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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Can Multiple QB’s Work?

Kentucky is going to have 2 or 3 capable options at quarterback this season, which is often considered a good thing.  The problem is if the coaching staff can’t separate those guys and stick with a starter for the duration of the season, it can often lead to uninspiring results.  Certainly the last couple years of UK football have proved that.  So I did a little digging and found all of the instances where an SEC team has played/started multiple quarterbacks during a season.  To be included on this list, a team had to have 2 or more guys start at least 3 games during the year, whether it be because of injury or performance.  It is a very long list, so if you don’t want to read through them, here are the stats NOT INCLUDING KENTUCKY:

39 INSTANCES (not including Kentucky)
Total Record: 266-203
SEC Record: 123-149
Winning SEC Records: 9 out of 39

Now, here are the instances for your pleasure:

Alabama
2004: Brodie Croyle began season as starter, suffered season ending injury in 3rd game.  Marc Guillon started next 2 games and then Spencer Pennington started final 7 games.  TIDE FINISHED 6-6, 3-5 IN SEC.
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Arkansas
2006: Robert Johnson started first 2 games, was benched for Mitch Mustain, who would start the next 8 games.  He was then benched for Casey Dick, who started the final 4 while splitting time with Mustain.  In the games where Dick and Mustain split time, the Hogs went 1-3.  ARKANSAS FINISHED 10-4, 7-1 IN SEC.

2005: Robert Johnson began season as starter and held that spot for first 7 game.  Casey Dick replaced him for final 4 games.  ARKANSAS FINISHED 4-7, 2-6 IN SEC.
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Auburn
2012: Kiehl Frazier started first 5 games and then was benched for Jonathan Wallace.  Wallace, Frazier, and Clint Moseley split time for the rest of the season, with Moseley being injured late.  AUBURN FINISHED 3-9, 0-8 IN SEC.

2011: Barrett Trotter began season and started 7 games before being replaced by Moseley.  Moseley was then injured at the end of the season and Trotter finished.  AUBURN FINISHED 8-5, 4-4 IN SEC.

2008: Kodi Burns started first 7 games for Tigers, splitting time the last 2 with Chris Todd.  Todd then started the final 5 games.  AUBURN FINISHED 5-7, 2-6 IN SEC.
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Florida
2013: Jeff Driskell began season as starter and broke his leg the 3rd game of the season.  Tyler Murphy started the next 6 games, then Skyler Mornhinweg started the final 3.  FLORIDA FINISHED 4-8, 3-5 IN SEC.

2011: John Brantley started first 4 games, was injured and missed next 2.  He regained starting position but Jacobey Brissett would play in 3 more games.  FLORIDA FINISHED 7-6, 3-5 IN SEC. 

2006: Chris Leak started all 14 games but Tim Tebow also played at QB in all 14 in special packages.  Leak would throw 365 passes compared to Tebow’s 33.  FLORIDA FINISHED 13-1, 7-1 SEC and would win the national title.
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Georgia
2006: Joe Tereshinski began season as starter, was injured in 2nd game and replaced by Matt Stafford.  Stafford started next 3 games, then was replaced by Tereshinki for 2 games.  Stafford then finished season as starter, though split snaps with Joe Cox.  GEORGIA FINISHED 9-4, 4-4 IN SEC.
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LSU
2011: Jarrett Lee started first 4 games as starter, then rotated with Jordan Jefferson for 5 other games before Jefferson took over exclusively.  LSU FINISHED 13-1, 8-0 IN SEC and lost in BCS Title Game.

2010: Jefferson started all 13 games but Lee rotated in and played in 11 of those games, throwing more than 10 passes in 5 of those.  LSU FINISHED 11-2, 6-2 IN SEC.

2008: Andrew Hatch started first 3 games before getting injured.  Lee then started the next 8 games before he also was injured and Jefferson finished the season.  LSU FINISHED 8-5, 3-5 IN THE SEC.

2004: Marcus Randall started the entire season but split snaps with Jamarcus Russell the entire season.  LSU FINISHED 9-3, 6-2 IN THE SEC.
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Mississippi State
2013: Tyler Russell started the 1st game, Dax Prescott started 6 of the next 7, Russell the next 3 and Prescott back to starter at the end of the season.  MISS STATE FINISHED 7-6, 3-5 IN SEC.

2011: Chris Relf started first 6 games of season before being replaced by Russell, who he then split starts and snaps with for rest of season.  MISS STATE FINISHED 7-6, 2-6 IN SEC.

2008:  Wesley Carroll started first 4 games before being replaced by Tyson Lee for final 8 games.  Carroll would play in 3 other games.  MISS STATE FINISHED 4-8, 2-6 IN SEC.

2007: Mike Henig and Carroll split time for first 5 games before Carroll took over fulltime.  MISS STATE FINISHED 8-5, 4-4 IN SEC.

2006: Omar Conner started first 6 games before being injured and replaced by Henig for the remainder of season.  MISS STATE FINISHED 3-9, 2-6 IN SEC.
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Missouri
2013: James Franklin started first 6 games before getting injured.  Maty Mauk started next 4 games and then Franklin started the rest while splitting snaps with Mauk.  MISSOURI FINISHED 12-2, 7-1 IN SEC.

2012: Franklin and Corbin Berkstresser split snaps in 11 of 12 games, with Franklin starting 8 and Berkstresser starting 4.  MISSOURI FINISHED 5-7, 2-6 IN SEC.
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Mississippi
2011: Barry Brunetti started 1st game, Zach Stoudt took over as starter for 3 games and Randall Mackey finished season with last 8 starts.  OLE MISS FINISHED 2-10, 0-8 IN SEC.

2007: Brent Schaffer started first 5 games and then was replaced by Seth Adams for the rest of the season.  OLE MISS FINISHED 3-9, 0-8 IN SEC.
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South Carolina

2012: Connor Shaw started 1st game and got injured.  Dylan Thompson started next game and saw action in 6 other games and then started final game of season for injured Shaw.  USC FINISHED 11-2, 6-2 IN SEC.

2011: Stephen Garcia started first 5 games before being dismissed from team.  Connor Shaw started the rest of the season.  USC FINISHED 11-2, 6-2 IN SEC.

2008: Tommy Beecher began season but was injured in 1st game and Chris Smelley took over and started 9 games with Garcia also starting 3 others.  USC FINISHED 7-6, 4-4 IN SEC.

2007: Smelley started 1st game and split snaps with Beecher.  Blake Mitchell took over for next 3 games before Smelley was reinserted as starter.  Mitchell still played in each of last 7 games.  USC FINISHED 6-6, 3-5 IN SEC.

2006: Mitchell started 3 of first 4 games before Syvelle Newton started next 4 games.  Mitchell was reinserted for final 5 games.  USC FINISHED 8-5, 3-5 IN SEC.

2004: Newton and Dondrial Pinkins split time throughout the season.  USC FINISHED 6-5, 4-4 IN SEC.
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Tennessee

2013: Justin Worley started 7 of first 8 games before getting injured.  Joshua Dobbs started final 4 games.  UT FINISHED 5-7, 2-6 IN SEC.

2011: Tyler Bray began first 5 games before getting injured.  Worley and Matt Simms split snaps for next 5 games before Bray finished with 2 starts.  UT FINISHED 5-7, 1-7 IN SEC.

2010: Simms started first 5 games, before splitting snaps with Bray for next 3 games and then Bray started final 5 games.  UT FINISHED 6-7, 3-5 IN SEC.

2008: Jonathan Crompton started first 4 games, was replaced by Nick Stephens for next 6 games before regaining starting job for final 2 games.  UT FINISHED 5-7, 3-5 IN SEC.

2005: Rick Clausen and Erik Ainge split snaps, with Ainge getting injured in middle of season.  UT FINISHED 5-6, 3-5 IN SEC.

2004: Ainge began season, starting first 9 games before getting injured.  Clausen finished the season as starter.  UT FINISHED 10-3, 7-1 IN SEC.
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Texas A&M (Hasn’t happened in SEC)
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Vanderbilt
2011: Larry Smith started first 6 games before being replaced by Jordan Rodgers, who started final 7 games.  VANDY FINISHED 6-7, 2-6 IN SEC.

2009: Smith started first 8 games of season before Makenzi Adams replaced him for final 4 games.  VANDY FINISHED 2-10, 0-8 IN SEC.

2008: Adams and Chris Nickson split snaps throughout the season.  VANDY FINISHED 7-6, 4-4 IN SEC.

2007: Adams and Nickson once again split snaps throughout the year.  VANDY FINISHED 5-7, 2-6 IN SEC.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

11 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Can Multiple QB’s Work?



  1. SEC
    8:43 am April 24, 2014 Permalink

    DO NOT COMPARE KENTUCKY TO OTHER SEC SCHOOLS! They are, figuratively speaking, out of UK’s league.



    • UKfan
      1:39 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

      You are welcome to move to another fan base but you probably already knew that.



    • Truth
      10:28 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

      SEC, please name your favorite SEC football tam and basketball team.



  2. CATandMONKEY
    9:02 am April 24, 2014 Permalink

    Yes. Play all four simultaneously. Towles can double as a TE and the other three can run a three-way Wildcat scheme. [This is tongue-in-cheek]



  3. asdf
    9:26 am April 24, 2014 Permalink

    The two QB thing has never worked here, certainly, and just the bad taste that the experience has left the fan base is reason enough to avoid trying it again. Start Towles and redshirt Barker. By next season, Drew should be ready to majorly threaten Towles and we will have the best QB competition in America one year from now.



  4. short answer ... no
    9:56 am April 24, 2014 Permalink

    long answer … ahhhhhhhhhh, no

  5. “If you have 2 QB’s, you have none.”
    Whoever first said that was brilliant.



  6. UKfan
    1:41 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

    Patrick Towles is your starter and Reece is your backup for this year. It would do Barker good to redshirt and hone his skillset at the next level.



  7. johnnycat
    4:01 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

    WHAT ABOUT MAX SMITH????



  8. bookend
    5:48 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

    I don’t think Max will see the field. The future is with the younger QB’s. But if the young ones struggle, you never know.



  9. drips
    7:15 pm April 24, 2014 Permalink

    nooooooooooo.. please just pick the best guy and let him get comfortable, and not worried about coming out the next series if things don’t go well.