Found September 30, 2013 on Universal Takeover Sports Network:
                                              My Top 5 SEC Quarterbacks  1.      Johnny Manziel – Sophmore – Texas A&M Aggies The question this offseason was could Johnny Football still produce on the field despite all the off the field issues. I think he has answered those questions. No, he did not beat Bama but he did put up 562 total yards by himself. Manziel has improved as a passer, which makes him the most dynamic quarterback in the highly competitive SEC. The Heisman hopeful is completing 71% of his passes and has better footwork in the pocket. He has passed for 1489, 14 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. The 14 touchdowns is only 12 shy of his 26 last year and he still has seven games to play. He is also on pace to throw more interceptions than last year.  Johnny has a tendency to throw passes up for grabs at time. Some of that is a product of having 6’6 Mike Evans who looks like a top 3 receiver in the SEC, but they are still ill advised throws. Overall, I think Johnny Football is the best, most dynamic quarterback in the SEC. His game against Alabama proved he is virtually unstoppable and deserving of the number one spot on my list.    2.      A.J. McCarron – Senior – Alabama Roll Tide Three national championship rings, played in two of those three, third year starter, McCarron is a true veteran. Out of all the quarterbacks not named Manziel, AJ has the most pressure on his shoulders. It’s mandatory that he win; a three-loss season is almost unacceptable by his standards. The game manager label that he so often is stuck with just does not fit for me; he’s not in an offense that passes 70% of the time so he gets a bad rap. McCarron is one of the best in college football at not turning the football over, only 11 picks in his three years of starting. He has already matched his total of interceptions from last year at 3 but I don’t think it’s anything to be alarmed about he is still a sound decision maker on the field.  One thing I truly admire about AJ’s game is his poise. McCarron is never too high or too low; he just goes out and executes the game plan his coaches have installed for him. You never see him trying to do too much, he knows what he can and cannot do but he is not afraid to take a shot down the field every now and then. McCarron’s 882 yards passing and 6 touchdowns earn him the number two spot on my list of SEC quarterbacks.   3.      Aaron Murray – Senior – Georgia Bulldogs Murray was probably the toughest quarterback to place. The reason he is number three on the list has nothing to do with his abilities and actual production on the field. Aaron is the only quarterback in SEC history to pass for 3,000 yards in three seasons, He’s the Georgia Bulldogs school leader in touchdown passes by more than 30 touchdowns with 106 for his career to this point, he also holds the record for most passing yards in a season in school history with 3,893. Murray has one of the strongest arms in the SEC; he can make every throw on the field and is impressively accurate on his deep throws. Aaron is also deceptively mobile. No, he’s not an option type quarterback and in my opinion he isn’t even that fast but he can avoid pressure and Georgia isn’t afraid to give him a few quarterback runs in short yardage situations. His 1,338 yards, 11 touchdowns and 3 interceptions have led Georgia to a 3-1 record against one of the toughest schedules to open the season in the nation. The only reason Aaron Murray isn’t number two on my list is his record against ranked teams. He is 6-11 against ranked team and has only one post-season win. No matter how many school or SEC records he holds 6-11 verses ranked teams is not very good. It must be noted he has two wins verses ranked teams this year with one loss to Clemson in week one. I think Murray is one of the most talented quarterbacks the SEC has seen in a long time but his lack of success in the biggest games has him at number three on my list.   4.      Zach Mettenberger  – Senior – LSU Tigers This season has been Zach Mettenberger’s coming out party. His improvement under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has earned him the number four spot on my list. Zach only threw 12 touchdowns all last year with 7 interceptions, his 13 touchdowns and only 1 interception is extremely impressive as far as his development. He has actually protected the football better than any other quarterback on my list has this season. In previous years LSU wasn’t his team, he was not the quarterback everyone expected him to be. This year things have obviously changed, the offense is now run through him and not just the running game. His 1,398 yards and 13 touchdowns are second in the SEC behind only Johnny Manziel. The biggest thing I want to see from Zach is consistency, can he be good all season. It is only his second year starting and his first year was very underwhelming in my opinion. He definitely has the talent around him to succeed; his favorite target Jarvis Landry is second in the SEC with 34 receptions, and first in the conference in touchdowns with 7. Mettenberger is playing his way into some peoples Heisman race. His classic shootout against Aaron Murray’s Georgia Bulldogs last weekend did nothing but prove he has taken a step forward. Mettenberger and Murray went blow for blow in what was the game of the week for week 5. Zach completed 23 of his 37 passes for 372 yards, 3 touchdowns and zero interceptions in that game verses Georgia last Saturday. Zach was not on my list of top SEC quarterbacks in the pre-season but working with Cam Cameron has him playing his way to number four on my list. 5.      Connor Shaw – Senior – South Carolina Gamecocks Connor Shaw was probably the toughest decision of the entire list. His numbers don’t jump out at you but he’s a duel threat, veteran quarterback who makes good decisions with the football. This season he has thrown for only 665 yards but he is yet to turn the football over. He is not the best passer but the offense he runs does not require him to be. South Carolina is a run first team with Shaw and running back Mike Davis in the backfield. Shaw has always had the benefit of a good running back, which takes away from his passing numbers in my opinion. Connor was on his way to having his best statistical season as a starter before Saturday. Saturday, in a game I picked as an upset alert Connor was hurt by a brutal hit by a Central Florida defender. Coach Spurrier told reporters it was a shoulder sprain and would take two or three weeks to heal.  Connor will have to prove himself when he comes back from injury but as of week 5, he is the fifth best quarterback in the SEC powerhouse conference.   Honorable Mention Bo Wallace – Junior – Mississippi Rebels Bo gets honorable mention on my list because of his resurgence of the Ole Miss program. After a two win season last Bo helped turn the team around as he led them to a 7-6 record last year. Is it a great record? No, but the team has started this season off with a 3-1 record only losing to No.1 Alabama. Dr. Bo Wallace did not look very good in that game but not many quarterbacks look good against a Nick Saban defense. Wallace has thrown for 807 yards 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Bo has seemingly turned the Rebels fortune around and has earned an honorable mention on my list of top SEC quarterbacks.   Follow Me On Twitter: @JOnTheSidelines The post Top 5 SEC quarterbacks appeared first on UTSN - The Universal Takeover Sports Network.
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