The difference between potential and production

Mike Farrell has a solid rebuttal to Mike Huguenin’s breathless take on this year’s SEC quarterbacks group.

I just read an article stating that the 2017 SEC quarterback group is among the elite in the country and I had to raise an eyebrow. I’d have to put the word “potentially” in front of elite.

The Pac-12 has the best quarterback group by far and the Big 12 and Big Ten can also make a strong case for being better than the SEC. The ACC would have had a case if a few guys such as Je’rod Evans and Brad Kaaya stuck around like they should have. The potential in the SEC, however, is off the charts.

Austin Allen (Arkansas), Danny Etling (LSU) and Drew Lock (Missouri) are solid guys, but the real potential in the conference lies in Jacob Eason (Georgia), Shea Patterson (Ole Miss), Nick Fitzgerald (Mississippi State), Jake Bentley (South Carolina), Jarrett Stidham (Auburn) and Feleipe Franks (Florida). Heck even the reigning SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Alabama’s Jalen Hurts, has a long way to go to show he can be a downfield passer.

Can all of these guys develop as expected? They sure can as the talent is off the hook. Will they? No way. It never happens that way.

Better hope Georgia is on the right side of that observation.

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9 responses to “The difference between potential and production

  1. AusDawg85

    Curious DawgNation podcast claiming an inside source (coach) thinks Eason may not be committed to playing to his full potential vs. Fromm who is there to win the job now. Typical summertime clickbait, but any rumors that your star and starting QB is anything less than 100% committed is a bit concerning and reflects on Kirby’s own comments that Jacob needs to be pushed.

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    • It’s from Athlon. It’s anonymously sourced. And it’s coming from a coach from another program.

      You’re reading way too much into it.

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      • Sides

        Fake News!

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      • Macallanlover

        Agree, no reason to doubt Eason’s commitment at all. His early interest in Georgia was to play in a dedicated pro style system with early starting potential based on depth chart, and to work under Bobo and Richt. I have zero doubt he isn’t committed, may just lack the over-the-top, Type A football dedication of the southeast versus the more laid back, relaxed northwest style of approach to many things. I can see how that can be mistaken.

        My only real question on Eason is to his accuracy on downfield throws in live action. It has been an issue for many, but seems a little worse for him so far. What is also not in question is his ability to make throws that less than 2-3% of all QBs can make when he is on. We all hope he steps it up in the 2nd year, and he deserves the right to get the shot. Shame he has take a cheap shot like the one from that anonymous coach who doesn’t ever see him in practice, or preparation situations. Shouldn’t have even been published, imo.

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      • AusDawg85

        Ok, but when Junior tweets about it don’t say I didn’t warn you!

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  2. Seems his definition of elite QB is in the “downfield passer” part, which, when it comes to college QBs, I don’t necessarily agree with. I’ll take the ability to lead, score and move the ball by whatever means available.

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  3. The Dawg abides

    Farrell was ok, but I was always a Wayne Rogers fan.

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  4. JarvisCrowell

    For me, this season is gonna boil down to how much the O Line has improved. I believe JE has the tools to make noise if he can get some time in the pocket. Chubb and Sony have already proved themselves, but some bigger lanes to run though wouldn’t hurt. If our line still sucks, be ready for a season much like last year.

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