• Mackenzie Mills

FIRST OF ALL


SEC Media Days is finally here. We're just a hop, skip, and a jump away from football season being back. And this week is the appetizer.


It's Day 1, and while Ed Orgeron is the only head coach the Hogs will face, it'll be good to get a lay of the SEC land. Here's what you can expect them to focus on... and a couple of things we hope they're asked about.


▶️ Dan Mullen, Florida: The SEC East is a two-horse race between Florida and Georgia. The Gators might have won the East last year (for the first time under Mullen) but hearing what this team thinks of their new QB1 in Emory Jones. This year's team likely won't challenge for the SEC crown, but that's definitely an expectation moving forward—and that means matching up well against Florida every few years when they play.


▶️ Ed Orgeron, LSU: Besides Texas A&M, LSU has the best chance at unseating Alabama as the King of the West. It'll be interesting to hear how Orgeron talks about his roster moving forward (specifically the quarterback) because if Arkansas wants to get to the next level of SEC play, they have to beat LSU... which they almost did last year! And as I said above, watching an Orgeron press conference with the closed captioning trying to keep up is appointment viewing.


▶️ Shane Beamer, South Carolina: Another SEC team that Arkansas won't face next year, but one in a similar place as the Hogs. This is a Gamecock team that suffered the second-most losses out of any conference team last season. I'll be interested to hear how Beamer, in his first year as a head coach anywhere, is planning his rebuild, what he thinks is important for playing against SEC competition, and how that's similar and different from Coach Sam Pittman's approach.


SEC Media Days continues tomorrow with Georgia, Kentucky, Ole Miss, and Tennessee!

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