South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is always a character at the podium. Spurrier discussed everything from the college football playoff to Notre Dame not being in a conference for football. Jadeveon Clowney also raised eyebrows when he told the media that he ran a 4.46 secs 40-yard dash this summer. Clowney stirred the pot some more with his comments on opposing quarterbacks being "scared" of him.
Fast paced offenses were another hot topic during SEC Media Days. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema thinks that no huddle offenses are a safety threat to players while Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze are in favor of the hurry up style.
Best Quotes from SEC Media Days
"I’m a 20-year-old college kid."
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron:
"I can't answer on Johnny Manziel's part. My name is AJ. Everything that has to do with him, he's his own man. I'm not going to speak on another man's business. That's how I was raised." (USA Today)
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney:
"I can tell Tajh Boyd is scared back there. He ain't no sitting duck, but you can see in his eyes that he's scared of our D-linemen... We know that coming into the game that we have him shook already. We get a couple hits on him and it changes the whole game. He's scared every time we play them. I know he's probably listening to this right now, but I'm just telling the truth, man." (ESPN)
Alabama coach Nick Saban:
"I'd also like to make a note here that in the last 21 seasons, you as the media have only picked the right team four times to win the SEC. Now, if I was 4-17 as a coach, I would be back in West Virginia pumping my gas at my daddy's gas station, which we don't really want to go there."
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn (on Bret Bielema and saftey issues with fast pace offenses):
"When I first heard that, to be honest with you, I thought it was a joke. As far as healthy or safety issues, that's like saying the defense shouldn't blitz after a first down because they're a little fatigued and there's liable to be a big collision in the backfield." (AL.com)
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze (on Bret Bielema and saftey issues with fast pace offenses):
"I don't think there's absolutely any proof out there that there is any kind of safety concern. I mean, defensive linemen traditionally and most commonly are more athletic than offensive linemen."
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema (on coaches' responses to safety concern with fast pace offenses):
"I'm not a comedian. You cannot tell me that a player after play five is the same player that he is after play 15. If that exposes him to a risk of injury, then that's my fault. I can't do anything about it because the rules do not allow me to substitute a player in whether I'm on offense or defense." (AL.com)