Day 1 of the SEC Media Days is in the books. Day 2 is upon us bringing with it possibly one of the most intruiging storylines heading into the annual spectacle, Johnny “Football” Manziel’s Media Days debut. The freshman Heisman Trophy winner and center of media attention, especially after his latest controversial exit from the Manning Passing Academy, will feel the heat as the press get their shot at the young quarterback.
Slated to kick things off this morning is SEC Coordinator of Football Officials Steve Shaw at 9:10 a.m. ET. First team to the podium will be Texas A&M’s head coach Kevin Sumlin along with players Toney Hurd Jr., Manziel and Jake Matthews. The Aggies are coming off an 11-2 overall season, 6-2 in the SEC, and handing two-time defending national champion Alabama their only loss. Questions will likely surround Manziel and his recent antics, and the possibility of the sophomore quarterback being a repeat Heisman winner.
Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops will follow, along with senior players Donte Rumph, Raymond Sanders and Avery Williamson who will take the podium. The Wildcats posted a 2-10 overall record, 0-8 in conference play. The focus will be on Stoops’ ability to grow Kentucky on both sides of the ball in his first season with the Wildcats.
Third on the docket and midpoint for the media day, Coach Dan Mullen of Mississippi State will speak. He’ll be bringing with him Kaleb Eulls, Benardrick McKinney and Tyler Russell. Mullen will have to fill the void of linebacker Cameron Lawrence, and McKinney may be the answer. McKinney, had 102 tackles last season, tying second for a freshman in the nation.
Tennessee will follow with Coach Butch Jones and players Antonio Richardson, Ja’Wuan James and Jacques Smith. Jones, another fresh face in the SEC, will look to rebuild the Volunteers’ program after a 5-7 overall season, 1-7 in the SEC.
Next in the hot seat, first-year Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn and senior players Chris Davis, Dee Ford and Jay Prosch will take the podium. The Tigers are coming off of a 3-9 overall season, 0-8 in the conference. Defensive end Ford, was named Monday to the watch list for the Bednarik Award, which goes to the nation’s top defensive player. Ford enters his final college season with 64 tackles, including 34 tackles last season.
Arkansas will end the day with Coach Bret Bielema and players Chris Smith, Kiero Small and Travis Swanson. The Razorbacks went 4-8 overall last season, 2-6 in the conference. The new coach will be front and center, discussing his approach to his first season in Fayetteville.
Keep it tuned to ESPN 850 WRUF for SEC Media Days updates, including live sports talk about the event with The Larry Vettel Show at 4 pm.