As I’m reading Year2′s initial post on the 2009 Gamecocks, I come across this quote from a Columbia radio show host -
Spurrier’s still as good a playcaller as he ever was, and his system still works. There were plenty of times last year where receivers were open and the quarterback either didn’t make the read, made a bad throw, or was getting sacked. No Spurrier offense can work correctly without a QB. In four years in Columbia, he hasn’t one worth a darn yet.
… and I think to myself, what the hell is the deal with quarterbacks in this conference?
Look at lists like this one and this one. You may quibble a little about the order, but is there any real doubt right now that there are two legitimate starting SEC QBs and then a bunch of question marks (or worse)? And that’s just the starters – check out Chris Low’s list of what the backup situation looks like.
If Spurrier, with his coaching talent and track record, can’t find a decent quarterback to run the show in four years, what does that say about what’s going on in the SEC these days?
And it’s not like ’09 is an outlier. 2008 saw eight SEC starting QBs in the top 100 nationally in passing efficiency, but five of those ranked between 66 and 100. And as we sit here in June, five of those guys are gone.
So what’s happening here? Bad recruiting? Bad coaching? Poor talent base in the Southeast? Not enough high schools that have quality passing attacks? Are SEC defenses that good?