#SEC

SEC by the numbers: Chad Kelly has shot at single-season passing mark

Chad Kelly Sugar Bowl
CHUCK COOK/USA TODAY SPORTS

For all the talk about how SEC quarterbacks have struggled of late, half of the 10 best single-season passing totals in league history have come in this decade.

Johnny Manziel in 2013 and Chad Kelly last season have topped the 4,000-yard mark – just the second and third SEC quarterbacks to do so – this decade. And Aaron Murray in 2012, Ryan Mallett in 2010 and Dak Prescott last season also rank in the top 10 in league history in single-season passing yards.

Just four SEC schools – Ole Miss with Kelly, Texas A&M with Manziel, Kentucky with Tim Couch and Missouri with Chase Daniel – have had a quarterback throw for 4,000 yards in a season. Technically, just three SEC quarterbacks have done so because Daniel reached the plateau in 2008, when Mizzou was in the Big 12. Kelly has a chance this season to become the first SEC quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards twice.

tim couch at kentucky

Kentucky's Tim Couch holds the SEC single-season record with 4,275 yards in 1998. COURTESY KENTUCKY ATHLETICS

Ten SEC schools – all but Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Vanderbilt – have had a 3,500-yard passer. Eight league quarterbacks have hit that mark this decade.

Finally, every SEC team has had a 3,000-yard passer, though it took a while. Alabama and Mississippi State were the last two schools to have a player reach the benchmark: The Tide's A.J. McCarron did it in 2013 and the Bulldogs' Dak Prescott reached the plateau in 2014. Arkansas has had five seasons with 3,000 passing yards, and all five have come in the past seven seasons, including four this decade.

Florida and Georgia lead the league with eight 3,000-yard seasons; Florida has had five quarterbacks hit 3,000, Georgia four.

Here's a closer look at the quarterbacks.

Alabama

Last 3,000-yard passer: Jake Coker in 2015, 3,110 yards
Last 3,500-yard passer: None
Last 4,000-yard passer: None
All-time leader: Blake Sims with 3,487 yards in 2014
3,000-yard seasons: 3, by 3 quarterbacks

Arkansas

Last 3,000-yard passer: Brandon Allen in 2015, 3,440 yards
Last 3,500-yard passer: Ryan Mallett in 2010, 3,869 yards
Last 4,000-yard passer: None
All-time leader: Mallet in 2010
3,000-yard seasons: 5, by 3 quarterbacks

Auburn

Last 3,000-yard passer: Dameyune Craig in 1997, 3,227 yards
Last 3,500-yard passer: None
Last 4,000-yard passer: None
All-time leader: Craig in 1997
3,000-yard seasons: 1

Rex Grossman

Rex Grossman holds Florida's single-season passing record of 3,896 yards in 2001. COURTESY FLORIDA ATHLETICS

Florida

Last 3,000-yard passer: Tim Tebow in 2007, 3,286 yards
Last 3,500-yard passer: Rex Grossman in 2001, 3,896 yards
Last 4,000-yard passer: None
All-time leader: Grossman in 2001
3,000-yard seasons: 8, by 5 quarterbacks

Georgia

Last 3,000-yard passer: Aaron Murray in 2012, 3,893 yards
Last 3,500-yard passer: Murray in 2012
Last 4,000-yard passer: None
All-time leader: Murray in 2012
3,000-yard seasons: 8, by 4 quarterbacks

Kentucky

Last 3,000-yard passer: Mike Hartline in 2010, 3,178 yards
Last 3,500-yard passer: Andre' Woodson in 2007, 3,709 yards
Last 4,000-yard passer: Tim Couch in 1998, 4,275 yards
All-time leader: Couch in 1998
3,000-yard seasons: 7, by 5 quarterbacks

LSU

Last 3,000-yard passer: Zach Mettenberger in 2013, 3,082 yards
Last 3,500-yard passer: None
Last 4,000-yard passer: None
All-time leader: Rohan Davey in 2001, 3,347 yards
3,000-yard seasons: 3, by 3 quarterbacks

Mississippi State

Last 3,000-yard passer: Dak Prescott in 2015, 3,793 yards
Last 3,500-yard passer: Prescott in 2015
Last 4,000-yard passer: None
All-time leader: Prescott in 2015
3,000-yard seasons: 2, by 1 quarterback

Missouri

Last 3,000-yard passer: Blaine Gabbert in 2010, 3,186 yards (Mizzou not in SEC at the time)
Last 3,500-yard passer: Gabbert in 2009, 3,593 yards (Mizzou not in SEC at the time)
Last 4,000-yard passer: Chase Daniel in 2008, 4,335 yards (Mizzou not in SEC at the time)
All-time leader: Daniel in 2008
3,000-yard seasons: 5, by 2 quarterbacks

Ole Miss

Last 3,000-yard passer: Chad Kelly in 2015, 4,042 yards
Last 3,500-yard passer: Kelly in 2015
Last 4,000-yard passer: Kelly in 2015
All-time leader: Kelly in 2015
3,000-yard seasons: 5, by 3 quarterbacks

South Carolina

Last 3,000-yard passer: Dylan Thompson in 2014, 3,564 yards
Last 3,500-yard passer: Thompson in 2014
Last 4,000-yard passer: None
All-time leader: Thompson in 2014
3,000-yard seasons: 5, by 4 quarterbacks

Tennessee

Last 3,000-yard passer: Tyler Bray in 2012, 3,612 yards
Last 3,500-yard passer: Bray in 2012
Last 4,000-yard passer: None
All-time leader: Peyton Manning in 1997, 3,819 yards
3,000-yard seasons: 4, by 3 quarterbacks

Texas A&M

Last 3,000-yard passer: Johnny Manziel in 2013, 4,114 yards
Last 3,500-yard passer: Manziel in 2013
Last 4,000-yard passer: Manziel in 2013
All-time leader: Manziel in 2013
3,000-yard seasons: 4, by 3 quarterbacks

Vanderbilt

Last 3,000-yard passer: Jay Cutler in 2005, 3,073 yards
Last 3,500-yard passer: None
Last 4,000-yard passer: None
All-time leader: Kurt Page in 1983, 3,178 yards
3,000-yard seasons: 2, by 2 quarterbacks

The top 10 single-season yardage totals in SEC history

1. Tim Couch, Kentucky – 4,275 yards, 1998
2. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M – 4,114 yards, 2013
3. Chad Kelly, Ole Miss – 4,042 yards, 2015
4. Rex Grossman, Florida – 3,896 yards, 2001
5. Aaron Murray, Georgia – 3,893 yards, 2012
6. Tim Couch, Kentucky – 3,884 yards, 1997
7. Ryan Mallett, Arkansas – 3,869 yards, 2010
8. Peyton Manning, Tennessee – 3,819 yards, 1997
9. Dak Prescott, Mississippi State – 3,793 yards, 2015
10. Andre Woodson, Kentucky – 3,709 yards, 2007

(You can follow Jake Wimberly on Twitter @jakewim)

© 2016, Jake Wimberly. All rights reserved.

© 2016, gridironnow.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments
To Top