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Georgia Football: 5 Best QBs the Bulldogs Will Face in 2014

Brian JonesContributor IAugust 4, 2014

Georgia Football: 5 Best QBs the Bulldogs Will Face in 2014

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    Fall camp has begun for the Georgia Bulldogs, and they are currently in the middle of a stretch where they will practice for nine consecutive days, including some days with full pads and some days with two-a-day workouts.

    It will be a rough stretch for the Bulldogs, but it will be needed because they face Clemson in less than a month.

    The Tigers will be led by quarterback Cole Stoudt, who has been the backup for Tajh Boyd the last three seasons. Stoudt is talented and has been solid when he has entered the game.

    But is he one of the best opposing quarterbacks the Bulldogs will face all season?

    Read on to find out the five best quarterbacks the Bulldogs will face all season.

No. 5: Justin Worley, Tennessee

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    After missing the final four games of the 2013 season due to a thumb injury, Justin Worley is back and is looking to have a strong senior season.

    Before the injury, Worley was a steady hand for the Vols, throwing for 1,239 yards and 10 touchdowns. His biggest win came against South Carolina, where he threw for 179 yards and one touchdown. And he almost led the Vols to an upset win over the Bulldogs, throwing for 215 yards and a touchdown.

    Worley is not going to light up the scoreboard, but he’s a very experienced quarterback that can get the job done.

No. 4: Jeff Driskel, Florida

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    It was a rough 2013 season for Jeff Driskel, as he broke his leg in the fourth game of the year.

    However, Driskel is healthy and has been put on the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien Award Watch List.

    Also, the Gators will have a revamped offense and playmakers, including Matt Jones and Andre Debose.

    Georgia will still likely be the favorite when it heads to Jacksonville, but with Driskel playing in his final year, he will do everything he can to finish his career on a strong note.

No. 3: Maty Mauk, Missouri

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    Maty Mauk will be the new starter at Missouri, but he does have significant in-game experience.

    Last year, Mauk started four games in place for James Franklin but played in 13 of the Tigers’ 14 games. Mauk threw for 1,074 yards, 11 touchdowns and two interceptions. He was so impressive that he was named to the SEC All-Freshman team.

    Mauk will be the central focus on offense and, like Hutson Mason, wants to make the most of his one and only full year as a starting quarterback. And with this game being played in Columbia, Mauk will have a lot going for him when these two teams get together.

No. 2: Dylan Thompson, South Carolina

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    Dylan Thompson is another SEC quarterback who is in his senior year and entering his first year as the full-time starter. Thompson was the backup for Connor Shaw last year and compiled a 3-0 record, completing 58 percent of his passes while throwing for 783 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.

    Thompson is not the running threat Shaw was, but he’s an experienced quarterback who has played in 25 games throughout his career, and he’s very accurate with his deep throws. He’s the leader of the Gamecocks. If he’s efficient, South Carolina will be tough to beat.

No. 1: Nick Marshall, Auburn

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    But the Gamecocks won’t be as tough as Auburn if Nick Marshall continues to improve. In his first season as the starter, the former Georgia Bulldog completed nearly 60 percent of his passes, threw for 1,976 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed for 1,068 and 12 touchdowns. He was the reason why the Tigers won the SEC Championship Game and why they were nearly seconds away from winning the national title.

    Marshall is by far the best quarterback the Bulldogs will face all year, but the good thing for the Bulldogs is that they know how to play him because they faced him last season.

    Regardless, if the Bulldogs don’t tighten things up on defense, these five quarterbacks will pick them apart, and it will be a very long season.

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