2014 SEC Football Media Days Attendees Announced

Brian Leigh@@BLeighDATFeatured ColumnistJuly 9, 2014

NEWPORT BEACH, CA - JANUARY 4:  Quarterback Nick Marshall #14 of the Auburn Tigers speaks during a Vizio BCS National Championship media day news conference January 4, 2014 in Newport Beach, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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The SEC released the full list of attendees for its 2014 Football Media Days Wednesday afternoon, which can only mean one thing: It's officially almost almost-football season!

The four-day spectacle, which will take place this year from July 14-17 in its usual location, the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Alabama, features press conferences from league commissioner Mike Slive, all 14 SEC head coaches and three players from each team.

Here is whom each program is bringing along:

SEC Media Days 2014: Full List of Attendees
Team (Head Coach)Player 1Player 2Player 3
Alabama (Nick Saban)DB Landon CollinsWR Amari CooperWR Christion Jones
Arkansas (Bret Bielema)OG Brey CookDL Trey FlowersDB Alan Turner
Auburn (Gus Malzahn)QB Nick MarshallOC Reese DismukesDL Gabe Wright
Florida (Will Muschamp)QB Jeff DriskelDL Dante FowlerDB Vernon Hargreaves III
Georgia (Mark Richt)WR Chris ConleyRB Todd GurleyLB Ramik Wilson
Kentucky (Mark Stoops)DE Bud DupreeOT Jordan SwindleDE Za'Darius Smith
LSU (Les Miles)OT La'El CollinsRB Terrence MageeLB D.J. Welter
Ole Miss (Hugh Freeze)DE CJ JohnsonDB Cody PrewittQB Bo Wallace
Mississippi St. (Dan Mullen)DB Jay HughesLB Benardrick McKinneyQB Dak Prescott
Missouri (Gary Pinkel)OC Evan BoehmDE Markus GoldenQB Maty Mauk
South Carolina (Steve Spurrier)OG A.J. CannDT J.T. SurrattQB Dylan Thompson
Tennessee (Butch Jones)OL Mack CrowderLB A.J. JohnsonDE Curt Maggitt
Texas A&M (Kevin Sumlin)DB Deshazor EverettP Drew KaserOT Cedric Ogbuehi
Vanderbilt (Derek Mason)DL Adam ButlerTE Steven ScheuDB Andrew Williamson
Source: SEC Sports

Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee hit on some of the notable player absences earlier in the day, listing the following as his top five:

  • QB Jacob Coker, Alabama
  • RB Mike Davis, South Carolina
  • QB Hutson Mason, Georgia
  • QB Brandon Harris, LSU
  • RB Kelvin Taylor, Florida

The quarterback omissions are disappointing but understandable. Coker, Mason and Harris are charged with replacing AJ McCarron, Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger, respectively, and no matter how prepared they are to face an SEC pass-rush, none of them is ready for the tsunami of reporters that waits in Hoover.

Seriously. Go ask Johnny Manziel.

Of the six quarterbacks who will not avoid the limelight of Media Days—Nick Marshall (Auburn), Jeff Driskel (Florida), Bo Wallace (Ole Miss), Dak Prescott (Mississippi State), Maty Mauk (Missouri) and Dylan Thompson (South Carolina)—only Mauk and Thompson have never been full-time starters. But they have started a few games apiece, including one against each other last season.

Also worth mentioning: Texas A&M has decided to bring its punter, Drew Kaser. I guess that's a fair reward after using him so infrequently last season, when the Aggies punted just 45 times.

Whose inclusion at Media Days are you guys most excited about? And which exclusion bums you out the most?

Sound off in the comments below.