Ah, the summer of ’69. Peace, love and Woodstock, right?

Turns out it may have been SEC quarterbacks, not the Vietnam War, that inspired those events. The 1968 season was miserable for them, as no fewer than five players on the conference’s Top 10 all-time interceptions list played in the league.

Archie Manning threw 8 touchdowns against 17 interceptions at Ole Miss. But Auburn’s Loran Carter (21), Vanderbilt’s John Miller (18) and Mississippi State’s Tommy Pharr (18) all threw more interceptions than he did.

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With the proliferation of passing — and hurry-up offenses that produce more plays per game — one would imagine that interceptions are sky high. But Ole Miss’ Bo Wallace led the SEC with 14 picks last season, and 2013 featured just three SEC quarterbacks with double-digit interceptions.

For a variety of reasons, passing has become more advantageous and safer. That may explain why just five of the top 16 SEC players all-time, as ranked by interceptions, played since 1990.

In that context, congratulations to Senquez Golson, who became the fourth Rebels player with at least 16 career interceptions in the Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Here are the Top 10 all-time SEC players ranked by career interceptions.

Player School Interceptions Years
T1. Bobby Wilson Ole Miss 20 1946-49
T1. Chris Williams LSU 20 1977-80
T3. Glen Cannon Ole Miss 19 1967-69
T3. Antonio Langham Alabama 19 1990-93
T5. Buddy McClinton Auburn 18 1967-69
T5. Tim Priest Tennessee 18 1968-70
T7. Harry Gilmer Alabama 16 1944-47
T7. Jake Scott Georgia 16 1967-68
T7. Mike Jones Tennessee 16 1967-69
T7. Harry Harrison Ole Miss 16 1971-73
T7. Jeremiah Castille Alabama 16 1979-82
T7. John Mangum Alabama 16 1986-89
T7. Corey Webster LSU 16 2001-04
T7. Bacarri Rambo Georgia 16 2009-12
T7. Senquez Golson Ole Miss 16 2011-14
T7. Johnthan Banks Mississippi State 16 2009-12