There is no finer conference in the history of college football than the Southeastern Conference. Well, at least that’s what the folks down south will have you believe. In their defense, there’s a strong argument to be made that the SEC is the greatest conference of all-time, in part because there have been some amazing quarterbacks to play in the league over the years.
Quite frankly, there are too many good quarterbacks who played in the SEC to possibly name. However, we’ve done our best (as always, this is up for debate and subject to change) to come up with the 25 best quarterbacks in SEC history.
25. Heath Shuler, Tennessee
For a couple of years, there was no quarterback in the SEC better than Shuler. He helped the Volunteers to a 9-3 record in 1992 despite just 10 touchdown passes. But he took things to the next level the following year, throwing for over 2,300 yards with 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He finished second in the Heisman voting, and until Peyton Manning showed up, he held most of the passing records in the Tennessee record book.
Of course, Shuler didn’t work out in the NFL. Washington drafted him third overall in 1994, but Shuler had trouble keeping the starting job from Gus Frerotte, who the Redskins took in the 7th Round that same year. He was eventually traded to New Orleans but didn’t have much success there, ultimately becoming one of the biggest busts in NFL history. However, Shuler bounced back and ended up serving three terms in the House of Representatives before leaving Congress to become a lobbyist.