It’s the most important position on the field. And it’s college football’s best conference. So, taken together, you might want to take a look at this piece summarizing the quarterback competitions across the SEC as spring practice ends.
A couple of quick, short takes: one, and perhaps most obvious, is that Georgia and Ole Miss are sitting pretty compared with the rest of the conference in having returning quarterbacks ensconced as the clear number ones.
Two, a question.
– LSU has three quarterbacks who started multiple games last season, though Myles Brennan would appear to be the favorite again. He replaced Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrows last season and was off to a good start before a torn abdominal muscle ended his season three games in.
TJ Finley logged five starts but Max Johnson replaced him for the final two games and won both in the Tigers’ disappointing follow-up to a national championship season. Freshman Garrett Nussmeier joins the group.
“There is no starting quarterback,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “They’re all competing and all four of them are very, very talented.”
– Tennessee left spring camp with another intriguing situation. Hendon Hooker, a graduate transfer from Virginia Tech, could face additional competition with former Michigan passer Joe Milton expected to arrive as a summer enrollee.
That would give first-year Volunteers coach Josh Heupel five scholarship quarterbacks, provided they all stick around.
So, which is it? When you say you have no starting quarterback, you have no quarterback, or when you have five quarterbacks, you have no quarterback?
The first month of the 2021 season is going to be interesting.