SEC Media Days: Day 1 Recap

[MEDIA:39261]<BR>The first day of the SEC Media days brought in Mark Richt, Lou Holtz, Nick Saban and Houston Nutt to Birmingham. Here are some interesting notes on each and some of their players.

New Page 1 Mark Richt, Georgia: 
-When asked about loss of Steve Spurrier to the NFL, he said Spurrier's offense made the conference change over the years because of its ability   to get ahead and stay ahead. It forced teams to get out of what they know how to do and do what they are not comfortable with. 
-Richt commented that the quarterback battle in the spring between Greene and Shockley was healthy and good for the team. He referenced guys who coexisted at FSU such as Casey Weldon and Brad Johnson as well as Peter Tom Willis and Chip Ferguson. 
-He feels year two will go smoother and is excited about the opener versus rival Clemson.

Linebacker Boss Bailey, Georgia:
-Thinks defense will be real good this year. 
-Says seniors biggest goal is to win the SEC title. 
-His brother Champ Bailey, who plays for Steve Spurrier in Washington, likes playing for the former Gator and has a lot of respect for him. -Believes middle linebacker Tony Gilbert is the leader and the key to the defense.

Georgia Offensive Lineman John Stinchcomb
(AP Photo/SEC)

Lineman Jon Stinchcomb, Georgia:
-He likes being a favorite in some of the preseason magazines. 
-Believes the togetherness of this Dog line may make it the best in the Conference. 
-Thinks the offense has many weapons and the key is Musa Smith who Stinchcomb called a, "game breaker."

Lou Holtz, South Carolina: 
-Believes in the running game and will use Ryan Brewer at tailback and Andrew Pinnock at fullback. 
-Quarterback position is Corey Jenkins job because he takes charge of the team better right now than Dontrell Penkins. Jenkins was on the kickoff team at times last year and is characterized by Holtz as one of the toughest players on the team. 
-When asked about eliminating strength coaches and supervised summer workouts Holtz vehemently said that the responsibility is on the athlete to get water and does not want supervision taken away.

Running Back Andrew Pinnock, South Carolina
-Likes his team's chances to make some noise in the SEC this year. Believes the foundation has been set and they can reach new goals. 
-Likes the one two punch running combo of him and Brewer who he says is the toughest guy on the team.

Houston Nutt, Arkansas:
-Likes having high expectations after four consecutive bowl appearances. 
-He expects an even more aggressive defense this year under new defensive coordinator, Dave Wommack. He believes they will be better
versus the run. 
-He will not name a starter at the QB position although Matt Jones leads due to experience. 
-Believes his team can overcome off the field problems from the summer. 

Arkansas WR George Wilson
(AP Photo/April L. Brown)

Wide Receiver George Wilson, Arkansas: 
-States this will be a better and more down the field passing offense this season. 
-Thinks all three razorback quarterbacks are developing confidence. 
-Feels like the team is close and that he can build on his season of a year ago.(40 receptions-568 yards).

Nick Saban, LSU: 
-Excited about defending the SEC title and wants to build on the momentum. 
-Thinks Mauck is a winner and that his team will be tested early at Virginia Tech. 
-Said Spurrier was a great coach and an excellent offensive mind. 
-Thinks his defense will be better and that Bradie James is a big time player.

Running Back LaBrandon Toefield, LSU:
-Says he is healthy and ready for the upcoming season after knee surgery.
-Believes he and good friend Dominick Davis will carry the load for the offense early in the season.
-Knows it will be tough to defend as the SEC is tough week in and week out.

Other news surfacing today:
-Bobby Bowden was involved in an offshore trading company that cost him two million dollars. It will be interesting to see what transpires as former Alabama quarterback Brian Burgdorf is the main culprit.
-Also the investigation into the Mississippi St. program for illegally admitting junior college players to their program.
-Finally the talk is more prevalent than ever that the league race is up for grabs.

The Gators come calling with Rex Grossman, Ian Scott and Coach Ron Zook...Auburn, Vandy and Ole Miss will be here as well...Votes for the preseason All-Conference teams will be due in and here are my Gator choices: Grossman at QB, Earnest Graham at RB, and Max Starks at Tackle for the offense and on defense, Ian Scott at tackle, Bobby McCray at End, Guss Scott and Todd Johnson at the safeties.

See you tomorrow from Birmingham....


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