The SEC will feature a blend of fresh faces and veteran quarterbacks in 2015. The conference was lucky to have five senior quarterbacks take the field last season. This spring, however, has been full of quarterback battles for teams like the Alabama Crimson Tide, Ole Miss Rebels, and Georgia Bulldogs. Meanwhile, there is a sense of stability for the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Arkansas Razorbacks. In fact, there are several strong quarterback units in the SEC.
The 2015 season is rapidly approaching and it appears that Mississippi State is ahead of the pack at the quarterback position. Dak Prescott accounted for 42 touchdowns last season and now has scored amassed 75 touchdowns in his career. Prescott’s proven production and leadership gives Mississippi State a decisive advantage over the rest of the SEC’s quarterbacks.
Prescott was a mere 14 yards shy of the 1,000 yards rushing mark in 2014. The dual-threat ability that Prescott possesses makes him a nightmare for opposing defenses.
Meanwhile, Brandon Allen is looking to lead the Arkansas Razorbacks to a big year in 2015. Allen threw 20 touchdown passes and only five interceptions in 2014. Allen plays in a run-heavy system and is asked to make smart decisions. He plays conservatively and did not throw a single intersection in any of Arkansas’ seven wins last season.
He is not an overwhelming talent, but he did make big improvements last season. He is underrated by many and will provide Arkansas with the steady performer necessary to make strides this fall.
Maty Mauk of the Missouri Tigers posted an impressive sophomore season, throwing for 25 touchdowns. He led Missouri to a 11-3 record and is now 14-4 as a starting quarterback. He does not possess an imposing frame, but he remains a pretty good runner. Mauk would be closer to the top of the SEC if he were more accurate throwing the ball.
The Missouri offense requires more vertical throws and he will be throwing to young receivers this season, but he needs to improve. The Tigers’ offense would benefit from improvements made to his accuracy. Mauk will be asked to lead a young Missouri offense this season. He is entering his junior season and will be expected to be a shoulder the load while his teammates get acclimated.
As far as sleepers go, Kyle Allen started the final five games of the season for the Texas A&M Aggies. Allen led the Aggies to a 3-2 record down the stretch, and was a top-rated high school player and amassed 17 touchdowns last season. Another QB to watch is Jeremy Johnson, who will enter the 2015 season with more hype than any other Auburn Tigers quarterback. Despite attempting only 37 passes last season, Johnson has even been mentioned as a player with Heisman Trophy potential.
Levi Dunagan is a SEC Football writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Levi275.