SEC Quarterbacks: Career numbers entering spring practice


There is plenty of firepower returning in the SEC at quarterback, namely the big three of Aaron Murray, Johnny Manziel and AJ McCarron. Murray will set the SEC’s conference touchdown record in 2013 and has three 3,000-yard seasons, while McCarron returns with two national championships and Manziel has all the hardware.

If you like numbers, you’ll love the quarterbacks’ career stats. Here are the top 10 returning in 2013 and how they stack up against one another entering spring practice:

Passing Yards
Aaron Murray, Georgia: 10,901
AJ McCarron, Alabama: 5,956
Tyler Russell, Miss State: 4,566
James Franklin, Missouri: 4,533
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M: 3,706
Connor Shaw, South Carolina: 3,627
Bo Wallace, Ole Miss: 2,994
Zach Mettenberger, LSU: 2,701 yards
Jeff Driskel, Florida: 1,794
Max Smith, Kentucky: 1,794

Passing Touchdowns
Aaron Murray: 95
AJ McCarron: 49
Tyler Russell: 37
Connor Shaw: 32
James Franklin: 32
Johnny Manziel: 26
Bo Wallace: 22
Zach Mettenberger: 13
Jeff Driskel: 12
Max Smith: 12

Aaron Murray: 32
Tyler Russell: 20
James Franklin: 19
Bo Wallace: 17
Connor Shaw: 15
Johnny Manziel: 9
AJ McCarron: 8
Max Smith: 8
Jeff Driskel: 7
Zach Mettenberger: 7

Completion %
Johnny Manziel: 68
Connor Shaw: 66.8
AJ McCarron: 66.7
Bo Wallace: 63.9
James Franklin: 62.2
Max Smith: 61.7
Jeff Driskel: 61.6
Aaron Murray 61.5
Zach Mettenberger: 59.2
Tyler Russell: 57.5

Rushing Yards
Johnny Manziel: 1,410
James Franklin: 1,250
Connor Shaw: 1,125
Jeff Driskel: 431
Bo Wallace: 415
Aaron Murray: 199
Tyler Russell: 102
AJ McCarron: -28
Max Smith: -133
Zach Mettenberger: -180

Rushing TDs
Johnny Manziel: 21
James Franklin: 17
Connor Shaw: 11
Bo Wallace: 9
Aaron Murray: 9
Jeff Driskel: 4
AJ McCarron: 3
Tyler Russell: 3
Max Smith: 0
Zach Mettenberger: 0

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  • It blows my mind how productive Aaron Murray is and how his team has essentially nothing to show for it. I am not knocking their past 3 season with him they usually do fairly decent but no BCS bowl wins or SEC championship I just don’t see how that happens.

  • It all can’t be put on Murray’s shoulders….fumbles by RB’s on the goal line (USCe), tipped balls by WR’s, poor rush Defense etc. It’s a TEAM game and yes, his stats are incredible. By the end of 2013 he will be SEC career TD and passing yardage record holder but even he acknowledges QB’s are rated by Championships. Hopefully 2013 will be that year, it’s his last shot.

    • I’m an Alabama fan above anything else, but I really like UGA also. I do hope that GA does win it all next year(, but of course I’d be thrilled if Bama won 3 in a row). Murray so deserves something to show for it. And even as great as he is, he gets such little Heisman talk. I think he’ll certainly be a great QB in the NFL