Although the obvious thrust of this piece is Jacob Coker’s potential season as the starter at Alabama, there’s a little something in it that may bode well for Georgia’s chances with Mason:
Pete Roussel of CoachingSearch.com and 247Sports charted every starting quarterback who has led a team in that finished in the top 10 over the last five years, and found that only five quarterbacks during that time were in their first year in their respective offensive systems.
… Eight other quarterbacks were in their second year in a system. The majority had three or more years in a system — 11 had three, 10 had four and four even had five. That last number includes AJ McCarron last year although Doug Nussmeier replaced Jim McElwain as the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator between McCarron’s first and second seasons as a starter.
The upshot according to the chart: Teams with quarterbacks in their first or second years in a system are 20 percent less likely to finish in the top 10 than those with three or more years in the same system.
In that regard, Missouri and South Carolina are in the same boat as Georgia. But that may be another statistical obstacle for Florida to overcome this season.