HOOVER, ALA. -- The greatest offseason display in the Southeastern Conference begins on Tuesday in Hoover, Ala. when the 2012 edition of SEC Media Days kicks off.
Here are a few things to expect:
Nothing like getting started right off the bat on Day 1 with Steve Spurrier.
Not only is he the SEC coach with the most tenure, he's also the guy most likely to tell you exactly how things are no matter who it upsets. It's always fun and quite possibly could turn into a train wreck to listen to Spurrier expound.
Connor Shaw will start the season as the Gamecocks' quarterback and will get a taste of what pressure is like when he faces the more than 1,100 members of the media Tuesday. Shaw threw 14 touchdown passes last year after taking over for displaced quarterback Stephen Garcia. Can Shaw become a top 5 SEC passer?
The biggest question, however, is about the health of running back Marcus Lattimore. The all-world ball carrier was injured for the season during the Mississippi State game last year and has not taken part in offseason workouts this year. Will he be ready for the start of the season?
The Aggies are one of the new kids on the SEC block and I expect nothing short of about 739 questions to the Texas A&M representatives regarding how that transition is going to feel, work etc.
The 2012 season will be head coach Kevin Sumlin's first year on the job. he brings with him a keen offensive mind with some flair to a conference that's more ground and pound than flash. The biggest question will likely be how Sumlin plans to attack the vaunted defenses of the SEC.
One of my highlights from last year's SEC Media Days was the very passionate speech head coach James Franklin gave in his first experience with the media hoard in Hoover. Franklin performed like a seasoned veteran and now has some experience under his belt.
The question of who's going to be under center Jordan Rodgers or Austyn Carta-Samuels will be bounced around frequently. I expect Rodgers to win the job and then the next line of questioning moves towards how well he can do. With Rodgers at the helm, the Vanderbilt offense can do some serious damage.
Texas A&M got its shot at SEC Media Days on Day 1, so will Missouri. If you don't remember the redundant question from above, I'll rehash it here. Expect Missouri representatives to be peppered with questions about their first year in the SEC.
Missouri is also going to field some questions about hope, however. No one really expects the newcomers in the conference to fare well in Year 1, but the Tigers were placed in the SEC East, giving them a shot at success out of the gate.
I expect head coach Gary Pinkel to get questions about quarterback James Franklin's injury aplenty, as well as inquiries into hotshot recruit Dorial Green-Beckham.
Here's Monday's Day 1 Schedule:
1:00 p.m. - Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
1:10 p.m. - Ace Sanders, South Carolina
1:20 p.m. - Sean Porter, Texas A&M
1:40 p.m. - D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina
2:10 p.m. - Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
2:20 p.m. - Ryan Swope, Texas A&M
2:30 p.m. - Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
3:00 p.m. - Commissioner Mike Slive
3:20 p.m. - James Franklin, Vanderbilt
3:30 p.m. - Connor Shaw, South Carolina
4:00 p.m. - Trey Wilson, Vanderbilt
4:20 p.m. - Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt
4:30 p.m. - Elvis Fisher, Missouri
4:40 p.m. - T.J. Moe, Missouri
4:50 p.m. - Gary Pinkel, Missouri
5:40 p.m. - E.J. Gaines, Missouri
5:50 p.m. - Zac Stacey, Vanderbilt