SEC Media Days Primer

SEC Media Days Primer
July 14, 2013, 5:45 pm
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SEC Media Days will take place this week and we will have wall to wall coverage for  you from Birmingham, Alabama. We have expanded our television show to ninety minutes which allows us plenty of time for all 14 coaches and plenty of one on one’s with the league’s top players. We will also have a presence on the web with blogs and of course for those who need their news now on our Facebook page and Twitter feed. This will be my 16th consecutive Media Days appearance dating back to the days of the old Sheraton in downtown Birmingham.

Thing I expect to trend this week

-Alabama at Texas A&M, September 14th.

With Johnny Football rolling through his first rotation at Media Days that will be a spectacle in it’s own right. But you can bet Alabama coming the last day will not be upstaged at this event. I would expect the questions to turn past the season opener with Virginia Tech and to the “Game of the Century”. By the end of Thursday, Crimson Tide players will be tired of answering questions about stopping and defeating Johnny Football.

-Vanderbilt suspensions story.

I would expect James Franklin to tackle this head on at the beginning of each presser he does, however it won’t stop the media from digging and speculating on who and what happened. The good news is that the players coming to the media days including Jordan Matthews were not involved. It’s also good news that Vandy’s administration and athletics got out in front of the story so quickly. However the team with the league’s longest winning streak (7) will finally have to answer some tough questions.

-Steve Spurrier.

He’s always one of the five best stories every year, but this off season he has been on top of his game. He criticized the world wide leader for attending the wrong USC Media day and made sure everyone in the country knew they were the only other SEC team (Alabama) that has won 11 or more in consecutive seasons. He will also get Georgia in week two, which in the past he said he prefers. So don’t walk out of the room early when the “ball coach” is holding a presser.

The five players coming this week that may not be headliners, but I am looking forward to talking to are:

Missouri’s James Franklin. What did he learn about the SEC in year one and did the competition make him better this spring at quarterback. When he is healthy, I believe he can make the Tigers a dangerous offense in the league.

Auburn’s Dee Ford. There is talent on the plains can Ellis Johnson bring it together for the Tigers. For many years it’s been all about the offense and with Gus Malzahn that will still be the headline, but Auburn has to get back to playing “Auburn” defense.

LSU’s Jarvis Landry. What has Cam Cameron brought to the offense and will the Tigers be more balanced early in the season. The weapons are there but can the LSU offense step up until the defense gets it’s feet under them.

Ole Miss’s Mike Marry. Once again a lot of attentions like Auburn will go to the offense but the Rebels could have one of the best linebacker corps in the league. With DT Shackleford back and Denzel Nkemdiche on the attack, I would expect less blitzing and more base defense in year two for Hugh Freeze.

Vandy’s Andre Hal. Coaches told me in the spring he could be a first round pick and he draws Rebel standout Donte Moncrief in the opener. If the Commodores are going to continue their ascent in the league they must create more turnovers.

Alabama
Senior, QB, AJ McCarron
Senior, LB, C.J. Mosley
Senior, OL, Anthony Steen

Arkansas
Senior, DE, Chris Smith
Senior, C, Travis Swanson
Senior, FB, Kiero Small

Auburn
Senior, CB, Chris Davis
Senior, DE, Dee Ford
Senior, FB, Jay Prosch

Florida
Junior, QB, Jeff Driskel
Senior, DL, Dominique Easley
Senior, OL, Jon Halapio

Georgia
Senior, TE, Arthur Lynch
Senior, QB, Aaron Murray
Senior, DE, Garrison Smith

Kentucky
Senior, DT, Donte Rumph
Senior, RB, Raymond Sanders
Senior, LB, Avery Williamson

LSU
Junior, WR, Jarvis Landry
Senior, S, Craig Loston
Senior, QB, Zach Mettenberger

Ole Miss
Junior, WR, Donte Moncrief
Senior, LB, Mike Marry
Junior, QB, Bo Wallace

Mississippi State
Junior, DL, Kaleb Eulls
Sophomore, LB, Benardrick McKinney
Senior, QB, Tyler Russell

Missouri
Senior, QB, James Franklin
Senior, WR, L’Damian Washington
Senior, LB, Andrew Wilson

South Carolina
Junior, DE, Jadeveon Clowney
Junior, WR/KR, Bruce Ellington
Senior, QB, Connor Shaw

Tennessee
Junior, OL, Antonio Richardson
Senior, OL, Ja'Wuan James
Senior, DL, Jacques Smith

Texas A&M
Senior, DB, Toney Hurd, Jr.
Sophomore, QB, Johnny Manziel
Senior, OT, Jake Matthews

Vanderbilt
Senior, CB, Andre Hal
Senior, OT, Wesley Johnson
Senior, WR, Jordan Matthews

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