Breaking down the SEC’s new look at quarterback Breaking down the SEC’s new look at quarterback Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger The SEC is losing six veteran and successful quarterbacks. These half-dozen QBs have scored more than 440 touchdowns as starters, and their teams went 155-50 during those years. Ross Dellenger| firstname.lastname@example.org July 17, 2014 Comments LSU OUT: Zach Mettenberger What’s lost: Mettenberger is a heady QB with a power arm. Last season, he showed the ability to make all of the throws, threading the needle countless times. How lost: Out of eligibility Years as starter/record: 2/19-6 By the numbers: 5,691 passing yards, 34 touchdowns IN: Brandon Harris or Anthony Jennings The scoop: A true freshman, Harris, and a sophomore, Jennings, are expected to compete in fall camp for the starting gig. Harris has a lot of talent, but Jennings has the experience edge. Experience level: Harris has taken no college snaps. Jennings started the Outback Bowl and threw 29 passes for 181 yards last season. In the rankings: Harris, a four-star prospect, was ranked the No. 3 dual-threat QB in the nation. Jennings also was a four-star guy. Missouri OUT: James Franklin What’s lost: The speedy but injury-prone Franklin gave Missouri a dual threat behind center. He was a reliable QB who fit perfectly into the Tigers’ up-tempo spread offense. How lost: Out of eligibility Years as starter/record: 3/19-12 By the numbers: 8,856 passing yards, 1,613 rushing yards, 43 total touchdowns IN: Maty Mauk The scoop: Mauk solidified his grip on the starting job during spring practice. Over three scrimmages, he completed 64 percent of his passes for 446 yards. Experience level: The redshirt sophomore landed on the SEC all-freshman team after starting four games in 2013 and throwing for 1,071 yards and 11 touchdowns. In the rankings: The No. 7 dual-threat QB in the nation, Mauk, out of Kenton, Ohio, was a four-star prospect offered by Michigan and Notre Dame. South Carolina OUT: Connor Shaw What’s lost: The 205-pound Shaw gave USC a running and passing threat for three seasons. A bullish runner, he finished with a completion percentage of 65.5. How lost: Out of eligibility Years as starter/record: 3/27-5 By the numbers: 5,581 passing yards, 1,518 rushing yards, 72 total touchdowns IN: Dylan Thompson The scoop: There’s no competition here. Thompson is the guy. He threw for 783 yards last season and 1,027 in 2012. He has 14 touchdowns to five interceptions in his career. Experience level: A fifth-year senior, Thompson saw chunks of playing time over the past two seasons. He lost the starting gig to Shaw in 2011 but alternated with him often. In the rankings: Just a two-star QB out of Boiling Springs, South Carolina, Thompson has developed into a solid SEC passer. Alabama OUT: AJ McCarron What’s lost: The game manager is gone. For three years, all McCarron did was help Bama to 36 wins with solid play. He may have lacked the fireworks but not consistency. How lost: Out of eligibility Years as starter/record: 3/36-4 By the numbers: 8,630 passing yards, 77 touchdowns, 67 completion percentage IN: Jacob Coker or Blake Sims The scoop: Sims didn’t wow anyone during spring drills. Coker, a Florida State transfer, showed up this summer to add some heat to the competition. Coker seems to be the favorite. Experience level: Sims, a junior, has thrown just 39 passes in his Alabama career. Coker, a junior, lost the starting gig at FSU to Jameis Winston. In the rankings: Sims was classified as an athlete out of Georgia. He was given four stars. Coker was a three-star pro-style QB and is from Mobile. Texas A&M OUT: Johnny Manziel What’s lost: The 2012 Hesiman Trophy winner, Manziel was the most electric player in college football. He had the touch with the long ball and a knack for dodging defenders. How lost: NFL draft (as a redshirt sophomore) Years as starter/record: 2/19-6 By the numbers: 7,820 passing yards, 2,169 rushing yards, 93 total touchdowns IN: Kyle Allen or Kenny Hill The scoop: It’s a battle between the sophomore dual-threat, Hill, and the highly rated frosh pocket passer, Allen. Allen is the favorite after Hill’s arrest/suspension in the spring. Experience level: In mop-up duty for Manziel, Hill was 16-of-22 for 183 yards last year. Allen is a true freshman who enrolled in January. In the rankings: A five-star, Allen was ranked as the No. 1 pro-style QB in the nation this year. Hill was a four-star and the 10th-best dual-threat QB in 2013. Georgia OUT: Aaron Murray What’s lost: The longest-tenured quarterback in the SEC is gone. A prototypical pocket passer, Murray threw for more than 13,000 yards. How lost: Out of eligibility Years as starter/record: 4/35-17 By the numbers: 13,166 passing yards, 121 touchdowns IN: Hutson Mason The scoop: Mason doesn’t have much competition. He has waited long enough. Mason was Murray’s backup or the No. 3 QB the past four years. (He redshirted 2012.) Experience level: The senior has thrown for 1,324 yards in mop-up duty. He completed 67 of 110 passes last year. In the rankings: Mason was rated three stars out of Marietta, Georgia, in 2010. He chose the Bulldogs over Florida State, among others. He’s gone, too Austyn Carta-Samuels, Vanderbilt He completed 68 percent of his passes for 2,268 yards as a senior in 2013. Patton Robinette, a sophomore, is expected to be the starter. He’s back Brandon Allen, Arkansas Some Hogs fans might not like this. Allen completed fewer than half of his passes last season, but it appears that he’ll start. Jeff Driskel, Florida While Driskel missed most of last season with an injury, he threw for 1,646 yards as an inconsistent starter in 2012. Justin Worley, Tennessee The senior could be pushed in fall camp for the gig. He threw for just 1,239 yards last season with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Maxwell Smith,Kentucky Smith split time with Jalen Whitlow, throwing for 1,276 yards. He’ll be pushed hard for the starting gig by sophomore Patrick Towles. Nick Marshall, Auburn A junior college dual-threat transfer, Marshall burst on the scene to lead the Tigers to the SEC title, averaging more than 230 yards. Dak Prescott, Mississippi State The speedster shared snaps with veteran Tyler Russell last year. Prescott, a junior, ran for 829 yards and threw for 1,940. Bo Wallace, Ole Miss Outside of Marshall, Wallace is the most skilled of any SEC returner. He tossed 18 touchdowns and 10 picks last year while throwing for 3,346 yards.