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QB questions abound in SEC with big stars gone

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AP Sports Writer

MONTGOMERY, AL (AP) - Quarterback battles and signal-caller questions abound in the Southeastern Conference going into preseason camps.

The turnover at football's most important position has been so significant that division favorites Alabama and South Carolina will be banking on new starters. Ditto for Texas A&M, Georgia and defending East Division champion Missouri.

Gone are stars Johnny Manziel, AJ McCarron and Aaron Murray. Mississippi's Bo Wallace and Nick Marshall are the most proven returning quarterbacks.

Georgia coach Mark Richt replaces Aaron Murray with fifth-year senior Hutson Mason. Richt says he "wouldn't count out the quarterbacks ... to play great."

Likewise, South Carolina turns to longtime backup Dylan Thompson.

At least five teams will have quarterback competition in camp, including Alabama. Florida State transfer Jacob Coker is battling Blake Sims to replace AJ McCarron.

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