SEC Media Days: 5 Things I Hope We Discover

Updated: July 16, 2013

SEC Media Days

It all begins on Tuesday.

What you say? There’s no game – not even a practice – on July 16. However, SEC Media Days is indeed the beginning of the college football season.

Don’t believe me? Ask the nearly 800 media members that will convene on Hoover, Ala., this week. Football season is here my friends and here are the five questions/topics I most want to delve into most:

1. Are my fellow media members as impressed by Kentucky and Tennessee recruiting as I am?

Respectable would be one thing. Superb is another. According to’s composite rankings, Tennessee is No. 5 and Kentucky is No. 13.

Remember these are two programs that have struggled lately through bad, bad coaches, are facing off against the best recruiters in the nation within their own conference and have sub-par in-state recruiting talent to draw from.

2. What is Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel like?

Forgive me, but I sense I’m going to meet a cocky, I’ve-got-it-all-figured-out athlete. However, I’ve seen that’s not often the case. Perception isn’t always reality.

Former Tennessee receiver Kelly Washington was a very respectable young man who realized he should promote his brand and did. Can’t blame him for that.

Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin was known as the hardest worker on his team. To get a read on Manziel won’t be easy but it’s worth trying.

3. Who will be the most formidable challenger to Alabama?

Sure seems like A&M but be sure that the Crimson Tide will be up for that game after losing to them a year ago. Whether he’s a great coach or not, Les Miles at LSU gets my vote.

4. How many Tennessee offensive linemen will make preseason All-SEC?

Antonio “Tiny” Richardson and Ja’Wuan James seem like locks. I’ll be interested to see who is selected after that. Offensive linemen are often selected too much on success of their team. Here’s hoping that doesn’t happen to the Vols this year.

5. Who will be Mr. Football #2?

Of course Manziel will be named preseason All-SEC this week. The debate is for No. 2. Personally, I’d take Georgia’s Aaron Murray. However, with Alabama’s success and some possible home cooking in Alabama, Crimson Tide A.J. McCarron may snag second team.

Good thing Brent Musberger isn’t voting.

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