New QBs could make or break contenders

There are growing pains and a learning curve.

Still, a team can win big with a first-year starter. Greg McElroy started at Alabama for the first time as a junior last season and guided the Tide to the national title.

He obviously had a ton of help. His offensive line was one of the best in the nation, he handed off to the eventual Heisman winner and he had a talented receiving corps. And we haven’t even mentioned Alabama’s top-flight defense or special teams.

Still, McElroy did what he had to do; he certainly wasn’t a hindrance as a first-year starter.