The SEC currently has four quarterback battles waging during fall camp: Auburn, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee.
Let’s check in on how things are shaking out so far:
Auburn: Kiehl Frazier vs. Jonathan Wallace vs. Jeremy Johnson vs. Nick Marshall
The word out of Auburn camp is the two newcomers Jeremy Johnson and Nick Marshall are playing the best. Both threw TD passes in Saturday’s scrimmage, while Kiehl Frazier is second or third on the depth chart. Jonathan Wallace looks like the odd man out right now. JUCO transfer Nick Marshall is the favorite to win the job at this point, and he’s consistently performed the best in camp.
Kentucky: Jalen Whitlow vs. Max Smith vs. Patrick Towles
Mark Stoops and Neal Brown aren’t singling out any of the quarterbacks competing for the job. The Cats scrimmage this week, and Stoops said he’d have a better idea post-scrimmage. Nonetheless, Jalen Whitlow looks like the quarterback for this team. He’s the best athlete of the main three, and he gives the offense the best chance to move the ball in its current state. He looked solid during Fan Day practice last week. We’ll wait to hear more from Stoops this week.
Missouri: James Franklin vs. Maty Mauk
Returning starter James Franklin has gotten most of the snaps with the first team, but each quarterback has both had his moments. Franklin threw a 75-yard TD to Marcus Lucas, while Mauk threw a 65-yard score to Jaleel Clark. With only one scrimmage, it’s not enough sample size for Gary Pinkel to make a decision. Franklin has to have the upper hand as the returner, but Pinkel said when he makes a decision, he’ll let the media know. I look for Franklin to get the first shot, regardless of how well Mauk may play this preseason.
Tennessee: Justin Worley vs. Nathan Peterman
Heading into practice, Justin Worley and Nathan Peterman were both listed as the first-team starter. During yesterday’s scrimmage, Peterman mostly worked with the second team, although the depth chart has been quite fluid. Freshmen Josh Dobbs and Riley Ferguson have both played with the second team, but as it stands now, it looks like Worley is the favorite to land the job.
Photo Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports