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Four SEC Teams Look Set At QB, But There Are Questions Or The Need For Improvement Everywhere Else

quarterback-silhouetteHow important is the quarterback position?  How far do you think Auburn would have gotten without Cam Newton in 2010?  How good do you think Texas A&M would have been last season minus Johnny Manziel?

No single player can quickly flip the fortunes of a football program like a quarterback.  And in the cases of Newton, Manziel, and also Tim Tebow, being a dual-threat quarterback can make a player’s impact even more profound.

Last season, the top 12 total offense leaders in the SEC were quarterbacks.  Nine will return in 2013.  Three will have to be replaced:



  Quarterback   School   Rush Yds   Pass Yds   Total Yds   Gone/Returns
  Johnny Manziel   Texas A&M   1410   3706   5116   Returns
  Aaron Murray   Georgia   -68   3893   3825   Returns
  Tyler Bray   Tennessee   -34   3612   3578   Gone
  Tyler Wilson   Arkansas   7   3387   3394   Gone
  Bo Wallace   Ole Miss   390   2994   3384   Returns
  AJ McCarron   Alabama   4   2933   2937   Returns
  Tyler Russell   Miss. State   -5   2897   2892   Returns
  Jordan Rodgers   Vanderbilt   71   2539   2610   Gone
  Zach Mettenberger   LSU   -208   2609   2401   Returns
  Connor Shaw   S. Carolina   435   1956   2391   Returns
  Jeff Driskel   Florida   408   1646   2054   Returns
  James Franklin   Missouri   122   1562   1684   Returns


So who’s in the best position at the most important position as spring practice sessions kick off across the SEC?

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