A lot of talent done left Dodge City, podnah.
Never has the SEC had as much quarterback talent as it had in 2013 and never has the league lost as much quarterback talent after a season.
Seven quarterbacks who combined for 20,298 passing yards and 167 touchdowns last season have departed. Included in the group were a two-time national champion (Alabama’s A.J. McCarron), the SEC’s all-time leading passer (Georgia’s Aaron Murray) and a Heisman Trophy winner (Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel).
This is prodded by an observation I saw on Twitter today. I’m wondering who’s on your list of first- and second-team 2014 preseason All-SEC quarterbacks.
I assume Nick Marshall will be the likely lead pick for first-team. He was tenth in passer rating last season. What, if anything, does that say about (1) how much we can expect Marshall to improve as a passer; (2) how deep this year’s bunch is overall; (3) how important the passing game is in competing for a conference title in 2014.
Of course, the second-team choice may offer an even more illuminating answer to the above. What say you guys?