THEN AND NOW: South Carolina finished 11-2 (6-2 SEC) for the third consecutive season, and redshirt senior Dylan Thompson will try to fill the void at QB.
THE BUZZ: Steve Spurrier said winning an SEC title isn’t his only goal, though he has yet to lead the Gamecocks to a championship. With no Connor Shaw at QB, Spurrier will have quite a hill to climb.
SPURRIER SAID IT: “What I’ve also learned at South Carolina is that our fans know there is more to life than winning an SEC Championship. A majority of them would rather beat Clemson than win the SEC.”
THEY TWEETED IT: “This has been a wild day. Met some really good people and really am excited about this new adventure.”
— Former QB Stephen Garcia (@itISwhatITisSG5), who is blogging from SEC media days
THEN AND NOW: After finishing 7-6 (3-5 SEC) last season, coach Dan Mullen will look to junior QB Dak Prescott to lead the charge in 2014.
THE BUZZ: It’s safe to say the Bulldogs have experience at every position. MSU will return 30 players who played in games in 2013, 15 on offense and 15 on defense. With that, the Bulldogs could be a sleeper team in the SEC West.
MULLEN SAID IT: “I think that’s a huge advantage for us. “A lot of these young talented players we have on our team get to see the right way to do things in the future.”
THEY TWEETED IT: “S/O to my boys representin us at media day @15_DakP @j30playsguitar @bm1157 !!! Let em know what we about fellas! #HailState”
— Running back Nick Griffin (@MacGrifferous)
THEN AND NOW: The Aggies ended last season with a 9-4 record (4-4 SEC), but coach Kevin Sumlin won’t have Johnny Manziel to rely on for stellar offense this season.
THE BUZZ: Sumlin refused to answer the question on everyone’s minds — what will the Aggies do without Manziel? Three names are currently in the running for the starting QB job, including five-star recruit Kyle Allen.
SUMLIN SAID IT: “I didn’t come here today to tell you who the quarterback is going to be, so we can eliminate those questions. That will play itself out.”
THEY TWEETED IT: “All this a&m talk is just getting me even more ready for this season”
— Receiver Joshua Reynolds (@J_Rey_11)
THEN AND NOW: Coach Butch Jones will look to build on his 5-7 season (2-6 SEC) in 2013 while also improving a Volunteers offense that finished No. 12 in the conference.
THE BUZZ: Someone give Jones a backhoe because he has two trenches to build in the next month. Six of his starting front seven defenders from 2013 won’t return this season.
JONES SAID IT: “We’re still going through the realities of building a college football program. We’re the only school in the country that has to replace both starting interior lines.”
THEY TWEETED IT: “Thank you to all the media for a great experience! #SECMD14”
— Defensive lineman Curt Maggitt (@CurtMaggitt)