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Defending BCS Champs invade Hoover

SEC Media Days

Thu, Jul 18, 2013

HOOVER, AL -- SEC Media Days left the best for last. At least the best team the past two seasons. The Alabama Crimson Tide and their fans invaded Hoover, AL for the final day of SEC Media Days.

Nick Saban, AJ McCarron, C.J. Mosley and offensive lineman Anthony Steen represented the Crimson Tide.

Saban, at his 12th SEC Media Days, seventh with Alabama, continued his lovefest with the media during his opening statement to the media.

"I had a great vacation. Then I get the opportunity to come here and see 1,200 of my very closest friends," Saban said, getting a chuckle out of the media.

Alabama was the overwhelming pick to win the SEC by the media in Hoover. Saban had fun with that, too.

"It seems a little bit crazy to predict what's going to happen in a season," he said. "In the last 21 years, you as the media have only picked the right team four times to win the SEC. Now, if I was 4-17, I would be back in West Virginia pumping gas at my Daddy's gas station."

LSU and Georgia joined the Tide, along with Vanderbilt. 

DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE TIGERS

It's might be easy to overlook LSU in the SEC West because of all the buzz created by two-time defending BCS Champion Alabama and Texas A&M with its Heisman Trophy winning QB Johnny Manziel, not to mention the fact that the Tigers lost 11 players to the NFL Draft -- nine were drafted, a school record.

Les Miles has a young group and for the first time in a few years will likely not start the season at No.1 or No.2, but LSU will still be a top-10 team when the pre-season polls are released.

"The excitement, it's not derived from where you're ranked or how people perceive you," Miles said. "It's the youth of your team, what you have to get coached, how you approach a practice. I think that each team has its own potential, its own high-side opportunities. Certainly what we're trying to do is play to our greatest expectations and exceed them."

LSU lost three games a year ago by a total of 13 points, losing to Alabama in the final minutes. The Tigers return 14 starters, eight on offense and four on defense.

 "I’m very confident that the younger guys can step up and fill the holes," said Senior safety Craig Loston. "These young guys have played in some big games and I believe they won’t have a problem stepping up and filling those roles. Not much will change. A lot of young guys played last year, so we just need to make sure that we all know the scheme and the position that chief puts us in."

MURRAY SCARED OF CLOWNEY?

South Carolina star DE Jadeveion Clowney said earlier this week that Clemson QB Tajh Boyd and Georgia QB Aaron Murray were scared to play him. Georgia coach Mark Richt got a kick out of that.

"I don't know about those guys in particular, but I would think some guys are scared of him. I'd be scared of him if I was in the game, this guy was coming after me," Richt joked. "I think he's having fun. I'm sure he said it, you know, while he was smiling and grinning. I think we need to let guys have fun once in a while and not make a big deal about it." 

"I respect him," Murray said. "That's the big difference. He's an unbelievable athlete, probably the best player in the country. You have to have a special game plan for him. He's a guy you have to make a different game plan for."

A METTENBERGER IN ATHENS

One of Georgia's Executive Assistants in the Athletic Department just happens to be the mother of LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger. Asked if he planned to give her the week off before this year's LSU game, Richt said, laughing, "She's been with us longer than I've been at Georgia. She's a mainstay there. If she wants to take a week off prior to that, we might work that out. We know her, love her, and trust her. But I know she loves her boy, that's for sure."

ALABAMA PICKED TO WIN SEC, AGAIN

Alabama was the overwhelming pick by the media to win the SEC this season, earning 182 votes and beating out Georgia (38), South Carolina (18), Texas A&M (4) and LSU (1).

 

PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

 

SEC CHAMPION

Alabama

182

Georgia

38

South Carolina

18

Texas A&M

4

LSU

1

 

 

EASTERN DIVISION

Georgia (149)

1570

South Carolina (75)

1474

Florida (19)

1300

Vanderbilt

858

Tennessee

694

Missouri

577

Kentucky

331

 

 

WESTERN DIVISION

Alabama (225)

1681

Texas A&M (11)

1333

LSU (7)

1324

Ole Miss 

883

Auburn

579

Mississippi State

516

Arkansas

488

 

2013 PRE-SEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM

(* - Ties)

 

OFFENSE

First-Team

QB           Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (119)

RB           T.J. Yeldon, Alabama (221)

RB           Todd Gurley, Georgia (206)

WR          Amari Cooper, Alabama (194)

WR          Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (106)              

TE            Arthur Lynch, Georgia (148)         

OL           Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama (193)

OL           Jake Matthews, Texas A&M (176)

OL           Anthony Steen, Alabama (109)

OL           Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State (88)

C             Travis Swanson, Arkansas (92)

 

Second-Team

QB           AJ McCarron, Alabama (67)

RB           Tre Mason, Auburn (15)

RB           *LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State (12)

RB                *Keith Marshall, Georgia (12)

WR          Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss ( 46)

WR          Mike Evans,  Texas A&M (33)

TE            Rory Anderson, South Carolina (33)

OL           Antonio Richardson, Tennessee (76)

OL           Jon Halapio, Florida (51)

OL           Chris Burnette, Georgia (50)

OL           Ja'Wuan James, Tennessee (50)

C             Reese Dismukes, Auburn (33)        

 

Third-Team

QB           Aaron Murray, Georgia (52)          

RB           *Matt Jones, Florida (5)

RB           *Jeff Scott, Ole Miss (5)

RB        *Alfred Blue, LSU (5)

WR          Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia (28)

WR          Jarvis Landry, LSU (19)

TE            Brian Vogler, Alabama (18)

OL           La'el Collins, LSU (37)     

OL           Josh Williford, LSU (30)

OL           Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt (18)

OL           *A.J. Cann, South Carollina (14)

OL           * Zack Fulton, Tennessee (14)

C             *James Stone, Tennessee (30)

C       * Jonothan Harrison, Florida (30) 

 

DEFENSE

First-Team

DL            Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (223) 

DL            Dominique Easley, Florida (162)

DL            Anthony Johnson, LSU (127)

DL            Chris Smith, Arkansas (56)

LB            C.J. Mosley, Alabama (231)

LB            A.J. Johnson, Tennessee (107)

LB            Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss (94) 

DB           Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama (203)

DB           Craig Loston, LSU (135)

DB           Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida (117)

DB           Deion Belue, Alabama (77)

 

Second-Team

DL            Xzavier Dickson, Alabama (49)    

DL            Ed Stinson, Alabama ( 39)

DL            Dee Ford, Auburn (38)

DL            Jeoffrey Pagan, Alabama (31)

LB            Adrian Hubbard, Alabama (66)

LB            Jordan Jenkins, Georgia (64)

LB            Lamin Barrow, LSU (29)

DB           Damian Swann, Georgia (70)

DB           Andre Hal, Vanderbilt (69)

DB           Marcus Roberson, Florida (50)

DB           Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama (36)

 

Third-Team

DL            Garrison Smith, Georgia (26)       

DL            Daniel McCullers, Tennessee (23)

DL            Alvin Dupree, Kentucky (23)

DL            C.J. Johnson, Ole Miss (22)

LB            Ronald Powell, Florida (24)

LB            Tahj Jones, LSU (20)

LB            *Trey DePriest, Alabama (16)

LB        *Avery Williamson, Kentucky (16)

DB           E.J. Gaines, Missouri (34)

DB           Charles Sawyer, Ole Miss (25)

DB           Jalen Mills, LSU (22)

DB           Chris Davis , Auburn (20)

               

 

SPECIALISTS

First-Team

P             Kyle Christy, Florida (108)

PK           Carey Spear, Vanderbilt (100)     

RS           Odell Beckham Jr., LSU (74)         

AP           Bruce Ellington, South Carolina (69)          

 

Second-Team

P             Cody Mandell, Alabama (54)

PK           Cody Parkey, Auburn (71)             

RS           Bruce Ellington, South Carolina (62)

AP           Odell Beckham Jr., LSU (44)

 

Third-Team

P             Steven Clark, Auburn (33)

PK           Zach Hocker, Arkansas (39)         

RS           Andre Debose, Florida (53)

AP           Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida (36)