Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Auburn QB Nick Marshall
He's not the most polished quarterback in the SEC, but he's certainly the most decorated.
Auburn's Nick Marshall burst on the scene last season, passing for 1,976 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushing for 1,068 yards and 12 touchdowns, leading the Tigers to a 12-2 record, the SEC title and within 13 seconds of their second BCS National Championship in four seasons.
This after only getting five weeks in the offense and two-and-a-half as the starter before taking his first snap.
The former Georgia defensive back was clearly raw as a passer but is an elite dual threat in an offense led by head coach Gus Malzahn that's built to accentuate his positives. Now that his ability on the ground within the offense is known, the coaching staff has all offseason—with essentially the same pieces at wide receiver—to develop him into an elite passer.
There's no questioning his arm strength. Marshal can sling it downfield with relative ease and showed touch at times in big spots, including clutch passes to Marcus Davis in both the Texas A&M game and BCS National Championship Game against Florida State. But his consistency isn't quite there yet.
Despite that, he proved that he can lead a championship team with his legs and win a few games with his arm in 2013, including a come-from-behind win over Mississippi State in Week 3. A full offseason of work will make him a force to be reckoned with in 2014.
* Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer for Bleacher Report. All recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports and all college statistics are courtesy of CFBStats.com.