SEC Football: A Quick Comparison Of Quarterbacks After Week One

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SEC Football: A Quick Comparison Of Quarterbacks After Week One
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Going into this weeks competition one of the biggest questions in the SEC was concerning quarterback play. Many contenders had new quarterbacks and others had old veterans. Let’s take a look at how week one worked out for the quarterbacks in the SEC.

There are many intangibles to consider when judging a quarterback, with this in mind quarterback and then offensive team statistics for week one will be included.

Only starting quarterbacks will be considered with total team statistics.

Statistic

Alabama 

Arkansas 

Auburn 

LSU

Miss State 

Name

G. McElroy

R. Mallet

C. Newton

J. Jefferson

T. Russell

Total Passes

15

24

14

21

16

Completions

13

21

9

15

13

Percentage

87

88

64

71

81

Interceptions

0

1

0

1

0

Touch Downs

1

3

3

2

4

Receivers Utilized

9

9

6

8

6

Yards Passing

218

301

186

151

256

Average Gain Per Pass

14.53

14.33

13.28

7.19

16

Rushing Attempts

3

3

15

10

1

Yards Rushing

8

3

177

36

0

Average Gain Per Rush

2.66

1

11.8

3.6

0

Team

 

 

 

 

 

Total Offense

591

519

608

313

569

Rushing Offense

257

196

367

162

197

Passing Offense

334

323

241

151

372

Average Gain Per Play

8.32

8.95

9.35

5.49

8.62

First we must take a look at the competition for week one. This will need to be split in divisions as a team must first win their division to win the conference.

Alabama played San Jose, they are widely considered the worst team in the FBS division and make a regular habit of losing to FCS teams. They were the weakest competition in the SEC this week. Rank 6th in the western division

Arkansas played Tennessee Tech; this is an FBS team but is likely better than San Jose on a given day. Rank 5th in the western division

Auburn played Arkansas State; this is a Sun Belt Conference middle of the pack team. They are a cupcake, but no pushover. Rank 2nd in the western division

LSU played North Carolina; this is a ranked team and by far the stoutest competition of the teams faced by the SEC this week. Rank 1st in the western division

Mississippi State played Memphis; this is a very bad FBS team, but likely some better than San Jose and Tennessee Tech. Rank third in the SEC.

Ole Miss did not play opening week; they simply showed up and embarrassed themselves. To give credit where it is due, the Gamecocks are ranked fifth or sixth in the state of Alabama. I guess that is something, but Mississippi will not be included in this discussion. Further embarrassment is uncalled for.

 

Only starting quarterbacks will be considered with total team statistics.

Statistic

Florida 

Georgia 

Kentucky 

S. Carolina 

Tennessee 

Name

J. Brantley

A. Murray

M. Hartline

S. Garcia

M. Simms

Total Passes

25

26

26

23

24

Completions

17

17

17

16

14

Percentage

68

65

65

69

58

Interceptions

0

1

0

0

0

Touch Downs

2

3

0

0

1

Receivers Utilized

5

10

7

9

7

Yards Passing

113

160

217

193

181

Average Gain Per Pass

4.52

6.15

8.34

8.39

7.54

Rushing Attempts

3

4

1

5

3

Yards Rushing

-9

42

5

38

7

Average Gain Per Rush

-3

10.5

5

7.6

2.33

Team

 

 

 

 

 

Total Offense

212

377

466

449

537

Rushing Offense

99

184

230

224

332

Passing Offense

113

193

236

225

205

Average Gain Per Play

3.79

5.54

7.28

6.9

7.36

Vanderbilt played a heroic game against Northwestern this week, but fell short. We will leave them out of this conversation for now. Northwestern was the most formidable competition faced by any SEC team in opening week. The remainder will be ranked one through five.

Florida played Miami of Ohio this week; they are a plucky team and showed it.

They are ranked 3rd in competition for the SEC East.

Georgia played Louisiana Lafayette; they are a cupcake team in every sense of the term. They rank 5th in competition faced this week

Kentucky played Louisville this week; they rank 2nd in competition faced in the east.

South Carolina played Southern Miss; this is a very competitive team and ranks first in competition in the east this week.

Tennessee played Tennessee-Martin; this team ranks 4th in competition faced by SEC eastern teams.

 These are not rankings, but simply results from opening week. Pleas feel free to comment and leave any opinion you might have.

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