Saban, Three Tiders At SEC Media Days

When the Southeastern Conference Media Days event begins next week (July 20-22), each head football coach will be accompanied by three players. It should come as no surprise that two of the three selected to represent Alabama are defensive players.



Alabama Coach Nick Saban and three Crimson Tide players will have their turns in front of the media in Birmingham on the final day of the three-day event, on Friday, July 22.

Saban has selected two defensive players and one from offense to meet the press. He will be joined in representing the Crimson Tide by safety Mark Barron and linebacker Dont'a Hightower, along with tailback Trent Richardson.

Barron, 6-2, 218, is an upcoming senior from Mobile. He was first team All-America last year. He led Bama with 75 tackles and also had three interceptions.

Hightower, 6-4, 260, is a junior from Lewisburg, Tenn., who was second oteam All-SEC last year. He was second on the team with 69 tackles last year.

Richardson, a 5-11, 224-pound junior from Pensacola, was second team All-SEC last year while sharing duties at tailback with former Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram. Last year he rushed for 700 yards and six touchdowns and had 23 pass receptions for 266 yards and four touchdowns.

Here are others who will participate as announced by the SEC:

Wednesday, July 20

Arkansas (Head Coach Bobby Petrino)

Knile Davis (RB, 6-0, 230, Jr., Missouri City, Texas, 1st-team AP All-SEC, 2nd-team SEC Coaches All-SEC, 2nd in SEC in rushing with 1,322 yards and 13 TDs)

Jarius Wright (WR, 5-10, 180, Sr., Warren, Ark., 42 catches for 788 yards and 5 TDs)

Tenarius Wright (DE, 6-2, 252, Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 36 total tackles, 8 for losses including six sacks)

Florida (Head Coach Will Muschamp)

John Brantley (QB, 6-3, 220, Sr., Ocala, Fla., completed 60.8 percent of passes for 2,061 yards and nine TDs)

William Green (DE, 6-4, 245, Sr., Hoover, Ala., 13 total tackles, four for losses including a sack)

Deonte Thompson (WR, 6-0, 200, Sr., Belle Glade, Fla., 38 catches for 570 yards and a touchdown)

South Carolina (Head Coach Steve Spurrier)

Alshon Jeffery (WR, 6-4, 233, Jr., St. Matthews, S.C., 1st-team AFCA and FWAA All-American, 2nd-team AP, SI.com and Walter Camp All-American, 1st-team AP and SEC Coaches All-SEC)

Marcus Lattimore (RB, 6-0, 231, So., Duncan, S.C., 2nd-team Walter Camp All-American, 1st-team Rivals.com, FWAA and Sporting News Freshman All-American, 1st-team AP and SEC Coaches All-SEC, AP and SEC Coaches SEC Freshman of the Year, 1st-team SEC Coaches Freshman All-SEC)

Travian Robertson (6-4, 298, Sr., Laurinburg, N.C., 42 tackles, including ten for loss es and four sacks)

Mississippi State (Head Coach Dan Mullen)

Vick Ballard (RB, 5-11, 220, Sr., Pascagoula, Miss., Honorable Mention AP All-SEC, Rushed for 968 yards and 19 TDs)

Fletcher Cox (DT, 6-4, 295, Jr., Yazoo City, Miss., 29 total tackles with 6.5 for losses including 2.5 sacks)

Chris Relf (QB, 6-4, 245, Sr., Montgomery, Ala., Completed 129 of 220 passes for 1,789 yards and 13 TDs and rushed for 713 yards and five scores)

Thursday, July 21 Kentucky (Head Coach Joker Phillips)

Stuart Hines (OG, 6-4, 296, Sr., Bowling Green, Ky., Started 11 games at left guard after missing two games with injury)

Danny Trevathan (LB, 6-1, 232, Sr., Leesburg, Fla., 1st-team AP & SEC Coaches All-SEC, Led SEC in tackles with 144 stops)

Morgan Newton (QB, 6-4, 235, Jr., Carmel, Ind., Started the BBVA Compass Bowl , completing 21 of 36 passes for 211 yards and 18 rushing yards)

Georgia (Head Coach Mark Richt)

Brandon Boykin (CB, 5-10, 183, Sr., Fayetteville, Ga., 44 tackles with 6.5 for loss, three interceptions and three pass breakups, also returned 34 kickoffs for 825 yards)

Ben Jones (C, 6-3, 316, Sr., Centreville, Ala., Made 12 starts and played in all 13 games)

Aaron Murray (QB, 6-1, 211, So., Tampa, Fla., 1st-team Sporting News Freshman All-American, 2nd-team Rivals.com Freshman All-American, 1st-team SEC Coaches Freshman All-SEC)

Auburn (Head Coach Gene Chizik)

Emory Blake (WR, 6-1, 197, Jr., Austin, Texas, Had 33 catches for 554 yards with a team-high eight TDs)

Nosa Equae (DT, 6-2, 255, So., Mansfield, Texas, Had 22 total tackles with 7.5 for losses, including 3.5 sacks)

Phillip Lutzenkirchen (TE, 6-4, 253, Jr., Marietta, Ga., Had 15 catches for 185 yards and five TDs)

Tennessee (Head Coach Derek Dooley)

Malik Jackson (DL, 6-5, 270, Sr., Northridge, Calif., 2nd-team AP All-SEC, 48 total tackles with 11 for losses, including five sacks)

Tauren Poole (RB, 5-10, 215, Sr., Toccoa, Ga., Honorable Mention AP All-SEC, Rushed for 1,034 yards and 11 TDs)

Dallas Thomas (OL, 6-5, 305, Jr., Baton Rouge, La., Started all 13 games at left tackle)

Friday, July 22 (in addition to Alabama)

Vanderbilt (Head Coach James Franklin)

Casey Hayward (CB, 6-0, 185, Sr., Perry, Ga., 2nd-team AP and SEC Coaches All-SEC), 70 tackles with 17 pass deflections and six interceptions)

Chris Marve (LB, 6-0, 235, Sr., Memphis, Tenn., 2nd-team SEC Coaches All-SEC), Started and played in 11 games with 80 tackles with eight for losses)

Larry Smith (QB, 6-2, 220, Sr., Prattville, Ala., Started and played in 11 games, Head single-season career highs with 117 completions, 1,262 passing yards, six TD passes, 248 rushing yards and four rushing TDs)

Ole Miss (Head Coach Houston Nutt)

Brandon Bolden (RB, 5-11, 221, Sr., Baton Rouge, La., Honorable mention All-SEC, Rushed for 976 yards and 14 TDs and caught 32 passes for 344 yards and 3 TDs)

Kentrell Lockett (DE, 6-5, 248, Sr., Hahnville, La., Played and started in three games before suffering season-ending ACL injury, granted a sixth-year of eligibility)

Bradley Sowell (OT, 6-7, 315, Sr., Hernando, Miss., 2nd-team AP All-SEC, Started all 12 games at left tackle)

LSU (Head Coach Les Miles)

Ryan Baker (LB, 6-0, 227, Sr., Grand Ridge, Fla., Second on team with 87 total tackles with 11 for losses including team-high seven sacks)

Jordan Jefferson (QB, 6-5, 224, Sr., St. Rose, La., Completed 119-of-209 passes for 1,411 yards and seven TDs and also rushed for 450 yards and 13 TDs)

Russell Shepard (WR, 6-1, 188, Jr., Houston, Texas, Caught 33 passes for 249 yards and a TD and rushed for 226 yards and 2 TDs)

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