Although the SEC’s recent dominance of college football can be traced to its reputation for playing a superior brand of defense, the league has produced its share of elite quarterbacks during the same span.
While Peyton and Eli Manning have been two of the NFL’s premier signal-callers over the last decade, SEC quarterbacks have enjoyed a modern renaissance—with three of the last five quarterbacks to be taken first overall in the NFL Draft coming from SEC schools.
Heading in to 2012, the league’s top three passers from last season return—plus a number players who will create intrigue around the league for various reasons, whether it be a promising star returning from injury (Tyler Bray of Tennessee), a talented dual-threat passer leading one of the league’s two newcomers (James Franklin of Missouri) or a former highly-touted recruit getting a chance to step in and lead a national title contender (Zach Mettenberger of LSU).
With a few races still to be ironed out over the course of fall practices around the league, it appears that the SEC will have its share of stars and newcomers lining up under center this fall.
Find out more about the league’s batch of signal-callers in this breakdown of SEC starting quarterbacks.