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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Why Phillips and Barker are Still So Important

Just a quick recap of how each of the 14 SEC teams did with their QB’s last season.  Then look at the stats at the bottom of the post and come to your own conclusions why the backup (and 3rd string QB’s) will be so important for the Cats this year.

Alabama
-AJ McCarron started all 13 games

Arkansas
-Brandon Wilson started 2 games, was injured in GAME 3
-AJ Derby started GAME 4
-Wilson returned for GAME 5, was injured again in GAME 9
-Wilson returned for GAME 10 and started rest of season

Auburn
-Nick Marshall started 4 games, was injured in GAME 5
-Jeremy Johnson started GAME 6
-Marshall came back for GAME 7, was injured again in GAME 8
-Marshall came back for GAME 9 and started rest of season

Florida
-Jeff Driskel started 2 games, was injured in GAME 3 (lost for season)
-Tyler Murphy started next 6 games, was injured in GAME 9 (lost for season)
-Skyler Mornhinweg started final 3 games

Georgia
-Aaron Murray started 10 games, was injured in GAME 11 (lost for season)
-Hutson Mason started final 2 games

Kentucky
-Jalen Whitlow started GAME 1, was replaced for poor play
-Max Smith started next 3 games, was injured in GAME 3
-Whitlow started GAME 5, was injured again in GAME 6
-Smith started GAME 7
-Whitlow came back for GAME 8, was injured again in GAME 11
-Smith started GAME 12

LSU
-Zach Mettenberger started first 11 games, was injured in GAME 12 (lost for season)
-Anthony Jennings started final game of season

Mississippi State
-Tyler Russell started, was injured in GAME 1
-Dak Prescott started next 3 games
-Russell and Prescott split time for 3 games, Russell was injured in GAME 7
-Prescott was then injured in GAME 9
-Russell started 2 games, was injured again in GAME 11
-Prescott started final 2 games

Missouri
-James Franklin started first 5 games, was injured in GAME 6
-Matt Mauk started next 4 games
-Franklin came back in GAME 11 and started rest of season

Ole Miss
-Bo Wallace started all 13 games

South Carolina
-Conner Shaw started 3 games, was injured in GAME 4
-Shaw came back for GAME 5, was injured again in GAME 7
-Shaw came back for GAME 8 and started rest of season

Tennessee
-Justin Worley started first 3 games, benched for poor play
-Nathan Peterman started 1 game, was benched for poor play
-Worley started next 3 games, was injured in GAME 7 (lost for season)
-Justin Dobbs started final 4 games

Texas A&M
-Matt Joeckel started first game after Manziel suspension
-Manziel started final 12 games

Vanderbilt
-Austyn Carta-Samuels started first 6 games, was injured in GAME 7
-Patton Robinette started next 2 games
-Carta-Samuels came back for GAME 10, started 3 games
-Robinette started GAME 13 after season ending surgery to Carta-Samuels
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Just to recap all of the injuries for just the 14 SEC teams last year:

-Only 3 teams had the same starter all 12/13/14 games and one of those was Connor Shaw, who was knocked out of games twice but didn’t miss a start

-7 of the 14 SEC teams saw their starting QB for the year injured by the end of the 6th game of the season.

-5 of the 12 SEC teams lost their season opening QB to a season-ending injury at some point in the year.

-The 3 teams who had the same starting QB for every game went 30-9 for a 77% win percentage.  The 11 teams who didn’t went 80-60 for a 57% win percentage.

-Tyler Russell of Mississippi State was injured on 3 different occasions during the season.  Jalen Whitlow, Brandon Wilson, and Nick Marshall were all injured twice.  A total of 13 QB’s were injured and forced out of games at some point in the season.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

14 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Why Phillips and Barker are Still So Important



  1. Chris
    9:10 am August 21, 2014 Permalink

    I would have just saved some time and posted the final statistics. At the end of the day, everyone knows that in the SEC you have to be ready as a backup QB, because there will always be injuries. That being said, I would rather throw Smith back in as the third string, rather than Barker, and save his Redshirt and not waste the year of eligibility if that time ever came.



  2. UKfan
    9:20 am August 21, 2014 Permalink

    I agree. I almost bet you that is the strategy the staff will take. Barker will get his chance in due time. This talk of him transferring because he didn’t get immediate playing time is nonsense.



  3. STOOPS TROOPS
    9:20 am August 21, 2014 Permalink

    Towels and Barker only. Kentucky boys

  4. QB’s get HURT? NO WAY! Stop the presses!!!

    *That last phrase doesn’t get said much any more BTW.



    • Delk for 3
      10:15 am August 21, 2014 Permalink

      This writer sucks.



  5. inside info
    10:39 am August 21, 2014 Permalink

    How many of those QBs are NFL QBs? Does the SEC not put as high a percentage of QBs in The League as other conferences? Is this possibly because they get injured so often?



  6. depth
    10:43 am August 21, 2014 Permalink

    For the first time possibly ever, I think I agree with BTI. As pessimistic as it may sound, I would be SHOCKED if Towles made it through the season healthy. That’s not a knock on UK, that’s just the reality of SEC play. Whoever ends up winning 2nd and 3rd string should certainly stay sharp and ready.



  7. fan22
    10:45 am August 21, 2014 Permalink

    Dont get excited UK because Towles is Towles anf yes he sucks . Barker sucks even more. Reese is ok but not going to win any games for you. Last Brown sucks too- his play design and schemes are not going to be there in the SEC. Should have kept Whitlow and I hear he just beat out a QB at EIU that wad 8th QB on some draft boards



    • UKfan
      10:54 am August 21, 2014 Permalink

      I hear EIU calling your name. Go join them and enjoy the benefits of an option only QB.



  8. bluegrass79
    10:52 am August 21, 2014 Permalink

    #BrettFavre played 250+ NFL games without getting hurt. Amazing.



  9. David in MTS
    11:41 am August 21, 2014 Permalink

    WOW…what riveting information. Not bad, for a 5th grader.



  10. Fan22
    1:04 pm August 21, 2014 Permalink

    Bluegrass79 yes that’s a hell of a stat.
    UKfan I noticed a common game between UK and EIU. This will be interesting.



  11. Fan22
    1:14 pm August 21, 2014 Permalink

    UKfan that option QB out passed your QB 3 years straight. He was leading the race until the fan-alum blowback then asked to move to WR. He just out passed a QB with a spring head start and a top 10 draft prospect. Whitlow will have the last laugh while UK chalk up the L’s



    • UKfan
      5:16 pm August 21, 2014 Permalink

      Staff decided not to play “my QB” for 3 straight years. As far Whitlow’s passing (or lack thereof), last year in 12 games Whitlow had 98 completions on 159 attempts (1033 total passing yds for a 6.5 YD/A). That, my friend, is pathetic. Whitlow tucked the ball and ran rather than try to pass.

      “My QB” will have more passing yards in the first 3-4 games than Whitlow had all year, but you go ahead and believe that Whitlow was the better option if it makes you feel any better.