SEC Media Days: Day 2 Notebook

HOOVER - Josh Kendall's notebook from Day 2 of the SEC's Media Days.

UH, OH: If Marcus McNeill's experience is a good barometer, offenses around the conference are going to have their hands full when they play Auburn.

"Marcus is 6-foot-8, 330 pounds and has to be one of the best offensive linemen in the country and he hasn't blocked (defensive ends Stanley McClover or Quentin Groves) yet," Tigers coach Tommy Tuberville said. "He said, ‘Coach, I don't know why I came back if you're going to put me against these two guys every day.'"

STILL HURTING: No one on Vanderbilt's football team has forgotten about Kwane Doster, the running back who was shot and killed in his hometown of Tampa last December.

"It's been a struggle to tell you the truth," Commodore coach Bobby Johnson said. "The one thing I don't want to do is try to use that as a motivational tool for our players. That's just beyond football, beyond motivational tricks."

MOVING AROUND: Mississippi State made several personnel changes this year, none more intriguing than the one made by Quinton Culberson.

Culberson, 6-feet, 216 pounds, started eight games at cornerback as a freshman but is on track to be the Bulldogs' starting middle linebacker this season. Culberson didn't go straight from corner to the middle. First, he was moved to safety and then to outside linebacker, where he started five games last year.

"That's a big transition convincing him that that was the best spot to help us and also give him the best chance to move on to the next level," Croom said.

Croom also moved Titus Brown, an All-SEC freshman at middle linebacker last year, to defensive end.

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