South Carolina Football: SEC Media Days Put Gamecocks in the Spotlight

Alex RobertsCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2011

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 4:  Running back Marcus Lattimore #21 of the South Carolina Gamecocks runs with the ball during the 2010 SEC Championship against the Auburn Tigers at Georgia Dome on December 4, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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The SEC Media Days have come and gone like they does every year. 

Usually, South Carolina coaches and players come, talk a bit about what they need to do to reach the next level and discuss the potential of the program. 

This year, the theme seemed...different.

There were questions about South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore and the Heisman trophy.  There were questions about how it felt to be the defending East winners and how it felt to be the heavy favorites to win the east.

There were questions about how it felt to land the unanimous No. 1 recruit in the country and Rivals.com No. 1 recruit of the decade, something that has never been done by a team without a national title. 

This was uncharted territory for the Gamecocks. 

Luckily, they have a coach in Steve Spurrier who has been there before, and two superstar players so humble you wouldn't be able to recognize them in a crowded room (Lattimore and Alshon Jeffery). 

If there was any more proof needed that South Carolina may have finally landed on a different step, it was the tone of the Media Days. 

South Carolina is no longer a program viewed as mediocre.  They are finally viewed as contenders. 

With Georgia losing their top two running backs and most of their offensive line and Florida completely overhauling it's system, anything less than an SEC East title will shock many people.

The only thing that can stop South Carolina is themselves. 

It's great to be a Gamecock.