We’ve officially reached the halfway point of the season, and 2013 is absolutely flying by. It’ll be rivalry week in late November before you know it.
SEC offenses are trending up in 2013. Why? A big part has to do with the elite veteran QBs in 2013. The SEC has as many as six senior QBs who are putting up serious numbers.
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Here are the top 10 in 2013:
1. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (SO)
2. Aaron Murray, Georgia (SR)
3. Zach Mettenberger, LSU (SR)
Johnny Manziel has been his usual electrifying self through the first half. He’s combined for 2,273 yards and 19 TDs. He’s completing over 73 percent of his passes, and he remains the best player in college football…Aaron Murray has been huge for Georgia through six games. He’s thrown for 1,824 yards and 17 TDs, and he’s won two conference games without RB Todd Gurley – LSU and Tennessee. Murray has elevated his game in 2013, and he’s had a fantastic first half…The most improved player in college football is Zach Mettenberger. Mett leads the SEC in passer rating (184.06) and is second with 15 TDs, and LSU’s offense is scoring over 40 points per game. Mett has made himself several million dollars in seven games.
4. Connor Shaw, South Carolina (SR)
5. AJ McCarron, Alabama (SR)
6. James Franklin, Missouri (SR)
The SEC’s most underrated player is the best QB Steve Spurrier’s had since when? Connor Shaw has thrown for 1,146 yards, 10 TDs and zero INTs, and he’s completing over 68 percent of his passes. He’s also added 319 rushing yards and two TDs…AJ McCarron has started to get in a better groove the last few weeks. He’s thrown for 1,407 yards, 11 TDs and just three INTs, leading the Tide’s offense. There’s still plenty of time for him to jump back into the big three by season’s end…James Franklin is out 3-5 weeks with a shoulder injury, but he’s been very good through six games, leading the Tigers to a 6-0 start and a win over a top-10 ranked Georgia Saturday. He’s totaled 1,867 yards and 17 TDs.
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7. Austyn Carta-Samuels, Vanderbilt (SR)
8. Nick Marshall, Auburn (JR)
9. Bo Wallace, Ole Miss (JR)
10. Tyler Murphy, Florida (JR)
Austyn Carta-Samuels has had a good year, and he’s thrown for 1,561 yards, 10 TDs and six INTs and has completed over 66 percent of his passes, despite taking away his second best option Chris Boyd…Nick Marshall executes Auburn’s offense very well. He hasn’t put up big numbers in the passing game (902 yards), but he’s rushed for 288 yards and two TDs. Marshall has improved every week…Bo Wallace looked like he had made a bigger progression through the first three weeks, but he struggled against Alabama and Auburn before having a better game against Texas A&M. Wallace has thrown for 1,444 yards, nine TDs and three INTs…I’m going to throw in Tyler Murphy at No. 10. Murphy is a better quarterback than Jeff Driskel. He has better instincts and runs the offense more efficiently. He’s completing over 66 percent of his passes for 645 yards and five TDs in four games.
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