SEC quarterback play could be at an all-time high

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HOOVER, Alabama - Nine quarterbacks came to SEC Media Days. For a conference historically known for its defense, some of the nation's best quarterbacks may be coming from the SEC in 2019. The head-to-head quarterback match-ups in the conference may be at an all time high this year.

"I think it's at a point where I don't know if many times before it's been at this level," said South Carolina Quarterback Jake Bentley.

From Alabama's Heisman finalist, Tua Tagovailoa, to SEC newcomer Kelly Bryant, and even Texas A&M's returner, Kellen Mond, the SEC is stacked under center.

"Tua's release is unbelievable," remarked LSU Head Coach Ed Orgeron.

Ole Miss Freshman Quarterback Matt Corral recalled all the elite quarterbacks he'll face this year. "...South Carolina's Jake Bentley... the list goes on."

"We're going to face great quarterbacks every week. That's part of being in the SEC. You face the best," said Orgeron.

"I mean, you're playing in the SEC so you're not playing against their quarterbacks, you're playing against their defense. I mean, the SEC is a tough place to play in. I think it is the toughest place to play in," said Alabama Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Florida Head Coach Dan Mullen recognized what makes SEC quarterbacks so great. "It's the experience they get from playing against the defenses they have to see week in and week out playing in this conference."

Bentley added on how big this stage is. "Each and every week you've got to bring your A-game. Cause if a quarterback gets hot, they could tear anyone up."

This year's SEC quarterback class made a combined 91 starts last year. So much combined experience brings so much anticipation for 2019.

"I think the SEC has some really good quarterbacks. It'll be fun to see what each of us can do this coming up season," said Florida Quarterback Feleipe Franks.

"(There are) a lot of great guys who are in the SEC playing quarterback. It's awesome to see week in and week out. It's definitely made me want to raise my game to the next level and compete with those guys," said Georgia Quarterback Jake Fromm.

"They all have a different set of skills, and whether it's running, whether it's on the run throwing, whether it's staying in the pocket, everybody has a different skill set. Being able to look across the board, every single school has a pretty good one. I'm excited to go up against them, and it should be a good SEC season for everybody," Tennessee Quarterback Jarrett Guarantano said.

Texas A&M will play against their fair share of elite quarterbacks this season, as they have two former national champion quarterbacks on their schedule: Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Alabama's Tua Tagovaiola.