2009 Quarterback Rankings in the SEC

SECLiveNews.comContributor IMay 12, 2009

MIAMI - JANUARY 08:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators reacts on the field against the Oklahoma Sooners during the FedEx BCS National Championship Game at Dolphin Stadium on January 8, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

Coach Pete Cordelli rated the top three quarterbacks in the SEC, and they are:

1. Tim Tebow, Florida- He had 30 touchdown passes and only four picks in the 2008 season. His ability to make accurate throws in duress and his strength impressed Coach Cordelli most. He is the best in the SEC and in the nation.

2. Jevan Snead, Ole Miss- Snead continued to get better each week in the 2008 season. He had 26 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions last season. Snead has a strong arm and had to learn not to take risks when he didn’t have to. He has the potential to really step up and lead the Rebels in 2009. NFL scouts see Snead as the top rated QB going into the draft if he has a good season.

3. Jordan Jefferson, LSU- The rising sophomore didn’t play until the end of the year, but had an impressive performance against Georgia Tech in the Chick-Fil-A bowl. He was 16 of 25  throwing  with 142 yards, one touchdown and 25 yards rushing. He showed the ability to make the first defender miss. His speed also helped him succeed.

Close to making the list: Ryan Mallett from Arkansas can be a real threat for the Razorbacks after transferring from Michigan. He had a heck of a spring and was recently announced as the starting QB. He is 6′7 and has great vision, but he has to improve his foot quickness. Stephen Garcia from South Carolina needs to be more consistent on and off the field. Steve Spurrier will really make him improve if Garcia can stay out of trouble. Is he the unknown factor for USC? Chris Nickson at Vandy has great feet and ability but there is a question about his durability. He was hurt too often last season.

Coach Cordelli rated the top three QBs in the SEC with an NFL rating system on a scale of 1-5. Below is the evaluation of all three QB’s in 27 categories. Let us know what you think. Did Coach get it right? Is Tebow the best in the nation? What about the ratings from 1-5 for each player? Do you agree or disagree?

Check out http://seclivenews.com/coachs-corner-2009-sec-quarterback-rankings/ to see a more detailed video segment of Coach Cordelli breaking down each quarterback and for a description of what exactly each category entails.

Mental Toughness544
Physical Toughness543
Q.B. Specifics
Passing Technique443
Quickness of Setup444
Quickness of Release454
Ability to move team543
Ability to throw short443
Ability to throw long443
Arm Strength554
Locate Receivers544
Avoid the Rush445
Running Ability545
Big Play Ability544
Poise under Pressure544
Decision Making Ability544
Ball Handling544
Overall Total:124110105