I guess we’re all supposed to get excited about Mike Huguenin’s discovery that SEC quarterbacks amassed some yardage last season.
The SEC leads all Power Five conferences with eight returning quarterbacks who threw for at least 2,000 yards last season.
Except, as Bud Elliott points out, throwing for 2000 yards in a season isn’t exactly a major accomplishment in the spread era.
If take a look at the national rankings for 2016 passer ratings, the excitement cools. Among quarterbacks who started at least three-quarters of their teams’s games, the SEC’s top performer was Josh Dobbs, the only conference starting quarterback to rank in the top twenty. (Bentley and Patterson, whom Huguenin also push, clocked in with 139.99 and 121.00 passer ratings.)
That’s not to say this isn’t a talented bunch, or that things aren’t looking up. It’s just that overall we’re still a ways away from proven.