Maybe SEC has a few QBs after all

Arkansas was greatly uplifted by Brandon Allen's performance Saturday. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Arkansas was greatly uplifted by Brandon Allen’s performance Saturday. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

In the long and tortuous lead-up to the season, somewhere the impression was created that the SEC was a quarterback-less league.

Oh, they had bodies to fill the position, but they were clueless temps, just there so the center snap wouldn’t keep rolling until the other team picked it up.

Lest we forget, that notion filtered down from the coaches themselves, as they struggled just to name someone who knew a few of the plays and didn’t come out onto the practice field every day with his helmet on backwards.

So, after the first week, who distinguished themselves among a field that was not nearly as inept as advertised.

It wasn’t Auburn’s Jeremy Johnson, but that may be because his team played an opponent with a pulse, Louisville. Auburn won his much anticipated debut as the Tigers full-time leader, but he was less than efficient (11-of-21, three interceptions).

The one pubbed-up quarterback in the conference, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott, had more trouble than expected against Southern Miss. He declared afterward that he had, “missed some easy throws, throws that I can’t miss.” We’ll get a clearer read Saturday when the Bulldogs host LSU.

Among those who played the traditional creampuff opener, here were the top five SEC quarterbacks after Week One:

  1. Brandon Allen, Arkansas: The senior had a career day in a 48-13 victory over UTEP. Going 14 of 18 for 308 yards, four touchdowns and no INTs is a good way to impress your new offensive coordinator. Fear the Hog.
  2. Two-headed tandem of Will Grier and Treon Harris, Florida: The one-time Gator quarterback Jeff Driskel now leads the country in QB rating after his first game with Louisiana Tech. No matter, for Florida has two of the top 16 after Grier and Harris combined for 19 for 36 for 379 yards and four TDs vs. New Mexico State. The on-going competition continues.
  3. Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee: The junior from Alpharetta did his dual threat thing against Bowling Green, rushing for 89 yards and a touchdown and throwing for 205 yards and two more scores.
  4. Jake Coker, Alabama: A solid first start for the senior, a fairly mistake-free 15-of-22, 213 yards against another real opponent, Wisconsin. (He, however, took a couple sacks that will unnerve jittery fans from Anniston to Wetumpka). The depth of the Tide’s talent requires a good caretaker behind center, and Coker just may fit the bill.
  5. Chad Kelly, Mississippi: The nephew of Buffalo Hall-of-Fame quarterback Jim Kelly has had a rather tortured trek to Oxford. Dismissed from Clemson after arguing with coaches, winning a JuCo national title in Mississippi, arrested last winter after a bar fight back in Buffalo (took a plea deal). He won the starting job for Ole Miss and was one of three QBs who torched UT-Martin 76-3. He ran for a touchdown and threw for a couple more.

Honorable Mention: Greyson Lambert. Had only Georgia asked Lambert to do more, he might have cracked the top five. Alas, any a preliminary read on him will have to await a Saturday in which he has not been handed a plain vanilla game plan.

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CowbellHell
CowbellHell

DAK PRESCOTT should have been 3rd based on stats alone

CowbellHell
CowbellHell

So the BEST qb in the league goes 22-38 for 237 and 2tds and rushes for 49 and another td and NO mention in your top 5?  And we played a real team...only qb mentioned that didnt play a cupcake was Bama...come on man!

Termigator
Termigator

Cupcake Butteye? How about the remainder of your BIG 10(12 they forgot how to count) schedule. No remaining ranked teams till Mich St.

TreadLightly
TreadLightly

@ohio   "vs. cupcakes no less!"     Who???   Ohio St.!!   Then yes you're correct.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Yawn...

Paul Johnson is right.  College football is rigged.  How does Auburn lose 4 of its final 5 games of the 2014season (lone win Samford) and start the 2015 even ranked, let alone in the top 10?


Rick_James
Rick_James

@Birmingham__Jacket 



The same way Ohio St is ranked number one and will play one ranked opponent all season.Rankings are opinions, just like Paul Johnson's when it comes to the SEC.Get over it.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@Rick_James @Birmingham__Jacket

Some opinions are more erudite than others.

Ohio State finished 2014 dominating Wisconsin 58-0.  Ohio State then claimed consecutive victories over Alabama and Oregon--- those opponents were highly ranked.

Auburn beat no one of significance last season with the exception of Ole Miss.  They got blitzed by Georgia 34-7 at the end of the season, their offense completely unable to move the ball.  They then lost to the same Wisconsin team that Ohio State killed.

Seriously, how many other FBS teams do you think could finish a season in that manner, and manage a ranking even in the top 25, let alone #6?!?!



DoubleDawg
DoubleDawg

@Birmingham__Jacket

I don't necessarily disagree about Auburn being over rated but I can give some insight on why they might be ranked so high.  It is mostly two things.  One is that last year the losses mostly came because of the defense and with muschamp and some strong returning players it could mean a few more W's.  The other thought was that the QB is suppose to be better than marshall.  Not so sure about that but that is what some are saying.

Mulk
Mulk

@Rick_James @Birmingham__Jacket


Slick,


Not the same way at all. The Buckeyes earned their ranking. And, Coach Johnson's opinion is a lot more credible than your's. 


The SEC is similar to the other 5 power conferences - they have some good teams and some poor teams. The main difference is they have a lot more teams that are over rated. All you have to do is look at Auburn, Ole Miss and Missy St. from last year. And, as other posters have pointed out, nobody has done less than Auburn to get their ranking this season. 


There is NOT a team in the SEC that would win the Big 10 this season. Or, last season.

OH:IO
OH:IO

vs. cupcakes no less!