You think having a returning starting quarterback is a big deal in the SEC?
… The past 10 quarterbacks to win SEC titles – counting those who led teams for the majority of the season – entered their championship year having averaged 10.6 career starts.
Eight straight SEC champions were essentially led by a veteran quarterback.
I presume the “essentially” applies to D. J. Shockley.
You can see the breakdowns for past seasons and what every school returns this year here.