Ack on the road at SEC Media Days - Tuesday Report

<img src= align=right>SEC Media Days begin on Tuesday with Coach Zook making his way to Birmingham. He'll will bring C Mike Degory and LB Travis Harris to the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Alabama. Florida will share the spotlight with Auburn, Vanderbilt, and Arkansas. Ron Zook spent time with the Florida media around the state this past weekend in Orlando and continued to reinforce his feelings that Florida could be on track for a big season.

Zook said the problems off the field in college football are not as bad as they seem. He believes there is more media exposure and coverage now a days in college athletics so people are more aware of what goes on than back in the 80's.

As for disciplining student athletes, Zook would like the coaches to have more time and exposure with his players to continue to send the message of doing the right thing. He agrees with the college basketball coaches (NABC) who are trying to get the NCAA to allow more time with coaches. (See story by Franz Beard on this very topic in today's stories.)

Mike Degory is on the Rimington Watch list for the country's premier center and it is obvious one of his main competitors for the award is from the SEC in Ben Wilkerson from LSU. Degory has the longest active streak on the team with 26 consecutive starts at center. Last year against Miami he had 12 knockdowns and graded out at 90%.

Travis Harris has become a team leader in the weight room and has transformed his body back into a linebacker position body type. He is much quicker than last season and has played in 35 games during his career at Florida.

Other players who will make there way to Birmingham, Alabama on Tuesday:

Heisman Hopeful Carnell Williams from Auburn. He had 17 rushing touchdowns in 2003 an Auburn school record and is sixth on the Tiger all-time rushing list with 2,666 yards.

Quarterback Matt Jones of Arkansas returns as the only starter back from the 2003 season. Jones needs only 367 rushing yards to become the SEC's all time leader for yards rushing by a quarterback.

Jay Cutler of Vanderbilt was selected second team all-conference by the coaches for the preseason. Cutler who is a two year starter set a Vanderbilt passing record with 2,347 yards passing in 2003.

Final Thought:
The Gator Media Guide is out and you will notice the incoming freshmen integrated in the same part as the returning players. Gator freshman have their bios, jersey numbers, and pictures in alphabetical order with the returning gators. In the past, the freshmen were given bios at the end of the player profile segment. In case you didn't notice, Mike Mangold, and Eric Rutledge are both in the media guide for 2004.

Tuesday the media will receive the ballots for the first and second All Sec Teams. Gators that will get some attention for my ballot are Mike Degory, Channing Crowder, Chris Leak, Eric Wilbur, Marcus Thomas, Ciatrick Fason, and Andre Caldwell.

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