According to the QBR system for college quarterbacks created by ESPN and the Manning Award Committee, three 2013 quarterbacks currently have higher ratings than any former No. 1 QB from over the past ten seasons. This means we’re seeing some EXCELLENT quarterback play, perhaps the best ever.
Baylor’s Bryce Petty (97.7), Oregon’s Marcus Mariota (96.8) and Aaron Murray of Georgia (95.6) all surpass the previous high of Stanford’s Andrew Luck (94.5) established in 2010.
Coming off a bye week, last year’s winner (and also the Manning Award selection) Johnny Manziel made a big leap this week toward the top (from fifteenth to seventh) without even playing last Saturday. His QBR of 88.9 is just fractions off his FBS-leading 90.5 from 2012.
But wait, there’s even bigger news coming out of THE SEC. Half of the Top 10 are SEC quarterbacks (a heavy, collective groan can now be heard from everywhere else in the USA). We know; it’s just another feather in the cap for the most dominant conference on earth.
Besides Manziel at No. 7 and Murray at No. 3, who are the mid-season’s five best quarterbacks from the SEC? Glad you asked.
Jalen Whitlow of the Kentucky Wildcats is sitting at No. 10 with a score of 85.8. At No. 9 is the quarterback for Mississippi State, Dak Prescott (86.5). And the SEC’s fifth member of the QBR Top 10 is the “upstart” senior from LSU, Zach Mettenberger, who holds the overall No. 5 spot.
So when someone mentions Southeastern Conference football, remember, it’s not your father’s SEC anymore. It’s improving leaps and bounds in every direction imaginable.
Oh, and where is Alabama’s quarterback, AJ McCarron? Uh, he’s quarterbacking the Number One team in the nation.
Follow our Twitter for this Saturday’s game @MaroonMadnessFS
and follow Daivd Walker on Twitter @12thManQB
Topics: Aaron Murray, AJ McCarron, Bryce Petty, Dak Prescott, ESPN, Football, Jalen Whitlow, Johnny Manziel, Manning Award, Marcus Mariota, QBR Quarterback Ratings, SEC, Texas A&M Aggies, Texas A&M Football, Texas Aggies, Zach Mettenberger