SEC Media Days 2013: Key Takeaways Heading into Next Season

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2013

Johnny Manziel was the star of the show during SEC Media Days.
Johnny Manziel was the star of the show during SEC Media Days.Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Johnny Football, Jadeveon Clowney, Nick Saban and a swath of media swarmed down on Hoover, AL. for a collection of SEC media days that resulted in some shocking quotes and revelations. 

In other words it was a typical day in the SEC. 

Much of the attention was focused on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, and rightfully so after the Manning Camp debacle. 

That said, Manziel was not the only central figure giving away critical information about the 2013 season.

The show wasn't as big as say, LeBron James' Miami announcement, but it's about as big as you're going to get in the realm of college football. 

Here are the biggest highlights from the three-day extravaganza you should pay close attention to as we inch toward the season. 


Manziel Primed for Another Heisman Run

Chalk this one up under "obvious", but Manziel is ready to put the Manning camp behind him and move on with the rest of his career. 

Too bad he's alone on that one. 

Manziel was the star of the show for all the wrong reasons. His departure from the Manning Passing Academy has been well documented to say the least, but it stole the show anyway. 

Fortunately Manziel handled the questions with class and gave out further information about the events, some noted by the world of Twitter:

So smooth was Manziel through the pressure that even Drake was proud (get it?):

In all seriousness, the Heisman Trophy winner is ready to get back to football. Regardless of what occurred at the camp, Manziel is still a kid acting like a normal kid under an intense microscope. 

Expect Manziel to get back to what he does best. It's the offseason and everyone wants a story—Manziel was just naive enough to create one. 


Clowney Thinking SEC Championship and NFL

Clowney's coming for Manziel, that much we know. 

When asked if Clowney thinks he can get Manziel, he scoffed before reassuring all of his confidence on the issue: 

"Can get him?" Clowney said. "Yes, I can get him. Does Johnny think he can get away? That's the question. No, I'm just playing. How would I approach him? Full speed. He's got to make a move. I'm going straight, and I'm going to make him make a move. I'm going to try to hit him in the mouth. He's tough, but you got to come at him full speed and play straight ahead. That's how you have to approach him."

Of course, Clowney was also asked about various awards and the NFL. The answer was simple—he wants an SEC championship and a high selection in the draft, not a Heisman trophy:

Whether he wants it or not, Clowney is on the fast track to a Heisman with the media buzz he is garnering combined with his ever-improving play on the field. 

Make no mistake—Manziel's fast. But so is a Clowney, an athletic freak who claims he can tally a 4.46 40-yard dash despite weighing in at 6'6" and 274 pounds. 

The SEC is largely going to be determined by Manziel and Clowney, but we didn't need a media day to tell us that. 


Nick Saban Not a Fan of Media or Scheduling 

Here's something we already know about Saban—he rocks insanely nice suits whenever possible. He also has a disdain for the media and some of the inner-workings of college football. 

We also didn't need a media day to tell us any of that, but it was well documented by Twitter anyway:

Anyway, it was business as usual for the man behind three national titles with the Crimson Tide and yet again responsible for the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. 

Alabama's back in a big way once again. Saban did nothing but certify the notion that the Crimson Tide will be competing for it all once more next season. 


Butch Jones Fits in Well

One major thing the SEC media days did tell us is Butch Jones, formerly of the Cincinnati Bearcats, has still not broken his habit of speaking in utterly cringe-worthy clichés. 

Now with Tennessee, Jones apparently is like every other coach in the conference who speaks like a mindless drone when asked about it:

It's fair game for Butch to say what he wants in his first presser with the SEC. More interesting was his exuberant enthusiasm for the program moving forward.

There's a bit of a rebuilding process ahead for the Vos, but it appears they found the right man for the job.



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