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Monday, July 21, 2008
No Moreno, Stafford or Berry. Are you kidding?

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Now that we know which players are scheduled to be at the SEC Media Days later this week, here's a list of the players that aren't going to be there ... but probably should:

Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno: Why even have a so-called Media Days if you're not going to bring the best running back in the league and a guy who could push the 3,000-yard career rushing mark by the end of his sophomore season?

Tennessee safety Eric Berry: Shame on the Vols for not bringing him. He's one of the best five defensive players in the league, articulate and engaging. So what if he's just a sophomore? He's one of those players fans in the SEC want to hear from and read about.

Florida receiver Percy Harvin: I know coaches like to spread the wealth and bring one offensive and one defensive player, but Harvin is the most exciting playmaker in the league. Maybe his surgically repaired right heel simply couldn't withstand the pounding of walking to and from all those interviews. Nah, Percy's shown on the field he's a lot tougher than that.

Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford: You know the conference office was thrilled with Georgia's list. No Moreno and no Stafford, the cornerstone of the Bulldogs' national championship hopes and two of the best 10 offensive players in the league.

Ole Miss defensive end Greg Hardy: I'm aware that Hardy had some off-the-field issues last season under former Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron and was suspended for a couple of games. But he's still one of the best pass-rushers in the league. Kudos to the Rebels for bringing offensive tackle Michael Oher.

Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain: OK, maybe this is my deal, because McClain happens to be one of my favorite players in the league. When I think of a linebacker, I think of McClain -- big, fast, smart and nasty. Only a sophomore, his best is yet to come.

LSU defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois: LSU has so many good and talented players that the Tigers can't bring them all, and Jean-Francois didn't play until the end of last season. But those who saw him play know what a force he's going to be this season in the league.

Mississippi State safety Derek Pegues: One of the best all-purpose players in the league, Pegues was a big reason for the Bulldogs' turnaround last season. But he's also had a few minor run-ins with the law, which probably kept him at home in Starkville.