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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Texas A&M (Hasn’t happened in SEC)
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.