Auburn’s Nick Marshall was thought to be the SEC’s best QB entering this season.
With none of the M&M&M Boys (Manziel, McCarron and Murray) around, he seemed the likely candidate.
Marshall had just put together a Cam-like season in leading the Tigers to the SEC title and the national championship game and was voted to most of the preseason All-SEC teams.
He’s playing exceedingly well again this fall, but quality QB play has lifted the two Mississippi schools to the top of the SEC and added oomph to Alabama’s offense.
Let’s take a look at the SEC’s top QBs this season:
Nick Marshall, Auburn
Stats: 55.4 completion percentage, 964 yards passing, 10 TDs, three INTs; 492 yards rushing, four TDs
Thought: His stats were hampered by sitting out the first half of the opener, but he’s looked strong throwing the ball as Auburn faces a rugged second-half schedule.
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Stats: 61.5 percent completion percentage, 1,478 yards passing, 14 TDs, four INTs; 576 yards rushing, eight TDs
Thought: He has played within his talent and hasn’t made the mistakes or played with the inconsistency as he did in past years. Not the strongest arm of the group.
Blake Sims, Alabama
Stats: 66.5 completion percentage, 1,748 ayrds, 13 TDS, three INTs; 208 yards rushing, four TDs
Thought: Sims has overcome a lot of doubters and Jake Coker supporters to prove he’s worthy of running Lane Kiffin’s offense. Coming off his best all-around performance.
Bo Wallace, Ole Miss
Stats: 65.6 percent, 1,899 yards, 17 TDs, six INTs; 122 yards rushing, two TDs
Thought: Wallace has drastically cut down on his mistakes and likes spreading the ball around. He has grown through the season and hasn’t thrown a pick in the past three games. He’s a dropback passer, unlike the other three.
Prescott has played as well as any QB in the country, but needs to bounce back from throwing two interceptions in the win over Auburn in his worst passing performance of the season. He’s behind Oregon QB Marcus Mariota in the latest Heisman odds.