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Ranking the nation's best quarterbacks

Who are the best quarterbacks in college football as we approach the start of the 2010 season?

Here's your chance to rank them 1 through 15. Arkansas' Ryan Mallett made the list of nominees and so did Florida's John Brantley, but notice who's not on the list.

Alabama's Greg McElroy, who quarterbacked the Crimson Tide to a 14-0 record and BCS national championship a year ago, didn't make it. Remember, too, that McElroy was the MVP of the SEC championship game last season after carving apart Florida.

Those three would certainly be my top three quarterbacks in the SEC. I'd have Mallett No. 1, Brantley No. 2 and McElroy No. 3. But after that, it gets difficult.

Who's No. 4?

If South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier were saying nicer things about Stephen Garcia, he would be a strong candidate. But at this point, there's no guarantee that Garcia will even play most of the snaps next season.

The Auburn coaches are stoked about what Cameron Newton is going to bring to the Tigers' offense with his ability to both pass and run, and he's at least seen SEC defenses close up before when he was at Florida.

Somebody's going to break out, too. Maybe it's one of the guys at Mississippi State -- Chris Relf or Tyler Russell. Maybe it's LSU's Jordan Jefferson after a so-so spring.

There's usually a surprise somewhere.

But what we know for sure is that there are a lot more unknowns at the quarterback position in the SEC than there are knowns.

It's been that way for a couple of years in a row now.