SEC Media Days 2015: Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri and Arkansas meet the press _lowres

Associated Press photo by BRYNN ANDERSON -- Alabama coach Nick Saban speaks to media during a radio interview at Southeastern Conference Media Days on Wednesday in Hoover, Ala.

ALABAMA

THEN AND NOW

The Crimson Tide won the SEC championship before losing to Ohio State in the College Football Playoff semifinal in the Sugar Bowl. They have a lot of players to replace on offense but still figure to be in the thick of the SEC and national championship races.

THE BUZZ

Bama has just two returning starters on offense, and coach Nick Saban said Wednesday his starting quarterback is yet to be determined.

SABAN SAID IT

“We did not finish the season the way we wanted to last year in terms of how we played. We turned the ball over too much at the end of the season, we gave up too many explosive plays on defense and we gave up too many points because of a combination of all those things. So we need to improve in all those areas.”

Meanwhile, on twitter ...

“They knock us because they not us”

— LB Reggie Ragland (@reggieragland).

KENTUCKY

THEN AND NOW

The Wildcats finished second to last in the East (2-6) and at 5-7 overall, they were one win short of being bowl eligible

in coach Mark Stoops’ second season.

THE BUZZ

After losing its final six games last season, Kentucky’s priority is getting to six wins this season.

STOOPS SAID IT

“Really glad the first two years trying to build this program didn’t kill me. I feel like we learned a lot of valuable lessons. We’ve worked extremely hard to make Kentucky relevant in the SEC East. Year 3, we should be better. We are better.”

Meanwhile, on twitter ...

“Blessed to have the opportunity to represent UK with my brothers @jordan_swindle & @superstarstamps and Coach Stoops”

— DT Melvin Lewis (@BigMel94).

MISSOURI

THEN AND NOW

The Tigers won their second straight East division title with a 7-1 record and finished 11-3 overall. They lost in the title game for the second consecutive year but appear capable of contending for another division title.

THE BUZZ

Missouri was picked sixth in the East two years ago and fourth last season but has managed to exceed expectations, which will be the goal again this season. Coach Gary Pinkel said he doesn’t pay attention to preseason projections.

PINKEL SAID IT

“We just kind of do what we do at Mizzou. We analyze our program, absolutely everything we do, yearly, every detail. We try to get better about 5 percent a year. We’re not going to change a lot of things because what we do works, but we always try to stay on the cutting edge to improve as a football program.”

Meanwhile, on twitter ...

“Way up I feel blessed!!! #SECMD15 #MizzouFootball”

— C Evan Boehn (@BIGboehmTHEORY)

ARKANSAS

THEN AND NOW

Though the Razorbacks finished last in the West (2-6), they finished 7-6 overall after winning the Texas Bowl in coach Bret Bielema’s second season last year.

THE BUZZ

Arkansas won three of its last four games last season, suggesting it might be on the verge of climbing out of the West cellar.

BIELEMA SAID IT

“7-6 by no means is a landing point. It’s more of a launching point. After we went 7-6 on my last stop (at Wisconsin), we went on to win 10 games every year, three straight championships, and had a lot of success.”

Meanwhile, on twitter ...

“When the hate don’t hurt, they start telling lies.”

— WR Keon Hatcher (@KeonHatcher4)