Did you know that Georgia will start an inexperienced player at quarterback this coming season?
As David Hale points out, that’s not exactly out of character for the SEC as a whole.
… Ryan Mallett, in his one-and-a-half seasons as a starting QB at the college level, has more career touchdowns than the bottom eight players on that list combined. Oh, and he’ll miss the spring with an injury.
Even in years past, there has at least been a clear-cut top of the SEC QB depth chart, but this season, not one passer in the league has more than a year and some change as his team’s starter.
That lack of experience shows up dramatically on the road, where the above listed QBs have a combined record as starters of 12-17 — and that record is bolstered by a 6-0 mark from Greg McElroy and Morgan Newton. The supposed class of SEC QBs, Mallett and Stephen Garcia, meanwhile, have a combined record of 1-9 in opposing stadiums.
The non-conference quarterbacks the Dawgs will face don’t bring any more to the table (except for Nesbitt’s running ability):
Georgia’s non-conference slate includes:
— Josh Nesbitt, who rarely throws and lost his only big-play receiver to the NFL
— whoever starts for Idaho State and ULM
— Tyler Hansen, whose career numbers at Colorado (55% completions, 9 TDs, 8 INTs) fall in line with what UGA is going to see around the SEC
David thinks that Garcia may be Lakatos’ biggest challenge this year, but I think that game presents even more of a test for what Grantham and Belin can get out the linebackers. In any event, it looks like there are plenty of quarterback coaches besides Mike Bobo who’ll need to earn their pay in 2010.