John Adams: Quarterbacks taking a chunk out of SEC defenses

John Adams

The SEC expected a quarterback revival this season. The numerous returning starters at the position basically assured that.

But the quarterback play has exceeded expectations. The diversity has been as noteworthy as the production. You have some quarterbacks excelling as runners as well as passers.

The way the season is developing, it will be much easier to determine the best team than the best quarterback.

Arkansas' Tyler Wilson was the consensus All-SEC quarterback in preseason. Georgia's Aaron Murray was next in line.

Now, there are more than half-a-dozen candidates for All-SEC quarterback. And many of them received little attention during SEC Football Media Days in July.

Back then, Florida sophomore Jeff Driskel hadn't even been deemed a starter. Nor had Texas A&M's redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel. Both won starting jobs in preseason camp, and have since established themselves as two of the league's best players.

In his second game, Driskel led the Gators from 10 points behind in the second half to beat Texas A&M at College Station. In his third game, he rallied Florida to a come-from-behind victory against Tennessee at Neyland Stadium.

Driskel can beat you running or passing. He also has a toughness about him and seemingly raises his game under pressure.

Manziel became a Texas legend at Kerrville's Tivy High School, where he threw 45 touchdown passes and ran for 30 more touchdowns as a senior. He quickly showed why at Texas A&M. In his second game, against SMU, he set a school freshman record with 294 yards passing, ran for 124 yards and accounted for six touchdowns in just three quarters.

He was even more productive Saturday against Arkansas, passing for 443 yards and rushing for 104.

South Carolina's Connor Shaw is another dual threat, as Missouri can attest. He outran the Tigers' secondary for an 80-yard touchdown, only to have it called back by a holding penalty. He also completed 20 of 21 passes, including a left-handed shovel pass under duress.

Shaw, Manziel and Driskel have made this a more exciting league. The conference's drop-back passers haven't disappointed, either.

Bray has a shot at breaking Peyton Manning's school record for yards passing in a season. Although Wilson has been injured and his team has faltered, he still passed for the second most single-game yardage in school history (419 against Rutgers).

Alabama's A.J. McCarron hasn't had a 400-yard game, but he leads the conference in pass efficiency. Through his first four games, he had 10 touchdown passes and no interceptions, numbers that almost could make coach Nick Saban smile.

SEC quarterbacks have something else going for them: Youth. Wilson is the only senior among the 14 starters.

So, if you want to call this the "year of the quarterback" in the SEC, be prepared to repeat yourself next season.

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VolinCalif writes:

Me thanks John. Good art.

CCLC writes:

I think Murray has passed Bray by a wide margin.
just sayin'

2012 National Leaders Passing - All Games through 09/29/2012

2012

Name Team Yr Pos G Att Comp Pct. Yards Yards/Att TD Int Rating Att/G Yards/G
1 Geno Smith WVU SR QB 4 169 141 83.4 1728 10.2 20 0 208.37 42.3 432.0
2 David Ash Texas SO QB 4 109 85 78.0 1007 9.2 10 1 184.03 27.3 251.8
3 Aaron Murray Georgia JR QB 5 129 88 68.2 1370 10.6 12 3 183.48 25.8 274.0
4 J.W. Walsh Okla St FR QB 4 78 52 66.7 797 10.2 8 2 181.21 19.5 199.3
5 Casey Pachall TCU JR QB 4 97 64 66.0 948 9.8 10 1 180.03 24.3 237.0
6 Brett Smith Wyoming SO QB 3 91 59 64.8 980 10.8 9 4 179.15 30.3 326.7
7 AJ McCarron Alabama JR QB 5 111 73 65.8 999 9.0 12 0 177.05 22.2 199.8
8 EJ Manuel FSU SR QB 5 120 88 73.3 1147 9.6 9 1 176.70 24.0 229.4
9 Nick Florence Baylor SR QB 4 157 100 63.7 1585 10.1 16 5 175.76 39.3 396.3
10 Connor Shaw S Carolina JR QB 4 64 50 78.1 571 8.9 5 2 172.60

24 Jeff Driskel Florida SO QB 4 79 55 69.6 698 8.8 4 1 158.01

34 Zach Mettenberger LSU JR QB 5 119 78 65.5 1016 8.5 6 2 150.55 23.8 203.2

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36 Tyler Bray Tennessee JR QB 5 193 118 61.1 1582 8.2 14 6 147.71 38.6 316.4

As far as Defense in the SEC. Georgia’s defense ranks tenth in total defense. That is a surprise given that they returned so many starters and were so highly ranked last year. Might explain how UT ran up the middle so well! In Brays defense per his poor passer rating. He has a very accurate and "quick" release. That kept his uniform pretty clean until the middle of 4th quarter.

BrassMonkey writes:

Bray really does not deserve a mention until he beats someone other than Kentucky or Vanderbilt in the SEC. Then consider he is 1-1 vs Kentucky and has won 0 against any other SEC team other than the Dores. He has the weapons, but cannot make it happen as of yet. I hope he can alter this path starting with MSU.

Stooley_Dinks writes:

in response to BrassMonkey:

Bray really does not deserve a mention until he beats someone other than Kentucky or Vanderbilt in the SEC. Then consider he is 1-1 vs Kentucky and has won 0 against any other SEC team other than the Dores. He has the weapons, but cannot make it happen as of yet. I hope he can alter this path starting with MSU.

Not that it challenges your point, but Bray did beat Ole Miss handily in 2010.

BrassMonkey writes:

in response to Stooley_Dinks:

Not that it challenges your point, but Bray did beat Ole Miss handily in 2010.

You are correct. I was wrong. I remember watching that game.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

IMO McCarron owes a lot of his success to excellent pass protection, a very good OC and a strong running game..He's got talent but with the talent around him McCarron a game manager more than an all SEC QB..Put him in KY's backfield and he would be near the bottom of the heap..I've been pretty impressed with Manziel stepping up big as a freshman Sec QB...Iam looking forward to watching Driskel eating the swamps turf against LSU..Driskel will get some decent passes off but won't be very accurate with a LSU DE draped around his neck

navarrebeachvol writes:

in response to titletownz:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Please tell us a little about yourself. Tell us about the life of someone who has nothing better to do than sit around and post on another team’s site. If you’re a father, you’re a lousy one—spend some time with your kids instead of here. If you’re a husband, I’m sure your wife thinks she could do a lot better…what kind of loser husband is here instead of with her….who is filling that void for her?
If you work, you’re a sorry example of an employee—spending your days on the internet. If you are a son, you have failed your mom. She’s out there hustling the streets, while you spend your time mocking Vol fans.
Congrats, you have to rank in the Top 10 losers on this site. And that is quite an achievement given the competition. So turn off the computer, squeeze into those jorts and get yourself a job and get yo momma off the streets. Good day.

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

IMO McCarron owes a lot of his success to excellent pass protection, a very good OC and a strong running game..He's got talent but with the talent around him McCarron a game manager more than an all SEC QB..Put him in KY's backfield and he would be near the bottom of the heap..I've been pretty impressed with Manziel stepping up big as a freshman Sec QB...Iam looking forward to watching Driskel eating the swamps turf against LSU..Driskel will get some decent passes off but won't be very accurate with a LSU DE draped around his neck

Make sure you watch Saturday as Driskel runs and throws his way to an upset win. What Adams is saying, is that Driskel is everything Bray is not; clutch, mobile, intelligent, tough and poised.

Driskel will shine on Saturday.

navarrebeachvol writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Make sure you watch Saturday as Driskel runs and throws his way to an upset win. What Adams is saying, is that Driskel is everything Bray is not; clutch, mobile, intelligent, tough and poised.

Driskel will shine on Saturday.

Same for you, DC3, please tell us a little about yourself. Tell us about the life of someone who has nothing better to do than sit around and post on another team’s site. If you’re a father, you’re a lousy one—spend some time with your kids instead of here. If you’re a husband, I’m sure your wife thinks she could do a lot better…what kind of loser husband is here instead of with her….who is filling that void for her?
If you work, you’re a sorry example of an employee—spending your days on the internet. If you are a son, you have failed your mom. She’s out there hustling the streets, while you spend your time mocking Vol fans.
Congrats, you have to rank in the Top 10 losers on this site. And that is quite an achievement given the competition. So turn off the computer, squeeze into those jorts and get yourself a job and get yo momma off the streets. Good day.
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rtrchatt writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Make sure you watch Saturday as Driskel runs and throws his way to an upset win. What Adams is saying, is that Driskel is everything Bray is not; clutch, mobile, intelligent, tough and poised.

Driskel will shine on Saturday.

Trivia question. What do LSWho and the mighty gators have in common? Neither has an undefeated season in all their "storied" fb history. You can add the Tigers and Gators SEC Titles TOGETHER and you still trail the CT 22.

TheVols54 writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

Trivia question. What do LSWho and the mighty gators have in common? Neither has an undefeated season in all their "storied" fb history. You can add the Tigers and Gators SEC Titles TOGETHER and you still trail the CT 22.

And you are on the wrong team's website. It must suck being a complete idiot

mocsandvolsfan writes:

oops. SORRY. I just thought I was on a UT site. guess not.

Hmm the guy up above me is lost also

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to navarrebeachvol:

Same for you, DC3, please tell us a little about yourself. Tell us about the life of someone who has nothing better to do than sit around and post on another team’s site. If you’re a father, you’re a lousy one—spend some time with your kids instead of here. If you’re a husband, I’m sure your wife thinks she could do a lot better…what kind of loser husband is here instead of with her….who is filling that void for her?
If you work, you’re a sorry example of an employee—spending your days on the internet. If you are a son, you have failed your mom. She’s out there hustling the streets, while you spend your time mocking Vol fans.
Congrats, you have to rank in the Top 10 losers on this site. And that is quite an achievement given the competition. So turn off the computer, squeeze into those jorts and get yourself a job and get yo momma off the streets. Good day.
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U 2!!! Get off of here . quick before the trolls get U!!!

navarrebeachvol writes:

in response to titletownz:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

I'm quite happy in the Redneck Riviera (correct spelling, moron); I wouldn't want to be associated with the jort wearing trash off of I-75. Nice that you can admit to being a loser, they say that's the first step in the recovery process. Tell your mom I said "howdy". She'll know what I mean.

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