Here’s something Andy Staples pointed out in a recent “Five SEC Burning Questions” post:
… We could see several new quarterbacks put up huge numbers thanks to experienced offensive lines. Brantley and whoever wins the quarterback derbies at Auburn and Georgia should enjoy the benefit of playing behind at least four returning offensive line starters.
The situation at Georgia might be the best one for a young quarterback. Whether it’s Murray, Gray or Mettenberger, the winner will play behind an experienced line and have the privilege of throwing to A.J. Green and handing off to Washaun Ealey and Caleb King. The Bulldogs’ ability to run the ball should take a ton of pressure off the quarterback.
If all this sounds vaguely familiar — quarterback competition, solid offensive line, an emerging young back bolstered by a steady older one — it should. Georgia found itself in this situation during coach Mark Richt‘s first season in 2001. The quarterback who emerged as the starter was redshirt freshman David Greene, who went on to set the Division I-A wins record that Texas quarterback Colt McCoy broke last season.