Tennessee will headline the four coaches and selected players for day one of The SEC Media Days in Birmingham, Alabama. The Vols will bring quarterback Casey Clausen and linebacker Kevin Burnett. The Vols slipped a bit last year losing to all its major rivals - Alabama, Georgia and Florida. The Vols encountered an inordinate amount of injuries last season but return the best offensive line in the East and playmakers Constantin Ritzmann (DE) and linebacker talent Kevin Simon from season ending injuries. Wide Receiver is a main concern for the Vols as they search for a playmaker and it may be Mark Jones a converted defensive back.
Key Stretch: at Auburn (10/4), Georgia (10/11), at Alabama (10/25)
Arkansas and Coach Houston Nutt made an improbable stop at the SEC title game in Atlanta but got trounced by Georgia 30-3. The Razorbacks seem to ride the homefield advantage as well as anyone. The Hogs are bringing All-American candidate offensive tackle Shawn Andrews and linebacker Tony Bua. The Razorbacks can run the ball with Cedric Cobbs and De'Arrius Howard on just about any defense in the conference. To get to another level the passing game must upgrade with quarterback Matt Jones. Defensively they return junior cover man Ahmad Carroll.
Key Stretch: Auburn (10/11), Florida (10/18), at Ole Miss (10/25)
Kentucky's new coach Rich Brooks will make his first appearance at the SEC Media days after coaching in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons. He will bring All American return man Derek Abney and defensive end Vincent Burns. The Wildcats were bowl eligible last year and return senior Jared Lorenzen at quarteback. Once again Lorenzen is battling a new system and a weight problem. His maturity as a player was evident last season. The Cats will go to a new defensive scheme with the 3-4. A fast start will be key for the Wildcats.
Key Stretch: Louisville (8/31), Murray State (9/6), at Alabama (9/13)
Vanderbilt and Coach Bobby Johnson will bring quarterback Jay Cutler and defensive end Jovan Haye. The Commodores did not win a game in the conference a year ago in Johnson's first year but that certainly seems close to ending. Running back Kwone Doster is as good as anyone in the conference. Depth will be a concern for Vandy especially on defense.