Thursday, July 21, 2011
SEC media days: Best of Day 1
By ESPN.com staff
Best quote: "He's a players' coach. He lets the players play. It's like he told me, ‘It's your team.' That's what I like about him. He lets the players run the team. He makes the decisions, but he lets us run it." -- Florida receiver Deonte Thompson on first-year coach Will Muschamp.
Best support for a teammate: South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery said he's 100 percent behind embattled quarterback Stephen Garcia. Despite being suspended five times during his career, Garcia is on track to be fully reinstated to the team in August. "We believe in Stephen," Jeffery said. "No matter what he goes through, we all have his back."
Best running back: There was considerable chatter Wednesday among all of the players about who was the SEC's best running back. Arkansas' Knile Davis said it was a tough call, but that he would put himself on top. Jeffery went with his teammate, Marcus Lattimore, and said Alabama's Trent Richardson was a close second. "I'd have to say Marcus first and then Trent, and the rest of them fall into place," Jeffery said. "They're both great running backs. Trent is a little faster, but Marcus is a lot more powerful."
Best re-writing of history: Muschamp, who played his college football at Georgia, was asked how it felt to be a Georgia guy coaching at the University of Florida. Muschamp responded, "I'm a Florida guy."
Best threads: Florida's Thompson was sporting a black suit with pinstripes and a turquoise shirt. Even his tie had a splash of turquoise. He said his mother picked out his outfit.
Best candor: South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier made it clear that he wasn't a big fan of at least one of SEC commissioner Mike Slive's new proposals for the NCAA -- making scholarships a multi-year deal. "That's a terrible idea, Commissioner," Spurrier said. "Do you sports writers have a two-year contract ... three or four-year? Have you ever had a two-year deal?"
Best admission: Mississippi State senior quarterback Chris Relf admitted that he was playing almost exclusively on natural ability when last season began and doing very little reading of defenses. "A lot has changed since then, mostly what I'm seeing when I go to the line," Relf said.