SEC media days preview: Day 3


HOOVER, Ala. -- What will Day 3 in Hoover hold? Let’s take a look and see, in order of appearance.

Missouri (10:30 a.m. ET): It will be interesting to see whether there will be a focus on the future or the past for the Tigers. Looking at the latter, there’s plenty to talk about. The departure of Dorial Green-Beckham and his subsequent transfer to Oklahoma will be a major point of discussion. So will the lasting impact of Michael Sam. But if we’re looking at how the Tigers will fare in 2014 -- you know, the intended purpose of this media days ordeal -- then there’s plenty to dive into. How is Maty Mauk handling being "the guy" at quarterback now that James Franklin is gone? What does the running back situation look like without Henry Josey? What happens to a defense that lost key parts at nearly every position?

LSU (2 p.m.): The offseason has been a blast for coach Les Miles. Or that’s how it seemed with him kissing a pig and dominating at putt-putt golf. If you want to go all the way back to February, you can find an even bigger reason he should arrive in Hoover excited. The recruiting class he signed then, which came in at No. 2 overall according to ESPN, should be a major focus of Wednesday’s back-and-forth with the media. Leonard Fournette, the No. 1 overall prospect in the country this year, has a chance to start at running back. So does fellow blue-chipper Malachi Dupre, who joins a receiver corps that’s missing both of its starters from a season ago. Up and down the roster, there are a ton of unknowns, but look for Miles to answer each question with the quirky charm we've come to expect from the Mad Hatter.

Arkansas (3:30 p.m.): Last year’s media days was fun. One big reason: the way Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn traded barbs about the supposed hazards of running a no-huddle offense. Bielema made an argument about player safety; Malzahn said he thought it was a joke -- but it wasn’t. A minor feud was born that day, and both coaches have tried to downplay it ever since. But rest assured that Bielema will be asked about it once again when he steps to the podium in the afternoon. If he engages, watch out. Otherwise, look for plenty of questions about the state of the offense: how running backs Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams have progressed; how the line will hold up without center Travis Swanson; and whether presumptive starting quarterback Brandon Allen is truly ready to take the next step.