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Video: SEC media days, Day 3 wrap

July, 19, 2012
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Ivan Maisel and Chris Low wrap up Day 3 of the SEC media days and review the opening event of the SEC season.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief knows just how important the Rebels’ receiving corps is.

Not only has he hit the gym and practice field harder in order to improve on his solid freshman campaign, but he’s making sure those around him are elevating their game as well.

Ole Miss had just three wide receivers -- Moncrief, Nickolas Brassell and Ja-Mes Logan -- record 20 or more catches last season. Those three were the only players to eclipse the 200-yard mark, they combined for just six touchdowns and Moncrief was the only player to catch more than 30 passes (31).

Making things worse is the fact that Brassell left the team after being ruled academically ineligible, meaning there isn’t much production behind Moncrief and Logan.

There are also two relatively inexperienced quarterbacks battling for the starting spot in Barry Brunetti and Bo Wallace, so having a more reliable receiving group becomes even more crucial for the Rebels.

“I push them to be the best,” Moncrief said Thursday during the third day of SEC media days. “I talk noise to them, try to make them go harder. I challenge them with catches, one-handed catches, hard catches.”

But what’s the best motivation? Fear. Fear of physical pain.

The Rebels have a new policy in place during summer workouts where one drop during drills means 20 pushups for the culprit. A second drop, and a player is at 50.

Moncrief said a poor move on a slant resulted in his one and only drop of the summer, but one receiver wasn’t so lucky. Moncrief said a freshman came out to workouts a bit nervous and dropped enough passes to hit the century mark in the pushup department. That was the last time the rookie headed out to workouts with wide eyes.

Moncrief said the unnamed freshman has made sure to keep both eyes on the ball and is now pushing some of the older guys.

“He might play this year,” Moncrief said.

At this point, Moncrief said he’ll take as many other players as he can to work with this fall. The hope is that Hugh Freeze’s new spread offense will help them produce more because of all the space Moncrief anticipates the receivers will get.

But Moncrief also understands that those bodies have to be able to produce or offensive growth won’t be made.

“We know we have to make big plays,” he said. “We have to get better at going to the ball and take hits. It’s the spread. That’s what we’ve been wanting so we have to be ready for it.”

Video: Alabama's Nick Saban

July, 19, 2012
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Nick Saban wants to leave last year in the past and sees 2012 as a new season in which Alabama hasn't won anything yet.

Video: Tennessee's Derek Dooley

July, 19, 2012
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Ivan Maisel talks with Tennessee coach Derek Dooley on Day 3 of SEC media days.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Alabama coach Nick Saban suggested Thursday morning that, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Penn State add a surcharge to its athletic tickets and donate the proceeds to combat child abuse.

“What do we want the outcome of this to be?” Saban asked. “Something that’s a win-win for the kids and the people there now, the players there now. Maybe tax all the tickets that they sell and give the proceeds to child abuse … rather than worry about some punishment that’s not going to have some positive effect on anything.”

Saban is a methodical man, and the ticket surcharge must have been a brainstorm he tossed out, because after a couple of follow-up questions, he said, “Probably not a very good idea, and I probably shouldn’t have said it.”

But he explained his thinking by comparing it to handling a disciplinary issue of one of his players.

“Everybody is always worried about, ‘What’s the punishment?’” he said. “I always try to look at it as what’s the outcome? What outcome do you want? Do you want to graduate from school? Play in the NFL? If that’s the outcome you want, this behavior is not becoming of that. So what do we need to do to make it better?”
HOOVER, Ala. -- The 2012 SEC media days All-SEC team was announced Thursday, and LSU led the conference with the most first-team selections with seven. The media has voted for a preseason All-SEC team and predicted the order in which each team would finish since 1992.

It should be noted that the media has only picked the correct SEC champion four times since 1992. Those correct picks were Florida in 1994 and 1995, LSU in 2007 and Florida in 2008.

Here are some notes from the league on the All-SEC team:
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    Daniel Shirey/US PresswireSEC members are expecting big things this season for South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore.

  • The 222 voters is an all-time high for SEC media days. The previous high was 177 voters in 2010.
  • South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore was the leading vote-getter this season with 201 of 222 votes. He is the fourth running back in the past six years to be the highest vote-getter (2007 – Darren McFadden, Arkansas; 2008 – Knowshon Moreno, Georgia and Percy Harvin, Florida; 2009 – Tim Tebow and Brandon Spikes, Florida; 2010 – Mark Ingram, Alabama; 2011 – Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina).
  • Lattimore (2012) and Jeffery (2011) have been the leading vote-getters the last two seasons.
  • Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones is a three-time member of the SEC media days first team
  • South Carolina has had a sophomore make the media days first team for the third straight season – Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, DE (2012); Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina, RB (2011); Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina, DB (2010).
  • Since 2000, Arkansas’ Darren McFadden is the only unanimous selection to the SEC media days All-SEC team, collecting all 80 votes.
  • LSU had the most first-team selections this season with seven. Since 1992, the most players on a first team were nine by Alabama in 2011 and eight by Alabama (2010) and Florida (2009).
  • LSU leads with the most overall selections this season with 13. The total is the second highest ever, behind Alabama’s 16 last season. Prior to last season, Alabama (2010) and Florida (2009) had the most overall selections with 12.
  • LSU is predicted to win the SEC championship by the media for the first time since 2007. It is the second time since 1992 that LSU has been predicted to win the league title. LSU did win the SEC title in 2007 and went on to win the BCS title.

Here is what the complete first team looks like:

OFFENSE

QB: Tyler Wilson, Arkansas (127)
RB: Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina (201)
RB: Knile Davis, Arkansas (118)
WR: Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee (106)
WR: Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas (67)
TE: Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn (158)
OL: D.J. Fluker, Alabama (171)
OL: Alex Hurst, LSU (125)
OL: Chance Warmack, Alabama (124)
OL: Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M (87)
C: Barrett Jones, Alabama (183)

DEFENSE

DL: Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (140)
DL: Barkevious Mingo, LSU (126)
DL: Sam Montgomery, LSU (124)
DL: Corey Lemonier, Auburn (102)
ILB: Nico Johnson (84)
OLB: Jarvis Jones, Georgia (178)
OLB: Sean Porter, Texas A&M (81)
DB: Tyrann Mathieu, LSU (184)
DB: Eric Reid, LSU (142)
DB: Robert Lester, Alabama (131)
DB: Bacarri Rambo, Georgia (126)

SPECIAL TEAMS

K: Caleb Sturgis, Florida (127)
P: Brad Wing, LSU (153)
RS: Tyrann Mathieu, LSU (159)
AP: Dennis Johnson, Arkansas (86)

For a look at all three teams check out the SEC's official website.

Here's the predicted order of finish for the SEC champion and the votes:

1. LSU - 129
2. Alabama - 65
3. Georgia - 14
4. South Carolina - 6
5. Arkansas - 4
6. Auburn - 2
7. Florida - 1
8. Ole Miss - 1

Predicted order by division:

EAST

1. Georgia (132)
2. South Carolina (72)
3. Florida (12)
4. Missouri (2)
5. Tennessee (4)
6. Vanderbilt
7. Kentucky

WEST

1. LSU (139)
2. Alabama (72)
3. Arkansas (6)
4. Auburn (4)
5. Texas A&M
6. Mississippi State
7. Ole Miss (1)

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