The Southeastern Conference: Home of Bad QB Play?

In an age of the air raid, where teams attempt to throw 50 times a game and the scores are more like a bad basketball game than a football game, it’s not uncommon to hear someone exclaim, "The SEC just doesn't have good QB's!"

Over the past twenty years, the SEC has continued to be known as a line of scrimmage league. This certainly holds true in 2016 (Hello Jonathan Allen and Myles Garrett). In addition, the SEC has filled the NFL with large backs, great linebackers and stout offensive linemen.

However, has the SEC been able to produce QB's? Or is it truly a bad QB league?

Over the offseason, I want to take a look at QB play in the SEC over the past 20 years to see if the QB's are truly inferior. I will submit my findings here.

Evidence No 1: NFL Rosters.
I took a look at each NFL roster at the end the 2016 NFL season.
Here are the totals by conference:

PAC 12: 18 Qb's on NFL Rosters

BIG 10: 17 Qb's on NFL Rosters

SEC: 14 Qb's on NFL Rosters

ACC: 13 Qb's on NFL Rosters

BIG 12: 9 Qb's on NFL Rosters

Non Power 5: 24 Qb's on NFL Rosters

For a clearer picture of talent, let's look at how many of those QB's on NFL rosters are starters. Again, this was at the end of the 2016 season.

PAC 12: 7 starters

SEC: 6 starters

BIG10: 5 starters

ACC: 4 starters

BIG12: 3 starters

Non Power 5: 7 Starters

Observations from Evidence No 1.

  • Southern Cal has dominated in the QB market and anchored the PAC 12. Currently there are 5 USC QB's on NFL rosters.
  • I was surprised at the number of QB's that were from Non Power Five Schools.
  • In the Big12, where the Air Raid reigns, where are the pro QB's?
  • The NFL doesn't seem to think the SEC has a QB problem.

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