College Football 2010: A Fan's Guide To SEC Quarterbacks

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College Football 2010: A Fan's Guide To SEC Quarterbacks
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There has been so much spin surrounding the SEC quarterback situation that most fans have no idea of what is true or false anymore. There is so much false agenda being pushed that it borders on dishonesty.

It is time to take a real look at the SEC quarterback situation from a factual standpoint. To look at this fairly, there needs to be some criteria. Here is what I intend to use and how I intend to use it.

First there will be a look at experience. For this look at experience, every game that a quarterback has played since high school will be included.

For those that think high school experience is relevant, feel free to add your own statistics.

This will be an actual look at performance, not the recruiting service star value assessment. I have never witnessed a star completing a pass in a football game. In fact more often than not, recruiting services have missed their mark on the quarterback position.

With this explanation behind us, let’s take a look at the real starting quarterback situationin the SEC.

By Experience

Team

Quarterback

Games Played In

Record

Mississippi

Jeremiah Masoli

36

29-7

Arkansas

Ryan Mallet

24

18-6

Kentucky

Mike Hartline

23

16-7

Alabama

Greg McElroy

22

22-0

South Carolina

Stephen Garcia

21

11-10

LSU

Jordan Jefferson

19

13-6

Auburn

Cameron Newton

18

17-1

Florida

John Brantley

16

16-0

Tennessee

Matt Simms

13

9-4

Mississippi State

Chris Relf

12

5-7

Vanderbilt

Larry Smith

9

2-7

Georgia

Aaron Murray

0

N/A

 

 

Or by winning percentage

Team

Quarterback

Games Played In

Record

Alabama

Greg McElroy

22

22-0

Florida

John Brantley

16

16-0

Auburn

Cameron Newton

18

17-1

Mississippi

Jeremiah Masoli

36

29-7

Arkansas

Ryan Mallet

24

18-6

Kentucky

Mike Hartline

23

16-7

Tennessee

Matt Simms

13

9-4

LSU

Jordan Jefferson

19

13-6

South Carolina

Stephen Garcia

21

11-10

Mississippi State

Chris Relf

12

5-7

Vanderbilt

Larry Smith

9

2-7

Georgia

Aaron Murray

0

N/A

Performance 

While some of these quarterbacks will be starting in a new system, this is no different than a team changing offensive coordinators. Some would allude to the fact that some of this experience was not with an SEC team against an SEC opponent.  

The truth is that most of these quarterbacks have much of their experience against much lesser opponents. While a quarterback might have accumulated some of his experience while in the JUCO ranks, he was playing with JUCO talent against competitive talent. Most SEC quarterbacks get the majority of their preparatory experience while playing on a hugely superior team against overmatched teams.

The theme of this article is experience, therefore when looking at performance statistics will be broken down on a career per game basis in yards.

By Passing Yards

Quarterback

Passing

Percentage

Interceptions

Rushing

Per Carry

Jeremiah Masoli

204.58

59%

.39

60.23

5.11

Ryan Mallet

188.17

52.57%

.5

-2.79

-.73

Stephen Garcia

175.9

55%

.86

18.28

2.02

Matt Simms

172.54

58.4%

1

9

2.72

Cameron Newton

160.88

60%

.28

42.66

6.04

Jordan Jefferson

136.05

59%

.42

16.05

1.9

Greg McElroy

122.9

62%

.23

3.77

1.5

Mike Hartline

119.14

57%

.7

.71

.35

Larry Smith

117.54

48%

.89

23

2.48

John Brantley

40.31

71%

.06

4.68

4.72

Chris Relf

24.67

48%

.25

40.58

5.86

Aaron Murray

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

By Rushing Yards

Quarterback

Passing

Percentage

Interceptions

Per Game

Rushing

Per Carry

Jeremiah Masoli

204.58

59%

.39

60.23

5.11

Cameron Newton

160.88

60%

.28

42.66

6.04

Chris Relf

24.67

48%

.25

40.58

5.86

Stephen Garcia

175.9

55%

.86

18.28

2.02

Jordan Jefferson

136.05

59%

.42

16.05

1.9

John Brantley

40.31

71%

.06

4.68

4.72

Larry Smith

117.54

48%

.89

23

2.48

Matt Simms

172.54

58.4%

1

9

2.72

Greg McElroy

122.9

62%

.23

3.77

1.5

Mike Hartline

119.14

57%

.7

.71

.35

Ryan Mallet

188.17

52.57%

.5

-2.79

-.73

Aaron Murray

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

By Total Productivity

Quarterback

Passing

Percentage

Interceptions

Per Game

Rushing

Per Carry

Jeremiah Masoli

204.58

59%

.39

60.23

5.11

Cameron Newton

160.88

60%

.28

42.66

6.04

Stephen Garcia

175.9

55%

.86

18.28

2.02

Ryan Mallet

188.17

52.57%

.5

-2.79

-.73

Matt Simms

172.54

58.4%

1

9

2.72

Jordan Jefferson

136.05

59%

.42

16.05

1.9

Larry Smith

117.54

48%

.89

23

2.48

Greg McElroy

122.9

62%

.23

3.77

1.5

Mike Hartline

119.14

57%

.7

.71

.35

Chris Relf

24.67

48%

.25

40.58

5.86

John Brantley

40.31

71%

.06

4.68

4.72

Aaron Murray

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

 

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