Why a national championship is ‘the standard’ at Alabama; what comes next for Tennessee

Why a national championship is 'the standard' at Alabama; what comes next for Tennessee
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As for the final session of SEC media days Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee, here’s what’s next:


ON STAGE: 9:05 a.m.

COACH: Lane Kiffin (fourth year)

PLAYERS: DE Cedric Johnson, RB Quinshon Judkins, CB Deantre Prince

THE BUZZ: It’s easy to forget Ole Miss’ great start last fall (7-0 through the first seven games) because of its dismal finish (1-5 over the final six). Kiffin and the Rebels have to fix a defense that finished ninth overall in the SEC and allowed 36.6 points in its five losses. On offense, Jaxson Dart threw for 2,900 yards — but Kiffin added two more former blue-chip quarterbacks from the transfer portal: Spencer Sanders from Oklahoma State and Walker Howard from LSU.


ON STAGE: 10:30 a.m.

COACH: Shane Beamer (third year)

PLAYERS: DL Tonka Hemingway, P Kai Kroeger, QB Spencer Rattler

THE BUZZ: No, South Carolina will not challenge Georgia in the SEC East. But the Gamecocks can reasonably make a case for second place ahead of Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee. Beamer put a strong product on the field his first two seasons, and his team figures to have an edge in special teams: Last fall, they were third in the SEC in punt returns and punt coverage, second in kickoff returns and kickoff coverage and first in field goals.


ON STAGE: noon

COACH: Josh Heupel (third year)

PLAYERS: QB Joe Milton III, DL Omari Thomas, TE Jacob Warren

THE BUZZ: Josh Heupel is 46-16 overall in five seasons as a head coach, and he’s coming off a fantastic second year at Tennessee — but can the Volunteers realistically do as well? Hendon Hooker, one of the best players in the nation last fall, is gone, replaced by rocket-armed Joe Milton III. The keys for Tennessee could be how well it can run the football (the Vols were fourth in the SEC in total yards rushing and total attempts) and stop the run (they ranked second in run defense).


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