Six SEC QBs make O'Brien watch list

The Davey O'Brien preseason watch list includes 34 quarterbacks, and six of them are from the SEC.

Making the list were Tennessee's Tyler Bray, Missouri's James Franklin, Alabama's AJ McCarron, Georgia's Aaron Murray, South Carolina's Connor Shaw and Arkansas' Tyler Wilson.

The Davey O'Brien Award honors the nation's best quarterback.

LSU's Zach Mettenberger didn't make the list, but the Tigers' All-SEC safety, Eric Reid, said Wednesday that Mettenberger made LSU's talented defensive backfield look bad at times this spring.

The addition of Mettenberger also makes this one of the more impressive crops of quarterbacks in the SEC in a long time. Mettenberger joked that maybe it's time to change some perceptions around the country.

"They say the Pac-12 quarterbacks can throw the ball well and the SEC quarterbacks can hand the ball off well. I kneel the ball down better than anybody in the nation," Mettenberger cracked.