The top 5 lefthanded QBs in SEC history
Elijah Staley, who is battling Damian Williams, Nick Tiano and Nick Fitzgerald for the right to replace Dak Prescott as Mississippi State’s starting QB, is the only lefty of that Bulldog bunch. According to the Huffington Post, lefties make up about 10 percent of the world’s population, so Staley actually has a better shot of winning that QB competition than he has of finding another southpaw on campus.
— FWtCT (@mstatesports) December 24, 2015
Anyway, we at SDS think that lefties rule, and not just because the author of this article happens to be a portsider himself. And because we hold southpaws in such high regard, here’s our list of the Top 5 lefthanded QBs in SEC history, a group that might not be as obvious as you think.
1. Tim Tebow
He threw for 88 touchdowns and ran for 57 more scores as a two-time national champion and the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner at Florida. Plus, we will never forget about “The Speech.”
After winning a playoff game with the Broncos, running shirtless with the New York Jets and dabbling in TV, Tebow now has nearly 3,000 signatures in a petition imploring Denver GM John Elway to bring him back at QB, according to ecumenicalnews.com.
— theScore (@theScore) April 28, 2016
Hmm — the second coming of Tebow? — I’m sure he wouldn’t mind that in a football and religious sense.
2. Kenny Stabler
He led Alabama to an 11-0 season in 1966, which included a 34-7 win over Nebraska in the Sugar Bowl. Plus, even though he had just 18 TD passes and 18 interceptions during his college career, Stabler was 28-3-2 as a starter for the Crimson Tide, and who could forget his “Run in the Mud” against Auburn in 1967?
The “Snake,” who won Super Bowl XI with the Oakland Raiders, died at the age of 69 on July 8, 2015, the year before he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Alabama QB's who have won a Super Bowl …Bart Starr , Joe Namath and
Kenny Stabler…RTR… pic.twitter.com/piTmNdw0Qq
— Roll Tide #16™ (@jerrysandersRTR) February 9, 2016
3. David Greene
He finished his Georgia career as the NCAA’s all-time leader in wins (42), a record that Texas QB Colt McCoy broke in 2009. Greene also finished as the SEC’s all-time leader in passing yards (11,528), a mark now owned by fellow Bulldog QB Aaron Murray, who threw for 13,166 yards.
— SEC Country (@SEC_Country_) August 20, 2015
4. Jared Lorenzen
While at Kentucky from 2000-2003, The “Hefty Lefty” threw for 10,354 yards and 78 TDs and was intercepted only 41 times. He also ran for 12 scores for the Wildcats, not bad for the QB whose listed playing weight was 285 but seemed to be a bit heavier.
Kentucky could let my boy Jared Lorenzen play! pic.twitter.com/0hWbMV9iWJ
— So…let's go Stars? (@primetime2832) March 27, 2015
Lornzen, 35, who won a Super Bowl ring as a member of the New York Giants in 2007, broke a bunch of Tim Couch’s school records while at Kentucky. Last month he tweeted at the Broncos, offering them his quarterbacking services.
He enjoys poking fun at Louisville on Twitter in his spare time.
5. Mike Shula
He went 19-5-1 as Alabama’s starter in 1985-86 while throwing for 3,495 yards and 29 TDs. He then finished 26-23 as the Crimson Tide’s head coach from 2003-2006 before the NCAA vacated 16 of those wins due to Alabama’s involvement in a textbook scandal.
Shula, 50, has been the Carolina Panthers’ offensive coordinator since 2013. The Broncos held his Cam Newton-led offense to just 10 points in Super Bowl 50.