It may be a "down" year for quarterbacks in the SEC, but Auburn's developing defense will definitely not have it easy this season.
While perennial powerhouses Alabama and LSU still have not named starting quarterbacks for 2014, other contenders in the SEC—and even one of Auburn's non-conference opponents—feature several talented quarterbacks who will be eager to test the strength of a Tigers pass defense that was shaky at best last season.
Some of these signal-callers also have dual-threat abilities that will make them even more of a challenging matchup on the Tigers' schedule, which is considered to be one of the toughest in college football. How Auburn performs against these top quarterbacks will go a long way in determining its chances at another trip to the national title game.
With a few weeks to go before the start of the defending SEC champions' 2014 campaign, let's take a look at the five best returning quarterbacks Auburn will face this season.