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SEC FOOTBALL SPRING QUARTERBACK UPDATE

One of the fun subplots heading into this spring was the amount of SEC teams looking to find a quarterback. Then, after the first couple of weeks of practice, that subplot picked up further relevance as a couple of teams that seemed set at quarterback heading into spring practice suddenly seemed to have full blown quarterback competitions on their hands.

Jacob Eason was being pushed by Jake Fromm at Georgia. The Florida position seemed to be completely up in the air with neither Feleipe Franks of Kyle Trask taking over. Jarrett Stidham at Auburn was initially only placed in the first team offense due to injury. Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts had Tua Tagovailoa to push away. Then, almost overnight, the majority of those storylines just seemed to fade away. The quarterbacks that were supposed to be in charge stepped up, while the guys who are realistically only going to be backups in 2016 faded away enough to become irrelevant to the spring conversation.

Throw in a bunch of settled quarterback situations throughout the league in places such as Missouri, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Arkansas, and Vanderbilt (watch out for 2017 Kyle Shurmur) and suddenly the places where there is intrigue at the most important position on the field are few and far between.

Short of a Malik Zaire transfer at the back end of April to create a quarterback battle there are only a handful of schools still looking for answers at the position. Even some of those, such as Tennessee where Quinten Dormady and Jarrett Guarantano are looking to replace Josh Dobbs, seem more stable now as coaches have a level of comfort with both players in the race.

One place to potentially look for a battle come fall camp is LSU, though head coach Ed Orgeron has repeatedly started that this spot belongs to Danny Etling. Etling entered the spring as the projected starter and no one below him on the depth chart has done enough to change that position. If one of the underclassmen comes back at this hard in the fall then there is a chance for Etling to become unseated, but outside of Baton Rouge, those battles are going to be few and far between.

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