Even though some of the all-time greats played in the SEC (Alabama’s Joe Namath, Bart Starr and Ken Stabler, Georgia’s Fran Tarkenton, LSU’s Y.A. Tittle, etc.), the league as a whole never was known much for quarterbacks. But that’s changing.
The SEC has six starting quarterbacks in the NFL at the moment from six different schools. And they’re not all named Manning.
The list includes two Mannings – Denver’s Peyton (Tennessee) and the New York Giants’ Eli (Ole Miss) – but there’s also Chicago’s Jay Cutler (Vanderbilt), Carolina’s Cam Newton (Auburn), Detroit’s Matthew Stafford (Georgia) and Oakland’s Matt Flynn (LSU). Jason Campbell of Auburn barely lost out in Cleveland’s quarterback race.
Ryan Tannehill of Texas A&M starts for Miami, and while the Aggies are in the SEC now, Tannehill finished before his school made the jump.
In addition, three of the nation’s top college quarterbacks are in the SEC: Georgia’s Aaron Murray, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Alabama’s AJ McCarron. When picking the preseason All-SEC team, the coaches put McCarron at third team – and he could be starting in the NFL somewhere eventually.
All three of those guys are among the top 10 Heisman favorites, according to Las Vegas sportsbook Bovada.
The SEC still is about blue-collar, physical, pound-them-down football, but that doesn’t mean nobody can throw in this part of the country.
Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.