SEC Media Days starts new season for Vandy

Today Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin and three of his players will face a throng of SEC Media in an event that essentially starts the 2012 Commodore football season. Sure you could say Spring Practice was the start but in little over a week the men in Black & Gold will be preparing to face the likes of Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks.

The recent resurgence of Vanderbilt football has been breath taking to close followers of the Commodore program. After just three bowl games in the program's first 118 years of existence, the good guys in gold have now been to two bowls in four years. However, with all the recent success on the field and in Commodore recruiting exploits there is still reason for concern. As I drive around the football crazy state of Alabama I realize that Vanderbilt has not won a game in the Heart of Dixie since 1984 when it defeated the Crimson Tide 30-21 in Tuscaloosa. That got me considering how hard it will be for Vandy to actually become a consistent bowl participant. Yes, the support is there, recruiting is better than ever, facilities are improving but nothing is assured until the games are played on Saturdays. While Vandy is finally doing what needs to be done to be successful, other SEC programs have been doing these things for years. The good news is that at least Vanderbilt is finally going to have a shot at success.

Vanderbilt's three players at media days will be quarterback Jordan Rodgers, running back Zac Stacy and cornerback Trey Wilson. This was a good selection because these three players will be vital to the Commodores continued resurgence. While the running back position is strong, Vandy needs Stacy to pick up where he left off last season after rushing for almost 1,200 yards. Wilson is a vital part of a defensive secondary that lost two veteran players in Casey Hayward and Sean Richardson. We all know about the enhancement made to the offense once Jordan Rodgers hit the field.

The guys will be in for a busy afternoon on Tuesday. Rodgers, for instance, will have a tight schedule consisting of 13 different interview sessions between 3:20 and 5:50 pm. These mostly 10 minute interviews will be conducted by the likes of, ESPNU, Fox Sports, CSS, SEC Digital Network, Sirius and others. Between 5:10 and 5:40 Rodgers will face the main throng of reporters. James Franklin, Stacy and Wilson will each have a similar schedule.

It will be interesting to see the media's reaction to head coach James Franklin. Last year many press members, while impressed with his demeanor and enthusiasm, seemed to roll their eyes and yawn as Franklin proclaimed that his goal was for Vanderbilt to win the SEC Championship. Now, after a bowl game and a stellar recruiting class that is ranked No. 35 by and as high as No. 13 by some services, they might take Franklin a little more seriously. Franklin, by the way, was recently rated as the No. 5 best coach in the SEC by Sporting News.

My ballot is in. I've voted for All-SEC honors for Jordan Rodgers, Zac Stacy, Jordan Matthews, Wesley Johnson, Rob Lohr, Chase Garnham, Jovan Marshall, Trey Wilson, Richard Kent and Andre Hal (return man). See the member's football forum for my entire ballot. I also picked Vanderbilt to finish No. 3 in the SEC East behind Missouri and Georgia. According to my crystal ball, Alabama will win the SEC Championship game this year. will have in-depth coverage of SEC Media Days on Tuesday. Top Stories