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SEC East QB report card: Missouri is getting the most production

Missouri quarterback Drew Lock has an impressive 14 touchdowns with just three interceptions so far this season. AP Photo/L.G. Patterson

The SEC East began the year with questions at quarterback at just about every school. After four games, QB races are over but questions still remain across the board.

Florida: B-: The Gators found their starter in journeyman Luke Del Rio just before the season, and the offense seemed to be running smoother than last year's while he was in. However, Del Rio suffered a knee sprain on a questionable hit late against North Texas. Before his injury, which will keep him out at least another week, Del Rio had passed for 762 yards with six touchdowns to two interceptions. He had a QBR of 55.8 and 37 of his passes went for first downs. Purdue transfer Austin Appleby, who finished second in the quarterback race, replaced Del Rio for the Tennessee game, and after having a solid first half (213 yards and two touchdowns) he struggled against Tennessee's aggressive defense and threw a back-breaking interception in the fourth quarter of Florida's 38-28 collapse in Knoxville. - Edward Aschoff

Georgia: C: When spring practice started, Georgia had freshman Jacob Eason competing with veterans Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey. Ramsey was the first to fall out of the competition and Lambert started the season opener against North Carolina. Eason played and has been the starter ever since. He's averaging just 195 yards per game and completing 52 percent of this passes. Eason has five touchdowns and three interceptions, but he's showed a ton of promise with his arm talent. While he's still trying to get his collegiate legs under him, his biggest moment of the season came two weeks ago at Missouri when he drove 80 yards and delivered the go-ahead, 20-yard touchdown to Isaiah McKenzie on fourth-and-10. - Aschoff

Kentucky: D: In the two games against lesser opponents, Kentucky quarterbacks have played well. Drew Barker threw for over 300 yards and four touchdowns in the first half against Southern Miss, though the second half didn’t go as well. Stephen Johnson came in when Barker went down against New Mexico State and accounted for 361 total yards and three touchdowns. But against SEC opponents, it hasn’t gone as well. Barker threw more interceptions (3) than completions (2) against Florida. And Johnson, the quarterback for the foreseeable future, wasn’t great in last week’s win over South Carolina. – Greg Ostendorf

Missouri: A-: It was pretty much assumed that Drew Lock was the guy for the Tigers but the question was whether we would see some improvement after a rough true freshman season. Lock has shown that and then some. He leads the SEC in passing yards (1,508) and is just a tick under a 60 percent completion rate with an impressive 14 touchdowns to just three interceptions. Lock has been one of the pleasant surprises around the SEC so far this season. Give him an A-minus (only because some of those numbers have been racked up against a pair of non-Power 5 conference opponents) - Sam Khan

South Carolina: D After going back-and-forth between Brandon McIlwain and Perry Orth through the first two games, South Carolina coach Will Muschamp has decided to take his lumps with the freshman McIlwain and let him learn through experience. The former ESPN 300 signal caller hasn’t played awful. He’s yet to throw an interception, and he has the ability to make plays with his feet when things break down. But he’s averaging only 133 yards passing per game, and his Total QBR (108.1) is last among SEC quarterbacks who qualified. Between McIlwain and fellow freshman Jake Bentley, at least the future is bright. – Ostendorf

Tennessee: B: Joshua Dobbs' job was never in jeopardy. The next step in his development was throwing the ball downfield more consistently. After three-and-a-half weeks of struggling with his consistency, Dobbs turned a major corner by shredding Florida's top-ranked secondary for 235 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in the second half of Tennessee's win over the Gators. Against Florida's blitz in the second half, he was 5-for-5 for 102 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions. - Aschoff

Vanderbilt: D Believe it or not, this is a grade that is slowly improving. Week 1 was a debacle. Starter Kyle Shurmur was inaccurate (8-of-22), but just when the Commodores thought they had a little momentum, up 10-0, head coach Derek Mason pulled Shurmur in favor of Wade Freebeck. Huh? But it’s been Shurmur ever since, and the sophomore has shown positive signs. His completion percentage has been over 60 percent the past two games, and he was clutch down the stretch this past Saturday, leading Vanderbilt to an overtime win at Western Kentucky. We’ll see if that continues in SEC play. – Ostendorf