Mississippi State Bulldogs

SEC will roll out impressive group of young quarterbacks

South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley vividly remembers the hit that welcomed him to the Southeastern Conference.

He was throwing a screen pass last season when Tennessee's 6-foot-3, 260-pound Derek Barnett burst through the line and slammed him to the ground.

"That didn't feel too good," Bentley said with a grin Thursday at Southeastern Conference media days.

But Bentley proved to be a quick learner as a freshman, winning four of his seven starts. Now he's part of a group of young SEC quarterbacks that could represent the league's next generation of stars.

Though the SEC always has multiple first-round NFL draft picks, there's been a drought at the...