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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #100 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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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #101 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...
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #102 on: March 16, 2013, 03:51:04 pm »

Can redshirt freshman Patton Robinette leapfrog senior Austyn Carta-Samuels for the Vanderbilt starting quarterback job?

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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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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #103 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
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #104 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
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #105 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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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #106 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
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #107 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.
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #108 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
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #109 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.
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #110 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
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #111 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
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #112 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/

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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #113 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
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #114 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
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #115 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
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #116 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
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #117 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
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #118 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
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« Reply #120 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.
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #121 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/
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #122 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
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #123 on: May 07, 2013, 09:49:10 am »

Starting QB position has seemed to work itself out at Ole Miss, Mizzou, Arkansas...
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #124 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)
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #125 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.
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #126 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)
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #127 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
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #128 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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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #129 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.
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #130 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.
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #131 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.
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #132 on: June 16, 2013, 10:44:25 am »

ESPN SEC blog poll for most improved QB in 2013 omitted Allen

Connor Shaw and Mettenberger are getting the most love after almost 5,000 votes cast. No word on campaigns to manipulate the totals.
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #134 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/
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #135 on: June 28, 2013, 12:16:44 pm »

Medley: Whoa on the Nick Marshall hype

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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.
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #136 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

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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...
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #137 on: July 01, 2013, 12:08:03 pm »

Controversial for other reasons, here's the ESPN SEC Blog's SEC QB position rankings

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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
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #138 on: July 01, 2013, 01:50:06 pm »

Chris Low ranks the SEC QBs

SC lands two in the top ten.
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #139 on: July 04, 2013, 12:30:02 pm »

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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #140 on: July 07, 2013, 10:45:24 pm »

Golson: I Shall Return

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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...
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #141 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.
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #142 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
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #143 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:


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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.
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #146 on: July 16, 2013, 08:29:32 pm »

'Year of Quarterback' in 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.
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #147 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."
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Re: SEC QB Controversy Thermometer
« Reply #149 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

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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...
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