Will there be a QB dilemma in the SEC? | Bonehead Picks

Will there be a QB dilemma in the SEC?

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Last season, the quarterback in the SEC was very well unknown and was most likely the biggest weakness offensively. Those who were expected to be the starter for their respected teams didn’t stay there long and had most likely moved on afterwards. For a few SEC teams, the QB switch worked out better than they hoped and looks to be the strength for all offenses in the coin year. The swap had brought more hope when it was thought their bowl hopes were gone but now more is expected in 2017.

Out of the 14 SEC teams, only four if not five look to have some question marks even missing some veteran experience. For Tennessee, Josh Dobbs has moved on after a decorated career, but with up and coming junior Quinten Normandy the passing game along with the running game will look quite different. Switching to a pro-style offense could prove to be a challenge after high and solid expectations were downgraded due to slow starts. Thrown for only 357 yards and one TD in ten career games, a new QB and formation at Tennessee is intruiguing.

Once again for the fourth consecutive year, Kevin Sumlin and Texas A&M are looking for a new leader under center. With six on the roster, one senior and five freshmen (three redshirts), the only logical response is Jake Hubenak. Trevor Knight only came for one season as a graduate transfer which may have delayed the rising of Sumlin’s hot seat. Hubenak may be Sumlin’s only hope to stay at College Station but will he be able to save his job by season’s end and stay on top?

Once again at Florida, another QB controversy looks to be emerging with Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire moving to Gainesville. If Luke Del Rio doesn’t stay healthy, it could immediately become Zaire’s team. Playing only in 17 games throwing for 816 yards and six touchdowns for the Irish, the battle for the starting QB job at Florida could give Jim McElwain a big headache. While the defense had held solid at times, they need more yardage offensively and cannot revert to the Will Muschamp way of playing.

A sudden change of authority at Ole Miss won’t appear to affect who their starting QB might be. Shea Patterson stepped in for Chad Kelly after his college career ended due to injury, and stepped in rather nicely. Throwing for 880 yards and six touchdowns in his absence, all that Patterson can do is play the villain to ruin any team’s postseason hopes since they have self-imposed a bowl ban for at least 2017 depending on what else may come from the NCAA.

For Gus Malzahn at Auburn, there have been whispers that the QB competition may not be much of one. Malzahn brought in former Baylor starter Jarrett Stidham after transferring to a JUCO school due to the recent sexual allegations. Even when Sean White threw for 1,679 yards and nine TDs onward to a 8-5 record, Stidham is sure to have stayed in shape taking the year off from football so he could be eligible for three more years. This controversy could be bigger than Florida’s.

The rest of the QB situation around the SEC look’s to be more experienced this season which may have been their achilles heal. Alabama, GeorgiaKentucky and even LSU, all have their mind game set. The year of the quarterback in the SEC looks to be improving for possibly this year and next.

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