There won’t be much experienced quarterback play in the SEC entering the 2016 season.
The three names that stand out are Tennessee’s Joshua Dobbs, Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly and LSU’s Brandon Harris. Only two of those quarterbacks made the cut for the Davey O’Brien Award watch list, which was announced on Wednesday.
Dobbs and Kelly will both be up for the national honor, which is awarded annually to the nation’s top quarterback.
The Tennessee signal caller finished last season as the SEC’s eighth-best passer, collecting 2,291 passing yards and 15 touchdowns. He also added 671 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.
Kelly led the conference in passing in 2015 behind 4,042 yards and 31 touchdowns. While not widely-viewed as a dual-threat quarterback, Kelly amassed 500 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on 107 carries.
Both will be up against reigning Davey O’Brien Award winner in Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, who is up for the award award in 2016.