Day 1 wrap up from SEC Media Days

Day 1 wrap up from SEC Media Days

(Source: WSFA 12) (Source: WSFA 12)

Day one of SEC Media Days from Hoover is officially in the books.

Players and coaches from Florida, Auburn and Vanderbilt all got in front of the microphones and weighed in on what's to come this college football season.

Gus Malzahn kicked things off for the Tigers saying, "Our schedule is a real schedule, and we're gonna have to play well and the first five games will determine a lot to see how our season goes."

The Tigers open the 2016 season at home against the runner up for the National Title, the Clemson Tigers. A game all Auburn players have their eyes on. A lot of players even say that truthfully, they couldn't even see past that initial game even if they wanted to.

Marcus Davis, a senior wide receiver for Auburn said, "Playing a team like Clemson at the first of the season, you have to bring your A-game cause like, that's a great team."

Is Gus Malzahn feeling the hot seat? It's a question that has presented itself over the last few years. Even more relevant now after a lackluster season following the run at a national title in 2013.

Defensive linemen Carl Lawson says that is not the case.  

"His resume speaks for itself, he's won games everywhere and every time we have a down season the media wants to put out there that, you know, somebody's on the hot seat so that's all I have to say about that," Lawson said.

Lastly, how do the Tigers turn their 7-6 record last year into being serious contenders in the West again?

Everyone knows football is all about winning. Especially in the SEC, and Auburn fans think seven games just isn't enough.

"I think the biggest difference between last year and the two previous years is, we didn't win close games," Malzahn said. "The two previous years we were one of the best in the country at winning close games, so that's really what separates this league and makes this league different."

The SEC East reigning champs, the Florida Gators, were up next. There were lots of questions about the former Gator Head Coach and Auburn Defensive Coordinator turned South Carolina Gamecocks Head Coach Will Muschamp.

Jarrad Davis, senior linebacker for the Gators smiled and said, "I love that guy. He created a monster out of each and every one of us as defensive players, that we knew once we stepped out on to that field nobody was gonna score on us."

Coach Jim McElwain, in his second season with the Gators, is impressed with the team so far. Though they won the SEC East last year, it's their old rivals the Tennessee Volunteers that are favored this season.

"I'm really happy with the way our guys have come to work most days and how they've affected some of our younger guys who are going to be playing a lot," said McElwain.

Last but not least was the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Derek Mason is in his third year as the head man, and he can't wait to get things going.

"You know, I truly believe that this football program is on the up swing. It's what we've sort of created for ourselves. It's what we've earned," Mason said. 

He also sported a coat that had the new uniforms on the inside.

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