SEC Football: Top Five Quarterbacks

Michael HicksSenior Analyst IJune 11, 2008

When I compiled the names for this list, it occurred to me how many new faces will be under center in the SEC.  Here is a list of the top five QBs taking the field this fall.

1. Tim Tebow, Florida

Tebow was unstoppable last season, throwing for 3,286 yards, rushing for another 895 yards, and scoring 55 touchdowns (32 passing, 23 rushing).  He was the first quarterback to ever throw 20 touchdowns and rush for 20 touchdowns in one season.  He is also the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.

2. Matthew Stafford, Georgia

Stafford has a 54.5 percent completion percentage, 4,272 yards, 26 touchdowns and 23 interceptions in two years as a starter.  Stafford leads what many people believe to be the best team in the nation in 2008.

3. John Parker Wilson, Alabama

Wilson holds Alabama records for passing yards in a season and touchdowns in a season, and he should only improve going into his senior season.  With 2,846 yards and 18 TDs last year, Wilson should allow new offensive coordinator Jim McElwain to get comfortable easily.

4. Jevan Snead, Ole Miss

After sitting out last season, the transfer from Texas steps in as Ole Miss' starting quarterback this season. He has arm strength, accuracy, and mobility. He was a highly sought-after recruit when he signed with Texas in 2006.

5. Kodi Burns, Auburn

Kodi burst onto the scene with a dazzling performance in the Peach Bowl, throwing a touchdown pass and running for the game-winning score in overtime.  With new offensive coordinator Tony Franklin going to a spread offense, look for Burns to fit right in.

Any way you rank them, it is going to be an exciting year in the SEC.