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SEC Media Days 2017

More specifically, it will be upon the Hyatt Regency hotel in Hoover, Ala., from Monday through Thursday in the same sense that locusts fall upon an area blotting out the sun. It has called on former Florida and SC coach Steve Spurrier to narrate a lead-in to an event he used to call "Talkin' Season". Kentucky and Vanderbilt made strides previous year with bowl trips but have never made it through the regular-season grind to reach Atlanta. Alabama returns twelve starters, including the SEC Offensive Player of the Year Jalen Hurts, marking the first time since 2013 that Alabama has a starting quarterback.

This year signals the arrival of Auburn transfer Jarrett Stidham, formally of Baylor, Florida transfer Malik Zaire, formerly of Notre Dame, among other new and returning faces.

Daboll will also have one of the biggest offensive lines in the Country and six high-caliber running backs to choose from, including Damien Harris who ran for 1065-yards and Bo Scarbrough who ran for 844-yards during the 2016 season.

SC isn't bringing a single defensive player, with tight end Hayden Hurst and wide receiver Deebo Samuel joining Bentley.

Although it is impossible to predict the surprises that come with Media Days there are a few things that we know for certain.

Georgia is considered the likely SEC East favorite, even by a guy with an allegiance to a school in the SEC West. "I think (Smart's) doing a great job and he's going in the right direction".

After spending his first two seasons on the outside, Evans made the move inside for his junior campaign, tallying 53 tackles for four sacks for the SEC champs.

"I think any time you finish 8-5 is a disappointment at the University of Georgia", Smart said at the SEC spring meetings in Destin, Fla. I think there were ups and downs in the season, which you have all over the place. "Guess what? There are going to be a lot of close ballgames in a lot of years because that's our conference".

This is a recurring theme each preseason, especially since the last four SEC East champions always seem to back into the title game, only to get demolished by the West victor from the state of Alabama. Florida in 2008. Georgia, with all but one starter back on defense, hopes to change that. Now 65-years of age, Saban has a career record at Alabama of 119-19 and has won four national titles entering his 11-season in Tuscaloosa. Defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick leads a typically stacked roster.

This will be first time in a decade that Ed Orgeron gets to speak with the media at SEC Media Days. Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban is 10-0 is season openers, Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher is 7-0 in season openers, but the difference could be that Saban has never lost to a former assistant coach turned head coach, in-fact Saban is 10-0 against former assistant coaches.

At a golf outing earlier this summer, beleaguered Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze abruptly ended a television interview when the subject of the Rebels' problems with the NCAA was broached.

The gap seems to be getting wider, and the conference should be concerned.



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