SEC: 2012 SEC media days

Video: Missouri OT Elvis Fisher

July, 27, 2012
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Chris Low talks with Missouri offensive tackle Elvis Fisher.

Video: Florida RB Mike Gillislee

July, 27, 2012
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Michael DiRocco talks with Florida running back Mike Gillislee about the upcoming season.

Video: LSU safety Eric Reid

July, 26, 2012
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Chris Low talks with LSU safety Eric Reid.

Video: Mississippi State OL Gabe Jackson

July, 25, 2012
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Chris Low talks with Mississippi State offensive lineman Gabe Jackson.

Video: Vanderbilt DB Trey Wilson

July, 25, 2012
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Edward Aschoff talks with Vanderbilt defensive back Trey Wilson.

Video: Vanderbilt QB Jordan Rodgers

July, 25, 2012
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Chris Low talks with Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers.

Video: Florida linebacker Jon Bostic

July, 24, 2012
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Michael DiRocco talks with Florida linebacker Jon Bostic at SEC media days.

Video: Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel

July, 24, 2012
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Chris Low talks with Texas A&M lineman Luke Joeckel.

Video: Ole Miss safety Charles Sawyer

July, 24, 2012
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Edward Aschoff talks with Ole Miss safety Charles Sawyer.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Now that another year of SEC media days are through, it's time to take a look back at the best moments from this year's three days in the Wynfrey Hotel:

Best interview: Yes, Missouri wide receiver T.J. Moe had a pretty good time with the media in Hoover and Arkansas coach John L. Smith seemed to win over the main ballroom during his press conference, but the best interview of the week had to go to Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones. The veteran strolled right into our interview room munching on pecan pie bites without a care in the world. But the real magic came during his video interview where he playfully crushed his best friend and former teammate William Vlachos and gave fellow SEC blogger Chris Low a shout out during his hit. Jones came prepared and knew how to have fun.

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Butch Dill/AP PhotoOle Miss WR Donte Moncrief dresses to the nines for his appearance at SEC media days.
Best quote: There were so many good one-liners from Moe that we're giving you our top three from the week:

  • Moe on what's different about the SEC: “They say girls are prettier here, air’s fresher and toilet paper is thicker.” -- Offensive lineman Elvis Fisher later told us that this line was planned after a conversation during the trip over.
  • But Moe wasn't done there: "Apparently Ryan Swope is a god because he can come in and get first-team all-SEC. But that’s fine.”
  • And this one really got to Arkansas running back Knile Davis: “In the Big 12, we put our best athletes on offense. [In the SEC], they put their best athletes on defense."
Best outfit: The players came out and dressed well this week, like Auburn's Corey Lemonier and bow tie and red-striped socks and Vanderbilt's Trey Wilson in his slick charcoal suit with the black checkered shirt and red tie. But Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief stole the show with his colorful outfit. He rocked a light beige jacket over a checkered mint shirt and a blue bow tie. He was also equipped with salmon pants and a bright pink pocket square. The man dresses with confidence.

Best moment: Davis was as cool and relaxed as ever during his time in Hoover. He had no problem proclaiming that he still was the league's best running back, but the best moment came when he was leaving our room. As Davis headed toward the door, Chris asked him if he still thought he was the best and Davis replied with a smile, "Still the best and tell Marcus [Lattimore] I'm coming for him."

Best interviewer: We paled in comparison to the journalistic skills of Mississippi State offensive lineman Gabe Jackson, who took some time to interview Chris on camera. Chris looked like a deer in headlights when Jackson started firing hard-hitting questions and then asked him to name as many dog breeds as he could in 10 seconds. The tongue-tied Chris didn't even mention bulldog.

Most improved: LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger has had a very up-and-down college career, but he walked right into media days without a nervous fiber in his body. He's known to boast a little about his talents and had every opportunity to once again, but didn't. He was very humble and praised his teammates before even mentioning his ability. Plus, he handled questions about his past at Georgia like a pro.

Most confident: We're naming our top four here:

  • Moe: He's sick of hearing about transitioning over to the SEC and he let everyone know about it.
  • Davis: No hesitation in claiming he's the SEC's best running back.
  • Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray: He doesn't talk much, but he made the statement that Tennessee will win the SEC this season. That's pretty gutsy.
  • Florida running back Mike Gillislee: His goal for the season: 1,500 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns. Florida hasn't had a 1,000-yard rusher since Ciatrick Fason in 2004 and 24 rushing touchdowns would break Tim Tebow's record of 23.
Best hair: Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones had his hair braided in a very creative, funky way and it looked clean. It also took three and a half hours to do.

Coming out of his shell: Florida outside linebacker/defensive end Lerentee McCray is pretty soft-spoken and can be shy around the media, but not in Hoover. He was talkative and showed a little confidence when he said his favorite part of football is hitting the quarterback so he can "wipe the smiles off their faces."

SEC media days, Day 3 notebook

July, 19, 2012
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HOOVER, Ala. -- SEC opponents liked to kick around Tennessee during the last two seasons, but Volunteers coach Derek Dooley thinks those days are finally about to come to an end.

"It's been a tough four years in Tennessee," Dooley said Thursday at SEC media days. "I know, of course, the SEC has enjoyed taking advantage of our tough times. But there's a nice mood on the team right now that you're not going to have Tennessee to kick around anymore."

For more on Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Ole Miss and other goings-on during Day 3 of SEC media days, see the full notebook here.

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.

Video: Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze

July, 19, 2012
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Mark Schlabach talks with Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze on Day 3 of SEC media days.

Video: Georgia at SEC media days

July, 19, 2012
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Edward Aschoff and David Ching wrap up Georgia’s appearance at SEC media days.

Video: Georgia WR Tavarres King

July, 19, 2012
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David Ching talks with Georgia wide receiver Tavarres King on Day 3 of SEC media days.

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