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.