Auburn’s Marshall tops SEC QB list next fall



Auburn’s Nick Marshall is among the best QBs in the SEC heading into this season. (AP photo)

The stalwarts are long gone.

AJ McCarron. Aaron Murray. Johnny Manziel. Connor Shaw. Zach Mettenberger. James Franklin.

Four — McCarron (Bengals), Murray (Chiefs), Manziel (Browns) and Mettenberger (Titans) — were drafted this past weekend, and Shaw (Browns) and Franklin (Lions) were signed as undrafted free agents.

Their departures means the SEC will incredibly different and less experienced at QB this fall.

Let’s take a look at the SEC’s QB picture heading into the summer.

1. Nick Marshall, Auburn: Showed explosiveness and poise throughout season, but Tre Mason helped a lot.

2. Maty Mauk, Missouri: Great talent who was undaunted when thrown into the mix.

3. Bo Wallace, Ole Miss: Experienced, but still must cut down on all those interceptions.

4. Dylan Thompson, South Carolina: Knows the system and likes to throw down field, but lacks Shaw’s moxie.

5. Dak Prescott, Mississippi State: Big and strong, but must continue to improve on making decisions.

6. Hutson Mason, Georgia: Has a grasp of the offense and gained valuable experience when Murray was injured.

7. Justin Worley, Tennessee: Worley expects a battle from others, including Alpharetta’s Josh Dobbs.

8: Jeff Driskel, Florida: Many are curious how he’ll perform in new offensive coordinator’s Kurt Roper’s system.

9: Jacob Coker, Alabama: Don’t be surprised if former Florida State backup shines in first season in T-Town.

10. Anthony Jennings or Brandon Harris, LSU: Marietta’s Jennings looked great last year, but Harris impressed in the spring.

11. Brandon Allen, Arkansas: Allen gained experience last year, but main job is handing off to RB Alex Collins and others.

12. Kyle Allen, Texas A&M: Allen expects battle from Kenny Hill in duel to replace Manziel.

13: Patton Robinette or Johnny McCrary, Vanderbilt: This could change if/when Stephen Rivers transfers from LSU.

14. Patrick Towles, Kentucky: He’s big, saw playing time as a freshman and had the best spring of Kentucky’s QBs.

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