Texas A&M Football: 5 Best QBs Aggies Will Face in 2014
The Texas A&M football team will face a typically daunting SEC schedule in 2014. It will go up against a number of top-notch quarterbacks who can take over games by themselves.
When you play in the SEC, you face the top talent in the nation on a weekly basis. That holds true for the quarterback position also.
Quarterbacks touch the ball on every possession on offense. They have a greater impact on the game than any other position. It is impossible to consistently win football games with a poor quarterback under center.
There are a number of teams on the Texas A&M schedule who have question marks at the quarterback position right now. However, the Aggies will face a number of quarterbacks who can single-handedly beat them.
This is a look at the top five quarterbacks the Aggies will face in 2014.
Brandon Allen, Arkansas
Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen is not always pretty, but he is effective. He completed under 50 percent of his passes against A&M in 2013 but passed for 282 yards and three touchdowns.
Allen can be frustratingly inconsistent to Hogs fans, but he is still a dangerous quarterback to opposing teams. He is a streaky passer who can get hot and throw pinpoint darts to drive the Razorbacks down the field.
With the running back duo of Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins behind him, Allen should be able to quarterback a very effective Razorbacks offense in 2014. The Arkansas offense will revolve around the running game.
Defenses that focus on shutting down Williams and Collins will be susceptible to play-action passes by Allen. He is not the best quarterback the Aggies will face in 2014, but he is definitely one of the more dangerous quarterbacks they will face.
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott may be the most dangerous offensive player the Aggies will face in 2014. The Texas A&M defense was unable to contain him in 2013 when he rushed for 154 yards while passing for 149 yards.
Prescott was simply too big and strong for the Aggies defense to tackle. The 6'2", 230-pound quarterback led the Bulldogs with 829 yards rushing on the season while passing for 1,940 yards. Prescott accounted for 23 total touchdowns in 2013.
The Aggies will have to try to make Prescott one-dimensional by keeping him in the pocket and forcing him to try to win the game with his arm. If the Aggies allow Prescott to extend plays with his legs, they will have a very hard time finding a way to win in Starkville.
Bo Wallace, Ole Miss
The 2014 season will mark the third consecutive year that Bo Wallace has led the Ole Miss Rebels against Texas A&M. Wallace has combined to pass for 606 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions in the previous two meetings.
Wallace has a good arm and can be an effective passer. The issue that Wallace always runs into is his tendency to throw the ball to the opposing team. He has thrown 27 interceptions in two years as a starter.
If Wallace can cut down on the turnovers, he will be a very effective quarterback. He will have plenty of weapons at the skill positions like Laquon Treadwell and Evan Engram to get the ball to.
Wallace is a quarterback whom the Aggies will have to put pressure on if they want to win the game. If they can force him into turnovers, they will beat Ole Miss.
Nick Marshall, Auburn
The scary thing for the teams that face Auburn in 2014 is that Nick Marshall should be even better than he was in 2013. All he did last season was lead the Tigers to the SEC title and an appearance in the BCS championship game.
Marshall passed for 1,976 yards with 14 touchdowns and rushed for 1,068 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2013. He improved as a passer as the season went on, and the Auburn offense will rely on his passing more in 2014.
With running back Tre Mason moving on to the NFL, the Auburn offense will revolve more around Marshall than it did in 2013. Do not be surprised to see Marshall pass for at least 2,500 yards as he takes advantage of having Sammie Coates and D'haquille Williams at wide receiver.
Auburn is always going to have a strong running game as long as Gus Malzahn is the head coach. Marshall should put up Heisman Trophy-worthy numbers in the Auburn offense in 2014.
Maty Mauk, Missouri
Maty Mauk played in all 13 of Missouri's games in 2013, completing 51.1 percent of his passes for 1,071 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also rushed for 229 yards and a touchdown.
Mauk started in the place of James Franklin last season when Franklin was injured and takes over as the full-time starter in 2014. The redshirt sophomore likes to push the ball down the field.
His numbers are not overly impressive, but he simply knows how to win games. The Missouri offense looked more explosive at times in 2013 with Mauk under center than when Franklin was in the game.
By the time the Aggies face Missouri, Mauk will have 10 more starts under his belt. He will be one of the better sophomore quarterbacks in the country and is a future star for Missouri.