An A-to-Z look back at SEC Media Days

An A-to-Z look back at SEC Media Days
Alabama head coach Nick Saban, right, talks with WJOX-FM 94.5's "The Opening Drive" during SEC Media Days. (Kent Gidley/UA Athletics)

Coaches, players, writers and broadcasters have gone home and the college football season is just 48 days away.

SEC Media Days at the Hyatt Regency – Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover had an estimated economic impact of more than half a million dollars on the area economy, according to the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau.

(Alabama NewsCenter infographic / Charlestan Helton) Source: Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau

Here’s an alphabetical look back at SEC Media Days 2017:

A is for Alabama, runaway favorite to win the SEC title … and maybe more?

B is for Beat. As Gus Malzahn put it, “To win this league you’ve got to beat Alabama.”

C is for Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta on Sept. 2, Alabama vs. Florida State. SEC vs. ACC to make a statement in the conference debate.

D is for Defense. Every team needs it, not every team has it.

E is for Exciting. SEC football amps up fans like nothing else.

F is for Florida, seeking a third straight trip to the SEC Championship Game.

G is for Georgia. The Bulldogs could pose the biggest challenge to the Gators and were chosen by the media to win the SEC East.

H is for Hot Seat. Look out, Butch Jones and Kevin Sumlin.

I is for Injuries. Every team will have them.

J is for Jones, as in Butch Jones, who may need a big season to keep his job.

K is for Kicker, as in Daniel Carlson is an All-American kicker.

L is for Leadership. Every team needs it.

M is for Missouri, struggling to get back on track in the SEC East.

(Alabama NewsCenter infographic / Charlestan Helton) Source: SEC

N is for Nessler, as in Brad Nessler, the man who will replace Verne Lundquist in the booth for CBS.

O is for Odom, as in Missouri coach Barry Odom.

P is for Punt. Gus Malzahn said, “Probably the biggest question mark about our team is who is going to be the punter.”

Q is for Quality. Every team needs quality players to win.

R is for Running. The league is once again full of star running backs and teams that want to establish the run.

S is for Stidham, as in quarterback Jarrett Stidham, and S is also for Sean, as in quarterback Sean White. Fall camp could be interesting at Auburn.

T is for Twelve. There are only a dozen seniors on the Mississippi State roster.

U is for Up Front, as in “Our defense will be solid up front.”

V is for Verne. Some loved him, some loathed him. What will it be like without Verne Lundquist calling SEC football for the first time in 17 years?

W is for Win. When asked about what it takes to stay at a school like Alabama for 11 years in the modern era, Nick Saban’s one word answer: “Win.”

X is for diagramming plays with Xs and Os.

Y is for Yearning. SEC Media Days is the unofficial start to the football season and fans can’t wait until fall practice and the start of the season.

Z is for Zebras, as in officials who hear a lot of boos but never cheers. One new rule this year will flag coaches who come on the field to argue a call.

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