Morning Meeting: QBs the hot topic as football nears

Posted by JOSH KENDALL on August 23, 2013 

Connor Shaw

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com

We are headed into the last football-less weekend of 2013, and it is going to be filled with talk about quarterbacks.

Tennessee still doesn’t have one, although that could change as early as Monday (and Rock Hill native Justin Worley appears to be the leader as he has taken the most snaps with the first team in practice), and Kentucky hasn’t picked one either. It’s down to Jalen Whitlow, an athletic marvel who I’m betting wins the job, and veteran Maxwell Smith there.

Elsewhere, folks are still buzzing about which quarterback is NOT first team All-SEC on the coaches preseason team. That, of course, is Texas A&M sophomore and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. Speaking of Johnny Football, his university’s boss sent an email to the school’s supporters defending his star quarterback.

On the subject of things I had never seen before until now: A Mobile, Ala., radio station asked A.J. McCarron’s dad what he thought about being named third-team preseason All-SEC by the coaches. As the winner of back-to-back national titles, the thought in Alabama is that McCarron isn’t getting his due. It’s a fair point, but asking his dad? What’s his dad supposed to say?

In Auburn, the Tigers have their own intriguing quarterback situation, breaking in former Georgia defensive back Nick Marshall as their starting quarterback. Marshall becomes the second SEC starting quarterback to have been kicked off Mark Richt’s team, and Georgia will play both this season. (The other is LSU’s Zach Mettenberger.) That’s got to be one of the best stats in the SEC this year, right?

On the Gamecock front, the quarterback issue has been settled for a while now. Last night, Steve Spurrier said again that senior Connor Shaw is the starting quarterback and the team will try to find a spot for backup Dylan Thompson as games and the season unfolds. What most South Carolina fans are thinking about is “Who is going to be healthy enough to play?” and “Who is going to kick field goals?” Our David Cloninger answered those questions as best we can at this point right here.

This also will be the final weekend of the season before we make some major changes to this blog. I’m going to start doing things a little differently, trying to look at things from a new angle, illustrating our points differently and being more available to you guys. (Be nice.) We will explain more as we go, but please, please, please, give me all the feedback you can.

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