:01:41 pm
Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC  3h3 hours ago
South Carolina offensive coordinator Kurt Roper on QB situation: ‘There’s no timetable on making this decision’ http://sec.news/1RpInkg

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Gamecocks currently have five quarterbacks vying for the starter’s job while trying to learn a brand new offense.

Perry Orth started most of last year, throwing for 1,929 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions while battling injuries. Sophomore Lorenzo Nunez played in eight games and threw for 376 yards, three touchdowns and three picks. Junior Connor Mitch also got some snaps in relief of both of the former QBs, but only threw 29 passes.

Another wild-card could be sophomore Michael Scarnecchia, a former three-star recruit who didn’t play much during his freshman season, but may possess the most upside of the group.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 18, 2016, 10:26:47 am
https://twitter.com/Geaux247/status/710836421142032384
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 18, 2016, 10:53:57 am
ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC 45m45 minutes ago

Ranking the spring SEC quarterback battles http://es.pn/1XAhQph

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SEC might possess the biggest array of the nation's most talented players from top to bottom, but there's a very important position that's lagging at the moment.

Quarterback.

Here are the SEC's nine and only nine quarterback battles ranked 1-9.

1. Bama: Cooper Bateman, David Cornwell, Blake Barnett, Jalen Hurts: OK, so as we've learned the past two seasons, Alabama doesn't really need to figure out who's going to start at quarterback until the fall.

2. Florida: Luke Del Rio, Austin Appleby, Feleipe Franks, Kyle Trask: We keep thinking if Florida juuuuust finds a quarterback, the Gators will officially be back. With Treon Harris not with the team this spring...

3. Auburn: Jeremy Johnson, Sean White, Tyler Queen, John Franklin III: It's pretty obvious that Gus Malzahn's offense can't come close to operating correctly without the right quarterback.

4. Arkansas

5. Georgia: Greyson Lambert, Brice Ramsey, Jacob Eason: Eason might be the Chosen One, but he isn't even taking second-team reps right now

6. Mississippi State: Nick Fitzgerald, Damian Williams, Elijah Staley, Nick Tiano: One of them must replace the biggest man ever on Mississippi State's campus: Dak Prescott. He broke 38 school records, so no pressure or anything.

7. South Carolina: Lorenzo Nunez, Connor Mitch, Perry Orth, Brandon McIlwain: Yet again, Will Muschamp must find the right quarterback. He had this issue at Florida

8. A&M: Trevor Knight, Jake Hubenak: While it's incredibly important that Kevin Sumlin finds the right quarterback, this feels like Knight's job to lose.

9. LSU: Brandon Harris, Danny Etling: This is Harris' job to lose, and he has said he's taking all of the first-team reps. But Etling will get his chances. He has impressed coaches and Harris struggled for most of 2015...

Vandy, Kentucky, Mizzou, Tennessee, and of course, Ole Miss are omitted from this list.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 21, 2016, 12:26:13 pm
Ranking the SEC East’s presumed starting quarterbacks for 2016 (https://www.seccountry.com/sec-news/ranking-the-sec-easts-presumed-starting-quarterbacks-for-2016)

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1. JOSHUA DOBBS, TENNESSEE

2. GREYSON LAMBERT, UGA
Lambert (1,959 yards passing, 13 total TDs last year) has seemingly done enough to clinch second place for this countdown. But it likely doesn’t guarantee him any 2016 starts —

3. KYLE SHURMUR, VANDERBILT
His performance in last year’s finale (209 yards passing, three TDs against Tennessee) was good enough to prompt this post-game response from head coach Derek Mason: “I believe Vanderbilt has found a quarterback in Kyle Shurmur.”

To be fair, Mason has slightly walked back that statement in recent months...

4. LUKE DEL RIO, FLORIDA
Sure, coach Jim McElwain is “excited” about Luke Del Rio’s progress/potential in spring practices … but does such nebulous, obligatory praise imply separation from the other candidates — namely Austin Appleby (grad transfer from Purdue) or touted true freshman Feleipe Franks?

Perhaps that starting quarterback will join John Brantley as Florida’s only 2,000-yard passer of the decade.

5. PERRY ORTH, SOUTH CAROLINA

6. DREW BARKER, KENTUCKY
Consider this ranking to be a placeholder —

7. DREW LOCK, MISSOURI
Lock’s freshman-year stats (1,332 yards passing, 5 total TDs, 8 INTs) should be immaterial to this countdown. The Missouri program had to overcome many hardships last season (on and off the field), and Lock performed admirably in the face of great change — and chaos.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 21, 2016, 02:11:09 pm
SportsTalk ‏@sportstalksc 1h1 hour ago

Lorenzo Nunez could miss spring after Saturday injury http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/article67314977.html …

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Sophomore quarterback Lorenzo Nunez suffered a knee injury in Saturday’s practice, according to two sources, that could keep him out of the remainder of spring practice and could eliminate him from the race for South Carolina’s starting quarterback position.

Nunez, a dynamic runner who was a four-star prospect out of Georgia, started two games at quarterback last year. He played in eight games overall, completing 32-of-52 passes for 376 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. He also was South Carolina’s second-leading rusher with 59 carries for 375 yards.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 22, 2016, 12:59:58 pm
 Kyle Tucker ‏@KyleTucker_CJ 4h4 hours ago

Cats QB coach Hinshaw: "I don't know what they've done in the past, but their footwork isn't where it needs to be."

JUCO QB Johnson had already put on 18 pounds. Hinshaw wants him to gain 13 more, up to 200, by August. Oh, to be *needing* 31 extra pounds.

Hinshaw talking about ... throwing tackling dummies at QBs. "We've got to get comfortable being uncomfortable." Says UK QBs haven't in past.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 23, 2016, 12:28:12 pm
Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 1h1 hour ago

SEC coaches should avoid naming starting QBs during spring ball, minus obvious clubhouse leaders http://sec.news/22w2GZ5

Play it close to the vest. Reduce the number of summer transfers.

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It’s great to be Chad Kelly or Joshua Dobbs these days.

But that isn’t the case with the other SEC programs:

Defending national champion Alabama? Cooper Bateman started the Ole Miss game last year (11 of 14 passes for 87 yards), but the highly touted Blake Barnett (reportedly hand-picked by offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin) also waits in the wings.

UGA’s Greyson Lambert? Yes, he completed 24 of 25 passes against South Carolina last season, but the Dawgs also have a new head coach (Kirby Smart) and 5-star true freshman (Jacob Eason) influencing the QB competition.

The ‘Drew’ duo of Drew Lock (Missouri) and Drew Barker (Kentucky)? ...

In other words, the 2016 season represents great change among the SEC’s quarterbacking circuit; and if all goes well, it should lead to great stability for the 2017 campaign.

Which brings us to this: Why would any SEC head coach declare a starting quarterback during spring practice, unless that passer was the undisputed clubhouse leader? What’s their motivation for doing so?
COMPETITION DRIVES US ALL
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Post by: jbcarol on March 23, 2016, 02:02:15 pm
ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC 2h2 hours ago

SEC spring position battles: Vanderbilt Commodores http://es.pn/1RkMW2H

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Most probably thought Kyle Shurmur won this job last fall. The freshman took over for Johnny McCrary in October and played well down the stretch. He led the Commodores to a win over Kentucky, and he threw for 209 yards and three touchdowns in the season finale against Tennessee. However, Derek Mason made it clear that there's still a quarterback battle going on this spring. Shurmur is going to have to earn the starting job. McCrary has since transferred, leaving Wade Freebeck, Shawn Stankavage and true freshman Deuce Wallace ("Go Bears") as the only other competitors. Of the three, Freebeck is the only one with any real experience. He started four games as a freshman in 2014 and saw action against Austin Peay last year. Still, this is Shurmur's job to lose.
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Post by: jbcarol on March 24, 2016, 07:27:45 am
Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio and a family friend, Oscar winner Gene Hackman, attended Florida’s practice to watch Jack’s son, Gators quarterback Luke Del Rio. (https://www.seccountry.com/florida/jack-del-rio-proud-of-son-luke-as-he-competes-for-florida-qb-job)

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“I’m proud of my son like any dad,” Del Rio told SEC Country. “It’s a treat to be able to get out here and see him play.”

The redshirt sophomore, a former Alabama and Oregon State quarterback, is in his first year of eligibility at UF after transferring to the school in 2015 and sitting out last season due to NCAA rules. Del Rio said his son is in good hands with Gators coach Jim McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.

“He’s surrounded by great people and being coached by great guys,” Del Rio said. “I know his whole mindset is coming in to compete, be the best teammate he can be and work as hard as he can to help this football team win games. He’s happy to be here.”

When spring footba began, McElwain said Del Rio entered with a leg up on the quarterback competition, and he’s maintained that edge throughout practice.

“From my standpoint,” Del Rio’s father said, “the things I look for in a quarterback is a guy who’s smart, tough and accurate. He has those three things and he’s got leadership ability.

“Those are things I like as coach. I’m glad I have those in (Oakland quarterback) Derek Carr. But Luke is competing for the job and he’s having a lot of fun doing it.”
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Post by: jbcarol on March 24, 2016, 09:46:04 am
ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC 19h19 hours ago

SEC spring position battles: Texas A&M Aggies http://es.pn/1T6tUzx

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For the fourth time in the Kevin Sumlin era, the Aggies enter the spring without a starting quarterback already named. This year the battle is between Oklahoma graduate transfer Trevor Knight and junior Jake Hubenak, who started the Aggies' bowl loss to Louisville. Knight, a senior, is a tad older and has more FBS experience (he started the 2013 season at Oklahoma and led the Sooners to a Sugar Bowl win over Alabama). Hubenak, who appeared in five games last season, benefited from spending a season on campus and acclimating himself to Aggieland. Both are working with a clean slate, however, under new offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone.
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Post by: jbcarol on March 24, 2016, 06:23:53 pm
 ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC 4h4 hours ago

SEC spring position battles: South Carolina Gamecocks http://es.pn/1T82Rnp

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There were five candidates vying for the starting job at the start of spring practice: Perry Orth, Connor Mitch, Lorenzo Nunez, Michael Scarnecchia and Brandon McIlwain. So far, Orth has taken most of the first-team snaps in spring; Nunez suffered an injury in the first week that is currently keeping him off the field. Mitch, Orth and Nunez all started games last season for the Gamecocks. McIlwain, the lone newcomer of the quintet, is perhaps the most intriguing potential option. A true freshman who enrolled in January, McIlwain was an ESPN 300 prospect in the 2016 class and ranked as the nation’s seventh-best dual-threat quarterback.
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Post by: jbcarol on March 25, 2016, 10:41:05 am
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 7m7 minutes ago

Auburn QB John Franklin III is already surprising coaches: http://ow.ly/ZUOjt 

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Before Tony Stevens knew John Franklin III personally, he received a text message.

Sure he had heard of the new quarterback's name. Everyone had been talking about the transfer from East Mississippi Community College. After all, he's expected to compete and possibly become Auburn's starting quarterback this fall.

But who was this guy on campus in January?

"I was like, how did he get my number?" said Stevens, Auburn's top returning receiver. "And then he had us in a group message and I'm like, how did he get all of our numbers?"

Franklin III is crafty like that, apparently. He's not only at Auburn to compete, he's here to win the job as Auburn's starting quarterback. His main competition are two former starters: Jeremy Johnson and Sean White. Both had their moments of brilliance, but mostly their 2015 seasons were filled with inconsistency. Johnson threw six interceptions to co-lead the nation three games into the season and was benched. White took over, but a knee injury forced Johnson back into the fray late in the season.

Franklin III worked in a two-quarterback system at EMCCC [where he was the one referred to as "two" or "backup"], where he threw for 733 yards and seven touchdowns while rushing for 451 yards and nine touchdowns.

"I see a lot of similarities there (with Nick Marshall)," Stevens said. "The quickness, the shiftiness, the speed to get on the outside. Their arm strength. They both have the same arm strength and they can get the ball there. I see some similarities."

One play especially stands out: a rollout in which a defensive end tried to catch up with Franklin III on the outside. "He put a little stick move on them and got outside," said Stevens. "He's pretty shifty."

More importantly, first impressions have meant the world to Stevens and the receivers.

"Usually the receivers are texting the quarterback: 'let's go throw,'" Stevens said. "He's texting us like wanting to be there, what we're going to do, how he wants it. He's pretty much a leader in my eyes and on the field you see he's having fun out there, like he's already at home."

Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee sees it as a positive sign for the future at quarterback.

"He's shown so far that he's got a great work ethic," Lashlee said...
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Post by: jbcarol on March 25, 2016, 12:46:57 pm
From preseason Heisman Trophy favorite to backup to Birmingham Bowl hero, Auburn senior quarterback Jeremy Johnson experienced more highs and lows last season than many players experience in their college careers.

“I mean, look, let’s call it like it is: He went through something that not a lot of guys his age—that’s about as hard as it gets, you know?” Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said Thursday night, according to The Ledger-Enquirer’s Michael Niziolek. “He’s a kid, man. No one was more disappointed with how things turned out for him in particular than he was.” (https://www.seccountry.com/auburn/auburn-qb-jeremy-johnson-has-renewed-confidence-after-rollercoaster-season)

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The senior is competing for the starting job again this spring with sophomore Sean White — who replaced Johnson after his benching — and junior college transfer John Franklin III.
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Post by: jbcarol on March 25, 2016, 12:49:10 pm
Not that he wants to put any more pressure on the kid, but from what Matthew Stafford has seen, he figures Jacob Eason is probably better than he was when he came to Georgia as a freshman early enrollee. (https://www.dawgnation.com/football/matthew-stafford-likes-sees-qb-jacob-eason)

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That’s a mighty big assertion from a quarterback who eventually became the NFL’s No. 1 draft pick as a junior in college.

“I wasn’t very good,” Stafford insisted. “He’s a super-talented kid. As far as the comparisons go, everybody’s their own player. I’m sure he’s bigger than I am, can probably throw it farther than I can and all that kind of stuff. I’m just happy for him to get an opportunity to play here. It’s a special place to play. I know he’ll have a great time playing and being a student-athlete here like I was. I’m just happy for him, happy for the team, happy for the whole program.”

Stafford’s story is remarkably similar to the one that Eason has written so far. That is, like Eason, Stafford also was a highly-touted recruit who moved far from his home in Dallas specifically to play quarterback in Georgia’s pro-style offense in hopes of preparing himself to play in the NFL one day.

Stafford struggled at first, failing to win the starting quarterback job in a three-way battle with Joe Cox and Joe Tereshinski III and losing the No. 1 position briefly after finally winning it at midseason. But eventually Stafford settled into the role that first season.

As a junior, he threw for 3,459 yards and what was then a school-record 25 touchdowns. He left with 7,731 career passing yards, which at the time was third on Georgia’s all-time list.

“It wasn’t always easy,” Stafford said.
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Post by: jbcarol on March 26, 2016, 08:56:29 am
Adam Sparks ‏@AdamSparks 10h10 hours ago

Vandy QBs steady in spring game. http://tnne.ws/1Rrl22A 

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Vanderbilt left the Black & Gold Spring Game with no injuries and a healthy feeling about its quarterbacks.

Kyle Shurmur, who started five games as a true freshman last season, was 7-of-9 passing for 96 yards. Coach Derek Mason said “obviously I believe Shurmur is leading this deal, but I think we’ve got a nice quarterback situation. Our quarterbacks made some really good throws tonight.”

Shawn Stankavage was 4-of-7 passing for 58 yards. Wade Freebeck was 3-of-5 for 39 yards. Deuce Wallace was 2-of-2 for 19 yards. Walk-on John Webb passed for 9 yards.

It was quite a contrast from the spring game a year ago, when the quarterbacks tossed five interceptions in a lackluster offensive showing.

Mason said he made only four defensive calls. Defensive back Oren Burks said they only ran the basics to hold back “the good stuff” for the season. Likewise, linebacker Charles Wright had two sacks, but he said Mason is holding a “big bag of tricks” in his scheme for the fall.

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was honored as a Vanderbilt Hall of Fame inductee at halftime. During media availability afterward, Cutler, a four-year starter for the Commodores, said he thought Shurmur could make a sizable jump during his sophomore season.

“It’s always hard to start that first year, it doesn’t matter if it’s high school, college or NFL,” Cutler said. “You’re surrounded by new stuff everywhere you go. But from that first year to second year, you can get comfortable and make a jump. I’m really excited for him.”

Shurmur is the son of long-time NFL coach Pat Shurmur, and Cutler, a 10-year NFL veteran, said that tutelage is apparent in the young quarterback: “There’s no doubt it helps him because he’s been around it his entire life. I’m sure he and his dad talked plenty of ball before he got here.”
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Post by: Pulled(PP)pork on March 26, 2016, 09:37:36 am
now that's recognizing probably the best player to ever be produced from your school.....halftime of a spring game.

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PP
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Post by: jbcarol on March 26, 2016, 10:49:06 am
https://twitter.com/wholehogsports/status/713453061776117760
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 26, 2016, 10:52:25 am
now that's recognizing probably the best player to ever be produced from your school.....halftime of a spring game.

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PP

https://twitter.com/SECNetwork/status/713525086435848193

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on March 26, 2016, 01:18:22 pm
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 17m17 minutes ago

Butch said he’s been ‘very, very pleased’ with #Vols QBs this spring.
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Post by: jbcarol on March 26, 2016, 01:22:54 pm
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 14m14 minutes ago

Great stuff from @BCrawford247 and others in our network on the SEC’s QB situation in 2016: http://bit.ly/1RCsXJC 

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One item that won’t receive much glitz and glam during “talking” season leading into fall practice is SEC quarterback play, a mixed bag of success and major disappointment — see Jeremy Johnson’s premature Heisman buzz — over the last couple years since the departure of the last elite class of passers in 2013.

Unless you’re in Oxford or Knoxville, mediocrity is worrisome with more than half of the league’s teams replacing their starting quarterback.

For SEC fans across the league, life after Dak is going to be an unfamiliar feeling but Mississippi State’s not the only West squad facing uncertainty tasked with replacing its starter this fall.

There are currently five fierce competitions during spring practice, most notably at Alabama, Texas A&M and Arkansas. For Saban’s team, it’s a three-player race between Blake Barnett, Cooper Bateman and David Cornwell to see who’s going to be Lane Kiffin’s leading man.

For the Razorbacks, they’re still trying to get over the hump and plow through the doors of the SEC’s top tier in Bret Bielema’s fourth season. Arkansas went 5-3 against league competition and finished tied for third in the West last season but will have do it on offense without dual All-SEC rushers Alex Collins, Jonathan Williams and most importantly, veteran quarterback Brandon Allen this fall.

Gus Malzahn’s dilemma at Auburn will likely determine his future on the Plains after last season’s dreadful finish that began with a preseason ranking inside the Top 10.

Later benched for Sean White, Johnson never recovered after his confidence was shaken early and wasn’t anywhere near the player many were expecting after the success he displayed in minimal time leading up to last season.

Newcomer John Franklin III reportedly has the “wow” factor and could leap Johnson and White on the depth as spring drills wind down. He’s a lot like former Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall in the way he can feel the zone-read and use his elusiveness outside the pocket. For what Malzahn and the Auburn offense wants to do, Franklin III could be the best option but the battle’s far from over.

SEC EAST QUARTERBACKS ...
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Post by: jbcarol on March 27, 2016, 07:53:20 am
 Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 17h17 hours ago

Report: South Carolina QB Perry Orth to miss rest of spring ball with broken collarbone http://sec.news/22DgAZh

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South Carolina’s quarterback situation just got much more puzzling.

Redshirt senior quarterback Perry Orth sustained a broken collarbone during Saturday’s spring scrimmage, according to a report from GamecockCentral.com’s Chris Clark. He is scheduled to undergo surgery and is expected to recover by June, according to Clark.

Orth is one of a handful of quarterbacks battling for South Carolina’s starting job. Orth is essentially the incumbent after going 1-7 as a starter last season. He threw for 1,929 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions a year ago.
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Post by: jbcarol on March 27, 2016, 04:56:48 pm
Jason Butt ‏@JasonHButt Mar 24

Jacob Eason learning the ropes with third team for now: http://www.macon.com/sports/college/university-of-georgia/bulldogs-beat/article68097522.html …

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ATHENS

For as much attention as freshman quarterback Jacob Eason garnered through the recruiting process, it is clear Georgia is taking it slow with the five-star prospect out of Lake Stevens, Washington.

Head coach Kirby Smart said Eason is still working with the third-team in practice during team and offensive line drills. Greyson Lambert started the spring as the first-team quarterback but has since begun rotating with Brice Ramsey with the one and two units.

Eason has been with the third team for five practices now.

But Eason, the Gatorade National Player of the Year...
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Post by: jbcarol on March 28, 2016, 12:53:30 pm
Matthew Stevens ‏@matthewcstevens Mar 27

ICYMI (w/VIDEO): Auburn's Gus Malzahn glad he made QBs live for spring scrimmage Saturday - http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/sports/college/auburnauthority/2016/03/27/malzahn-glad-he-made-qbs-live-spring-scrimmage-saturday/82316202/ …

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After all the debate and meetings, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn decided to make all of his quarterbacks live for contact in its spring scrimmage Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Due to lightning in the area, Auburn was forced to move the final hour of practice indoors but conducted a 100-play scrimmage where the reps were divided evenly between Auburn’s quarterback candidates of John Franklin III, Jeremy Johnson and Sean White.

"We overthrew a couple of deep balls but (Franklin III) extended some plays," Malzahn said. "I thought Jeremy and Sean did the same thing. They extended some plays down the field. I thought it was good for all those guys to be live in the pocket, especially when you throw the football."

The scrimmage was restricted to the media but Auburn tailback Jovon Robinson said Franklin recorded a “about a 70-yard run”.

Auburn junior tailback Roc Thomas said he caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from Jeremy Johnson in the scrimmage where most of the plays were designed runs for either the tailback, quarterback or H-back...
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Post by: jbcarol on March 28, 2016, 02:17:06 pm
ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC 2h2 hours ago

SEC spring position battles: Mississippi State Bulldogs http://es.pn/1RFKXCU

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There are numerous quarterback battles in the SEC, but Dak Prescott may be the most difficult to replace considering everything he meant to the Bulldogs. There are four candidates vying for the starting job: sophomore Nick Fitzgerald, junior Damian Williams, sophomore Elijah Staley and redshirt freshman Nick Tiano. Coach Dan Mullen says the battle is wide open and everyone is rotating with the first team. Fitzgerald was Prescott’s backup last season and started three games (11-of-14 passing, 235 yards, three touchdowns) so he has the most recent experience. Williams started a game as a true freshman in 2013, and Staley appeared in two games last year.
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Post by: jbcarol on March 28, 2016, 02:21:15 pm
GoGamecocks.com ‏@gogamecocks 31m31 minutes ago

Gamecocks’ QB competition becoming a two-man race http://scne.ws/Kvmyn1  #thestate #gg

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Senior Perry Orth and freshman Brandon McIlwain are leading the race to become South Carolina’s starting quarterback, and Orth’s broken collarbone makes McIlwain the man of the moment for the Gamecocks.

“Brandon and Perry had distanced themselves coming out of Saturday because of Perry’s command and Brandon’s ability,” Muschamp said Monday at the weekly meeting of the Columbia Rotary Club.

The Gamecocks new head coach emphasized the competition is not complete (in part because Orth will not be able to return to football activities until June 1), but McIlwain will take the first snaps Tuesday when South Carolina holds its ninth practice of the spring (which will be open to the public beginning at 4:30 p.m.)

“We don’t have a clear cut quarterback,” Muschamp said. “This competition will go into fall camp.”

Muschamp also underscored the importance of mobility in the decision-making process, which helps explain why Orth and McIlwain have begun to separate themselves...
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Post by: jbcarol on March 29, 2016, 06:36:56 am
Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 14h14 hours ago

Bret Bielema names Arkansas QB Austin Allen as No. 1 QB entering spring http://sec.news/22IsfG9
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Post by: jbcarol on March 29, 2016, 10:37:28 am
AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 2h2 hours ago

In the latest http://AL.com  All-Access - How is the #Alabama QB competition shaping up? http://ow.ly/102Im4

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"The guy that wins the quarterback job is going to be the guy that wins the team over with his ability to play on a consistent basis, make the kind of choices and decisions, show the kind of leadership to affect other people."

Saban has had positive things to say through the early part of spring practice about all three of the primary contenders for the job: redshirt freshman Blake Barnett, redshirt sophomore David Cornwell and redshirt junior Cooper Bateman.

However, in terms of those characteristics he described as necessary to win the job, he said, "I think this is something that everybody in the group needs to work on."
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Post by: jbcarol on March 30, 2016, 02:26:36 pm
DJournalnow ‏@DJournalnow 3h3 hours ago

Redshirt freshman Tiano enjoying MSU quarterback battle http://ow.ly/105WRQ  | He's one of four QBs getting first-team reps.

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While Dak Prescott’s legacy and lore will likely live on at Mississippi State for many years to come, his eligibility did not.

The Bulldogs have an open competition this spring as they search for Prescott’s replacement. A quartet of quarterbacks – junior Damian Williams, sophomores Nick Fitzgerald and Elijah Staley and redshirt freshman Nick Tiano – are currently vying for the chance to step into Prescott’s looming shadow.

“There’s pressure on us anyways just being a starting quarterback in the SEC,” Tiano said. “But we’re also obviously trying to follow up such a great player. He gave us such a great example to follow and we’re doing that to the best of our ability.”

While Dak Prescott’s legacy and lore will likely live on at Mississippi State for many years to come, his eligibility did not.

The Bulldogs have an open competition this spring as they search for Prescott’s replacement. A quartet of quarterbacks – junior Damian Williams, sophomores Nick Fitzgerald and Elijah Staley and redshirt freshman Nick Tiano – are currently vying for the chance to step into Prescott’s looming shadow.

“There’s pressure on us anyways just being a starting quarterback in the SEC,” Tiano said. “But we’re also obviously trying to follow up such a great player. He gave us such a great example to follow and we’re doing that to the best of our ability.”

Tiano wasn’t heavily recruited out of high school. In fact, the only other offers for the former three-star prospect were a late offer from Miami and his hometown program, Chattanooga.
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Post by: jbcarol on March 31, 2016, 09:35:57 am
ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC 31m31 minutes ago

Florida quarterback derby features a new cast in 2016 http://es.pn/1RNecnu

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Gators coach Jim McElwain has got a quarterback competition on his hands for the second straight season.

But in a somewhat odd twist, the entire quarterback room has been turned over in just one year’s time. Will Grier and Treon Harris shared most of the reps last spring. Grier is gone; Harris is suspended (and reportedly moved to WR)...

So transfers Luke Del Rio and Austin Appleby, and freshmen Kyle Trask and Feleipe Franks are sharing reps during practice. Among them, Del Rio is the only one well-versed in the offense, having arrived last summer --

Appleby is the only one with actual game experience, having started 11 games at Purdue. Trask spent his high school career as a backup but has a strong arm; Franks was among the more highly touted prospects in the 2016 class but remains raw.

With the spring game looming next week, McElwain says there is not much separation. But he also said the team is in a much better situation at quarterback headed into 2016.
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Post by: jbcarol on April 01, 2016, 08:46:05 am
 ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC 19h19 hours ago

SEC spring position battles: Alabama Crimson Tide http://es.pn/1RNQKqd

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Though the easy money might be on redshirt freshman and former No. 1 prospect Blake Barnett to win the job, don’t count out the competition just yet. In fact, the past two seasons have shown that experience trumps talent, and that leaves Cooper Bateman as the front-runner after starting one game last season and serving as Coker’s primary backup.

Another name to consider: David Cornwell. The former four-star prospect fizzled out of the quarterback competition early last season and seemed to be headed in the wrong direction, but early returns from spring seem to indicate that he’s back in the thick of the race. Where Bateman has the experience and Barnett has the pure talent, Cornwell offers the staff a blend of the two.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 01, 2016, 09:26:07 am
This spring, one constant theme has been the supposed quarterback competition between Harris and former Purdue transfer Danny Etling. (https://www.seccountry.com/louisiana-state/d-j-chark-offers-insight-on-dameyune-craigs-impact-and-the-lsu-quarterback-battle)

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WR DJ Chark pleaded the fifth regarding who will be the starter, though he hinted there is one obvious candidate based on which quarterback is taking the first-team reps.

“Everything is always a competition,” Chark said. “Brandon is our leader right now, but Danny is constantly pushing him, and that’s good competition.”

More importantly, Chark believes Harris has made significant strides this offseason, not only physically but mentally as well.

That elevated level of maturity is something the wide receiver has already noticed on the field.

“Brandon has stepped up a lot with his confidence and his leadership,” Chark said. “I feel like he’s more of the SEC quarterback we want out there on the field. He has experience under his belt and he’s stepping up, and having Coach Craig telling us what Brandon is looking for is helping us out.”
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Post by: jbcarol on April 02, 2016, 09:15:19 am
Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC  12h12 hours ago
Florida assistant coaches provide details from Friday’s scrimmage http://sec.news/22X0OIN

Notable that the QBs are not mentioned; just explosive plays and interceptions.
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Post by: jbcarol on April 02, 2016, 05:41:56 pm
mtscoreboard ‏@mtscoreboard  33m33 minutes ago
Focus on quarterbacks in Georgia scrimmage @CodyPace @JasonHButt
http://www.macon.com/sports/college/university-of-georgia/bulldogs-beat/article69635737.html …

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ATHENS -- Saturday marked Georgia's first spring scrimmage, and it also was the new coaching staff's first opportunity to evaluate its three quarterbacks in a game situation.

And given the Bulldogs' lack of depth at running back, Saturday's scrimmage was all about the passing game...

Kirby Smart said overall he was impressed with the way his quarterbacks threw the ball -- with a completion percentage between 60 to 70 percent -- but that the way that they managed the huddle needs a lot of work.

"I do not think that we're where we need to be organizationally. We took too long getting in and out of the huddle on offense," Smart said. "It just shows that we've got to do a better job as coaches of getting off the field and letting the players play."

Smart also gleaned light on the current status of the quarterback battle, acknowledging that Brice Ramsey and Greyson Lambert split reps "50-50" with the first-team offense, while freshman Jacob Eason worked mostly with the third team and got some situational work with the second team.

"Both kind of did (as) expected," Smart said. "I want Brice to manage the huddle a little better, be more efficient, get the call out, get to the line faster. I think Greyson's doing a nice job of managing the huddle right now, the call and executing the play. He's got to be a little more mobile in the pocket; he's got to be able to create a little bit more and get out of there and make some throws."

On the heels of Smart recently calling out Ramsey, his ability to manage the huddle seems to be a sticking point for his development. Smart went as far to say that Lambert "does a better job" managing the huddle and that other players need to step up and help Ramsey with the huddle.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 03, 2016, 07:21:09 am
Dan Mullen emphasized that his quarterbacks must continue to establish consistency on the field (https://www.seccountry.com/mississippi-state/mississippi-state-scrimmage-update-quarterbacks-still-developing-consistency)

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“The key is for them is the consistency of understanding out here on the field is when you’re the guy, you’ve got to do it over and over and over,” Mullen said. “You can’t make special plays and then terrible plays. You’ve got to make consistent plays and then special plays.”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 03, 2016, 07:36:39 am
Saban ‘encouraged’ by progress Alabama’s QBs have made coming out of first scrimmage (https://www.seccountry.com/alabama/nick-saban-encouraged-by-progress-alabamas-qbs-have-made-coming-out-of-first-scrimmage)

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Saban said. “I think a guy has to win his teammates over, but I think you’ve also got to put a guy in position to be able to do that. We rotated a lot of guys around today. We’re trying to give everybody a chance right now. We’ll evaluate how they did on film and divvy up the reps for next week.”

So far, redshirt junior Cooper Bateman has been the first quarterback through drills with David Cornwell behind him. Redshirt freshman Blake Barnett and January enrollee Jalen Hurts are also pushing for the right to replace Jake Coker.

Bateman is the only one of the group who has any experience as he started one game (Ole Miss) last season and played in others. But what Cornwell lacks in experience, he seems to make up for with natural throwing ability. Cornwell is the best natural passer of the group. In Saban’s opening statement on Saturday, Cornwell was the only quarterback he mentioned by name, stating that the redshirt sophomore “threw the ball fairly well.”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 03, 2016, 08:29:29 am
Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello 19h19 hours ago

Sources at scrimmage: John Franklin III "can fly," barely missed deep ball on scramble and looks part of starter; needs more consistency.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 05, 2016, 09:08:01 am
Jim McElwain wasn’t pleased with the way his quarterbacks played. (https://www.seccountry.com/florida/floridas-quarterbacks-not-measuring-up-to-jim-mcelwains-standards)

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“Quarterbacks, eh, just OK,” he said. “I mean not great, not bad, just need to keep working on the consistency piece there.”

For the most part, the position group has been ahead of schedule and performed well this spring. But the scrimmage was a setback for the four signal-callers.

Despite the negatives Friday, McElwain said Austin Appleby, Luke Del Rio, Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask each had stretches where they performed well. McElwain isn’t close to deciding on a starting quarterback.

“We’ll get there,” he said. “I think Austin probably stepped up and did some things in situational stuff that was good to see. I thought the team moved really well with Luke behind it, and both Kyle and Feleipe had their moments. You can tell there’s some arm talent there.”

McElwain said the quarterbacks know how to direct the offense and have a good handle on the playbook. He just wants them to play within the system and not force passes, which can lead to interceptions like those thrown in the scrimmage.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 07, 2016, 10:50:34 am
Following Saturday’s scrimmage, Alabama coach Nick Saban said he wanted to watch the film before making a judgement on which quarterbacks played the best and how the team would split the reps going forward this spring.

During his Wednesday press conference, Saban said the two older guys stood out during Saturday’s workout. With five practices remaining this spring — including one scrimmage and A-Day — the quarterback race is still open, publicly. (https://www.seccountry.com/alabama/two-qbs-played-the-best-in-alabamas-scrimmage-nick-saban-says)

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“We haven’t changed how we’re doing the reps. We’re still giving everybody a chance,” Saban said. “I think the guys that have the most knowledge and experience played the best. When I say that, I’m talking about Cooper Bateman — who’s been in the system the longest — and David Cornwell. They played the best.”

As for Blake Barnett and Jalen Hurts, they are both still works in progress...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 08, 2016, 12:18:45 pm
Brandon Marcello ‏@bmarcello 16h16 hours ago

... Rhett Lashlee break down the Auburn quarterbacks at the bottom of this post: https://www.seccountry.com/auburn/live-updates-rhett-lashlee-previews-auburn-a-day …

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    Sean White brings “toughness and grit” at the position. Jeremy Johnson has “a wealth of experience” and Lashlee has “been really pleased with his progress” in the spring. John Franklin III, through 13 practices and being new to the offense, has been impressive in picking things up. Not a lot of mental mistakes, Lashlee says. “He’s made some really good strides” but he’s not at point where he’s “reacting” like they need a quarterback to do in this offense.

    “I’m OK” with not having a pecking order at quarterback heading into preseason camp, but that’s up to Gus Malzahn.

    JF3 as a passer: “The ball comes out of John’s hand well.” He has improved a lot from Day 1. The deep ball was not “as natural to him”

Expectations need to be “tempered” a bit with Franklin.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 08, 2016, 11:40:30 pm
Luke Del Rio entered spring football with the edge in Florida’s quarterback competition, and he strengthened that lead Friday in the Orange & Blue Debut (https://www.seccountry.com/florida/luke-del-rios-spring-game-strengthens-his-lead-in-floridas-qb-competition)

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Del Rio was sharp from the start, opening the game with a scoring drive and finishing with 176 yards and two touchdowns on 10-of-11 passing.

“Luke I felt did a good job at letting the game come to him, and it’s amazing what happens when you throw it to the open guy,” UF coach Jim McElwain said of Del Rio, who didn’t throw any interceptions. “He got a pretty good stat line, I don’t know what it was, but I think he did a pretty decent job of that.”

McElwain said Del Rio leads the QB race with his performance in the spring game. But the redshirt sophomore won’t be resting easy this offseason, and he’ll start doing player-run workouts next week.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 09, 2016, 06:55:47 pm
Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 5h5 hours ago

Arkansas QB Austin Allen impressive during team scrimmage http://sec.news/23kRtuI
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 09, 2016, 07:01:37 pm
South Carolina’s heated QB competition gets more clarity after freshman McIlwain’s strong spring game (https://www.seccountry.com/sec-news/south-carolinas-heated-qb-competition-gets-more-clarity-after-freshman-mcilwains-strong-spring-game)

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Midway through the first quarter on Saturday, just seconds after quarterback Brandon McIlwain‘s 18-yard touchdown scamper was initially wiped out to a holding penalty, Muschamp — the Gamecocks’ first-year head coach — sprinted onto the field to vociferously contest the yellow flag thrown at the left tackle.

Two seconds later, the penalty which seemed cut-and-dried to everyone at Williams-Brice Stadium had suddenly disappeared, as if South Carolina officials were determined to give the maroon-clad fans a high-scoring romp, by any means necessary.

It also might have also been a playful, yet heavy-handed attempt to boost the profile of the freshman McIlwain, one of the most lauded recruits of Muschamp’s inaugural South Carolina class. If the 2016 Gamecocks are indeed in the early stages of a substantial rebuild, it would behoove the program to have a proverbial ‘face’ of this long-term movement.

As such, Muschamp might have trouble adopting a neutral tack to the Gamecocks’ quarterback competition, after observing McIlwain from up close.

Saturday’s individual stats (along with the 35-14 victory for Team Black) aren’t necessarily important — or even wholly accurate — in spring games. However, the eye test confirmed McIlwain’s progressive talents as a runner (designed plays/impromptu scrambles), passer (picture-perfect sideline rainbow to Javon Charleston; pair of touchdowns to freshman Bryan Edwards) and on-field leader, in terms of stealthily directing the Gamecocks’ up-tempo offense.

“We did good on good; I think that’s only way to get better,” said Muschamp.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 09, 2016, 07:17:55 pm
Georgia’s quarterback competition will once again carry into August.

Head coach Kirby Smart doesn’t plan on naming a starting quarterback... (https://www.dawgnation.com/football/georgias-qb-competition-will-go-into-august-smart-says)

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Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey once again split first-team snaps in Saturday scrimmage, with Jacob Eason mostly going with the third team...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 09, 2016, 07:21:22 pm
South Carolina’s heated QB competition gets more clarity after freshman McIlwain’s strong spring game (https://www.seccountry.com/sec-news/south-carolinas-heated-qb-competition-gets-more-clarity-after-freshman-mcilwains-strong-spring-game)


Kevin McCrarey ‏@KMacMustDie 6h6 hours ago South Carolina, USA

Brandon McIlwain will focus on baseball for the rest of the season now, per Muschamp.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 09, 2016, 07:26:57 pm
Wesley Sinor ‏@WesleySinor 11m11 minutes ago

Malzahn 'not ready' to name Auburn's starting QB after A-Day http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2016/04/malzahn_not_ready_to_name_aubu.html …

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Auburn has no starting quarterback after the annual A-Day spring scrimmage, and head coach Gus Malzahn is in no hurry to name one.

Returning starters Jeremy Johnson and Sean White, along with newcomer John Franklin III, split reps with the first and second team offenses Saturday. Each had their highs and lows, as the offenses struggled to put points on the board in the Blue Team's 19-10 win over the White Team.

Malzahn said he kept the playbook "vanilla" by design.

"A-Day is a chance to get out there and show what they can do, but also have fun with it," Malzahn said. "I'm not worried about it or concerned that nobody has separated themselves on a day like this."

Franklin, who transferred to Auburn in January from East Mississippi Community College, was the first quarterback to take the field, albeit with the second team.

White started the game with the first team and led all quarterbacks with 125 yards on 8-of-14 passing. However, he turned the ball over in the red zone in the opening quarter and nearly threw an interception to T.J. Davis on a deep ball.

"I feel like it's my job to lose," White said. "The coaches haven't said that, but that's the attitude you have to have going in... so I just have to bring it every day.

"I'm getting all the reps with the first team guys, I'm comfortable with everybody. I feel like I can go out there and lead. I feel great. I feel like I have a lot to prove this year."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 09, 2016, 07:54:05 pm
Ross Dellenger ‏@RossDellenger 6h6 hours ago

Most revealing quote of spring from Les Miles on the #LSU QB competition today.

Said Miles on Harris: "He's ready to be the quarterback."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 09, 2016, 08:51:02 pm
A&M’s Kevin Sumlin breaks down quarterback battle at spring game (https://www.seccountry.com/texas-am/texas-ams-kevin-sumlin-breaks-down-quarterback-battle-at-spring-game)

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A&M’s spring contest was graduate transfer Trevor Knight’s first game action with the program, and he didn’t disappoint. The former Oklahoma Sooner completed 25 of 36 passes for 282 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, and added a two-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter.

He appeared to have a firm grasp of coordinator Noel Mazzone’s system and impressed his new coach, Kevin Sumlin.

“We saw from Trevor he was able to operate in the pocket, but was also able to extend some plays with his legs and move around a little bit,” said Sumlin. “Which helps our protection, especially with the two (defensive) ends we have rushing. And when he moved around he was pretty accurate when he did it.”

Jake Hubenak, battling Knight for the No. 1 role, experienced flu-like symptoms on Saturday and only threw 10 passes —
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 11, 2016, 06:18:55 pm
https://twitter.com/Carvell_AJC/status/719638468779974656
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 11, 2016, 06:21:44 pm
Chris Low ‏@ClowESPN 3h3 hours ago Tuscaloosa, AL

Nick Saban told me Cooper Bateman would probably be Alabama's starting QB if they played today, but that the race is far from over.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 12, 2016, 10:52:16 pm
https://twitter.com/ESPN_SEC/status/719956808417173504

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Three solid performances had coach Jim McElwain sounding pretty pleased with the position that has caused this program so much heartache for nearly a decade, and while he wasn't ready to name an official starter coming out of spring, former Oregon State transfer Luke Del Rio continued to separate himself from the pack with his 176-yard performance.

“Luke, I felt, did a good job of letting the game come to him,” McElwain told reporters after the game. “It's amazing what happens when you throw it to the open guy. He did a pretty decent job of that.

“He really did a good job of sliding the pocket and taking his eyes where he needed to based on the pressure. I thought he was pretty good.”

Del Rio, who began his career at Alabama and eventually walked on at Florida, looked the most comfortable and composed. He threw the nicest ball and had the best command of his offense. His first pass went for 46 yards and his final one was a 19-yard touchdown.

However, some perspective is needed. Del Rio did all of this against Florida's No. 2 defense. Unfortunately, Florida fans will have to temper their emotions a little because it's hard to say what Del Rio would have looked like against Florida's No. 1 defense.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 13, 2016, 08:21:52 am
Hugh Kellenberger ‏@HKellenbergerCL 13h13 hours ago

What does Ole Miss do this fall with Shea Patterson? Hugh Freeze says he's not sure yet. Here's what he could do.

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The No. 1 quarterback recruit in the country had enrolled early amid praise from his coach as “the most college-ready quarterback I had seen.” But coach Hugh Freeze was now asking Patterson to recognize all the different defenses he was seeing, learn a brand new set of offensive terminology and get the blocking scheme set before each and every play. Yeah, it was a lot, even if it was all a bit intentional.

“The first couple of weeks it was, ‘How are you going to handle the struggles?’” Freeze said. “Because he’s not used to struggling a whole lot.”

What happened is that Patterson (who, per Ole Miss policy about first-year players, was not made available to the media this spring) figured it out. All the things Freeze liked so much about Patterson during recruiting — his confidence, his brain and his throwing mechanics —

There are Ole Miss’ options:

1. Redshirt
This is the easiest and most obvious path to take. There is no doubt about Kelly’s ability to lead the Ole Miss offense, and barring injury the only time any backup would receive would be in relief during a blowout situation, which Pellerin could surely handle.

2. Create a transition plan
Ole Miss only has one more year of Kelly, so we know it’ll have a new starting quarterback in 2017. We also know that, after losing two quarterbacks this offseason, Kelly is the only guy at that position who has ever taken a snap in a college game.

So why not come up with a strategy that gets Patterson and maybe even Pellerin needed experience, if not for now then for the future?

3. Patterson earns everything
This, ultimately, is what I would guess Freeze will end up doing. Patterson is not guaranteed a redshirt season, but he’s not told he’s definitely playing either.

The downside would be that the result is not enough to feel like it was worth it. “You certainly don’t want to put him in a position where he plays 10 plays and that’s his season,” Freeze said.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 13, 2016, 08:52:01 am
 Zach Abolverdi ‏@ZachAbolverdi 15h15 hours ago

Zach’s Mail Stack for Florida football and recruiting 4/12

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What will be the most improved unit this fall, offense or defense?

There’s no doubt in my mind that it will be the offense. The Gators are young and inexperienced at pretty much every position, but the depth and talent is what it needs to be.

Even though the quarterback position is still a work in progress, whoever wins the job will easily surpass Treon Harris’ play and should be at least as productive as Will Grier, who out didn’t exactly light it up as the starter outside of the Ole Miss game (sic).

UF now has more playmakers at the skill positions, and a once-weak offensive line could be a team strength this year.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: DeltaBoy on April 13, 2016, 09:31:11 am
Other than Ark and Ole miss it looks like a spring time circus across the SEC!
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 13, 2016, 01:06:07 pm
 AL.com sports ‏@aldotcomSports 1h1 hour ago

Who doesn't love a quarterback competition? We've got a good one going on in Tuscaloosa: http://ow.ly/10Cz6Q

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Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 15, 2016, 06:50:24 am
https://twitter.com/Carvell_AJC/status/720779417740537856
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 15, 2016, 06:53:54 am
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/720793947132571651

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Outside of Cooper Bateman, 6-foot-5, 234 David Cornwell is the most senior member of the quarterback crop. Though he's yet to appear in a collegiate game, Cornwell is now in his third spring with the Crimson Tide. His 6-foot-5 frame is ideal for a pro-style quarterback. From what Nick Saban's said, it sounds like Cornwell's improved the consistency issues that were problematic in the past... He spent spring break working with tight end O.J. Howard in Houston...

Alabama's gone with the experienced quarterback who presents the least concern of the big mistake. Bateman is the only one of the quarterbacks to step on a field, forget throwing a pass. So the betting money's on the junior from Utah, but Cornwell would be the second pick at this point.

This competition is a little different from the past two. Seniors were top candidates and ultimate winners when Blake Sims (2014) and Coker (2015) secured jobs. This year, the successful candidate would be the presumptive incumbent for at least another season. The creates (sic) difficult decisions for those who don't win the job.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 15, 2016, 07:13:10 am
Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 12h12 hours ago

The quarterback quandary: Georgia’s decision isn’t clear

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The best passer rating for a Georgia player last year belonged to Terry Godwin, and he was only a freshman. The only problem is he’s a wide receiver.

Jacob Eason came to Georgia with five-star recruit status and the weight of expectations that he could lift Georgia’s offense. But senior Greyson Lambert, last year’s starter, and junior Brice Ramsey are still around, and have actually run first and second team this spring, while Eason was brought along slowly.

Lambert heads into the game as the slight favorite, having been first team in every practice, at least when the media was watching. Ramsey has also apparently done well enough to remain in contention. Eason? He’s drawn raves, but he’s still just a freshman.

It sets up quite the quandary for Smart and Jim Chaney (offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach) as they make a decision. Especially with Georgia’s front-loaded schedule, starting with North Carolina.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 15, 2016, 10:19:59 am
Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman 1h1 hour ago

Sadie Robertson? Aggies wouldn't care if Trevor Knight was dating Mrs. Robinson, as long as he wins: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/aggies/article/Trevor-Knight-wins-A-M-s-QB-job-while-making-mark-7249866.php …

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... a nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

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A&M has a new celebrity making social media waves, Straight Outta Norman, Okla., previously by way of San Antonio.

The suavely named Trevor Knight also happened to be named the Aggies' starting quarterback this week -

Both Knight and Robertson are seniors - the 22-year-old Knight at A&M and the 18-year-old Robertson at Ouachita Christian School in Monroe, La.

Knight also caught the wandering eye of pop star Katy Perry while he was quarterbacking Oklahoma in October 2014. A guest picker on ESPN's College GameDay, Perry tabbed OU over TCU "based on looks." She added with fake phone to mouth and ear, "Trevor Knight - call me!" Startled GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit responded with a chuckle, "His life just changed forever."

Only a couple of days earlier, Knight completed 25 of 36 passes for 282 yards with three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) and an interception, in the Aggies' spring game...

Sumlin named Knight starter over junior Jake Hubenak. Getting to the heart of the matter (to paraphrase another handsome Texan in Don Henley): the 100,000 fans cramming Kyle Field this fall don't really care if Knight went to a Bieber concert with Sadie Robertson or on a car ride with Mrs. Robinson (see: "The Graduate").

They just pine for a quarterback who will win (simple, right?), and help the program compete for the Aggies' first Southeastern Conference title in their fifth season in the league.

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 15, 2016, 01:53:18 pm
https://twitter.com/Carvell_AJC/status/721031340997615616

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Receiver Ricardo Louis, who is preparing for the NFL Draftthinks the Johnson of old, who threw for 243 yards in one half against Arkansas in 2014 and looked the part of an All-SEC threat as a backup in 2013 and 2014 will emerge again in 2016.

The key? He needs to regain his smile.

“He slowly but surely has the whole summer to get back to where we all know him as the great Jeremy and he will,” Louis told WGZZ-FM in Auburn this week. “I have faith in that. It’s his last year. He’s going to have a sense of urgency about himself. In my opinion I think he’ll end up getting the starting job.”

The three-man battle at the position resulted in no winners this spring. Sean White had the best performance at the A-Day scrimmage, but his 125 yards passing was marred by a fumble inside the red zone. John Franklin III threw for 61 yards and his one touchdown pass, a 40-yarder to Marcus Davis, was lost in the spiraling winds by freshman cornerback Javaris Davis, who should have made a play on the ball.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 16, 2016, 07:54:36 pm
https://twitter.com/KyleTucker_CJ/status/721403659595227136
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 17, 2016, 07:45:24 am
Missouri redshirt freshman wide receiver Richaud Floyd gave his full support to sophomore Drew Lock, following Missouri’s spring game Saturday evening. (https://www.seccountry.com/missouri/mizzou-wide-receiver-gives-his-take-on-the-starting-quarterback-competition)

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“From that scrimmage, I think he’s the No. 1 guy,” Floyd told The Columbia Daily Tribune’s Blake Toppmeyer. “He’s had a big jump from last year with his reading the defense and the consistency with his throws.”

Lock has been locked into a spring competition with Marvin Zanders and Jack Lowary, but he is the closest thing to an incumbent Missouri can offer. Lock started Mizzou’s final eight games after Maty Mauk was dismissed from the team. Lock went 2-6 in those starts, completing 49 percent of his passes overall for 1,332 yards, four touchdowns and eight interceptions as a true freshman.

Lock’s strong performance in Saturday’s spring game (9 of 13 passing for 134 yards, two touchdowns) may give him a leg up in the battle.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 17, 2016, 07:51:17 am
Coming out of Alabama’s A-Day spring game, there are still more questions than answers surrounding Alabama’s quarterback situation. (https://www.seccountry.com/alabama/alabama-quarterback-picture-still-unclear-after-a-day-game)

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The two older quarterbacks — Cooper Bateman and David Cornwell — struggled on the afternoon, as both completed less than 40 percent of their passes for a combined 136 yards. Bateman also threw an interception. That, in large part, is due to having to face Alabama’s first-team defense (good v. better)

The two younger quarterbacks — Blake Barnett and Jalen Hurts — showed flashes of their enormous potential. But they were, to a degree, aided by having the opportunity to face backups and even some third-string teammates on defense.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 17, 2016, 11:04:36 am
https://twitter.com/AP_Top25/status/721717872884649984
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 19, 2016, 09:46:23 am
Paul Finebaum ‏@finebaum 16h16 hours ago

"Throwing the football, I don't know if anybody in this conference can do it better than Eason. He's a star in the making" - @SECbooger

https://twitter.com/finebaum/status/722197663769313281
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 20, 2016, 08:55:23 am
David Cloninger@DCTheState

USC released a post-spring depth chart. Starting QB: Perry Orth OR Brandon McIlwain.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 20, 2016, 02:17:43 pm
https://twitter.com/ESPN_SEC/status/722855587000651777

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After completing his first spring as Missouri’s head coach, Barry Odom said he wants competition to continue across the board -- including at quarterback -- into the summer.

Following solid spring game performances from both Drew Lock and Marvin Zanders, Odom didn’t say he was ready to name a starting quarterback just yet.

“I think it's important that we go into the summer with those guys [competing],” Odom said Tuesday. “Both of those guys have done a great job, they've established themselves as leaders. I want that to continue. I want the competition at every spot to continue. There's a lot of time between now and Sept. 3. I think it's fair for everybody on the roster to know that they've got the opportunity to compete every day and see where it ends up.”

Lock, who took over as the Tigers’ starter for the final eight games last season, was 9-of-13 passing for 134 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday’s Black-and-Gold game. Zanders, a redshirt sophomore who hasn’t yet attempted a collegiate pass, was 8-of-13 passing for 83 yards and a score on Saturday.

Both quarterbacks showed the ability to move the Mizzou offense and took care of the ball -- neither turned it over.

“They look like different players, in a positive way,” Odom said. “Marvin allows the opportunity for some run-pass option. Drew runs better than maybe some people think that he does. We're a little bit limited in what we wanted to ask him to do last year.

“I'm excited about that spot and I'm excited about how they've handled their business. The quarterback position is the most important position in sports. If you have a good one you're probably going to win some games.”

Odom attributed their improvement to the presence of new offensive coordinator Josh Heupel...
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Post by: southarkhog06 on April 20, 2016, 04:06:34 pm
Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman 1h1 hour ago

Sadie Robertson? Aggies wouldn't care if Trevor Knight was dating Mrs. Robinson, as long as he wins: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/aggies/article/Trevor-Knight-wins-A-M-s-QB-job-while-making-mark-7249866.php …

(https://o.twimg.com/2/proxy.jpg?t=HBg7aHR0cDovL3d3Mi5oZG51eC5jb20vcGhvdG9zLzQ1LzMxLzc3Lzk4MDU4MTcvMy9yYXdJbWFnZS5qcGcUxgkU_gQcFIQGFJQDAAAWABIA&s=J2jK1pTBJtTq6MSrV3uR5aDyE-qty3mIWHaU_bxhkUU)

... a nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
jeez, that dudes arm veins are unnatural looking the NCAA may want to test him for PEDs
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 22, 2016, 06:55:30 am
Clarion-Ledger's projection for the Rebels’ two-deep with the season opener on Sept. 5 against Florida State (http://www.clarionledger.com/story/sports/college/ole-miss/2016/04/21/projecting-ole-miss-post-spring-depth-chart-offense/83344396)

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Quarterback

1. Chad Kelly, RSr.
2. Jason Pellerin, RFr.
Kelly enters this fall as one of the top returning quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference after throwing for more than 4,000 yards and rushing for 500 last fall. Hernia surgery knocked him out of the final week of spring workouts, leading Pellerin to take snaps over five-star signee Shea Patterson.
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Post by: jbcarol on April 22, 2016, 08:16:13 am
Ross Dellenger ‏@RossDellenger 22h22 hours ago

LSU Spring Position Recap: Quarterback. Where Brandon Harris is the clear leader - http://bit.ly/1SUmvhT

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Position: Quarterback

Spring Depth Chart:

    Brandon Harris
    Danny Etling
    Justin McMillan
    Caleb Lewis

Projected Fall Depth Chart: (see Spring Depth Chart)

Harris clear leader: The rising junior receiver took all, if not most, of the snaps with the starting group in the spring game and in the final spring scrimmage a week earlier. Also, coach Les Miles, after that final scrimmage, said this of Harris: “He’s ready to be the quarterback.” In a Q&A, Cam Cameron raved about Harris’ progression over the last few months, his maturity and growth.

Etling the perfect backup: Smart, consistent, hard-worker. Those are words people use to describe Purdue Transfer Danny Etling, and they’re why many believe he’s the perfect backup quarterback to have if Harris were to go down with injury or if he were to have a struggling stretch in 2016.
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Post by: jbcarol on April 22, 2016, 08:26:11 am
Clarion-Ledger breaks down Mississippi State’s quarterback competition, from Nick Tiano, with the least experience, to Damian Williams, who is the only one that has started a game.

The conversation continues with Damian Williams. (http://www.clarionledger.com/story/sports/college/mississippi-state/2016/04/21/post-pring-quarterback-evaluation-damian-williams/83343162)

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It’s difficult to envision a worse start to the spring than Williams’ first scrimmage. The junior completed 2 of 11 passes for 27 yards and threw three interceptions. Many already wrote Williams off in the quarterback competition before it. The performance reiterated that belief.

However, the most experienced signal caller on the roster proved his critics wrong in the final two scrimmages where he completed 26 of 37 passes for 338 yards and four touchdowns. All were highs among the quarterbacks.

“He’s played a ton,” quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson said. “To me, he’s the only one who’s started a game here. He has the most experience. As you all well know, experience is life’s best teacher.”

While some may point to the fact that Williams didn’t finish his only start (2013 Egg Bowl), Williams guided MSU to victory in overtime at Arkansas the week before.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 25, 2016, 06:44:37 am
https://twitter.com/skhanjr/status/723175916742938624
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Post by: jbcarol on April 25, 2016, 09:46:04 am
ESPN SEC Blog: Now that practice is officially over, it’s time to begin our post-spring position rankings.

Up first: quarterbacks. (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/116320/sec-post-spring-position-rankings-sorting-through-the-qb-battles)

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Remember, around this time last year we had Auburn No. 3 and Arkansas No. 6. And we all know how that played out with Jeremy Johnson imploding and Brandon Allen emerging as the nation’s highest rated passer, according to QBR.

1. Ole Miss

2. Tennessee: Joshua Dobbs is the smartest guy in the room and easily the East’s top signal-caller...

3. LSU

4. A&M

5. Arkansas: Coaches knew who they wanted all along, they simply wanted to see a few days of spring practice to be sure Austin Allen was the one. And he didn’t disappoint...

6. Georgia: Is it the perfect situation for Kirby Smart? No, but the first-time head coach has options. On the one hand, he can go with the experience of Greyson Lambert and hope he turns a corner as a senior. If that doesn’t work out, he’s got Jacob Eason up his sleeve. While starting a true freshman is inherently risky, Eason has the kind of talent that’s hard to let ride the bench.

7. Kentucky: Drew Barker

8. Alabama: There was never the possibility of a starter being named coming out of spring

9. Florida: Luke Del Rio hasn’t been named the starter yet, just don’t tell Gator fans

10. Missouri: Drew Lock was a mess last year

11. Auburn: The hope was that the clouds would part, John Franklin would set foot on campus and all would be right with Gus Malzahn’s offense. But the speedy juco transfer never took charge of the quarterback battle, throwing for 61 yards during the spring game. With Sean White and Jeremy Johnson still in the mix...

12. Mississippi State: One man isn’t going to fill the shoes of Dak Prescott

13: Vanderbilt: Kyle Shurmur

14. South Carolina: Having Perry Orth and Brandon McIlwain as co-No. 1s is what some might describe as being stuck between a rock and a hard place.
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Post by: jbcarol on April 27, 2016, 01:25:02 pm
ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC 4h4 hours ago

Where SEC West QB battles stand post-spring

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/116424/where-sec-west-qb-battles-stand-post-spring

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Bama: Cooper Bateman is the leader leaving spring...

Arkansas: Austin Allen, the younger brother of former starter Brandon Allen, won the starting job before Arkansas’ spring game.

Auburn: one of the unsolved mysteries of the SEC.

LSU: Brandon Harris, even with all his on-field struggles, is the starter.

State: Well, we still don’t know who will replace Dak Prescott.

A&M: In another not-so-shocking turn of events, Oklahoma transfer Trevor Knight earned the starting job...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on April 28, 2016, 06:40:53 am
Who will Mississippi State start at quarterback in 2016? (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/116434/take-your-pick-who-will-mississippi-state-start-at-quarterback-in-2016)

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Alex Scarborough: I wouldn’t be surprised if all four quarterbacks played significant reps this season. I just don’t see enough separation to warrant going all-in on any of them.

But If I’m Dan Mullen, I’m moving ahead with Nick Fitzgerald as my starter and hoping Nick Tiano develops into someone who can challenge to play by midseason.

(For what it’s worth, Elijah Staley is simply too rough around the edges as a passer for my liking and Damian Williams’ potential doesn’t get me excited.)

Edward Aschoff: I'm just going to take Fitzgerald and be done with it.

I agree that Fitzgerald will be the guy early on, but I also think he'll be the answer all season long. He didn't do anything to lose his lead at the position this spring, and he was a decent backup for Prescott last year. He threw for 235 yards and three touchdowns last year. In extensive work against Troy -- yeah, it's just Troy, but still -- he completed 6 of 7 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns. He hasn't been asked to do a lot, but he's been careful with the football and he's made all the throws needed.
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Post by: jbcarol on May 02, 2016, 07:21:29 am
ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC Apr 29

Take your pick: Who will South Carolina start at quarterback in 2016?

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/116537/take-your-pick-who-will-south-carolina-start-at-quarterback-in-2016

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Spring practice has wrapped up across the SEC, and the top storyline for most teams coming out of it is still the quarterback position. Some teams named a starter in the spring. Others are leaving it open until fall camp begins in August.

This week, we’ll examine five of these open competitions in the conference...

South Carolina Gamecocks

Brandon McIlwain is the most talented quarterback on the roster. Of that I have little doubt. But if I'm Will Muschamp, I'm not ready to throw him to the wolves yet. I'd be too worried about what pieces of the young QB will come back.

In the midst of a rebuilding effort, why not hand the reins to a veteran quarterback in Perry Orth?

Greg Ostendorf: Give McIlwain the job. Did you see him in the spring game? He looked confident, completing 19 of his 26 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns. Plus, he can run the ball, which makes him a perfect fit for Kurt Roper’s up-tempo offense.

I know, I know. I’m the same guy who earlier in the week said Georgia should go with Greyson Lambert...
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Post by: jbcarol on May 04, 2016, 10:57:38 am
Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 11 seconds ago

Mark Stoops says he’s seen ‘big change’ in QB Drew Barker http://sec.news/1Zd6A30

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Drew Barker is the starter at Kentucky after a strong performance in spring practices, and coach Mark Stoops says that the sophomore has made a significant jump since the end of the 2015 season.

“I’ve seen a big change in Drew and I want to continue to see that,” Stoops said during a teleconference call on Wednesday. “I’ve seen a maturity in him. He’s much more composed on and off the field. I see a guy much more hungry to learn.”

Barker played in five games as a redshirt freshman in 2015, starting the last two games of the season. He finished the year with 364 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

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Post by: jbcarol on May 05, 2016, 06:54:54 am
McElwain expects Florida QB Luke Del Rio to be as productive, or better, than Will Grier  (https://www.seccountry.com/florida/jim-mcelwain-expects-florida-qb-luke-del-rio-to-be-as-productive-or-better-than-will-grier)

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Not only had Grier led their team to a 6-0 start, which fell apart after his suspension, but he was UF’s most productive player at the position since former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. Grier, now at West Virginia [rather than test the supplemental draft], had 1,204 passing yards and a 66 percent completion rate, along with 10 touchdowns and just three interceptions.

He came up clutch against Tennessee, throwing a game-winning score for 63 yards on fourth down. The following week, he tossed four touchdowns and completed 83 percent of his pass attempts in the upset victory over Ole Miss.

With Luke Del Rio likely to be the starting quarterback for Florida, the biggest question is if he can be as productive as Grier.

“Obviously we kind of expect that. We expect him to take it farther than that,” McElwain said when asked at the Space Coast Gator Club. “That’s kind of what it’s all about. But we’ll see how he leads the team, we’ll see how he takes what the defense gives him and time will tell there.”
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Post by: jbcarol on May 05, 2016, 12:04:55 pm
Wes Rucker ‏@wesrucker247 48s49 seconds ago

#Vols QB Joshua Dobbs will start his second Pratt & Whitney aerospace internship on Monday in Montreal.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 05, 2016, 12:09:32 pm
https://twitter.com/ESPN_SEC/status/728255778734276610

https://twitter.com/BrentZwerneman/status/727918236864417792
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 05, 2016, 12:12:25 pm
Michael Bonner ‏@MikeBBonner 1h1 hour ago

Mullen doesn't place a timetable on naming a starting quarterback.

Mullen on QB: One of the tough parts of the job is you’ve gotta be really flexible. No two situations are the same.

Mullen: We’re going to sort through it until someone gives us the best opportunity to win.

Mullen: The team has to be ready for not just one, but multiple quarterbacks.

Mullen said QBs won't be hit in the fall. They were allowed to be hit every scrimmage and during the spring game.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 05, 2016, 01:43:31 pm
https://twitter.com/bmarcello/status/728247972627099648

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LAGRANGE, Georgia — Gus Malzahn is not concerned about published reports questioning whether incoming quarterback Woody Barrett will meet NCAA academic requirements to enroll at Auburn.

In fact, he’s expecting the four-star, dual-threat athlete on Auburn’s campus soon.

Barrett had yet to meet SAT requirements in January to be granted admission into Auburn University, according to an Orlando Sentinel report. Barrett and West Orange High coach Bob Head would not discuss Barrett’s academic status during a visit with SEC Country in Winter Garden, Florida in April, though the quarterback was actively seeking academic counseling at the time.

“Yes, Woody is gonna make it and we all feel good about it on both sides,” Head told SEC Country Thursday. “Waiting on his SAT score to return and put this behind us, but he is working hard and plans to be at Auburn in a month.

“Coach Malzahn said juco is not an option for Woody,” Head told the Orlando Sentinel in January. “His core GPA is over a 3.0, so now it’s just a matter of him meeting the mark on the [NCAA] sliding scale..."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 16, 2016, 09:07:15 am
John Franklin III says he's the nation's fastest quarterback (http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2016/04/auburns_john_franklin_iii_says.html?hootPostID=25eb11cd026aa2a434d0854fc3eeccda)

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As football players ran the 40-yard dash at Auburn's indoor athletic facility, Franklin took to Twitter to announce he was clocked at 4.25 seconds hand-timed and 4.28 seconds laser-timed. He posted video...

Auburn does not release the results from the 40-yard dashes...

https://twitter.com/jf3_5/status/725813261975863297

Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 17, 2016, 09:43:22 pm
https://twitter.com/ESPN_SEC/status/732617243587010564

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Kentucky coach Mark Stoops felt confident enough to name Drew Barker the starter after the spring, but cautioned that while he’s seen a big change in Barker, “This is one semester. He needs to have a great summer; he needs to be a great leader in organizing all voluntary workouts and throwing with receivers and running backs and tight ends.”

Said McElwain: “As much emphasis as you put on the spring, your team is actually developed over the summer. Your locker room is built. Your leadership is built.”

...of the 14 teams in the SEC, only Kentucky, Arkansas (Austin Allen), Ole Miss (Chad Kelly) and Texas A&M (Trevor Knight) have official starters. There’s a reason for that.
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Post by: jbcarol on May 18, 2016, 06:21:04 pm
 Brent Zwerneman ‏@BrentZwerneman 6h6 hours ago Houston, TX

Sumlin said when he told Knight he was starter, Knight turned to Jake Hubenak: 'I could be done in 1 play. We need your leadership, too'
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 19, 2016, 12:11:47 pm
https://twitter.com/JasonHButt/status/733316462169993216
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 20, 2016, 06:45:33 pm
South Carolina's quarterback battle now has one fewer competitor.

Former Gamecocks starter Connor Mitch will graduate this summer and transfer to another program (http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2016/05/south_carolina_qb_connor_mitch.html)

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Senior Perry Orth, sophomore Lorenzo Nunez and freshman Brandon McIlwain remain in contention to start at quarterback for South Carolina this season. Freshman Bobby Bentley, a former Opelika High School star, will also join the team this fall.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 23, 2016, 02:28:09 pm
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/734812414043131904

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Cornwell, the 6-foot-5, 234-pound redshirt sophomore, throws a better ball than Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford, according to the quarterback coach who has worked with both players.

"He's got the same accuracy as Sam Bradford," said Terry Shea, a former college head coach and long-time quarterback coach. "I thought Sam Bradford threw a very catchable ball coming out of Oklahoma. David throws a very catchable ball and has a tight spiral probably a bit tighter than Sam Bradford. They are very similar in a lot of ways."

Cornwell hasn't played in a game yet for the Crimson Tide but is believed to have a real shot to win the starting job come fall. He and Cooper Bateman were viewed as the top two quarterbacks during spring practice. Cornwell was believed to have a strong shot at the job coming out of spring practice last season, but fell behind Jake Coker, Alec Morris and Bateman in August. With Coker and Morris now gone, and with improved consistency, Cornwell has a serious shot to open against USC in Dallas as Alabama's starting quarterback.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 24, 2016, 09:08:42 pm
Muschamp talks quarterbacks (https://www.seccountry.com/south-carolina/muschamp-talks-quarterbacks-but-questions-remain)

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – Everybody wants to know what’s up at quarterback.

From Connor Mitch’s transfer to the four candidates for this year’s starting spot, South Carolina coach Will Muschamp fielded several quarterback-related questions...

“That’s Connor’s decision and we wish him all the luck,” Muschamp said.

On the post-spring depth chart, senior Perry Orth and freshman Brandon McIlwain were listed as the co-starters ahead of Mitch.

Orth went 1-7 as a starter for the Gamecocks last season. The former walk-on completed 55 percent of his passes for 1,929 yards with 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Though his spring was cut short by a broken collarbone, Orth is almost fully recovered.

“He’s being cleared to throw this week,” Muschamp said. “He’s doing very well.”

Like Orth, Lorenzo Nunez’s spring was cut short because of an injury (knee)...

“Lorenzo, he came to South Carolina to play quarterback and he deserves that opportunity,” Muschamp said. “If (moving to wide receiver) was something that he wanted to do, I certainly would talk to him about.

“At the end of the day, they all want to play. There’s only one quarterback on the field, so if he wants to be involved in that battle in fall camp, he’ll have every opportunity.”

Jake Bentley will join the quarterback competition when he reports to campus in the next few days. However, NCAA rules prohibit Muschamp from talking about the four-star recruit.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on May 26, 2016, 08:59:39 am
Florida’s quarterback competition should be settled before season opener (https://www.seccountry.com/florida/floridas-quarterback-competition-should-be-settled-before-season-opener)

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“We’ll be able to see that when we get to camp,” McElwain said Wednesday at the Central Florida Gator Club. “You can see how guys kind of gravitate (to one player) and their reactions, how guys handle huddles and that type of deal. We’ll get a pretty good idea then.”

Redshirt sophomore Luke Del Rio and graduate transfer Austin Appleby are the front-runners for the job. Del Rio came out of spring leading the race, but Appleby’s two years of experience as a starter at Purdue has kept him in contention.

The Gators are currently doing summer conditioning and player-run workouts, and McElwain said one of the quarterbacks will separate himself during this time.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 06, 2016, 06:47:44 am
NFL.com’s Dan Parr named three SEC quarterbacks, and two former SEC passers, on his list of college quarterbacks with the strongest arms. (https://www.seccountry.com/sec/nfl-com-names-3-sec-quarterbacks-among-strongest-arms-in-college-football)

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The strongest arm in the country belongs to Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly, according to the pundit.

Tennessee’s Joshua Dobbs was the next QB on the list at No. 11.

An SEC quarterback on Parr’s list hasn’t even taken a collegiate snap yet. Parr ranked Florida incoming freshman Feleipe Franks at No. 16.

Former SEC QB was Kentucky’s Patrick Towles, who is now at Boston College as a graduate transfer, was No. 8 on Parr’s list.

Ex-Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk appeared at No. 13 on the list. Mauk was dismissed from the team in January before finding a new home at Eastern.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 09, 2016, 12:34:47 pm
South Carolina Gamecocks (http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/117600/sec-intriguing-freshmen-south-carolina-gamecocks)

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We’ve all heard Brandon McIlwain’s name already. The ESPN 300 quarterback enrolled early and went through spring practice. He threw for 169 yards and two touchdowns in the spring game.

But now there’s another stud freshman on campus. Jake Bentley, originally in the 2017 class, graduated high school a year early and will be eligible to play this fall. Before reclassifying, he was the No. 2 pocket passer and was ranked No. 33 overall in the ESPN Junior 300. At 6-foot-4 and 219 pounds, he has prototypical size and is more of a traditional quarterback than McIlwain. And for those who think Bentley might redshirt, why skip your senior year in high school just to come in and redshirt? This has quickly become one of the more intriguing QB battles to watch with Perry Orth and Lorenzo Nunez returning, plus the two freshmen.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 13, 2016, 12:54:55 pm
https://twitter.com/Carvell_AJC/status/742131058464960513

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Bama will be better through the air this season...

Last season was such a train wreck that things can only get better for Auburn through the air. If they don’t, Gus Malzahn’s squad might not be bowl eligible this season.

New Gators quarterback (either Luke Del Rio or Austin Appleby) is in a tight spot. The uncertainty — and last year’s aerial nosedive after Grier’s departure — make us think this passing offense will be worse in 2016.

It’s do or die for Les Miles, and he should have a better passing attack in such a critical year

The loss of Prescott — probably the best player in Bulldogs history — means Mississippi State likely will take a step back in the win/loss column, and will certainly be worse through the air.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 16, 2016, 07:33:04 am
https://twitter.com/Carvell_AJC/status/743419275977891840
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 16, 2016, 11:09:15 am
https://twitter.com/Carvell_AJC/status/743474418593239040

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Fran Tarkenton said he’d be surprised if Jacob Eason didn’t start for the Bulldogs. Matthew Stafford likes what he’s seen from the freshman signal caller.

Hines Ward said he was in favor of starting Eason at quarterback next season, according to Atlanta’s 11Alive. Ward, who recently told SEC Country that he was “dead serious” about wanting to coach at Georgia, was invited to Thursday’s camp by former Bulldogs offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.

The former five-star recruit is in competition with veterans Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey for the starting gig.
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Post by: jbcarol on June 17, 2016, 05:00:19 pm
https://twitter.com/JasonHButt/status/743912003572498432

Would know.

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BUFORD -- Bobo recruited Brice Ramsey to be a starting quarterback at Georgia.

In three seasons, including a redshirt year, Ramsey has yet to crack the starting lineup. There has long been a feel that if Bobo, Georgia’s offensive coordinator before taking the head coaching job at Colorado State, stuck around in Athens that Ramsey would have been the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback in 2015.

It wasn’t to be, as Brian Schottenheimer came in for a one-and-done season and named graduate transfer Greyson Lambert the starter.

While Lambert started 12 of Georgia’s 13 games in 2015, Ramsey is very much in the mix for the starting quarterback job along with highly touted freshman Jacob Eason, another quarterback Bobo recruited while on staff at Georgia.
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Post by: jbcarol on June 19, 2016, 05:10:36 pm
https://twitter.com/Carvell_AJC/status/744591624785793025

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BUFORD –One of Georgia’s most famous former football players would rather not wait to see the most famous current one.

Hines Ward, the retired NFL receiver, was attending a satellite camp here on Thursday when he asked his thoughts on Jacob Eason, and whether the five-star quarterback recruit should play right away or be brought along slowly.

Ward didn’t dance around it.

“I say play him,” he said. “Playing him is the best experience you can get. Just don’t overwhelm him and give him too much. But by being on the field you definitely learn a lot more than sitting on the sidelines. Because you don’t really get that experience sitting on the sideline, not being in the fire.”

But a bit of a cautionary note was also offered up by … Bobo.

“College football, especially in the SEC, it’s a brutal league,” Bobo said. “They’ve got very good defenses. Quarterbacks, sometimes, when you put them out there when they’re not ready sometimes you can lose that confidence that they’ve gained. So you want to give them a chance to be successful.

“Because you’ve gotta realize he’s not the savior. Everybody thinks he’s the savior. Well no one person is the savior. He’s gotta grow and develop, and hopefully at a pace where he can play sooner rather than later. But you’ve gotta make sure they’re ready before you play them.

“I called him a couple times and told him he might as well come to Colorado State,” Bobo said, smiling...
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 21, 2016, 01:39:07 pm
https://twitter.com/Carvell_AJC/status/745308714148724736
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on June 23, 2016, 07:39:26 am
For the third straight season, Alabama will enter fall camp with an open quarterback competition

The firm of Bateman, Cornwell, Barnett and Hurts are all competing for the opportunity to replace Jake Coker

A-Day left more questions than answers (https://www.seccountry.com/alabama/most-important-alabama-player-in-2016-no-12)

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The two older quarterbacks — Bateman and Cornwell — struggled and both completed less than 40 percent of their passes for a combined 136 yards. Bateman also threw an interception. That, in large part, was due to having to face Alabama’s first-team defense...

Barnett and Hurts — showed flashes of their enormous potential. But they were, to a degree, aided by having the opportunity to face backups and even some third-string teammates.

Bateman would likely be the starter if Alabama played tomorrow — Saban has said as much — and the redshirt junior is the only player with any collegiate experience, which Saban values.

But keep an eye on Hurts. Even if he doesn’t start, it wouldn’t be surprising if coordinator Lane Kiffin cooks up a package for him on offense.
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Post by: jbcarol on June 23, 2016, 01:23:19 pm
LSU QB Brandon Harris hopes to emulate LeBron James

Harris is looking to replicate some of the leadership qualities the 4-time NBA MVP shows

Harris said his leadership style is similar (https://www.seccountry.com/lsu/lsu-qb-brandon-harris-hopes-to-emulate-lebron-james)

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“LeBron (James) was telling his guys, ‘Be a star in your role, wherever that’s at.’ Whether that’s me trying to help the quarterbacks … Regardless of if I’m trying to be the leader of the team, we’ve still got young quarterbacks in the room, whether that be Lindsey Scott, who’s coming in and he’s a freshman. We’re trying to help him. All of the quarterbacks in the room is trying to help everybody.”
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Post by: jbcarol on June 24, 2016, 01:31:38 pm
https://twitter.com/RossDellenger/status/746381663165259780

Harris on last year: "I take full responsibility for last year. I was terrible. I was bad. Didn't live up to expectation."
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Post by: jbcarol on June 26, 2016, 08:21:40 pm
rank the SEC’s starting quarterback, running back and wide receiver combos.  (https://www.seccountry.com/sec/ranking-each-sec-teams-qb1-rb1-wr1-combo)

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14. Missouri Tigers
QB Drew Lock – RB Ish Witter – WR Nate Brown

11. Auburn Tigers
QB John Franklin III – RB Jovon Robinson – WR Marcus Davis

10. Vanderbilt Commodores
QB Kyle Shurmur – RB Ralph Webb – WR Trent Sherfield

9. Arkansas Razorbacks
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Post by: jbcarol on June 27, 2016, 06:14:25 pm
https://twitter.com/finebaum/status/747515772856074240
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Post by: jbcarol on June 28, 2016, 08:50:27 am
https://twitter.com/Carvell_AJC/status/747784872874344448

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Nick Saban doesn’t unveil much when it comes to a position battles, leaving Crimson Tide fans grasping for any insight they can on the ongoing Alabama quarterback competition.

Will it be junior Cooper Bateman? Redshirt sophomore David Cornwell? Redshirt freshman Blake Barnett? Could it possibly be true freshman Jalen Hurts?

The answer will likely be unveiled as the Crimson Tide offense takes the field for the first time against Southern Cal on Sept. 3 in Arlington...

Saban said in April that Bateman would be the Tide starter ‘if we had to play today,’ and the quarterback worked out at the Manning Passing Academy last week in Louisiana. Among those in attendance was former Cleveland Browns general manager and longtime NFL scout Phil Savage.

He walked away impressed with the Crimson Tide quarterback, but questioned one thing about his game.

“With Cooper, I think it’s pretty obvious that he’s an athletic player,” Savage told Jox Radio’s The Roundtable on Monday. “He of course, dabbled at wide receiver for a spell at Alabama. The short to intermediate stuff he seems to be pretty good at. Anything beyond 25 yards though, the ball seems to come apart on him for whatever reason. I don’t know technically why that would happen, I’ve never worked closely enough with him to know.

“But I think the fact that he was there … guys, this is a quarterback culture that the Mannings have tried to develop and pass along to the next generation,” Savage continued. “And that exposure of being there Thursday, Friday, Saturday night, getting a chance to talk to Peyton and Eli, under the leadership of Archie, just the approach to the position, I cannot help but think that it would help him.”
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Post by: jbcarol on June 29, 2016, 06:21:24 am
https://twitter.com/Carvell_AJC/status/748108913892024320

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Maybe Jacob Eason runs away with the quarterback competition and starts Georgia’s opener against North Carolina. Or maybe he doesn’t and the Bulldogs go with one of their two veterans on the roster, Greyson Lambert or Brice Ramsey. Or maybe Eason does get the nod in Game One, falters badly, and now they have to turn back to Lambert or Ramsey.

Any of those scenarios underscore the importance of whomever ends up being the understudy at quarterback for Georgia this season. No matter who ultimately gets the starting job at the beginning of the year, somebody better be ready to step in and they better be better than adequate. Otherwise, the Bulldogs could see their season run off the rails before it really gets going.

Bulldogs are as blessed as any team in the conference in that regard. Lambert, a senior, has played in 28 games in his career. He has started 21 of them, including 12 of Georgia’s 13 last year, 10 of them victories. That’s a lot of game-day experience and success. And even though he hasn’t started in his career, Ramsey has been on the field a lot. He’s 21 years old now and has participated in 19 games. Having punted in several of those and in some critical situations, he should no longer be overwhelmed by any situation.
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Post by: jbcarol on June 30, 2016, 09:33:15 am
Brandon McIlwain

Freshman quarterback

6-0, 206 pounds (http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/josh-kendall-blog/article86684007.html)

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This early enrollee might not take the starting job away from Perry Orth, but it’s a good bet he will get on the field this year even if he doesn’t. McIlwain’s athletic ability will make him a tempting change-of-pace option for the Gamecocks even if Orth is the regular starter. On top of that, Muschamp was undone at Florida partially due to injuries at quarterback so they’ll have two quarterbacks ready at all times.
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Post by: jbcarol on July 09, 2016, 10:58:35 am
https://twitter.com/Carvell_AJC/status/751031078895382528

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Tony Eason is, of course, the father of Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason. To clear up some confusion I’ve heard out there, Tony Eason is not the retired New England Patriots quarterback. He is, however, a former receiver at Notre Dame (1985-86).

Tony Eason told me that his son worked this summer with his longtime personal quarterback coach Lavelle Durant. DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell reported on that last week. Tony Eason also told me that, earlier this summer, Jacob Eason also went to San Diego to attend the Steve Clarkson elite quarterback camp. Clarkson, a former NFL player, is considered one of the preeminent quarterback trainers in America. He has a client list that includes Ben Roethlisberger, Brett Hundley, Terrell Pryor, Matt Leinart, Matt Barkley, Josh Freeman, Matt Cassel and Tim Tebow, among others.

But it was what Tony Eason told me about the training that Jacob is getting back in Athens on the UGA campus under first-year offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Jim Chaney that impressed me most.

“Those things have just become his lifestyle, habit if you will,” Tony Eason said of his son working with elite trainers. “But the real training is with Coach Chaney. He is a phenomenal coach. He could not be happier with the situation he is in. The coaching staff Kirby put together is exactly what Jake was looking for.”

NCAA rules now allow for coaching staffs to work with their players eight hours a week during the summer. It used to be only strength and conditioning coaches could work directly with the players during the offseason.

That’s particularly beneficial for a young quarterback competing for a starting job in the fall. Chaney is a big reason Jacob Eason ultimately honored his commitment to sign with Georgia last December after Mark Richt was dismissed as head coach.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 09, 2016, 11:00:26 am
https://twitter.com/AdamSparks/status/750369407898189824
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 09, 2016, 11:38:22 am
https://twitter.com/Carvell_AJC/status/750718907728728064
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Post by: jbcarol on July 09, 2016, 11:54:33 am
https://twitter.com/Carvell_AJC/status/750345153219559424
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Post by: jbcarol on July 09, 2016, 12:17:33 pm
SEC freshmen QBs in the last 10 years: The good, the bad and the ugly  (https://www.seccountry.com/sec/sec-freshmen-qbs-in-the-last-10-years-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly)

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The Good

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M  (2012) – Aggie became the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy.

Aaron Murray, Georgia (2010) –

Tyler Bray, Tennessee (2010) – When Bray took over against Memphis, he drastically changed the course of Tennessee’s season.

The Bad

Treon Harris, Florida (2014)

Kyle Allen, Texas A&M (2014) – Allen was hailed as the golden child, the No. 1 overall quarterback recruit in the class of 2014. With Johnny Manziel leaving for the NFL, Aggies fans were clamoring to see what Allen could do. But while the results were not bad, the total mismanagement of quarterbacks by Kevin Sumlin made for an awkward first season. QB Kenny "Trill" Hill won the job at first and led the Aggies to a hot start. But after Hill struggled, Allen was given the reins.

The Ugly

Jarrett Lee, LSU (2008) – Say whatever you want about Lee’s career at LSU, but his freshman season was ugly.

Kyler Murray, Texas A&M (2015) – While he did struggle mightily on the field, this ranking has less to do with poor stats (686 yards, 5 touchdowns, 7 interceptions) and more to do with the circus he brought off the field. There are multiple reports alleging Murray was displeased that he did not win the starting job out of fall camp, and that his tension with fellow QB Kyle Allen and offensive coordinator Jake Spavital eventually caused the locker room to implode. Murray eventually transferred to Oklahoma...
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Post by: jbcarol on July 09, 2016, 03:53:03 pm
https://twitter.com/aldotcomSports/status/751567815363166208

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When the SEC released its list of player attendees for next week's Media Days, one fact jumped off the page — there will be just three active quarterbacks in Hoover next week.

That seems an alarmingly low number for a 14-team league that has produced eight of the last 10 national championships and cranks out NFL-ready talent with factory efficiency. But only Ole Miss' Chad Kelly, Tennessee's Joshua Dobbs and Texas A&M's Trevor Knight were deemed worthy of representing their teams at the SEC's showcase preseason event.

Is quarterback play in the SEC at an extremely low ebb, or is this simply a transition year?

It's worth nothing that there are only three SEC schools that have returning quarterbacks who started the majority of their team's games last year — Ole Miss, Tennessee and LSU (Brandon Harris). Auburn, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina and Georgia also return quarterbacks with some experience, though in a few cases it's uncertain or unlikely if that quarterback will be the full-time starter to begin this year.

Alabama, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Florida will definitely have first-year starters this season, with last year's starter having either exhausted his eligibility or transferred away. (Incidentally, that Knight has apparently become a leader for the Aggies so quickly either says something about his personality or something about the tumultuous situation in College Station — maybe both).

Recent NFL drafts also paint a grim picture of the SEC's quarterback situation. While there were a number of former SEC stars quarterbacking pro teams last year — Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Cam Newton, Jay Cutler and Matthew Stafford among them — very few of those came into the league in the last half-decade.

Since the Carolina Panthers made Newton the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft, only one SEC quarterback has gone in the first round. That was Johnny Manziel in 2014, and we saw how that turned out (that doesn't count Ryan Tannehill, a first-round pick in 2012 out of Texas A&M, which was then about to enter the SEC).
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Post by: jbcarol on July 09, 2016, 07:50:44 pm
Former Georgia punter Drew Butler, now with the Arizona Cardinals, said he thought Brice Ramsey deserved more of a shot to start at quarterback in 2015 (http://www.macon.com/sports/college/university-of-georgia/bulldogs-beat/uga-football/article87963322.html)

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EATONTON  It didn’t surprise former Georgia punter Drew Butler to see Brice Ramsey punting at the tail end of the 2015 season.

After all, Butler knows the kind of athlete Ramsey is, considering he’s maintained close ties to the Georgia program in the midst of his NFL career beginning to take off. At the same time, Butler, who has been the Arizona Cardinals' punter the past two seasons, believes Ramsey’s first position is at quarterback, a spot he thought the fourth-year junior deserved more consideration for a year ago.

“I don’t think he got his fair shot at quarterback,” Butler said. “I’m rooting for him. When he got his chance to shine he turned a lot of (punts) over and had some big punts. It’ll be interesting to see if he competes again as a punter and gets a few reps at quarterback. He’s a competitor and a football player. If you can make plays at the punter position, hey, I’m cheering for you.”

Ramsey is competing for the starting quarterback job with fifth-year senior Greyson Lambert and freshman Jacob Eason. Entering the 2015 preseason, Ramsey was considered the leader for the job before Lambert beat him out. Ramsey saw some game action but didn't start a game, all while Lambert started 12 and Faton Bauta started one.

Ramsey will also soon compete for the starting punter job with freshman Marshall Long once preseason practice starts in August.

With Georgia losing kicker Marshall Morgan and punter Collin Barber to graduation, Butler said it’s important for the program’s new starting specialists to step up.
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Post by: jbcarol on July 10, 2016, 08:09:18 pm
Bill King: With SEC Media Days this week marking the unofficial beginning of the 2016 college football season, the chatter among Dawgs fans over who should start at quarterback and tailback for Georgia against North Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (https://www.dawgnation.com/football/opinion/junkyard-mail-fans-debate-ugas-first-game-starters-at-qb-tailback)

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I think this is where the UGA coaching staff gets a chance to really earn those huge paychecks.

If Smart and Chaney are inclined to bring early enrollee Eason along gradually, they’ll probably go with the experienced game manager Lambert (unless Brice Ramsey just wows everyone in August drills), no matter who starts at running back. But I expect Eason to play early, probably in the first game.

One thing I do think we’ll see as a result of Michel’s injury: Chaney having his QB (whoever it is) throw a lot to the Dawgs’ talented, deep corps of tight ends. Getting those guys the ball in space would be a great way to make up for a diminished running attack and also take some pressure of the starting QB.

— Bill King, Junkyard Blawg
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Post by: jbcarol on July 11, 2016, 11:00:04 pm
https://twitter.com/Carvell_AJC/status/752645710764470273

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“Winning the team. The biggest thing always,” McElroy said of the upcoming fall camp battle. “And that was what I think made the difference for Jake (Coker) last year. Who is the quarterback the team is most willing to play for? Because at the end of the day as a quarterback a large part of your job is being a salesman.

“The reality is, when I step in the huddle, or Jake, or Blake, and you call the play, the other 10 guys in the huddle better think that’s the greatest play-call in the history of the world. Because you want them to go to the line of scrimmage with unbelievable confidence… You might be the most talented guy in the world, but if the guys won’t play for you, it’s not going to be an easy road.”

Here’s what the new ESPN color analyst had to say about each:

Cooper Bateman
“He’s an outstanding athlete. If he were to get the job, I imagine it would look a lot like what Blake Sims was at the position, the type of offense they tried to implement. He was really good in the Ole Miss game..."

Blake Barnett
“It’s unknown at this point. He’s never done it on the field. That’s OK. You can win the job as a redshirt freshman. But he’s going to have to prove to his teammates that he’s going to be able to function..."

David Cornwell
“I think David was a guy last year that kind of disappeared a little bit after the spring. If you would’ve asked me at (SEC) Media Days, I would’ve said he might be the guy. Cooper was playing wide receiver in the spring last year. So he wasn’t even really on the radar for me… (Cornwell) has got a big arm, a similar game to Jake Coker. I don’t think he’s quite the athlete. His release is quicker. I’m not sure his arm is any weaker.”

Jalen Hurts
“An athletic guy, very different when it comes to the skill set he brings. He could have a package..."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 12, 2016, 07:43:49 am
https://twitter.com/Carvell_AJC/status/752841434789740544
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 12, 2016, 08:05:38 am
 Adam Sparks ‏@AdamSparks 16h16 hours ago

Derek Mason on QB: "I have named Kyle Shurmur the starter. That's where we are. He is the guy to lead this football team."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 13, 2016, 07:26:15 am
Many fans had decided it was a foregone conclusion that 5-star QB recruit Jacob Eason would step in and start at quarterback for the Bulldogs this season, but Kirby Smart tried to slow down the hype train (https://www.seccountry.com/sec/winners-and-losers-of-sec-media-days-day-2)

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Smart clarified that starting quarterback is not based on most talent, but rather who gives Georgia the best chance to win. This statement would seem to be directly referring to the touted Eason. Smart’s comments reinforced that Georgia will consider a more experienced quarterback, like senior Greyson Lambert —
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Post by: jbcarol on July 13, 2016, 08:08:06 am
Only four quarterback jobs have been solidified in the SEC — Chad Kelly at Ole Miss, Austin Allen at Arkansas, Trevor Knight at Texas A&M and Joshua Dobbs at Tennessee —  (https://www.seccountry.com/sec/power-outage-sec-quarterbacks-in-2016-probably-not)

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At least two schools say their quarterback battles are four-men races entering August. Auburn’s battle is a three-man race, with freshman Woody Barrett with a slim possibility as the fourth contestant. Alabama is also looking for a quarterback after winning a national championship with a first-year starter.

“It’s getting to be more and more of a trend it seems to me,” said Georgia coach Kirby Smart, who was the defensive coordinator at Alabama last season. “It used to be there were a lot of good quarterbacks, and you hated that as a defensive coordinator. For the last eight or nine years, you were facing some really talented guys. And it seems to be there’s more question marks every time we have this event (at SEC Media Days).

“Why is that? I don’t know. There’s more turnover, more transfers, more competition, more guys coming in to compete.”

Texas A&M countered a rash of transfers by snagging Oklahoma graduate transfer Trevor Knight, the quarterback that beat Alabama in the 2014 Sugar Bowl.

But how will the SEC replicate last season’s four 3,000-yard passers, who also ranked in the top 25 nationally in passing efficiency? Only Kelly and Dobbs return among the top five at their position in the SEC —

SEC usually reloads as new quarterbacks step up in this league, which has featured 4,000-yard passers in two of the last three seasons.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 14, 2016, 07:27:09 am
The third straight season of Alabama quarterback competitions form a pattern (http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2016/07/alabama_qb_battle_quietly_brew.html)

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"For the third year in a row, I'm standing up here talking about somebody's going to be a new quarterback for us," Saban said. "Somebody's got to win that job. Somebody's got to win the team. You know, that has not necessarily happened yet and, you know, I'm not going to sit up here and sort of try to, you know -- I don't know the right word, but give you some statistics on who's winning the race and how the race is going and who's ahead, are they on the back stretch or in the final turn. That's something that's going to happen probably in fall camp. I hope in fall camp."

But let's be honest, you'd be foolish to expect anything more in August.

It just doesn't work that way by design. Right now, the contenders are jockeying for position behind the scenes. Off-season workouts run by the players -- outside the supervision of coaches go a long way toward developing the trust and chemistry required for an alpha voice.

"Most of the time, judgement, decision making, leadership, some of these intangibles are important in terms of the guy winning the team over, which I think is important because teammates need to have confidence in the guy," Saban said. "So these are some of the same characteristics that we've always looked at, that we'll continue to look at. But I don't think it's something that you can force in terms of making a guy be that without earning that from his teammates."

Cooper Bateman conceivably would have an upper-hand in that realm given his experience edge. The fourth-year junior is the only Alabama quarterback to take a snap in a college game. Sophomore David Cornwell and redshirt freshman Blake Barnett have watched from the sideline while true freshman Jalen Hurts is entering his first fall in Tuscaloosa.

Recall last fall, the competition wasn't completely settled until Week 3 after Bateman got the Ole Miss start over eventual job winner Jake Coker. Seeing how they perform in primetime is a factor, but a potentially dangerous Week 1 meeting with USC in Arlington isn't ideal for an audition.
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Post by: jbcarol on July 14, 2016, 12:39:09 pm
https://twitter.com/Carvell_AJC/status/753637132833525760

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“You have to feel that way,” Kelly said. “In order to have confidence in yourself and team, you have to think you’re the best. That’s what I want our whole team– from offensive linemen to running backs– we have to think we’re the best players and the best team out there.”

The former Clemson transfer had a monster first season in Oxford in 2015, throwing for 4,092 yards and 31 touchdowns as he led the Rebels to a Sugar Bowl victory. He also presented a threat on the ground, rushing for 500 yards and an additional 10 touchdowns.

While Kelly could have decided to join what turned out to be three Ole Miss first-round selections in the NFL Draft (Laremy Tunsil, Laquon Treadwell and Robert Nkemdiche), Kelly decided to return for his final season in college.

“We’ve had a lot of success, but we’ve just got to build on it,” Kelly said. “In order to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best.”

What role will Ole Miss QB Shea Patterson play as a freshman? (http://www.redcuprebellion.com/2016/3/3/11149072/shea-patterson-ole-miss-football-spring-practice-2016-quarterback-competition-jason-pellerin)

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Some well-meaning Ole Miss fans still seem to think there's a chance Shea Patterson, the nation's No. 1 quarterback recruit, will come in and unseat Chad Kelly as the starter in 2016. I'm here to tell you that's not happening. Still, with the departures of DeVante Kincade and Ryan Buchanan, Shea has a chance to be a critical backup.

But there's this other player on the team... soon-to-be redshirt freshman Jason Pellerin. Pellerin was rated as a four-star by 247Sports and ESPN, but his composite ranking was that of a three-star player. Ole Miss' official site lists him at 6'4" 230 pounds. He can, um, throw the ball a very long distance. Pellerin led a run-heavy option offense in high school and didn't ever have to do much complex passing. I've heard from several sources that his arm has improved greatly at Ole Miss and that there are a lot of folks within the IPF who think Pellerin has a significant spot on the team moving forward.

Ultimately, it's very likely that Shea Patterson will overtake Pellerin for the full-time backup role to Chad Kelly, but Pellerin may be so good at running the option that he comes in more often than Patterson early in the season. In other words, if, God forbid, Chad Kelly were to miss a game, the staff would probably start Patterson. If the team was inside the five and just needed to shake things up a bit offensively, Pellerin might be more likely to enter the game.

Hugh Freeze is in a tough situation, tasked with playing to win games with Chad Kelly, developing a potential future star in Shea Patterson, and utilizing Pellerin's strengths in-game as well.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 15, 2016, 10:14:44 am
Brett McMurphy ‏@McMurphyESPN 22h22 hours ago

Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly on what new A&M QB Trevor Knight can expect now that he’s in SEC: “He better get ready to get hit a lot”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 16, 2016, 04:18:52 pm
https://twitter.com/RossDellenger/status/754393763439489024

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Miles and players couldn’t completely shake free of the cloud that’s hung over the program for the previous two seasons: the quarterback issue.

“Everybody’s asking me about Brandon,” running back Leonard Fournette said, surrounded by more than 40 reporters. “I think he’s going to do a marvelous job this year, guys.”

Four quarterbacks in the SEC return for 2016 after a full year of starting last season: Harris, Tennessee’s Josh Dobbs, Georgia’s Greyson Lambert and Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly. Dobbs and Kelly were at media days, and Lambert, who did not come, is locked in a four-player quarterback competition. Texas A&M, even, brought quarterback Trevor Knight, a transfer from Oklahoma who hasn’t played a down for the Aggies.

Why no Harris?

“We didn’t need to burden (Harris) with that,” Miles said before telling radio hosts that his quarterback will do his talking on the field – not off it on the league’s brightest stage at this annual event just south of Birmingham.

Harris’ absence from media days didn’t slow the questions regarding the Tigers’ passing game and its quarterback struggles over the last two seasons.

Tigers haven’t passed for at least 300 yards in a win in the last two years. They’ve thrown for 300-plus yards just twice (losses to Mississippi State and Ole Miss) in those 25 games quarterbacked by Anthony Jennings and Harris.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 18, 2016, 10:29:27 am
https://twitter.com/Carvell_AJC/status/755055288605151233

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Athlon Sports put out a list of 25 quarterbacks who are poised to breakout. Georgia’s Jacob Eason and Arkansas’ Austin Allen both made the list.

Allen came in at No. 13 and is the brother of former Arkansas starting quarterback Brandon Allen. Brandon threw for 30 touchdowns last season, and helped the Razorbacks to an 8-5 record. Austin was named the Arkansas starter in the spring. The junior played in three games last year...
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Post by: Buff on July 18, 2016, 12:18:23 pm
Eason looks like he's trying REALLY hard to throw that ball.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 18, 2016, 12:28:51 pm
Eason looks like he's trying REALLY hard to throw that ball.

He may need to ease off.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 18, 2016, 12:31:31 pm
Josh Dobbs has plenty to prove to NFL scouts, but Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage said Tennessee’s quarterback is already known for his intangibles (https://www.seccountry.com/tennessee/nfl-scouts-take-leap-of-faith-on-josh-dobbs-passing-ability-at-this-stage)

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“The fact is that he is an outstanding dual-threat college quarterback,” said Savage, a former Bill Belichick assistant who went on to become director of college scouting for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens and general manager of the Cleveland Browns.

“Josh certainly has the intellect, he’s got the character, he’s got a lot of things that are positives, but I do think that the NFL scouts will say, ‘OK, we’ve got to take a bit of a leap of faith in terms of what we think he can become as a passer,’” Savage said. “He reminds me a bit of Dak Prescott, but probably not as advanced of a passer at this stage.” — Tennessee lists Dobbs at 6-3, 210.

“I saw Josh down at the Manning Academy a few weeks ago, and he threw the ball well there, I wouldn’t say it was just over-the-top impressive,” Savage said. “He has one year, one season, to continue to prove what he needs to prove, and he’s going to be evaluated.”

Dobbs, a rising senior from Alpharetta, Ga., completed 59.6 percent of his passes for 2,291 yards with 15 touchdowns... He also rushed for 671 yards on 146 attempts.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 19, 2016, 05:58:54 pm
https://twitter.com/Carvell_AJC/status/755409506343985152

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Two former SEC quarterbacks watching the situation closely believe Greyson Lambert will take the first snap in the Georgia Dome, but that Jacob Eason will come off the bench. Chris Low, after speaking with Kirby Smart, believes Eason “will be Georgia’s QB this season, (it’s) just a matter if he starts the first game.”

The name you don’t hear mentioned much is Brice Ramsey, who this time last year most everybody expected to win the job.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 19, 2016, 06:38:46 pm
Sumlin puts his trust in Trevor Knight as A&M QB (http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/article/Kevin-Sumlin-puts-his-trust-in-Trevor-Knight-as-8355721.php)

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A&M hasn't defeated Alabama since 2012, the Aggies' first year in the Southeastern Conference, but the Aggies have a starter who's won against the Crimson Tide.

"We just had fun," A&M quarterback Trevor Knight said of a double-digit defeat of Alabama in the Sugar Bowl following the 2013 season. "That's what it's about at the end of the day."

Knight was Oklahoma's starting quarterback at the time and earned bowl most valuable player honors. But he lost the starting job to Baker Mayfield last summer and transferred from OU to A&M in January.

Having already graduated from OU, Knight is eligible to play his senior season immediately. His presence is one reason the Aggies, 8-5 in 2015 for a second consecutive season, believe they're going to surprise some naysayers this year.

"What went into the decision of naming him starter?" A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said Tuesday, the second of four SEC Media Days. "It was pretty simple: He earned it."
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 21, 2016, 07:39:19 am
https://twitter.com/ESPN_SEC/status/755825539001090048

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“I was really pleased with how Brian [Johnson, Mississippi State’s quarterbacks coach] handled the spring because I met with all four guys individually,” Mullen said Monday during his appearance at the SEC "car wash” media tour at ESPN headquarters. “The first question I asked them: ‘Do you feel you were given a fair opportunity at winning the job this spring?’ All of them said yes, so I think he did a great job of managing the different reps that way, which is not easy to do with four guys.”

When preseason camp opens in two weeks, Mullen and Johnson’s challenge is to hone in on their ultimate starter –

Veteran Damian Williams was arguably the most consistent performer this spring, but it would be premature to project him as the starter ahead of competitors Nick Fitzgerald, Elijah Staley or Nick Tiano. Williams is the most experienced, and Mullen said he would be comfortable rotating quarterbacks situationally if necessary.

“I’ve played multiple quarterbacks before. I have no problem doing that,” Mullen said. “I think it’s much easier to play multiple quarterbacks when they do different things. Back at Florida, you have Chris Leak and Tim Tebow. That’s an easy combination. At Mississippi State when you had Tyler Russell and Dak Prescott, kind of as a young guy coming in as a little bit of a runner, that’s a lot easier than trying to play quarterbacks who do the same thing.”

The important thing for everyone’s best interest, Mullen said, is to be clear about where everyone stands when he and Johnson arrive at their conclusion. Williams is a fourth-year junior who is nearing the finish line for his college career, but Fitzgerald and Staley are redshirt sophomores and Tiano is a redshirt freshman.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 21, 2016, 07:44:47 am
https://twitter.com/ESPN_SEC/status/755794585226326016

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Jalen Hurts looked the best in the spring game, and he's a true freshman at the bottom of the depth chart. Cooper Bateman and David Cornwell, presumably the top two candidates, were consistently mediocre.

"For the third year in a row, I'm standing up here talking about somebody's going to be a new quarterback for us," Saban said.

Bateman, a redshirt junior, is the only quarterback on the roster who has attempted a pass in a college game, and the staff is confident in his knowledge of the playbook.

"He's a hard worker," Saban said. "He has the best understanding of the offense. He has the most experience. And I think that shows, at times. He's improved his ability and consistency as a passer, which has been the most important thing we tried to work with him to help him develop. He's a very athletic guy and he's very bright.

"So all these things are going to contribute to how he can do and how well he can win our team over. But we've been pleased with what he's been able to do so far."

"So far" is the key phrase there.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 21, 2016, 07:46:56 am
https://twitter.com/ZachAbolverdi/status/755899135899729921

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Florida jumped out to a 6-0 start in 2015, but finished the season 4-4 with Treon Harris under center following the suspension of starter Will Grier. Grier transferred to West Virginia after the season.

It was reported in February that Harris would move to wide receiver this year after struggling in McElwain’s offense. Harris was allowed to return to campus last month for team workouts and classes, but hasn’t been fully reinstated from his January suspension for a student code of conduct violation.

Harris missed all of spring football as the Gators went through practice with four new players at quarterback.

“Everybody has freedom, he doesn’t have to stay there,” McElwain said when asked how Harris handled switching positions. “But at the end of the day, look, we’re in this not here to hurt anybody’s feelings. But at the same time, it is what it is and we’ve got four guys who I’m really proud of. The room is really good and I’m excited about it.”
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 21, 2016, 12:54:59 pm
UK's Drew Barker got to show a little of what he could do last season, when he replaced Patrick Towles as the starting quarterback for the final two games. That was a small sample size, however, under less than ideal circumstances. (http://www.kentucky.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/john-clay/article90597907.html)

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Now, Barker is “the guy” as in “the guy” who will lead new coordinator Eddie Gran’s reboot. A top-of-the-list recruit when the Connor High star picked the Cats, the 6-3, 225-pound sophomore has a swashbuckling bent. He’s not afraid to squeeze balls into tight windows or swing for the fences. Of course, there are times to be aggressive and times to be patient. His learning curve will be interesting to watch.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on July 29, 2016, 03:02:54 pm
Head Ball Coach finally weighs in on Florida’s quarterback battle (https://www.seccountry.com/team/steve-spurrier-weighs-in-on-floridas-quarterback-battle)

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Florida’s quarterback situation has been in some state of turmoil for a while. It was thrown into deeper trouble as Treon Harris struggled to end last season following Will Grier’s suspension.

Now Grier is gone. Harris is transferring.

Steve Spurrier spoke to the media after he was named an official ambassador for the athletics department and dropped a hint on the biggest positional battle for the Gators:

“I know that Coach Mac is fired up about the ones he has here now,” Spurrier said. “Let’s give these guys a chance to play, and hopefully one of them will emerge as a top-flight player that everybody can get behind. [Luke] Del Rio seems to be the starter. He is the starter now. We’ll see how it all works out.”

Spurrier promised he would not interfere with Jim McElwain [n]or his program.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 01, 2016, 10:40:31 am
Mullen says race to replace Dak Prescott could last until October (https://www.seccountry.com/team/dan-mullen-says-race-to-replace-dak-prescott-could-last-until-october)

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State coach met with the media to as a [sic] kickoff to preseason camp on Monday, and he was peppered with questions about replacing Dak Prescott early and often.

Mullen indicated the competition between redshirt junior Damian Williams, redshirt sophomores Nick Fitzgerald and Elijah Staley, and redshirt freshman Nick Tiano would begin with equal practice reps for each, and could last all the way until October if there is not a defined winner.

 loganlowery @loganlowery

Mullen doesn't think he's ever had four QB's competing for the starting job before. Says all will get equal reps in camp.
11:10 AM - 1 Aug 2016
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 01, 2016, 06:23:55 pm
The battle to become South Carolina’s starting quarterback continues Tuesday morning when the Gamecocks open preseason camp (https://www.seccountry.com/south-carolina/gamecocks-qb-race-ready-to-heat-up-in-august)

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Perry Orth, the elder statesmen of the group, is listed as the co-starter with freshman Brandon McIlwain, who enrolled in January.

Since arriving at South Carolina in 2012, Orth has played in 14 games, completing 144-of-264 passes for 1,934 yards with 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions. McIlwain, a 4-star recruit out of Council Rock North High School in Newton, Pa., dazzled in the spring game, throwing for 169 yards and two touchdowns.

Jake Bentley, another 4-star recruit, joined the fray when he arrived from Opelika, Ala., earlier this summer. Sophomore Lorenzo Nunez, the team’s second-leading rusher a season ago (375 yards, 6.4 yard per carry), remains in the mix even though he’s seeing time at wide receiver.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 03, 2016, 09:37:33 am
Quarterback Shea Patterson enrolled at Ole Miss in January, giving him an opportunity to go through spring workouts with the team and take some first-string snaps when starter Chad Kelly was out for a week because of sports hernia surgery. (http://www.clarionledger.com/story/sports/college/ole-miss/2016/08/01/ole-miss-shea-patterson-comfortable-offense/87907554)

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“It’s been a huge benefit for me to get there in January for the spring,” the true freshman told the Toledo Blade on a trip to Ohio, where he grew up before moving to Texas and Louisiana. “Toward the end, I was fortunate to get first-team reps and get a little bit comfortable with the offense. So now I know the offense like the back of my hand.”

That’s good news for the Rebels, who may play Patterson this season.

Kelly, a redshirt senior, will start after throwing for 4,042 yards and 31 touchdowns and rushing for 500 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. He’s among the top returning quarterbacks not only in the Southeastern Conference but in the country.

Patterson will compete with redshirt freshman Jason Pellerin for the second-string role. The Rebels only have four quarterbacks on their roster, three of whom are on scholarship.

Patterson signed with the Rebels as a five-star recruit out of IMG, where he was ranked the No. 1 pro-style passer and No. 4 player in our nation.

https://twitter.com/Birm/status/760837730364485632
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 03, 2016, 05:03:21 pm
https://twitter.com/Carvell_AJC/status/760956310607261702

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Gamecocks will spend the fall figuring out their quarterback situation, which mainly consists of the battle between senior Perry Orth and freshman Brandon McIlwain.

On Wednesday, co-offensive coordinator Kurt Roper addressed whether he was inclined to lean toward a player with more experience or a player with more talent or hope one has both.

“I think that’s a question if coaches really knew the answer to, we would all be a lot smarter,” Roper said. “I think experience is a great indicator. Obviously, talent is a great thing to have on your side.

“We’ve just gotta figure out who is going to be the most productive.”

So far, the duo has been splitting first-team reps. On Tuesday, it was the senior Orth and McIlwain took the run with the ones on Wednesday.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 04, 2016, 07:52:04 am
https://twitter.com/AdamSparks/status/760985911647764480

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“Well, whenever you first come in, you try to show off your arm,” Shurmur said. “I think you forget how important it is sometimes to take some steam off the ball. Every quarterback across college football can throw it hard and far, but it’s more important to be accurate down the field.”

“Kyle has developed his inventory of throws,” offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Andy Ludwig said. “When he came in last year, everything was the same velocity, same height. Everything was as hard and fast as he could throw it.

“But he’s developing touch, and we’re working extremely hard on developing his deep ball.”

Shurmur had a 2-3 record as a freshman starter last season, including 2-2 in SEC games. That’s an upgrade after Vanderbilt’s previous four starting quarterbacks posted a 5-14 overall record and 0-12 SEC mark over two seasons.

But Shurmur’s passing numbers could use some work. He completed 42.7 percent of his passes, a product of some hard-thrown short passes and deep balls that lacked touch. Only half of Shurmur’s 44 completions last season went at least 10 yards, and seven were 20 yards or more.
Title: Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
Post by: jbcarol on August 05, 2016, 12:13:01 pm
No other major conference has as many green quarterbacks as the SEC (https://twitter.com/Carvell_AJC/status/761608271291637760)

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Here’s a quick rundown: We know Chad Kelly is a Heisman candidate at Ole Miss, Josh Dobbs is locked in at Tennessee, Trevor Knight is pretty much the guy at Texas A&M, Brandon Harris is ready to rebound at LSU, Drew Barker has the pocket to himself at Kentucky, Drew Lock is likely getting all the snaps at Missouri, Austin Allen is the sitting atop the depth chart at Arkansas and Kyle Shurmur is back for redemption at Vanderbilt.

Few of those guys are “sure things,” and then we’ve got chaos brewing elsewhere.

BAMA
As spring practice kicked off, the consensus was that Cooper Bateman (one career start) and Blake Barnett (zero career pass attempts) would be the primary candidates..

AUBURN
Clemson is visiting town on Sept. 3.

Jeremy Johnson is likely out of the question, so Malzahn will probably be choosing between Sean White — a former 5-star recruit who struggled in the spotlight last year — and mobile JUCO phenom John Franklin III...

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New Florida ambassador Steve Spurrier declared this competition over.

Both coach Jim McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier are saying the battle is st