It’s officially SEC Media Days, people. The Thanksgiving to the Christmas of the start of college football season. The early birthday present a month before your actual birthday.
However you want to think about it, it’s just great. Each year, Alabama people like me gleam with excitement as the rest of the Southeastern family comes to our neck of the woods to relish in what coach Spurrier calls, the “po-tential” of a new season. (Say it with two syllables to get the full effect).
Day one is in the books, and while day two rolled through with the Manziel media-train chugging along painfully tetering toward annoying, thankfully there were some great reminders of how awesome Alabama really is. (As if we could forget- and yes thats why people hate us so much)
When Florida guard Jon Halapio and Missuori linebacker Andrew Wilson were separately asked who the hardest hitters were in the SEC, they proved why Alabama always leaves a lasting impression- or bruise.
“I think Marcell Dareus, back in the day, from Alabama. He was the hardest player that I played against.”
“The hardest hitter in the SEC?” Pondered Wilson when he was asked. “Well I don’t know if he’s still here but there was a nose center that lined up at full back for Alabama sometimes- I don’t know he was pretty hard hitting. (Perhaps a shout out to Jessie Williams?)
But what about players right now? What collision do these players remember the most? For Wilson, the answer once again belongs to the Crimson Tide.
” I don’t really remember any individual players,” he started, “but the running back from Alabama TJ Yeldon- he hit pretty good.”
The good news? Alabama still hasn’t even “offically” taken the media days podium yet.