5 Players We Wish Were Coming to SEC Media Days
After a long wait, the list has finally arrived.
The SEC announced the players who will be attending next week's circus known as SEC Media Days at the Hyatt Regency Wynfrey Hotel, and the headliners shouldn't surprise.
Alabama safety Landon Collins, Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall and Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel will all be there representing their schools. But there will be some players sitting at home who we wish were making the rounds at the Wynfrey.
Our top five players we wish were coming to Media Days are in this slideshow.
Alabama QB Jacob Coker
No, it's not a surprise that Alabama is leaving quarterback Jacob Coker at home. We can still be disappointed about it though.
Coker, the Florida State transfer who was a backup for the Seminoles over each of the last two seasons, is the biggest mystery in the SEC. He has a reputation based on his 6'5" frame, big arm and performances in closed practices, and that's about all we know about him.
Alabama missed a golden opportunity to change that.
I know, I know, the quarterback competition involving Coker, senior Blake Sims and redshirt freshman Cooper Bateman is still technically "ongoing," but let's be honest, it's Coker's job unless something drastic changes in Tuscaloosa.
It'd be nice to get to know the starting quarterback for the highest-profile team in the nation before he takes a snap, and Media Days would have been the perfect time to do it.
South Carolina RB Mike Davis
South Carolina's list of attendees isn't terribly surprising. Well, except for the fact that its superstar will be sitting at home.
The Gamecocks will send quarterback Dylan Thompson, offensive guard A.J. Cann and defensive tackle J.T. Surratt to Hoover; and leave superstar running back Mike Davis back in Columbia.
This isn't a knock against Cann. He's a fantastic offensive guard and offensive linemen generally are the most entertaining position group that makes the rounds.
But Davis is a bona fide stud.
It would have been great to have the Heisman contender in Hoover to kick off his campaign.
Georgia QB Hutson Mason
Georgia is bringing linebacker Ramik Wilson, running back Todd Gurley and wide receiver Chris Conley to media days.
Two of which I understand, but it's probably not the two you're thinking of.
Georgia needs to bring a defensive player, and Wilson did lead the SEC in tackles last season with 133. Conley makes sense too. He just released a Star Wars fan film, and is one of, if not THE best quotes in the conference.
Gurley over new quarterback Hutson Mason?
Gurley is a Heisman contender and an absolute freak, but Mason is the guy people want to talk to. It's his only shot as a full-time starter, he's much more of an unknown than Gurley and is taking over an offense that is loaded with talent.
He'd be more interesting, and if there's any way to get him ready for the pressure of being a full-time starter in the SEC, a trip through the Wynfrey would do it.
LSU QB Brandon Harris
No, there was never a chance that LSU would even consider bringing a true freshman contending for its quarterback job to SEC Media Days.
It'd be a lot cooler if it did.
Harris is battling with true sophomore Anthony Jennings for the top spot on the depth chart this fall, and it'd be great to get the true freshman's perspective on the competition, his adjustment to college football, the new freshman class and how much he's progressed from spring practice through summer conditioning.
LSU doesn't make freshmen available, but they can talk when they're at home. As we saw last week when Harris attended a camp in Shreveport, Louisiana, he's comfortable in front of the camera and honest with his answers.
It's a pipe dream, I know. But Harris in Hoover would have been pretty cool.
Florida RB Kelvin Taylor
Florida is bringing two defensive players—defensive end Dante Fowler and cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III—in addition to quarterback Jeff Driskel.
Will Muschamp is a defensive-minded head coach and defense will drive the bus in Gainesville despite the presence of new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper. Driskel will be able to cover most of the offensive bases, but it'd be great to get another perspective of the offense.
Taylor could be that guy.
He rushed for 508 yards and four touchdowns in part-time duty last year in a painfully one-dimensional offense and is a big piece of Florida's planned offensive renaissance.
Nothing against Driskel. He's a fantastic interview and will definitely provide quality insight. But the world needs more Gator offense, and Taylor is the guy who could provide it.
* Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted, all stats are courtesy of CFBStats.com and all recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports.com.