4 SEC QBs make Sporting News' all-time most hated in CFB list
If you’re an SEC quarterback who wins the Heisman Trophy, national championship or both, you’re going to get some haters along the way, at least according to Sporting News.
For the 2016 offseason, Sporting News decided to come up with the all-time 16 most hated players in college football. The top spot goes to Oklahoma alum Brian Bosworth, but the SEC is well represented:
- No. 14: AJ McCarron, Alabama (2010-13)
- No. 5: Tim Tebow, Florida (2006-09)
- No. 4: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (2012-13)
- No. 3: Cam Newton, Auburn (2010)
Bill Bender offered the following for why Newton ranks so high:
How much do people dislike Newton? He can’t even smile without raising blood pressure around the country.
Newton had a one-of-a-kind season on and off the field for Auburn in 2010. Take your pick. Was it the 50 total touchdowns, the blow-by LSU’s Patrick Peterson, the comeback at Alabama and the national championship? Or the stolen laptop at Florida and the brief ineligibility in 2010 following a controversy with his father Cecil involving improper benefits. Newton performed at the top of his game despite all the criticism, and nothing has changed at the next level.
While missing the cut for the top 16, former South Carolina QB Steve Taneyhill (1992-1995) does receive an “honorable” mention.
The full list, which includes SEC nemesis Jameis Winston, can be viewed here.
Do you think any of the four unfairly made the list? Did Sporting News leave anyone off?