SEC Report

FAYETTEVILLE — Georgia coach Mark Richt has at least four options when it comes to solving his team's jumbled quarterback position.

He could either stick with freshman Matthew Stafford as the starter, go with the hot hand in redshirt freshman Joe Cox, turn back to senior Joe Tereshinski when he's healthy or play all three.

Who knows?

Georgia's uncertain quarterback situation took another turn Saturday when Stafford was benched after he struggled to move the offense against winless Colorado.

Cox took over, leading the No. 10 Bulldogs back from a 13-0 deficit to pull out the victory. Cox's late-game heroics earned him SEC freshman of the week honors. It also reopened a quarterback controversy that has been going on since before the start of the season.

So far, Tereshinski (high ankle sprain) and Stafford have started games this season, and the Bulldogs could be looking at their third starting quarterback in five games.

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is somewhat of an expert when it comes to rotating quarterbacks dating back to his days at Florida when he often flip-flopped his starters. He said it's not the ideal situation to be in.

"The reason we played a couple (of quarterbacks) was because we couldn't figure out which one was the best, and I guess that's where Mark Richt is," Spurrier said Wednesday. "You've just got to play them all, give them all a chance and eventually one guy makes more plays than the other, one guy takes care of the ball the best and you try to settle on that."

But there isn't a risk that rotating quarterbacks will divide the locker room, Spurrier said.

"I know you have to treat quarterbacks slightly different from maybe the left guard, but I've always tried to be as fair to the quarterbacks and also treat them a lot like the left guard," Spurrier said.

"If you're not getting the job done, give the next guy a chance. That's the reason I probably change quarterbacks more than most guys."



No Gimme Kicks

There shouldn't have been much suspense when Arkansas kicker Jeremy Davis lined up to attempt the potentially game-winning extra point in double overtime against Alabama.

But considering how Arkansas' kickers have fared this season on extra-point attempts, there was no guarantee that the football would go through the uprights.

Arkansas' kickers have missed two extra-point attempts this season, including one by Davis early in the third quarter against Alabama. But the Razorbacks pulled out the victory thanks in large part to Alabama's Leigh Tiffin missing an extra-point attempt in double overtime.

Through four games this season, SEC teams have combined to miss six extra-point attempts. Arkansas ranks last with an .800 success rate (8-of-10 attempts).

"It's surprising," Alabama coach Mike Shula said about the high number of misses. "But the one thing that probably is even more surprising is that how — it always seems this way anyway — that when you miss one, it always seems to haunt you."



No Longer On The Move

Omarr Conner has gone from being Mississippi State's starting quarterback for most of last season to then a starting wide receiver at the beginning of this year. But in an odd twist, he's back under center.

Conner was made a backup quarterback after sophomore Michael Henig — the original starter — broke his left collarbone in a season-opening loss to South Carolina.

But Conner has since taken over as the starting quarterback, and there are no plans of moving the senior anytime soon.

"Omarr Conner is our first-string quarterback now," Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom said.

Mississippi State's quarterback situation is perhaps as unpredictable as Georgia's.

Conner is the third quarterback to start a game over the first four weeks, along with Henig and redshirt freshman Tray Rutland.

But Conner will stay in the starting lineup because he has impressed Croom with his mobility and his ability to make quicker and more accurate decisions than he did a year ago.

In fact, Conner has done a good enough job that Henig will be his backup when he returns from the broken collarbone. Croom said the sophomore will operate as the No. 3 quarterback this week.

"In the next week, he'll probably go back to being a No. 2 (quarterback)," Croom said of Henig. "He just hadn't had enough work for me to put him back at No. 2 right now."

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