The premise of this Ed Aschoff piece, that the SEC quarterback battles this offseason can somehow be ranked, is the kind of thing you find in a typically dopey ESPN think piece – Alabama is ranked first, even though Aschoff admits the Tide’s quarterback battle hasn’t been that compelling a thing the last two seasons, because… well, because it’s Alabama, damn it – and shouldn’t be taken too seriously on its merits.
What it is useful for, though, is pointing out how few teams in the conference are free from preseason quarterback issues. On top of that, when you consider that three of the teams missing from his list are Kentucky, Missouri and Vanderbilt, which happen to have generated the three worst passer ratings in the conference last season, it’s likely that we’re in for another season of mediocre aerial shows.
Sure, there is quite the infusion of quarterback talent in this year’s recruiting class, but it’s obviously green. We may marvel at the conference’s Year of the Quarterback one day, however, I doubt it’ll be in a year that ends in sixteen.
The good news, if you want to call it that, is Georgia won’t be found too wanting in this context, as it’ll be part of a bigger party. The bad news is that it manages to have both SEC teams with good returning starters at quarterback on the schedule. (Vandy is the other, which hardly helps.) All we can hope is that the good outweighs the bad.