The month of May is one for college football fans to take some time to reflect, enjoy the families and clean up the old RV. Coaches will be out recruiting, but as for news and excitement for the upcoming season it wont begin until after Memorial Day. College football magazines will come out near the end of the month and while the internet is the number one source for information a good old Athlons does just nicely on the Delta Flight from Gainesville to Orlando. When I was a kid I could wait for the college football edition of Southern Living to see where my Clemson Tigers would be ranked. Of course I only got Southern Living at my Grandmas house in Rock Hill, South Carolina and it was usually because I spent the entire summer there. But see, I digress. Spring practice is over so lets rank the SEC quarterbacks shall we?1.Tyler Wilson, Arkansas- He loses Petrino and some talented receivers but he has experience and Knile Davis coming back. He also may be helped by better defense in Fayetteville. Keep an eye on him for a sleeper pick in the Heisman race.2.Aaron Murray, Georgia- I have loved this kids ability since working his state championship game in high school. He showed he could put up sick numbers without AJ Green last season. He needs to cut his interceptions down (single digits) and he also will be in the Heisman discussion.3.Tyler Bray, Tennessee- He needs to stay healthy,but even injured he was third in the SEC in touchdown passes. He may hold the key to Derek Dooley's future, which is ironic because he was recruited by Lane Kiffin. I thought he grew up in the spring a bit and if they can give him a run game he could put up some big numbers.4.AJ McCarron, Alabama- He is going to have to prove himself week in and week out, until the Tide shows it can run the ball the way it has the last three seasons. He has great physical tools and showed big time ability in the BCS title game5.James Franklin, Missouri- He has experience for one and productivity competing against the Big 12. I am assuming he will recover fully from the torn labrum and should get a quick dose of the SEC early with a match up against Georgia. He ran for nearly1,000 yards last season while throwing for 2,872 yards.I am going with the old Big Ten theory and rank the top five and comment on the rest!Connor Shaw, South Carolina- Can he take the reigns for a full season and give Spurrier balance in the passing game? He was a terrific fourth quarter passer last season.Jordan Rogers, Vanderbilt- I really like this kid and saw him nearly beat Florida in Gainesville. He can run and throw, now needs to be ready for teams to have a game plan for him.Maxwell Smith, Kentucky- He has all the physical tools to be good, but his supporting cast must step up. Tyler Russell,Mississippi St. - Of all the guys not in the top five he has the best shot to finish in the first group. Dan Mullen aired it out in the spring and this kid has big time ability.Zach Mettenberger, LSU- Like Russell he could be in the top five come December. Was the spring a mirage? Or will the Tigers throw the ball more in 2012? SEC Battles- Texas A&M, Florida, Ole Miss and Auburn.Statistic of the week: Missouri's James Franklin (15th in country last year) is the SEC's leading returner in total offense at 296.4 yards per game.
Post Spring SEC QB Rankings
May 1, 2012, 12:45 pm