Updating the SEC quarterback battles in Week 4

It's crazy to think that, as we inch closer to October, the SEC still has some unfinished business at the quarterback position.

The list made some major cuts last week, but we added two new teams that have a lot of work to do behind center.


Jake Coker still pretty much the guy. It's obvious Coker isn't always pretty, but it's also clear the coaching staff has much more faith in him than in Cooper Bateman. While he was inconsistent in the first half of Alabama's 34-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe, Coker bounced back with a strong second half, throwing two of his three touchdowns in the final two quarters. He shows flashes with plays like this, but then he just baffles everyone with junk like this. Coker was the victim of four bad drops in the first half Saturday, but he'll have to turn it up a notch against No. 8 Georgia this weekend.


There's no great passing on the Plains. Sean White took over for the struggling Jeremy Johnson but faltered in his first career start. In Auburn's ugly loss to Mississippi State, White completed 20 of 28 passes for 188 yards, with an interception. Johnson didn't see the field, so this is White's job to lose.


Will Grier earns some respect, but still has a ways to go. We have Good Grier and Bad Grier. The redshirt freshman was totally off in the first half of Florida's stunning 28-27 comeback win over Tennessee, but was great on the Gators' final two drives. He went 11 of 18 for 141 yards and two touchdowns on those scoring drives and finished with a career-high 283 yards. Grier showed toughness and resolve, but if Treon Harris hadn't been suspended, chances are Grier doesn't get to show any of that because he's probably benched for Harris at one point. So this one should continue into the Ole Miss game.


Is it time to play Drew Lock more? Maty Mauk is the starter, and coming into the season no one was questioning that. But there's grumbling out of Columbia after another subpar performance by the veteran. In Missouri's offensively inept 21-13 loss to Kentucky, Mauk threw for 180 yards and a touchdown on 15-of-30 passing. But he was pulled for the freshman Lock, who threw for 47 yards on his lone drive; Mizzou didn't score, but he completed his first three passes. It's safe to say that as long as Mauk struggles with his decision making and accuracy, Lock will continue to play and probably should see his role increase because this offense badly needs a spark.


Lorenzo Nunez does well in his first start. Nunez proved he can run and throw in the Gamecocks' win over UCF. He had 184 passing yards and touchdowns of 13 and 35 yards. He also ran for a game-high 123 yards. Perry Orth, whom Nunez replaced, was 0-for-3 passing.