The SEC in 2013 will be remembered as "The Year of the Quarterback."
Georgia's Aaron Murray, Alabama's A.J. McCarron, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, LSU's Zach Mettenberger and Missouri's James Franklin were all phenomenal last season. All five of those sharp gunslingers have now moved on to the NFL.
But that does not mean the conference will be weak at the game's most important position in 2014. LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis knows there is talent returning under center and will need to have his defense prepared.
LSU's pass defense was not as dominant in 2013 as in years past. The Tigers accumulated 18 interceptions in 2011 and 2012, but only had 11 last season. They allowed over 229 yards per game against conference opponents, which is the worst mark in the Chavis era by nearly 10 yards.
The group should be improved as sophomore cornerbacks Tre'Davious White and Rashard Robinson are projected to be stars. If they perform at a high level, expect the secondary to be dominant yet again.
Here are the top five quarterbacks LSU will have to defend next season.