SEC Media Days 2013: Highlighting Most Interesting Players Scheduled to Appear
SEC football has become such a big deal in college athletics that just key conference figures addressing the media is a can't-miss event.
While it is difficult to wrap the brain around the fact that the public's appetite for this event has led to ESPNU carrying the broadcast and offering up a live stream on WatchESPN, there is a very clear path marking how we got to this point.
Football is the undisputed king of the American sporting world, and the SEC is the undisputed king of college football. When Alabama dismantled Notre Dame in last year's BCS title game, the SEC had successfully won its seventh straight national title.
So, with great anticipation, the football-loving public awaits a glimpse of the biggest coaching and player names in the conference to answer some questions from the media. Below are three players who will garner the most interest.
*For a complete look at the 2013 SEC Media Days schedule, click here, via SECDigitalNetwork.com.
Alabama QB A.J. McCarron
Having helped lead the Crimson Tide to back-to-back BCS National Championships, quarterback A.J. McCarron is going to generate a lot of interest.
If he and his teammates are able to win another this year, McCarron's list of accomplishments will push him into rarefied air in college football lore.
He also has a shot to add a Heisman to his list of accomplishments. In fact, he is the favorite in the eyes of some, like NFL.com's Gil Brandt:
Track record for predicting Heisman winner pretty good. My top 5: 1) McCarron; 2) Miller (OhSt); 3) Manziel; 4) Bridgewater; 5) Clowney— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) June 18, 2013
However, don't expect all the questions to be football related. McCarron has a relationship that has been in the public's consciousness since Alabama's latest national title.
As the national title game was getting out of hand, the TV cameras began to increasingly show his girlfriend, Katherine Webb, in the stands. That led to Brent Musburger's multiple comments on her looks and an explosion in social media on all things Webb.
Webb has since gone onto pop up in different spotlights and has become a celebrity in her own right. A big enough celebrity that her name is bound to pop up a time or 70 (depending on if Musburger is in attendance to ask questions) during the question or answer session.
South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney
Personally, there is no player I'm more interested in hearing from than Jadeveon Clowney, but I have a hunch there will be a greater general interest in our next guy.
As for Clowney, he is in a fascinating situation.
Clowney is the best player in college football. There is no doubt in my mind about this. Had he been eligible to go in the draft last year, he almost certainly would have been the No. 1 pick.
In fact, if he decided just to take this year off and then enter the draft, he'd still likely be the No. 1 pick in next year's draft. And that is worthy of a question right there.
Clowney is risking an injury that could cost him millions upon millions of dollars every time he steps onto the field next year. I wouldn't have blamed him at all for taking this year off. In fact, I would have applauded him for highlighting the flaws and exploitation inherent in the system.
That isn't the only riveting angle for Clowney. The other is that he essentially has no chance of winning the Heisman. A defensive-only player has never claimed the prize, and that trend isn't likely to change this year.
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel
Johnny Manziel's rapid ascension into stardom has been an interesting ride. His unbelievable play last year led to him being the first freshman to ever win the Heisman trophy. And let's just say he was ready to enjoy the fruits of his stardom.
Among other things, Manziel has been spotted displaying gambling winnings and sitting courtside at NBA games, his stardom forced him to take online classes and recently there was his early departure from the 2013 Manning Passing Academy.
In case you missed that story, CBS Sports personality Patrick Netherton can fill you in with this tweet:
Checked with some sources in Thibodaux...turns out the Johnny Manziel rumors are likely true. Out late, showed up late, asked to leave— Patrick Netherton (@PTNetherton) July 14, 2013
There was also his since deleted tweet that he couldn't "wait to leave College Station."
Now he will be on the stage to answer questions about all of this tabloid fodder. There might even be time for someone to ask him about the possibility of winning a second Heisman.
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