Southeastern Conferencefor the next Kyle Trask or Mac Jones, quarterbacks who emerged as stars in their first entire season as starters.
Maybe it will be Alabama’s Bryce Young, Georgia’s JT Daniels, or some other young passer.
Plenty of battles appear to be ongoing since more than half the league teamscontinuing – or at least no announced starter.
Alabama’s Jones and Florida’s Trask shined once they took over the starting jobs during the 2019 season. They were even better in their lone season as starters, becomingfinalists and leading their teams into the SEC championship game.
Both are waiting to hear their names called in the NFL draft this week.
Young, Jones’ backup as a freshman, is the front-runner in Tuscaloosa over Paul Tyson and freshman Jalen Milroy. ButSaban, like many of his peers, always waits until at least preseason camp to let things shake out before making a public declaration.
He called the nation’s top-rated passer in the 2020 class “the quarterback for right now,” meaning he’d be the first-teamer in the.
“I think he’s showed good leadership,” Saban said during the spring. “He’s. I think he understands the offense. He’s worked hard.”
Georgia’s Daniels appears firmly entrenched as the Bulldogs’ starter after starting four games last season. His spring game performance – 324 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions – certainly didn’t hurt his cause. But the Southern Cal transfer was even better in the Peach Bowl win over Cincinnati.
Quarterback competitions around the SEC willtopic through preseason camps. Here is a look at some of the most intriguing battles:
– Florida’s Dan Mullen has been stronger in proclaiming junior Emory Jones as the heir apparent to Trask. He has been the Gators’ primary backup the past two seasons and is more dual-threat than Trask.
– LSU has three quarterbacks who started multiple games last season, though Myles Brennan would appear to be the favorite again. He replaced Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrows the previous season and was off to a good start before a tornended three games.
TJ Finley logged five starts, but Max Johnson replaced him for the final two games and won both in the Tigers’ disappointing follow-up to a national championship season. Freshman Garrett Nussmeier joins the group.
“There is no starting quarterback,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “They’re all competing, and all four of them are very, very talented.”
– Tennessee left spring camp with another intriguing situation. Hendon Hooker, a graduate transfer from, could face additional competition with former Michigan passer Joe Milton expected to arrive as a summer enrollee.
That would give first-year Volunteersfive scholarship quarterbacks, provided they all stick around.
– At Mississippi State,Leach has insisted the quarterback battle was “wide open,” though Will Rogers started the final six games as a freshman. Southern Miss transfer Jack Abraham appears in the mix, and freshman Sawyer Robertson arrives in the summer.
–. Coach Jimbo Fisher wouldn’t clarify the situation after the final spring scrimmage.
“Everybody’ssaid. “That’s the last thing I’m worried about. I’m not worried about the quarterback. I’m worried about the pieces around him.”
– At Arkansas, former backup KJ Jefferson is the front-runner to replace Feleipe Franks, ahead of redshirt freshman Malik Hornsby. Jefferson passed for 274 yards and three touchdowns against Missouri when Franks was out with a rib injury.
Sophomore Luke Doty is the front-runner at, where he’s the only quarterback on the roster with experience. Ryan Hilinksi transferred to Northwestern.
– Kentucky’s battle appears to be between Beau Allen and Auburn transfer Joey Gatewood.
___ AP Sports Writers Teresa Walker, Brett Martel, Kristie Rieken, and Pete Iacobelli.
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