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SEC Media Days 2014: Full Schedule, Live Stream, TV Info and Particpants

Major college conference media days mean one thing: Football season is close.

The Southeastern Conference has set its schedule for media days and participants. From the looks of the lists of players set to appear, fans and members of the media will get an opportunity to hear the thoughts of a few of the most prominent members of each program.

Here's a look at the schedule, viewing information and a list of participants, per SEC Sports.


What: SEC Football Media Days

When: July 14-17

Where: Hyatt Regency Birmingham—The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.

Viewing Info: ESPNU, and live streamed on Watch ESPN.


Monday July, 14
Session I: 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive
Auburn - Gus Malzahn

Session II: 2:40 - 5:40 p.m.
Florida - Will Muschamp
Vanderbilt - Derek Mason

Tuesday, July 15
Session I: 9 a.m. - Noon
South Carolina - Steve Spurrier
Mississippi St - Dan Mullen

Session II: 1 - 4 p.m.
Texas A&M - Kevin Sumlin
Tennessee - Butch Jones

Wednesday, July 16
Session I: 9 a.m. - Noon
SEC Officials Steve Shaw & Justin Connolly
Missouri - Gary Pinkel

Session II: 1 - 4 p.m.
LSU - Les Miles
Arkansas - Bret Bielema

Thursday, July 17
Session I: 9 a.m. - Noon
Georgia - Mark Richt
Ole Miss - Hugh Freeze

Session II: Noon - 3 p.m.
Alabama - Nick Saban
Kentucky - Mark Stoops


It's good to see the players on the list, but this event is more about the coaches. It's especially about the guys who are taking over new roles. This season, there's only one rookie head coach in the SEC, and that's the Vanderbilt Commodores' Derrick Mason.

He leads the list of people that fans should look out for during the event.


The Commodore Project

Mason is taking over for James Franklin who had held the head coaching spot for Vanderbilt since 2011. Franklin has since moved on to Penn State to lead that program. Mason steps in looking to continue the program's momentum.

Franklin led the school to back-to-back nine win seasons. That was something that had never been done before in program history.

Mason's ability to motivate will be key for the transformation from the Franklin era. If the speech he gives at the beginning of this hype video is any indication, Mason could be entertaining at media day, and all season.


Heisman Candidates to Speak

Auburn's Nick Marshall, Alabama's Amari Cooper and Georgia's Todd Gurley are all scheduled to represent their programs at media day.

All three players are at least dark horse candidates for the Heisman Trophy. Cooper may lose votes to his teammate T.J. Yeldon, but he is arguably the best wide receiver in the nation.

Gurley seems primed for a huge season at Georgia, and coming off a dynamic 2013 campaign, Marshall seems more prepared to carry the load for Auburn.

This may sound like a crazy endorsement, but Marshall has the athleticism, work ethic and talent around him to have a big year. Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated stated:

Johnny Manziel. AJ McCarron. Aaron Murray. Zach Mettenberger. A host of last season's star SEC quarterbacks are set to enter the NFL, leaving many to suggest that the conference has no big names remaining at the position in 2014.

Don't sleep on Auburn's Nick Marshall.

He's right. If Marshall can improve upon his passing accuracy, continue to use his legs to make plays and mature as a leader, he can be in the Heisman conversation by midseason.

Cooper, Gurley and Marshall's interviews at media day will almost certainly center around their potential for the upcoming season. We might just hear someone set a goal, or make a statement we hearken back to during their Heisman Trophy acceptance speech.

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Elite 11 2014: Ranking the Top 5 QBs Following Star-Studded Competition

The top high school quarterbacks in America tested their skills in Beaverton, Oregon, this week. Challenges at the Elite 11 finals and The Opening revealed plenty about each passer.

The collection included several committed standouts and a strong collection of California prospects. We were on the sidelines for all of the action at Nike's world headquarters and ranked the top five quarterbacks in attendance based on their performance and potential. 

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The Biggest Takeaways from Clemson's Recruits Performance at the Opening

Clemson represented well at Nike's The Opening camp this week, with four commits taking part in the week's activities. Each of the four performed well in their respective events and could see a jump in the next recruiting rankings. The Tigers had some potential targets at the camp as well.


Deon Cain Is an 'Elite Talent'

ESPN ranks Deon Cain as the No. 4 overall athlete, but the 4-star could be moved higher in the rankings. Per Bleacher Report's Michael Felder, Cain is an "elite talent" and could have an immediate impact for the Tigers.

Cain is a guy who could potentially get that jump to being regarded as a 5-star prospect by recruiting sites. He looked very good in the seven-on-seven tournament as well, according to ESPN's Tom VanHaaren.

This is a great sign for the Tigers, who signed four quality receivers in the 2014 recruiting cycle. No Sammy Watkins or Martavis Bryant? No problem for the Tigers, who look to be set at the position in the coming years.


Noah Green and Mitch Hyatt Present a Bright Future

Even better news for Clemson is the fact that Noah Green and Mitch Hyatt did well at the camp. The pair of offensive tackles, along with Jake Fruhmorgen, will give Clemson a solid signing class at this position.

Per Jamie Newberg of (subscription required), Hyatt had "two terrific reps against Austin Bryant." He won both of those matchups with Bryant and also had good reps against Byron Cowart, one of the nation's top defensive linemen. recruiting director Jeremy Birmingham took to Twitter to show the level of respect for Hyatt from Josh Sweat, a top defensive lineman.'s Greg Powers added that Green was able to hold off Rasheem Green, another big-time defensive lineman.

All of this is good news for the Tigers, who enter 2014 with some question marks about the overall consistency of the offensive line. Green is likely to see a jump in the recruiting rankings, as he is a 3-star prospect by Scout right now.

Hyatt, the nation's No. 2-rated offensive tackle on, is less likely to see a jump in the rankings, but he definitely proved that he is worthy of the 5-star hype.


Chad Smith Is Underrated and a Guy Who Could Rise

Chad Smith is one of the guys the Tigers have committed who is a bit under the radar. He finished fourth in the SPARQ Championship—which tests athleticism through events such as vertical jumping and the 40-yard dash—with a score of 138.93.

ESPN's Jeremy Crabtree was impressed with Smith's performances during the week.

Smith is rated by Scout as the No. 51 overall outside linebacker, but the 3-star could be another guy who jumps up the rankings to a 4-star rating before signing day.


Other Potential Targets

Other Clemson targets who were participating at the camp were Tim Settle, Ray-Ray McCloud, George Campbell and Austin Bryant.

Settle decided to put recruiting to the side for now and focus on football, but Clemson should still feel solid about its chances.

B/R's Felder had good things to say about Campbell's performance at The Opening, saying he made "dynamic catches."

Also worth noting is that McCloud set a decision date for July 28 and will decide upon a list of schools that includes Clemson.

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Tennessee Football: 8 Best Recruits from the BCS Era

Elite defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie's commitment to Tennessee on July 10 was a huge get for the Volunteers, and he joins a long list of standout athletes who chose to spend their college careers in Knoxville.

Throughout most of his tenure as head coach of the Vols, Phillip Fulmer was widely regarded as a top-notch recruiter who pulled in elite talent to Rocky Top. In fact, he inked the No. 2-ranked class in 2002, the No. 4-ranked class in 2005 and the No. 3-ranked class in 2007, per Rivals. 

Lane Kiffin also managed to assemble classes that were highly ranked (but ultimately full of busts), landing the Vols at No. 10 in the 2009 team rankings. Derek Dooley salvaged much of the No. 9-ranked 2010 class after Kiffin's departure, but his classes slid down the rankings each year after that. 

Now that Butch Jones is working on his third class as head coach of the Volunteers and stocking it with talented players, it's time to take a look back at some of Tennessee's most elite recruits. These men established themselves at all three levels of the game: high school, college and professional. 

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Nick Marshall Reportedly Cited for Tinted Windows, Marijuana Possession

Nick Marshall was one of the biggest breakout stars in college football last season. His follow-up to that brilliant 2013 campaign has already hit its first snag.

Although the Auburn Tigers quarterback wasn't arrested, he was reportedly cited for tinted windows and marijuana possession equaling less than one ounce, per WSFA 12 News in Alabama, via Rick Karle of WBRC Fox6 in Birmingham:

Joel A. Erickson of has a few more details:

Marshall, the returning quarterback who was supposed to be part of Auburn's SEC Media Days contingent on Monday, was pulled over due to a possible window tinting violation at 12:45 p.m. on Highway 96 in Reynolds.

According to (Reynolds police chief Lonnie) Holder, the officer detected an odor of marijuana coming from the car, and upon search of the vehicle, police found "8-or-9" grams of marijuana, which is less than an ounce.

Marshall is due in court on Sept. 10 but will avoid that step if he pays the fines stemming from the two citations.

This isn't his first run-in with the law. In 2012, he was kicked off the Georgia football team after violating team rules, which's David Ching reported to be theft of money.

According to Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee, Marshall could be looking at a stiff punishment from Auburn:

Brandon Marcello of the Alabama Media Group pointed out that Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn has remained silent about Jonathon Mincy's June arrest for marijuana possession and wondered if the case will remain the same with this most recent incident:

On Monday, Marshall is supposed to speak at the SEC media day, which gives him a chance to clear the air a bit if he does step to the podium:

There's no question that Malzahn had high hopes for Marshall as Auburn looks to build on last year's BCS National Championship loss. The senior signal-caller threw for 1,976 yards and 14 touchdowns last season and ran for another 1,068 yards and 12 TDs last year.

With Tre Mason gone, even more pressure will be heaped on Marshall's shoulders in 2014.

Although these citations are relatively minor in nature, the drama they create off the field will undoubtedly make things a bit tougher for both Marshall and the Tigers as a whole.

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Biggest Takeaways from USC's Recruits at The Opening

USC has been touted as Quarterback U and Linebacker U, but if The Opening is any indication, it may be building toward becoming Defensive Back U in the near future. 

Isaiah Langley announced his pledge to the Trojans this week, scoring another impressive recruiting victory for head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff for 2015. The 4-star cornerback and wide receiver from Foothill High School in Pleasanton, California, made it official on Tuesday. 

Langley detailed the process of his commitment to B/R's Tyler Donohue, telling him former Stanford standout and current Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman was in exclusive company as one of a limited few privy to Langley's decision ahead of time.  

Sherman's certainly not a bad associate for an up-and-coming defensive back. 

Langley was paired with 5-star cornerback and USC target Iman Marshall on Team Vapor Carbon. Marshall, a standout from perennial Southern California powerhouse Long Beach Poly, also has interest from Stanford, LSU and Notre Dame. 

But joining Team Vapor Carbon teammate Langley at USC, and reuniting with former prep teammate John "JuJu" Smith, just might give the Trojans the Pac-12's version of the no-fly zone. 

USC is also in play for 4-star safety Marvell Tell. Tell posted an impressive 125.16 SPARQ score, 16th-best overall among all participants at The Opening.

A local product out of Encino's Crespi High School, Tell has both USC and UCLA in his top three, per Erik C. Anderson of The OregonianTexas A&M rounds out his leading suitors. 

One highlight from USC's impressive triad of defensive back recruits was a Marshall interception of UCLA-committed 5-star quarterback Josh Rosen—a sight Trojans fans certainly wouldn't mind seeing in the future.


Painting the Town Cardinal and Gold  

Ricky Town, the Trojans' 5-star prospect from St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura, California, finished No. 8 in the Elite 11 quarterback competition. 

But Town wowed in seven-on-seven action, including a stretch of six straight touchdown passes on Thursday. As's Scott Kennedy notes, one of Town's touchdown strikes went to 4-star running back Soso Jamabo. The Trojans extended an offer to Jamabo last month, per's Ryan Abraham.  

 B/R's Michael Felder touted Town's "great accuracy." 


Chuma Edoga makes Final 5

Offensive tackle Chuma Edoga, the Trojans' other committed 5-star prospect in the 2015 class, added another impressive five to his resume. He ranked in The Opening's Final 5 for top offensive linemen on both Wednesday and Thursday. 

USC offensive line coach Tim Drevno has an NFL background, having previously worked with the San Francisco 49ers. Edoga told's Bryan Fischer he recognized those credentials, which helped in the Powder Springs, Georgia, prospect's decision to become a Trojan: 

That was a big factor, just knowing that USC always puts tackles in the league. That was a big part of the pitch from coach Sarkisian and coach Drevno. It's great to know they have the most players in the NFL and if you go to USC, you're going to make it to the NFL most likely.


Recruiting news and information culled from composite scores. 

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Biggest Takeaways from USC's Recruits at The Opening

USC has been touted as Quarterback U and Linebacker U, but if The Opening is any indication, it may be building toward becoming Defensive Back U in the near future...

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Florida State Football: Biggest Takeaways from FSU's Recruits at the Opening

The Opening may be the best indication that the future looks very bright for the Florida State football team.

FSU's verbal commitments and a number of prospects that are considering the Seminoles were among the standouts at the four-day showcase event, which wrapped up on Thursday in Oregon.

Derwin James, a 5-star safety who has verbally committed to FSU, was named to the all-tournament team for the second straight year, according to  247Sports' Josh Newberg.

"Derwin James has been the most impressive performer at every camp or tournament he's attended in the last two years," Newberg said. "James simply plays at a higher level than everyone else."

A 4-star cornerback, Tarvarus McFadden, also made the all-tournament team, Newberg said. The 247Sports Crystal Ball predicts McFadden will choose FSU.

McFadden was "seemingly a regular returning interceptions" at the Opening, writes 247Sports' Barton Simmons. While he has not made a verbal commitment, McFadden is leaning toward FSU, writes 247Sports' Chris Nee and Newberg (subscription required).

"McFadden has a special size/speed combo," Newberg said. "He's a Richard Sherman type player with big time potential on the next level."

Here are a few takeaways from the FSU prospects at The Opening:

Derwin James can make immediate impact

FSU will start a pair of juniors at corner in 2014 in Ronald Darby and P.J. Williams. If one or both choose to leave early for the NFL, it's possible that safety Jalen Ramsey moves to corner. And that would open up a spot for James to start in 2015 as a true freshman.

At 6'2'' and 200 pounds, James has the size and physicality. He's fast (4.5 in the 40 in SPARQ testing), an aggressive tackler and should excel in both run support and pass coverage.

"He's faster, stronger and more instinctual than anyone else on the field," Newberg said. "It comes easy for him. Couple his instincts with his speed and you have a game-changer at safety."


FSU stocking up on QBs for future

Jameis Winston is eligible to declare for the NFL draft. While his father, Antonor Winston, told that he would play two more years at FSU, Winston would pass up millions if he stayed in Tallahassee in 2015. If he leaves after the 2014 season, the FSU quarterback competition could be wide open.

FSU has a verbal commitment from De'Andre Johnson, who Newberg said was listening and learning from the coaches in Oregon.

"Johnson was very inquisitive," Newberg said. "He could frequently be seen talking to Trent Dilfer or George Whitfield in-between drills. He was soaking all the coaching in like a sponge."

Johnson also displayed a quick release and touch, Simmons wrote.

FSU is also pursuing Deondre Francois, a 4-star quarterback who is leaning heavily toward the Seminoles in the 247Sports Crystal Ball. Francois is not concerned by programs that already have quarterback commitments, Nee and Newberg wrote.

"Francois has a strong arm and improved his accuracy, compared to other tournaments I've seen him in throughout the summer," Newberg said. "He had a great week."


Sweat likely won't visit FSU until fall

The nation's top defensive end, Josh Sweat, told Nee and Newberg (subscription required) that he would like to enroll early. So the big question? Where?

Sweat has visited Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Ohio State and Georgia this summer. He has not scheduled his official visits for the fall yet, but FSU remains in the mix for a player that 247Sports considers the top prospect in the nation.

He told 247Sports (subscription required) that two schools he would also like to make official visits to are Clemson and FSU. Both could happen in the fall.

"I do not expect him to visit (FSU) this summer," Newberg said. "His timeline will be sped up a bit due to his early enrollment. FSU will get its shot this fall and try to make the most of it."


FSU is making a run at Ridley

Calvin Ridley is an Alabama commitment. But Ridley, a 4-star receiver, will make a visit to FSU this summer, Newberg said.

The 6'2", 170-pound Ridley doesn't have elite speed but is a smooth receiver, Newberg writes.

"His visit to FSU this summer is a must if the 'Noles are going to flip him," Newberg said. "If something is to change, it will start with this upcoming visit."


All recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports. 

Bob Ferrante is the Florida State Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. All quotes obtained first-hand unless otherwise noted. Follow Bob on Twitter. Results from the Opening courtesy of Student Sports

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