COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Greg McElroy owns a national title at Alabama, Stephen Garcia has South Carolina off to its best start in three years and Ryan Mallett of Arkansas may be the country's best passer.
For a league known for punishing defenses and overpowering ground games, the Southeastern Conference has a group of quarterbacks getting things done through the air.
Especially this season. Nearly a month into the season, according to STATS LLC, passing statistics in the SEC are up in most categories from last year. Quarterbacks have completed 62.9% of their throws, compared to less than 58% a year ago. And it's no coincidence that the best quarterback play has come from the top teams.
McElroy, Mallett and Garcia are among the top four in SEC completion percentage and their teams are all undefeated and ranked in the top 12.