MONDAY: NICK MARSHALL [Auburn quarterback]
In 2013: 1,976 yards and 14 touchdowns on 142-of-239 passing with six interceptions. Also ran for 1,068 yards and 12 TDs.
In Hoover: With 13 seconds remaining in the BCS national title game, Marshall watched Florida State’s Jameis Winston hammer the nail into Auburn’s coffin. Now he has no Tre Mason or Greg Robinson to help in the run game, but he does have his entire receiving corps returning, including junior Sammie Coates. Expect him to be asked about how the run game could take a step back.
TUESDAY: DAK PRESCOTT [Mississippi State quarterback]
IN 2013: 1,940 yards and 10 touchdowns on 156-of-267 passing with seven interceptions. Also ran for 829 yards and 13 TDs.
In HOOVER: There’s only one returning SEC quarterback who finished with more passing yards than Prescott did in 2013: Ole Miss’ Bo Wallace. New assistant coach Brian Johnson’s influence should benefit Prescott immediately, and with his dual-threat skills, he could emerge as a force in the rebuilding SEC West. With the lack of firepower at QB in the West, Prescott could make the Bulldogs a contender. The first hint of how he’ll handle that pressure comes Tuesday.
WEDNESDAY: TERRENCE MAGEE [LSU running back]
IN 2013: Rushed for 626 yards and eight touchdowns on 86 carries, averaging 7.3 yards per attempt. Also caught six passes for 49 yards.
IN HOOVER: Magee has flown under the radar after setting career highs in every offensive category in 2013, and he’s slated to be one of two senior running backs on the LSU roster when the season opens at the end of August. Expect Magee to take several questions about his new backfield mate, freshman five-star recruit Leonard Fournette, and he’ll surely be asked how the LSU running back corps will look to carry an offense led by one of its inexperienced quarterbacks.
THURSDAY: BO WALLACE [Ole Miss quarterback]
IN 2013: 3,346 yards and 18 touchdowns on 283-of-437 passing with 10 interceptions. Also averaged 257.4 passing yards per game, finishing with a 138.1 QB rating.
IN HOOVER: The M’s are gone — no more Manziel, Mettenberger, McCarron or Murray in the SEC. Wallace, a senior, is expected to be among the best QBs in the conference, after throwing for more than 3,300 yards last season, and Ole Miss will live or die with his play. He’ll be asked about what he has perfected this offseason; expectations will be lofty.