SEC Football Daily: July 17th

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All SEC players will be guarded, optimistic and prepped prior to SEC Media Days this week. There are only six QBs and three RBs who are scheduled to visit with the media. There will be seven LBs, seven OL, seven WRs and only two TEs out of the players. They usually mix media-savvy players with talent. The two newcomers in TAMU and Mizzou will be up on the first day. The story is more about the players who will not be there more than the players who are actually attending. [AL]

One of the main things to watch for this year in the SEC is how Scot Loeffler handles his new position as offensive coordinator for Auburn. Particularly during the first two games, all eyes will be on Loeffler because the Tigers play Clemson and Mississippi State. The week two game against State will be very interesting to play on the road. The last time the Tigers were in Starkville, they narrowly escaped with Cam Newton. This game is a toss-up. Hopefully for Auburn, the offense will be firing on all cylinders starting in week one. [AL]

Jarvis Jones tops the Gainesville Sun’s top 25 players in the SEC. Jones was also SDS’ top player in the SEC this season, too. He must be pretty good. Jones had a league-high 13.5 sacks last year, and he passed up an opportunity to go pro to come back and dominate this league once again. The top five were Jarvis Jones, Sam Montgomery, Tyler Wilson, Tyrann Mathieu and Barrett Jones. [Gator Sports]

Since Isaiah Crowell’s dismissal, all eyes have turned to the leadership of Richard Samuel. He originally came to UGA as a RB, then he moved to LB and last year he moved back to RB. He had his mind set on playing FB this fall, but he will transition over to being the No. 1 running back. “I don’t think too much about it,” said Samuel. “Back in the spring I was preparing for both, tailback and fullback. So now it looks like I’ll be leaning more to tailback, which is fine. But I hope I get some time at fullback. I don’t want it to be like linebacker where I prepared for linebacker but never got to rep at it. So I’m just hoping I get a little mix of fullback in there.” [AJC]

Nick James certainly looks the part of a future big-time DT in the SEC for Mississippi State. James is 6-5 and 328lbs, and the strength and conditioning staff has been very impressed with the way he moves around for his size. “Very gifted,” Balis said. “There’s a lot – you’re like, ‘Wow,’ when he moves, with how explosive he is for his size. It really is impressive.” They are still unsure of what his ideal playing weight will be. [Clarion Ledger]



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