SEC Media Days: Most noticeable absences for next week

SEC Media Days
SEC Media Days start Monday

The SEC announced an updated schedule for next week’s Media Days in Birmingham, Ala. Couldn’t help but notice some big names are missing.

For instance, no Arden Key from LSU. Arguably the SEC’s top returning defensive player and likely a top-5 pick for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Yeah, it’s understood that he took time off from the program and then returned this summer. Keeping him away from Birmingham is likely a move to actually keep him away from questions regarding his absence. But still.

Also,  Key’s teammate Danny Etling, LSU’s quarterback, won’t be there either.

No Hurts here

Oh, and the 2016 SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, won’t be there. Understood that some coaches, like Nick Saban, feel the appearance at Media Days should be reserved for upperclassmen. I respect that, but, again, it’s 2016 SEC Offensive Player of the Year.

Whatevs, Nick.

Ole Miss sophomore quarterback Shea Patterson and South Carolina sophomore quarterback Jake Bentley can represent the underclassmen.

Auburn’s newest — and much-talked-about — quarterback Jarrett Stidham will stay behind, but kicker Daniel Carlson. Normally that move would deserve a grave amount of criticism, but Carlson, a Lou Groza Award finalist, is possibly the Tigers’ most reliable scoring threat. He deserves the trip.


As of July 5 (Tentative and subject to change)

MONDAY, July 10

Bret Bielema
Austin Allen, Sr., QB
Frank Ragnow, Sr., OL
Kevin Richardson II, Sr., DB

Ed Orgeron
D.J. Chark, Sr., WR
Derrius Guice, Jr., RB
Christian LaCouture, Sr., DE

Butch Jones
Emmanuel Moseley, Sr., DB
Jashon Robertson, Sr., OL
Kendal Vickers, Sr., DL

TUESDAY, July 11

Jim McElwain
Duke Dawson, Sr., DB
Marcell Harris, Sr., DB
Martez Ivey, Jr., OL

Kirby Smart
Nick Chubb, Sr., RB
Sony Michel, Sr., RB
Roquan Smith, Jr., LB

Derek Mason
Oren Burks, Sr., LB
Kyle Shurmur, Jr., QB
Ralph Webb, Sr., RB

Mississippi State
Dan Mullen
Donald Gray, Sr., WR
Dez Harris, Sr., LB
Martinas Rankin, Sr., OL


Nick Saban
Bradley Bozeman, Sr., OL
Minkah Fitzpatrick, Jr., DB
Calvin Ridley, Jr., WR

Mark Stoops
Mike Edwards, Jr., S
Stephen Johnson, Sr., QB
Courtney Love, Sr., LB

Barry Odom
Eric Beisel, Sr., LB
Drew Lock, Jr., QB
J’Mon Moore, Sr., WR

Texas A&M
Kevin Sumlin
Christian Kirk, Jr., WR
Koda Martin, Jr., OL
Armani Watts, Sr., DB


Gus Malzahn
Daniel Carlson, Sr., K
Tray Matthews, Sr., DB
Braden Smith, Sr., OL

Ole Miss
Hugh Freeze
Javon Patterson, Jr., OL
Shea Patterson, So., QB
Breeland Speaks, Jr., DT

South Carolina
Will Muschamp
Jake Bentley, So., QB
Hayden Hurst, Jr., TE
Deebo Samuel, Jr., WR

ESPN and SEC Network TV times

Monday, July 10 11:30 a.m. SEC Now
4 p.m. The Paul Finebaum Show
Tuesday, July 11 9 a.m. SEC Now
3 p.m. The Paul Finebaum Show
Wednesday, July 12 9 a.m. SEC Now
3 p.m. The Paul Finebaum Show
Thursday, July 13 9:00 a.m. SEC Now
3 p.m. The Paul Finebaum Show

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