SECMD17: Day 3 roundup - Montgomery Alabama news.

SECMD17: Day 3 roundup


The Crimson Tide wasn't the only team to take the podium at SEC Media Days Wednesday.

Missouri, Texas A&M and Kentucky each took their turns in front of the cameras in Hoover.

The Missouri Tigers are coming off 4-8 season in 2016, which ended on a high note with a 28-24 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs. Barry Odom is entering his second year as the head man for the Tigers and with depth returning on offense, Missouri hopes to break out in 2017.

"We got 10 returning starters back on an offense that played really well down the stretch," Odom said. "It's our job as coaches to make sure that everything we do is make sure that those ten returning guys plus the new additions, that they play at a higher level than we did last year. That's exciting for us on the opportunity to be able to build and put those pieces in place, all the moving parts that it takes to be a really good offensive football team."

The Kentucky Wildcats are looking to improve on last year's 7-5 record which saw the Wildcats earn a trip to the Taxslayer Bowl. They would lose that game to Georgia Tech 33-18.

Head Coach Mark Stoops believes this Wildcat team has the potential to make a run in the SEC East in 2017.

"You know, as I tell our team, if we attack every day, I said that the first day I was on campus my first press conference, we're going to attack every day," said Stoops. "That was my mantra from day one. We're going to continue to do that. You don't hear a lot about it because we haven't been relevant enough in the SEC to this point. We're gaining on it. We are getting better. We're getting in position to compete for the East. And our football team deserves that.

The late afternoon saw Kevin Sumlin and members of the Texas A&M Aggies grace the halls of the Wynfrey hotel.

The Aggies will be down a key piece from last season in quarterback Trevor Knight, but even more, the Aggies will have to replace Myles Garrett who became the number one overall pick in the NFL draft back in April.

"You have a number of guys," said Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin. "Qualen Cunningham has played a lot for us. Jarrett Johnson comes as a shock, for those of you who don't know. He's No. 40. He's not as big as Daeshon Hall. But believe it or not, last year he had the same sack total, same amount of production as Daeshon Hall did and played half the time."

"I think that for most fans, for everybody, some people sum it up in wins and losses," said Sumlin. "I think as coaches, you do that a little bit. You do some of that, but you also sum it up by being a better football team because the schedule's different."

Several big names to come on the final day of SEC Media Days. Will Muscamp and the South Carolina Gamecocks will be in town as well as Hugh Freeze and the Ole Miss Rebels.

The team of the day on Thursday: the Auburn Tigers.

Auburn will be represented by head coach Gus Malzahn as well as Daniel Carlson, Tray Matthews, and Braden Smith.

We will have full updates on everything Auburn Thursday on WSFA 12 News.

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