Back in July, when The State did its preseason ranking of the SEC quarterbacks, the consensus was clear: Tim Tebow and Jevan Snead stood out, and every other team had major question marks.
Guess what. Midway through the season, a lot of those questions have been answered. Step forward Ryan Mallett, Greg McElroy, Stephen Garcia.
As for Snead? Never mind that Heisman campaign.
Here is a revised ranking of the league's signal-callers - keeping in mind that the meat of the SEC schedule remains to be played. :
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1. TIM TEBOW, Florida
Preseason rank: 1
No reason to knock the anointed one off his pedestal. His stats may not be as gaudy (seven touchdown passes, five rushing TDs, two interceptions and he ranks 10th in the SEC in both passing and rushing yards). But the Gators are winning and still have the top scoring offense in the SEC, and Tebow does lead the league in pass efficiency.
2. RYAN MALLETT, ARKANSAS
The hype was real. Mallett is averaging 284 passing yards per game, nearly 60 more than the next-best passer in the SEC. The sophomore is tied for the lead in touchdown passes, has been picked off three times and has guided the offense the way coach Bobby Petrino draws it up.
3. GREG McELROY, ALABAMA
Who saw this coming? The new starter, a junior, has made sure there was no drop-off from John Parker Wilson, managing the Crimson Tide offense in masterful fashion. He has been picked off once, while tossing nine touchdowns and completing 60 percent of his passes.
4. JEVAN SNEAD, MISSISSIPPI
Remember how some thought Snead might actually be better than Tebow, and either way there was a huge gap between the top two and the rest of the league? Snead's stock has tumbled along with the rest of his team. Still, you have to take into account the fantastic defenses he's faced.
5. STEPHEN GARCIA, SOUTH CAROLINA
The sophomore has managed the game well, completing 61.2 percent of his passes, throwing three interceptions and averaging 211 passing yards a game. He seems capable of doing more. The Gamecocks will need it down the stretch.
6. CHRIS TODD, AUBURN
Preseason: Unranked (Kodi Burns ranked 11th)
Todd grabbed the job in the preseason and benefited greatly from new offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn's high-octane offense. The senior is averaging 227 passing yards per game, and has 12 touchdowns with one pick. The only downside - he's no running threat.
7. JOE COX, GEORGIA
The defense gets most of the blame for Georgia's troubles, although Cox's eight interceptions haven't helped. But the senior has shown an ability to hit on the big pass, and is third in the SEC in passing yards.
8. JORDAN JEFFERSON, LSU
After a strong finish to his true freshman season, Jefferson has yet to catch fire as a sophomore. He might have the most upside, but his shaky performance against Florida defines his season so far.
9. JONATHAN CROMPTON, TENNESSEE
After a rocky start, the senior erupted against Georgia, vaulting him into a tie for Mallett for most touchdown passes (13) in the league. But Crompton's nine picks stand out, and that touchdown total was also helped by the Western Kentucky game.
10. TYSON LEE/CHRIS RELF, MISSISSIPPI STATE
Preseason: Lee was 10th
Lee struggled to start the season, so Relf was handed the job, only to be suspended last week for an undisclosed team rules violation. Relf is a dual threat (198 rushing yards in five games), so he seems to fit the spread option better.
11. LARRY SMITH, VANDERBILT
Instead of being in a three-way battle for the job, as he was heading into the preseason, Smith has taken the vast majority of Vanderbilt's snaps. The question now is - why? Smith has thrown six interceptions against two touchdowns for the 2-4 Commodores.
12. WILL FIDLER/MORGAN NEWTON, KENTUCKY
Preseason: Unranked (Mike Hartline was ninth)
Hartline was having a subpar season, and under intense pressure from fans before a good performance Saturday at USC - only to suffer a season-ending injury. Now the Wildcats turn to a pair of inexperienced players, although it looked Saturday like their best bet was just running Randall Cobb out of the option.