"Eli Manning on the field is hard to replace," he said.
"He did an outstanding job in leadership. He will be harder to replace the playing on the field," he said.
Michael Spurlock will replace Manning at the quarterback spot. Spurlock in entering his fourth season at Oxford, but he has never seen any signifigant playing time. Cutcliffe said that studying under Manning will help Spurlock get ready for the rigors of the SEC.
"Eli helped Spurlock for three years," the head coach said. But Cutcliffe conceded that replacing Manning will be much easier said than done: "Any time you replace a quarterback that has been a three year starter; that is always an issue."