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2012 SEC Media Days

SEC Media Days Schedule
Tuesday

SOUTH CAROLINA
When: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Head Coach: Steve Spurrier
2011 Record: 11-2 overall, 6-2 in the SEC
Players Attending
Ace Sanders: WR, 5-8, 175, Jr., Bradenton, Fla. 2nd on team in both receptions, with 29, and receiving yards, with 383. Had two receiving touchdowns and averaged 29.5 receiving yards a game.
Connor Shaw: QB, 6-1 207 Jr. Flowery Branch, Ga. Two-time SEC Offensive Player of the Week in 2011, SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll. Had a 65.4 completion percentage. Led team with 1,447 passing yards and 14 touchdowns. Also 2nd on team with 705 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns.
D.J. Swearinger: FS, 6-0 210 Sr. Greenwood, S.C. Earned SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week against Mississippi State, 2nd-Team SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC. T-2nd on team with three interceptions. 2nd on team with 80 tackles, 58 unassisted.
TEXAS A&M
When: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Head Coach: Kevin Sumlin
2011 Record: 7-6 overall, 4-5 in the Big 12
Players Attending
Luke Joeckel: OT, 6-6, 310, Jr. Arlington, Texas. 2nd-Team All-Big 12, 1st-Team SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC.
Sean Porter: OLB, 6-2, 230, Sr. Schertz, Texas. 1st-Team SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC. 3rd on team with 79 tackles, 50 unassisted. Led team with nine and a half sacks for a loss of 74 yards.
Ryan Swope: WR, 6-0, 206, Sr. Austin, Texas. 2nd-Team All-Big 12, 1st-Team SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC. Led team in all receiving categories, with 89 receptions, 1,207 receiving yards, 11 touchdowns and 92.8 yards per game.
MISSOURI
When: 3:20 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Head Coach: Gary Pinkel
2011 Record: 8-5 overall, 5-4 in the Big 12
Players Attending
Elvis Fisher: OL, 6-5, 295, Sr., St. Petersburg, Fla. 3rd-Team SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC.
E.J. Gaines: CB, 5-10, 190, Jr., Independence, Mo. 1st-Team All-Big 12, 3rd-Team SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC. 5th on team with 69 tackles, and T-2nd for interceptions, with 2. 4th in the NCAA with 18 total defended passes.
T.J. Moe: WR, 6-0, 200, Sr. O'Fallon, Mo. 1st-Team Honorable Mention All-Big 12, 1st-Team Academic All-Big 12, 3rd-Team SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC. Led team with 54 receptions and 649 yards. 2nd on the team with 1,364 all-purpose yards.
VANDERBILT
When: 3:20 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Head Coach: James Franklin
2011 Record: 6-7 overall, 2-6 in the SEC
Players Attending
Jordan Rodgers: QB, 6-1, 210, Sr., Chico, Calif. Threw for 1,524 yards and nine touchdowns with 10 interceptions. 2nd on team with 545 rushing yards. Rushed for four touchdowns.
Zac Stacy: RB, 5-9, 210, Sr., Centreville, Ala. 2nd-Team All-SEC, 2nd-Team SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC. Led team and placed 3rd in the SEC with 1,193 rushing yards. Led team with 14 touchdowns, averaging 5.9 yards a carry.
Trey Wilson: DB, 5-11, 192, Sr., Shreveport, La. SEC Defensive Player of the Week against Ole Miss. Finished 2011 with career highs in tackles, with 30, unassisted tackles, with 24, and passes defended, with 11. 2nd on the team with three interceptions, two returned for touchdowns.
Wednesday

FLORIDA
When: 8:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
Head Coach: Will Muschamp
2011 Record: 7-6 overall, 3-5 in the SEC
Players Attending
Jon Bostic: ILB. 6-1, 243, Sr., Wellington, Fla. 2nd-Team SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC. Played all 13 games, leading the defense with 94 total tackles, 60 unassisted.
Mike Gillislee: RB, 5-11, 201, Sr., Deland, Fla. 2nd on team with 328 rushing yards, averaging 5.9 yards a carry, and T-2nd with two rushing touchdowns. 4th in all-purpose yards, with 347 yards.
Lerentee McCray: LB, 6-2, 247, Sr., Ocala, Fla. Had 24 tackles, 12 unassisted, and placed 5th on the team with seven and a half tackles for loss for a loss of 25 yards. T-1st on the team with four quarterback hurries.
MISSISSIPPI STATE
When: 8:30 a.m. to 11:12 a.m.
Head Coach: Dan Mullen
2011 Record: 7-6 overall, 2-6 in the SEC
Players Attending
Johnthan Banks: DB, 6-2, 185, Sr., Maben, Miss. 1st-Team SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC. 4th on team with 71 tackles, and 2nd with 46 unassisted tackles. Finished T-3rd with sacks, and led team with five interceptions.
Gabe Jackson: OL, 6-4, 320, Jr., Liberty, Miss. 2nd-Team SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC. Played all 13 games.
Tyler Russell: QB, 6-4, 220, Jr., Meridian, Miss. Played nine games, turning in a 53.5 completion percentage, 1,034 passing yards and eight touchdowns to only four interceptions. 3rd on the team in total offense, with 1,079 yards.
ARKANSAS
When: 10:50 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Head coach: John L. Smith
2011 record: 11-2 overall, 6-2 in the SEC
Players Attending
Knile Davis: RB, 6-0, 226, Jr. Missouri City, Texas. 1st-Team SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC. Missed 2011 with ankle injyury.
Tyler Wilson: QB, 6-3, 220, Sr. Greenwood, Ark. 1st-Team All-SEC, 1st-Team SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC. Led the SEC in passing yards, with 3,638. Ranked 2nd in the SEC with 24 passing touchdowns, and ranked 3rd in the SEC with a 63.2 completion percentage.
Tenarius Wright: DE, 6-2, 252, Sr. Memphis, Tenn. Started in all eight games in which he played. Had 25 tackles, eight unassisted, with five tackles for loss.
KENTUCKY
When: 10:50 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Head Coach: Joker Phillips
2011 Record: 5-7 overall, 2-6 in the SEC
Players Attending
Matt Smith: C, 6-4, 296, Sr. Louisville, Ky. Started all 13 games.
Collins Ukwu: DE, 6-5, 258, Sr., La Vergne, Tenn. Had 28 tackles, 13 unassisted, and ranked 3rd on the team with six and a half tackles for loss. Was T-2nd with two and a half sacks.
Larry Warford: OG, 6-3, 343, Sr., Richmond, Ky. 2nd-Team All-SEC. 1st-Team SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC. Started all 13 games.
AUBURN
When: 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Head Coach: Gene Chizik
2011 Record: 8-5, 4-4 in the SEC
Players Attending
Emory Blake: WR, 6-2, 197, Sr., Austin, Texas. 2nd-Team SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC. Led team with 36 receptions, 613 receiving yards and 55.7 yards per game. 3rd on team with five touchdowns and 794 all-purpose yards.
Corey Lemonier: DE, 6-4, 240, Jr., Hialeah, Fla. 1st-Team All-SEC, 1st-Team SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC. Had 47 tackles, 28 unassisted, and led team with 13.5 tackles for loss, and nine and a half sacks.
Phillip Lutzenkirchen: TE, 6-5, 256, Sr., Marietta, Ga. 2nd-Team All-SEC, 1st-Team SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC. Played in 12 games, ranking 3rd on the team with 238 receiving yards. Led the team with seven receiving touchdowns.
LSU
When: 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Head Coach: Les Miles
2011 Record: 13-1 overall, 8-0 in the SEC
Players Attending
Odell Beckham Jr.: WR, 5-11, 183, So., New Orleans, La. SEC Freshman All-SEC Team, 2nd-Team SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC. 2nd on team in both receptions, with 41, and receiving yards, with 475, and had two receiving touchdowns.
Zach Mettenberger: QB, 6-5, 222, Jr., Watkinsville, Ga. Played in five games, completing eight-of-11 passes and throwing a touchdown.
Eric Reid: SAF, 6-2, 208, Jr., Geismar, La. Rivals.com 2nd-Team All-American, 2nd-Team All-SEC, 1st-Team SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC. T-1st on team with 76 tackles, and T-2nd on team with two interceptions.
Thursday

ALABAMA
When: 8:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
Head Coach: Nick Saban
2011 Record: 12-1 overall, 7-1 in the SEC
Players Attending
Barrett Jones: C, 6-5, 311, Sr., Germantown, Tenn. 1st-Team All-SEC, Unanimous 1st-Team All-American, winner of Outland Trophy and Jacobs Blocking Trophy, 1st-Team SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC. Saw time at left tackle, left guard, center and right tackle.
Damion Square: DE, 6-3, 285, Sr., Houston, Texas. Had 32 tackles, a career high, and seven tackles for loss.
Michael Williams: TE, 6-6, 269, Sr., Reform, Ala. 3rd-Team SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC. Ranked 6th on the team with 16 receptions and 191 receiving yards. Had two touchdowns.
TENNESSEE
When: 8:30 a.m. to 11:20 p.m.
Head Coach: Derek Dooley
2011 Record: 5-7 overall, 1-7 in the SEC
Players Attending
Tyler Bray: QB, 6-6, 210, Jr., Kingsburg, Calif. Played in and started seven games before right broken thumb. Threw for 1,983 yards and 17 touchdowns to six interceptions. Had a 59.5 completion percentage, averaging 283.3 yards a game.
Ja'Wuan James: OL, 6-6, 324, Jr., Suwanee, Ga. Started in all 12 games at right tackle.
Herman Lathers: LB, 6-0, 225, Sr., Baton Rouge, La. Missed 2011 with fractured ankle.
OLE MISS
When: 10:50 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Head Coach: Hugh Freeze
2011 Record: 2-10 overall, 0-8 in the SEC
Players Attending
Mike Marry: ILB, 6-2, 248, Jr., Clearwater, Fla. Phil Steele 3rd-team All-SEC. Led team with 81 tackles, 46 unassisted. Finished T-1st with five tackles for loss, and T-2nd with two sacks.
Donte Moncrief: WR, 6-2, 214, So., Raleigh, Miss. Led team with 31 receptions, 454 receiving yards, four touchdowns and 37.8 yards per game.
Charles Sawyer: DB, 5-11, 175, Jr., Miami, Fla. 3rd-Team SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC. 2nd on team with 70 tackles, 45 unassisted. Led team with four interceptions, returned for 101 yards with one touchdown. Ranked 3rd in the SEC with 13 defended passes.
GEORGIA
When: 10:50 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Head Coach: Mark Richt
2011 Record: 10-4 overall, 7-1 in the SEC
Players Attending
Abry Jones: DE, 6-3, 309, Sr., Warner Robins, Ga. 3rd-team SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC. Had 48 tackles, 28 unassisted, and seven tackles for loss. Finished 3rd on the team with four sacks.
Jarvis Jones: OLB, 6-3, 241, Jr., Columbus, Ga. 1st-Team All-American, 1st-Team All-SEC, 1st-Team SEC Coaches Pre-Season All-SEC. Had 70 tackles, 39 unassisted. Ranked 1st in the SEC and T-5th in the NCAA with 13.5 sacks. Ranked 1st in the SEC and T-16th in the NCAA WITH 19.5 tackles for loss.
Tavarres King: WR, 6-1, 192, Sr., Mount Airy, Ga. Played in all 14 games, leading team with 47 receptions, 705 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns.

Thursday

Transcript of Saban's comments
Saban looks to avoid complacency
Alabama places 12 on Media Days Preseason All-SEC list

THE BUZZ: Hot topics from Day 3
QUOTES: The day's best one-lines
DUMB QUESTIONS: The top foot-in-mouth moments
VIDEO: Alabama at SEC Media Days
PHOTOS: Alabama at SEC Media Days
TENNESSEE: Experience give Vols a boost
OLE MISS:Freeze aiming to lay winning foundation in Oxford
GEORGIA: Bulldogs picked to repeat in the East


More from around the league

OLE MISS: Freeze meets the media
OLE MISS: Moncrief focused on team, not awards
GEORGIA: Richt takes his turn
GEORGIA: Jarvis Jones pulls no punches
GEORGIA: Notebook: Wilson kept control
GEORGIA: If Spurrier was king…
GEORGIA: Mizzou looks ahead to battle with Dawgs
MISSIOURI: Coaches with Big 12 ties talk Mizzou
MISSOURI: Around the SEC, Day 2
MISSOURI: Tigers, Aggies get advices on SEC move
MISSOURI: Razorback talk rivalry
MISSOURI: Elvis Fisher talks with Gabe DeArmond
MISSOURI:: Nice to meet you
MISSOURI: Photos of Day 1
MISSOURI: Moe meets the media
TEXAS A&M: Sumlin unfazed by Media Days
TEXAS A&M: Porter says he's SEC ready
KENTUCKY: Notebook: Muschamp begins year two with fresh view
KENTUCKY: Wildcats focused on Louisville
KENTUCKY: Newcomers not afraid of SEC
KENTUCKY:Franklin want to move Vanderbilt forward
SOUTH CAROLINA: Key rule changes for 2012
SOUTH CAROLINA: Photos from Day 1
SOUTH CAROLINA: Slive touts SEC success, looks to future
SOUTH CAROLINA: Swearinger shoots from the mouth and hip
AUBURN: Healing through football
AUBURN: Helium Watch: Offense
AUBURN: Helium Watch: Defense
FLORIDA: Injury Update - Powell ahead of schedule
FLORIDA: Notebook - Miles excited for season to start
FLORIDA: Opportunities available for unproven freshmen
FLORIDA: Gillislee sets lofty goals
FLORIDA: A.C. Leonard leaving the Gators
FLORIDA: Mizzou receiver steals the show
FLORIDA: Gator related quotes
FLORIDA: Media Day Notes - Missouri wide out is a showstopper
FLORIDA: Notebook - Slive sounds off
FLORIDA: Three questions for each coach
MISSOURI: Seeking answers at SEC Media Days
SOUTH CAROLINA: Expectations are high for Gamecocks
LSU: Aggies bring new rivalry for LSU
ARKANSAS: John L. Smith steals the show
ARKANSAS: Photos from Media Days
ARKANSAS: John L. Smith Video
ARKANSAS: Video of Tyler Wilson
ARKANSAS: Video of Tyler Wilson 2
ARKANSAS: Video of Knile Davis
ARKANSAS: Video of Tenarius Wright


Wednesday

HURT:LSU turns to Mettenberger
THE BUZZ: Hot topics from Day 2 in Hoover
WRAP-UP: Take a quick look back at Day 2
Arkansas expects to win despite offseason turmoil
OUTTAKES: Notes from the second day
DUMB QUESTIONS: Wednesday's foot-in-mouth moments
LSU TIGERS: LSU moving past BCS loss
AU TIGERS: Young team relying in senior leadership
WILDCATS: Phillips confident in young team
RAZORBACKS: Smith excited for challenge in Fayetteville
BULLDOGS:Defensive backs key to 2012 success
GATORS: Offense continues to evolve under Muschamp
PHOTOS: Day 2 from Hoover

Tuesday
Missouri, A&M bring offensive firepower to SEC
HURT: Things could fall into place for Spurrier this year
PHOTOS: See pictures from the first day in Hoover
Wrap-up: Take a quick look back at Day 1
Dumb Questions: Tuesday's dumbest questions
The Buzz: Hot topics from day 1 in Hoover
Top Quotes: The best one-liners of the day
Replacing Tannehill key for Aggies in first SEC season
Spurrier confident as Shaw takes over offense
SEC move brings big changes for Mizzou

Your Guide to Media Days

The 2012 college football seasons is still more than a month away, but the preseason hype in this part of the country begins with a bang Tuesday as the Southeastern Conference welcomes Missouri and Texas A&M to the league - now a 14-team conference - to open SEC Media Days in Hoover.

Missouri and Texas A&M join South Carolina and Vanderbilt on Tuesday's opening-day schedule, with each team represented by its head coach and three players. Running back Zac Stacy, a Bibb County High School product from Centreville, will be one of Vandy's three player representatives.

With the league's expansion to 14 teams, the SEC will squeeze six teams into an all-day-long series of sessions on Wednesday. LSU, among the preseason favorites to win the national championship, will be joined by Auburn, Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi State and Kentucky.

The defending national champion University of Alabama Crimson Tide will highlight Thursday's close. Head coach Nick Saban will be joined by center Barrett Jones, tight end Michael Williams and defensive end Damion Square in the morning session, which will also include Tennessee. Ole Miss and Georgia follow in the final session of the event.

How it works
Each day, coaches and players from each of the league's 14 teams will rotate through various rooms on the convention floor of the Wynfrey, meeting at designated times with members of the print, radio, television and internet media. Usually, each day includes at least one of the league's marquee programs. However, Tuesday's action will be headlined by league newcomers Missouri and Texas A&M, who will be making their SEC Media Days debuts. On Wednesday, six teams will rotate rather than four, accommodating the league's expansion, highlighted by the league's defending champion, LSU. On Thursday, national champion Alabama and SEC East champion Georgia will join Tennessee and Ole Miss.
Alabama's player representatives for SEC Media Days are offensive lineman Barrett Jones, tight end Michael Williams and defensive end Damion Square.

Look who's talking
Tuesday at 3 p.m., SEC Commissioner Mike Slive will deliver his annual "state of the league" address in the Wynfrey ballroom, followed by a Q&A session sure to center on the impact of SEC expansion and the establishment of a college football playoff beginning in 2014. ... Last week, SEC coaches released their preseason Coaches All-SEC team, which included two Alabama players on the first-team offense (tackles Barrett Jones and D.J. Fluker), and two linebackers on defense (Nico Johnson, C.J. Mosley). Overall, 11 UA players were selected. ... At the end of the week, the SEC will release results of media polling on an All-SEC team, a predicted order of finish in each division, and a league champion.

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