Two big lessons from yesterday.

The SEC has a lot of great things going for it right now, but quarterbacking ain’t one of ‘em.  Here’s the lists of the current statistical leaders:

PASSING AVG/GAME Cl G Comp-Att-Int Pct. Yards TD Long Avg/G
1. Casey Dick-AR SR 3 67 – 114 – 4 58.8 831 5 76 277.0
2. M. Stafford-UG JR 4 62 – 102 – 0 60.8 919 5 61 229.8
3. Jevan Snead-UM SO 4 55 – 102 – 7 53.9 844 6 64 211.0
4. Chris Smelley-SC SO 4 74 – 116 – 5 63.8 800 6 34 200.0
5. J. Crompton-UT JR 3 56 – 100 – 4 56.0 591 2 48 197.0
6. Chris Todd-AU JR 4 61 – 107 – 3 57.0 722 2 58 180.5
7. Tebow, T.-UF JR 3 38 – 64 – 0 59.4 489 5 48 163.0
8. Mike Hartline-UK SO 3 53 – 93 – 0 57.0 461 2 37 153.7
9. J. Wilson-UA SR 4 56 – 94 – 1 59.6 542 5 36 135.5
10. Wesley Carroll-MS SO 4 51 – 95 – 6 53.7 528 3 50 132.0
PASS EFFICIENCY Cl G Comp-Att-Int Pct. Yards TD Long Effic.
1. M. Stafford-UG JR 4 62 – 102 – 0 60.8 919 5 61 152.6
2. Tebow, T.-UF JR 3 38 – 64 – 0 59.4 489 5 48 149.3
3. Jarrett Lee-LS FR 3 27 – 50 – 2 54.0 382 4 39 136.6
4. Chris Smelley-SC SO 4 74 – 116 – 5 63.8 800 6 34 130.2
5. Jevan Snead-UM SO 4 55 – 102 – 7 53.9 844 6 64 129.1
6. Casey Dick-AR SR 3 67 – 114 – 4 58.8 831 5 76 127.5
7. Chris Nickson-VU SR 4 30 – 52 – 0 57.7 292 3 49 123.9
8. J. Wilson-UA SR 4 56 – 94 – 1 59.6 542 5 36 123.4
9. Tyson Lee-MS JR 3 30 – 45 – 0 66.7 291 0 25 121.0
10. Chris Todd-AU JR 4 61 – 107 – 3 57.0 722 2 58 114.3

Let’s put it this way:  right now, statistically speaking, Chris Smelley (yes, that Chris Smelley) is the fourth best quarterback in the SEC.  Or put it this way:  right now, Florida and Georgia have a huge advantage at quarterback over every other school in the conference.

Speaking of Georgia, I went to bed last night thinking exactly about what Matt Hinton posts about here, regarding what the emergence of A. J. Green means for the Georgia offense.

… if Green really is what he looks like from here on: Georgia’s offense is impressively, horrifyingly complete, moreso now than any other point in the Mark Richt administration. Stafford’s never had a true No. 1 receiver, as D.J. Shockley and David Greene before him never had a runner approximating Knowshon Moreno. Saturday night was a full cabinet on full display, and an open invitation to anyone who ever said “just stack the box.”

Admittedly, I’m not horrified by it.  But ask yourself as we hit the 3-4 game mark on the season, which of the conference contenders have the most upside right now on the offensive side of the ball.  I’d argue that the list would consist of three:  Florida is sorting out its personnel at running back, LSU may have found its quarterback and Georgia may have found its balance to Moreno.

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9 responses to “Two big lessons from yesterday.

  1. Chuck

    And then ask which of those offenses with room to go is already pretty solid…

    We could be looking at the emergence of Richt’s offensive power at the exact right time to compensate for our defense’s relative weakness.

  2. NebraskaDawg

    Several of these guys have been splitting time this year which doesn’t help (Lee, Hatch, Todd, Burns, Smelley). Do you think Smelley & Dick ever got teased in school?

  3. Hobnail_Boot

    Our defense isn’t weak! When will this madness stop?

  4. Ally

    Defense isn’t weak, but there are certainly more areas that need improvement on that side of the line.

    With Brannon back, I think our offense can really be something special. I just wish he were gonna be back in his position this week for Bama. The thought of encountering the same struggles getting in the endzone against that impressive Bama D that we had against ASU (2nd half)frightens me.

  5. peacedog

    I wonder if Southerland is going to be 100%, though. We have definately missed him.

  6. Matt R

    I still think we played ASU with one hand behind the back. We took it out in the 2nd quarter, got the game in hand, and then put one arm behind our back. O line needs some improvement, but was consistent last night.

    And one questions, who has Alabama really played???

  7. ArchDawg

    Matt, I think we played with one arm behind our back too. We haven’t really dropped the hammer yet.

    As to who ‘Bama has played, their evisceration of Clemson–that team’s nature to fold notwithstanding–was still pretty impressive, even if that hasn’t been their consistent way of playing. They do have talent though. Should be a great game next week.

  8. Chuck

    Hobnail, I said relative weakness. The lack of pressure we’ve been getting on the QB is a relative weakness to the rest of the team and to other years.

    Our run defense has been impressive so far. Probably should have been more specific.

  9. heytogoober

    Here’s the thing that has me all smiley and warm and fuzzy-feeling.

    Not only does the arrival of A.J. balance the running game for Moreno and C. King, it also takes the defenses’ attention away from MoMass, T. King, and others. If Stafford gets some time to look around, his passing numbers could go through the roof.

    As everyone keeps posting, when we get Sutherland back, we have the potential to be scary good.

    If you get a chance, read the story from the L.A. Times. Nice to hear the West Coast perspective.

    Woof!

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/college/football/la-sp-dufresne21-2008sep21,0,4832589.column?page=2