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When is SEC Media Days?

SEC Media Days start Monday, July 19, and run through Thursday, July 22. The event will be live streamed on fuboTV. The event certainly will have its fair share of talk about the College Football Playoff expansion as well as name, image and likeness. There will also be a number of first-time SEC coaches at the podium. al.comSEC Media Days 2021 live stream: How to watch online for free, TV, time, full schedule

HOOVER, Ala. — It didn’t take long for Georgia football to get served up its first dose of preseason humble pie, and it came before the SEC Media Days event had officially kicked off on Monday.

The USA Today Network, which represents the largest group of newspapers in the nation, deemed no Bulldogs players worthy of preseason All-SEC honors on offense or defense. Punter Jake Camarda was the only UGA played to make preseason All-SEC.

Former UGA offensive lineman Cade Mays, now a USA Today All-SEC pick at Tennessee, was as close as the Bulldogs’ offense or defense came to having a first-team selection.

The SEC Media Days, an annual event featuring the league’s coaches and representatives from each school, begins today with Florida coach Dan Mullen, LSU coach Ed Orgeron and South Carolina’s Shane Beamer appearing.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart, along with players Jordan Davis and JT Daniels, will appear at the event on Tuesday.

An All-SEC team, voted on by several media members from across the league from different companies will be released from the SEC Media Days later this week.

But the USA Today team, which is first-team only, features four players from the Crimson Tide and Texas A&M.

Georgia was picked to win the SEC East, while Alabama was picked to win the SEC West and the SEC Championship Game.

One might think winning the SEC East Division with no first-team All-SEC players would make Kirby Smart the USA Today Network’s choice for preseason SEC Coach of the Year, but that honor went to Nick Saban.

Georgia has added three highly-rated transfers in the form of receiver Arik Gilbert (LSU) and defensive backs Tykee Smith (West Virginia) and Derion Kendrick (Clemson), but USA Today selected Alabama’s Kool-Aid McKinstry as the preseason Newcomer of the Year.

Las Vegas has installed Bulldogs’ quarterback JT Daniels as the strongest Heisman Trophy favorite from the SEC, but the USA Today network selected Alabama receiver John Metchie III as it’s Preseason Player of the Year.

Quarterback: Matt Corral, Ole Miss

Running back: Tank Bigsby, Auburn

Running back (tie): Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M

Running back (tie): Kevin Harris, South Carolina

Wide receiver: John Metchie III, Alabama

Wide receiver: Treylon Burks, Arkansas

Tight end: Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M*

Offensive line: Darian Kinnard, Kentucky

Offensive line: Evan Neal, Alabama

Offensive line: Kenyon Green, Texas A&M

Offensive line: Charles Cross, Miss State

Offensive line: Cade Mays, Tennessee

Placekicker: Cade York, LSU

All-purpose: Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss

Defensive line: DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M

Defensive line: Kingsley Enagbare, South Carolina

Defensive line: Brenton Cox Jr., Florida

Defensive line: Trajan Jeffcoat, Missouri

Linebacker: Christian Harris, Alabama

Linebacker: Grant Morgan, Arkansas

Linebacker: Zakoby McClain, Auburn

Defensive back: Derek Stingley Jr., LSU*

Defensive back: Kaiir Elam, Florida

Defensive back: Jalen Catalon, Arkansas

Defensive back: Josh Jobe, Alabama

Punter: Jake Camarda, Georgia

Coach of the year: Nick Saban

Player of the year: John Metchie III, Alabama

Newcomer of the year: Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama

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Alabama Football: Transfer Portal ratings for SEC West teams

BamaHammer 19 July, 2021 - 03:00pm

No surprise to Alabama Football fans, but Nick Saban quickly learned how to take maximum advantage of the Transfer Portal. The Alabama Crimson Tide had several roster subtractions via the Portal. The players leaving included some very good football players but as always Nick Saban has to make room for even better players.

Previously we offered a review of SEC East teams. In this and the previous post, we relied upon the Top 150 Transfer Portal players as defined by 247Sports. The source is a wealth of information, from their tracking of over 2,500 players who have used the Portal this cycle.

There are still a few available players, though any who added themselves after July 1 do not qualify for the NCAA one-time, immediate eligibility offer.

Two things have become evident with the evolution and explosion of the Transfer Portal. One is coaches can never take a break from roster management. It is a year-round process and in some ways, top transfer players are more valuable than elite recruits. With the transfers, much more data is available for consideration. This leads to the second piece of clarity – the rich will get richer by using the Portal.

The college football world should not be surprised Nick Saban has already mastered the process. In the 2021 recruiting cycle, Alabama Football loaded up on wide receiver talent. The class will make an impact at the position. But, the new Crimson Tide wide receiver, who will probably make the most impact this season, is Ohio State transfer, Jameson Williams.

Keep in mind by using the 247Sports Top 150 transfers, players outside the Top 150 are not used to make our conclusions.

Ed Orgeron lost five players in the top 61 players of the Top 150, plus two others. No. 3 Arik Gilbert to Georgia and  No. 38, Dare Rosenthal to Kentucky were major losses. On the plus side, LSU added a probable starter at linebacker in No. 5, Mike Jones from Clemson. With two Top 150 players coming in and seven leaving, LSU flunked the Portal test.

At No. 28, Deshun Miller, cornerback from West Virginia will help the Tigers. The next highest-rated addition, No. 61, quarterback, T.J. Finley, is perhaps good insurance, but unless Bo Nix is hurt, nothing more. The No. 77 player, safety Donovan Kaufman from Vanderbilt could help. The unrealized potential of No. 127 wide receiver, Demetris Robertson (from Georgia) might be reached at Auburn. The other three incoming players are not expected to make significant impacts.

The exiting players create a problem for the Tigers. On the defensive line, No. 87, Big Kat Bryant moved to UCF and No. 45, Daquan Newkirk left for Florida. Also leaving are No. 68, wide receiver, Hal Presley (to Baylor), No. 79, running back, D.J. Williams (to FSU) and No. 84, defensive back, Chris Thompson to USC.

The Hogs added No. 141, offensive lineman, Ty’kieast Crawford from Charlotte and No. 147, defensive lineman, John Ridgeway from Illinois State.

Jimbo Fisher added No. 56, offensive lineman, Jahmir Johnson from Tennessee. The Aggies lost No. 100 Dylan Wright and No. 18, Shadrach Banks. No. 134 Elijah Blades is in the Portal with no new team.

Lane Kiffin added No. 59, linebacker, Chance Campbell from Maryland and No. 128, offensive lineman, Orlando Umana from Utah. Leaving Ole Miss is No. 98, linebacker, Jacquez Jones to Kentucky.

Mike Leach added No. 50, defensive end, Randy Charlton from UCF and No. 78, cornerback, Jalen Green from Texas.

Among the Top 150, the Crimson Tide lost No. 70, Keilan Robinson to Texas; No. 73, Ishmael Sopsher to USC; No. 122 King Mwikuta (uncommitted) and No. 138 Brandon Turnanage to Tennessee.

Nick Saban slam-dunked the Portal by adding the aforementioned, No. 23 Jameson Williams and No. 1 Henry To’o To’o.

One more post in this series will drill down on Miami to see if transfers make them a bigger threat to the Crimson Tide. We’ll also look at Portal results from some top CFB Playoff contenders.

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USA Today predicts the SEC’s order of finish for 2021

Saturday Down South 19 July, 2021 - 03:00pm

Talking season is here with SEC Media Days officially kicking off from Hoover, Alabama, Monday morning. Here’s the schedule.

Also related — it’s prediction season, too. USA Today is the latest organization to predict the SEC’s order of finish for the SEC East, West and conference champion for 2021.

The biggest question headed into this season — can anyone unseat Alabama as the conference’s king? Well, not according to USA Today. The outlet picked the Crimson Tide to win the SEC West and conference championship yet again.

The outlet has Georgia winning the SEC East, finishing ahead of Florida. Quarterback JT Daniels looks primed for a big season with playmakers around him, and we know Kirby Smart will put together an impressive defense.

In other words — there’s nothing too surprising about USA Today’s predictions, which are below:

This is a real shocker!!!! Who would have ever believed Alabama would be picked to win the SEC. What did they do, look at last season’s records and choose in order???

EVERYBODY IS WRONG ABOUT ALABAMA THIS YEAR. ITS NOT THE TALENT I’M REFERRING TO. ITS THE TEAM I SAW ON A-DAY!!!! They looked sloppy, young and underdeveloped!!!!! The west is as hard as it’s ever been to pick a winner. Because you never know how long it will take Alabama for the light to come on!!!!

I’m not sure this is a prediction or just a feeling? Alabama ON PAPER looks as if they could murder Miami. But watch the A-Day game with Alabama. Then go watch the Miami spring game. Then remember the players they have brought in. In positions of need. Alabama might still get it done MAYBE. BUT I’M TELLING YOU THEY ARE VULNERABLE!!!!

I’m starting to believe they might lose one of those early games against Florida and Miami. Those are also two VERY DIRTY TEAMS!!!! If Alabama escapes with a win. They best hope they also escape with a healthy QB!!! As sloppy and underdeveloped Alabama looked. They could potentially lose that Miami game and a bunch of players along with it. Saban has got to be nervous.

People are so used to Saban pulling rabbits out of his A$$. They just fail to see how different this season really could be. Now if Alabama goes out and rolls Miami which they could do. Then all might be well in Tuscaloosa.

But what if they struggle to win? Even worse, what if they struggle and lose??? What if they lose badly???? All of the above could potentially happen. But right now Alabama is not there yet!!!

People will find out the hard way eventually. That Saban is human just like the rest of us. And as for him being this brilliant coach. Did anyone see that fake field goal against clemson? Not the most brilliant move. Considering they were playing safe, that play makes Kirby Smart’s fake punt look brilliant!!!!

PS. Kirby’s fake punt actually had a fighting chance. Not Saban’s fake FG. There was just no excuse!!!! PURE STUPID AND PART OF WHAT GAVE CLEMSON THAT GAME. IT WAS STILL CLOSE AT THAT POINT. THE WHOLE GAME WENT DOWN HILL AFTER THAT!!!!

alabama is going to walk the dog on Miami. Emory Jones isn’t Kyle Trask. alabama is going to walk the dog on florduh. A & M is the best bet to beat alabama. florduh and alabama will both kick the crap out of the sizeable citrus.

The only thing changing in the East is the top two teams switching places. Other than that, it’s how they finished last season. The only difference from the West is Auburn sliding down two spots. It would be a surprise if anyone other than these favorites won the divisions. Second place is more up for grabs.

I’m still picking Ole Miss 2nd in the West. LSU still has Ogre and the NCAA breathing down their necks, a distraction, and I’m not buying Jimbo with a new QB and OL.

East….Mizzou will be 2nd. UK could be 3rd if they get a QB and rediscover the forward pass.

So if Mizzou is going to be 2nd, and UK third, where do you have florduh and the bullfrogs?

UGA won’t finish behind Mizzou and UK.

If Fla. finishes behind UGA, Mizzou and UK, does Mullen still have a job? I’d guess he might get one more year, but if Fla. loses yet again to UGA, I could see home getting fired mid-year.

I think we are 3rd. Mizzou gets UF, 10RC, and A&M all at their place. That week two game in Lexington is huge.

After Mullen’s stunt last year against Mizzou, I’m sure Drinkowitz will have that late November game circled. We’ve struggled against Mizzou since they joined the SEC, only 5-4 against them since they joined, and have won the last two against them.

I still don’t trust our OL to run block. Pass protection was OK last season, but with Mullen tweaking the offense for Jones (and Richardson, I still say we see him sooner than later), the mystery lies in the trenches up front. Just not confident in what we have on the roster at the present on the OL.

SEC won't reschedule games because of COVID-19 - ProFootballTalk

NBC Sports 19 July, 2021 - 01:58pm

Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin made the connection between COVID vaccinations and victories in 2021. The Southeastern Conference has made it even more obvious.

Commissioner Greg Sankey announced Monday in kicking off the SEC’s media days that the league will not postpone any games this season due to COVID-19. Instead, Sankey said teams are “expected to play as scheduled.”

He has recommended the SEC remove the 53-player roster minimum that was put in place last year. So every SEC team will be on the hook to play every game as scheduled with however many players they have available.

In other words, the SEC is telling its 14 teams to get players vaccinated.

“That means your team needs to be healthy to compete, and if not, that game won’t be rescheduled,” Sankey said, via Alex Scarborough of ESPN. “And thus, to dispose of the game, the ‘forfeit’ word comes up at this point.”

Sankey said only six teams have reached an 80 percent vaccination threshold.

“That number needs to grow and grow rapidly,” Sankey said. “We have learned how to manage through a COVID environment, but we do not yet have control of a COVID environment.”

The SEC has an 85 percent COVID-19 vaccination threshold, like the NFL, for teams to avoid regular COVID testing and the requirement of wearing masks indoors.

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SEC Network drops Luke Combs hype video as season cranks up

Saturday Down South 19 July, 2021 - 09:40am

With SEC Media Days beginning this week in Hoover, Alabama, fans across the league can smell and taste the season being just around the corner.

So there was no better time to drop a Luke Combs hype video from the SEC Network.

There’s no shortage of storylines around the league this season. There are new coaches in Auburn’s Bryan Harsin, Tennessee’s Josh Heupel, South Carolina’s Shane Beamer and Vanderbilt’s Clark Lea. Of course, last year’s first-year coaches missed the event because it was not held. That’s Sam Pittman of Arkansas, Mike Leach of Mississippi State, Eli Drinkwitz of Mizzou and Lane Kiffin of Ole Miss.

The SEC has also had its share of name, image and likeness deals come out for players since the rules changed on July 1.

Some other questions sure to come up this week in Hoover, Alabama are can Georgia knock off Alabama and play for and win a national championship? Can Ed Orgeron lead LSU to a bounce back season with a re-tooled staff, and get past any Title IX issues off the field.

Of course, for the coaches from Mississippi, how much will Kiffin and Leach stay on task about football, and not veer off about other subjects in life or social media.

Plenty to talk about as things are just getting cranked up.

Y’all ready?@LukeCombs #SouthOnYa pic.twitter.com/T0aT8lN5xR

— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) July 19, 2021

Alabama Football: SEC Media Days, Vaccines and Michael Irvin

Bama Hammer 19 July, 2021 - 09:01am

SEC Media Days began with a bang Monday. Alabama Football and the other SEC programs were put on notice by SEC Commissioner, Greg Sankey. Last week, we advised Alabama football fans to get ready for a debate no one wants to hear.

In SEC Media Days remarks on Monday, Greg Sankey opened the debate and also provided clarity on the issue.

Sankey’s comments indicate the SEC will mandate minimum participation thresholds and teams unable to reach them will be forced to forfeit games. Sankey could not have been more clear. Players must get vaccinated or they risk their teams losing games by forfeits.

As clear as Sankey was, NFL great, Michael Irvin was even more direct, when talking about vaccinations and NFL players.

Will that situation change in light of the potential negative impact on an Alabama Football game? If large numbers of others in the state exercise their individual liberty to avoid vaccinations, players may make the same decision. After hearing from Greg Sankey and Michael Irvin, hopefully, players better understand, there are potential consequences from their no-vaccine decisions.

Alabama football fans will have to wait until Wednesday for Nick Saban’s latest comments on the vaccination issue.

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