Entering last season, the depth among SEC quarterbacks was tremendous. There was McCarron and Manziel, Murry and Mettenberger, not to mention Conner Shaw and James Franklin. This year, the script has been flipped. Only three QBs return that started more than four games last season, yet there is plenty of talent.
But, how do they rank?
1. Nick Marshall, Auburn
Simply put, there are no elite SEC quarterbacks heading into 2014. However, there are a handful of players that have proven they can play at a high level. Chief among them is Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall.
Marshall won the Auburn quarterback job in fall camp last season despite not joining the team until August. It took time for Marshall to establish himself, and for the Tiger coaching staff to utilize him appropriately. Following a 25-21 loss to LSU, the staff decided to re-evaluate the offense and put a increased emphasis on the running game. From that point, Marshall shined.
Despite missing the entire game against Western Carolina and more than three quarters against Florida Atlantic, Marshall threw for 1,976 yards and ran for 1,068. He played a part in 26 touchdowns, with all but four coming in his final nine games. The senior stabilized the quarterback position for the Tigers last year, and he has the skillset to put up video game numbers in Gus Malzahn’s offense in 2014.