Excluding Wednesday's Johnny Football circus, coaches Steve Spurrier of South Carolina and Bret Bielema of Arkansas have provided the most memorable quotes of the 2013 SEC Media Days.
Florida's Dominique Easley came close by asking if Bear Bryant was a cartoon character, but until Thursday, most players had been a little too innocuous to make headlines.
Once LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger showed up, however, that all changed in a hurry.
The Tigers brought in former NFL head coach and purported offensive savant Cam Cameron this offseason, and he is expected to work wonders with Mettenberger's game. At media days, the senior QB was asked what kind of tweaks his new coordinator had made to him and responded by taking a jab at former Gators signal-caller Tim Tebow.
Tebow, and his throwing mechanics in particular, had become a punching bag long before Thursday. But to take a shot from someone with no tangible track record is a new low. Entering his senior season, after all, Tebow did have 3,689 more career passing yards, 54 more career passing touchdowns and two more top-three Heisman finishes than Mettenberger, including one win.
Mettenberger was highly touted last year as he entered his first season as a starter. But for the most part, he disappointed fans with his performance. Despite a supposed blue-chip deep ball, he threw for just 2,609 yards on 352 attempts (ninth in the SEC with 7.4 yards per attempt) and finished with just 12 touchdowns.
Later in the day, Mettenberger responded to some claims Jadeveon Clowney made on Day 1 in Hoover. South Carolina's All-American defensive end declared that he can tell opposing quarterbacks are scared of him, to which Mettenberger replied:
The trash talk in question came before last year's LSU-South Carolina game (a 23-21 LSU win), when, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Clowney told Mettenberger he wasn't "going to make it through the game."
It's tempting to laugh at Mettenberger's candor, but let's be honest: Who among us wouldn't tremble into incontinence if Clowney said that to them?
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