SEC: Our Media Day Awards

By - July 28, 2006

As we wrap up the 2006 SEC Media Days, Jean Neuberger and I have comprised a list of our own awards for some of the performances over this three-day event. Enjoy!

Best Interview by a Coach: Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
The Old Ball Coach was in his element from start to finish, showing total confidence and owning the SEC stage.

Best Interview by a Player: (Tie) Chris Leak, Florida & Michael Henig, Mississippi State
Leak was cool and collected throughout the nonstop questioning before a large mass of reporters in what was the longest player interview of all. Meanwhile, Mississippi State's Henig was impressive in front of the media, showing poise and confidence despite being just a sophomore.

Best Quote: (Tie) Sylvester Croom, Mississippi St. & Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
"Regardless of what happens in that game, the season is not over. It would make it easier. I sure would have a lot more fun that night and the next day when I go recruiting. It will be a whole lot more fun. My wife might even make me some biscuits for breakfast." -Croom on if the opener vs. South Carolina is a must-win game
"I think it's easy to play 12 games. The Division I-A gusy, when they get in playoffs, I think they play 14 or 15. It's not problem at all for them. I watch girls basketball, they'll play four straight nights at the SEC Tournament. I don't hear them bit**** and complaining that they're playing too much." -Spurrier on the addition of a 12th game

Longest Time to Answer: Houston Nutt, Arkansas
The question concerned who would call the plays on the Razorback sideline this season. When it was first asked, Nutt danced around the question, stating that playcalling would really come from the game plan developed on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday of a game week. It took re-asking the question minutes later to finally get Nutt to say he was "turning Gus (Malzahn) loose", sending a collective sigh of relief from the Razorback faithful, who desire the thought of Malzahn's hurry-up, no huddle passing attack becoming the future of Arkansas football.

Longest Opening Statement: Ed Orgeron, Ole Miss
The Rebels' coach went on for quite some time talking about his team in his opening statement before reporters posed their questions.

Shortest Opening Statement: Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
Less than a minute

Biggest Surprise to Make the All-SEC Media Days Team: Earl Bennett, Vanderbilt

Biggestt Surprise not to Make the All-SEC Media Days Team: Felix Jones, Arkansas

Posted by at 03:13 PM on July 28, 2006

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