SEC Media Days kicked off on Monday. Now with Day 2 underway, Kirby Smart, Derek Mason, Dan Mullen and Jim McElwain made their appearances.
Kirby Smart enters his second year as the head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs. Georgia signed the nation’s third best recruiting class, which featured 18 ESPN 300 members and four five star prospects. They have 10 defensive starters returning and a developed Jacob Eason, who is entering his second season as well.
Eason is accompanied by arguable the best running back duo in the country: Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.
Georgia is predicted to win the SEC East by 37% according to ESPN.
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) July 11, 2017
According to head coach Derek Mason, his team is on the rise after making its first bowl appearance during the 2016 season.
“Right now, this team is on the rise, Vanderbilt is on the rise. You look at recruiting to where we are at football-wise and what we’ve done on the academic side of it, that’s what Vanderbilt wants to be.” — Derek Mason
The Commodores have had a lot of success with starting quarterback Kyle Shurmur against conference opponents. Shurmur closed the regular season throwing for 689 yards, four touchdowns and only one interception.
Vandy also has Ralph Webb coming back, a Gainesville-native who had a stellar season last year.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs are hoping Nick Fitzgerald can take the team to another successful season. Fitzgerald threw for 2,423 yards with 21 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a sophomore. He produced three games with at least 300 yards passing against Massachusetts, Samford and Arkansas.
Mississippi State was represented by head coach Dan Mullen and seniors Donald Gray, Dezmond Harris and Martinas Rankin.
The Bulldogs will have many of their starters returning inlcuding seniors Gray, Rankin, Harris, Cory Thomas, Braxton Hoyett, Brandon Bryants, and Tolando Cleveland.
Florida’s day will be recapped in another article.
Day 3 of the SEC Media Days will begin coverage on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Alabama, Missouri, Texas A&M, and Kentucky will take the podium.