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SEC Media Days: Handful of familiar names but time for new star players to rise

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The SEC gets the conference media day circuit kick started on Monday with the opening of a four-day media event for the ages. Over 1,000 members of the media will descend on Hoover, Alabama for the SEC Media Days. Not only will all of the coaches from the conference be in attendance, but each school will be bringing three players to meet the media.

This should be an interesting season for the SEC. Some of the biggest names from around the conference the past couple of seasons have moved on, but there are still plenty of recognizable names in the line-up. Alabama wide receivers Amari Cooper and Christion Jones, Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall, Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel and Georgia running back Todd Gurley are among the names most fans will be most familiar with next week, but each player will get a chance to shine in front of microphones and audio recorders and cameras.

Here is the full list of football players scheduled to appear at SEC Media Days, as well as which day each school will send their players and coaches through the media rounds.

Alabama (Thursday)
•Landon Collins, Safety
•Amari Cooper, Wide Receiver
•Christion Jones, Wide Receiver

Arkansas (Wednesday)
•Brey Cook, Offensive Guard
•Trey Flowers, Defensive End
•Alan Turner, Safety

Auburn (Monday)
•Nick Marshall, Quarterback
•Reese Dismukes, Center
•Gabe Wright, Defensive Linemen

Florida (Monday)
•Jeff Driskel , Quarterback
•Dante Fowler, Defensive End
•Vernon Hargreaves III, Cornerback

Georgia (Thursday)
•Chris Conley, Flanker
•Todd Gurley, Tailback
•Ramik Wilson, Linebacker

Kentucky (Thursday)
•Bud Dupree, Defensive End
•Jordan Swindle, Offensive Tackle
•Za’Darius Smith, Defensive End

LSU (Wednesday)
•La’el Collins, Offensive Tackle
•Terrence Magee, Running Back
•D.J. Welter, Linebacker

Ole Miss (Thursday)
•CJ Johnson, Defensive End
•Cody Prewitt, Safety
•Bo Wallace, Quarterback

Mississippi State (Tuesday)
•Jay Hughes, Safety
•Benardrick McKinney, Linebacker
•Dak Prescott, Quarterback

Missouri (Wednesday)
•Evan Boehm, Center
•Markus Golden, Defensive End
•Maty Mauk, Quarterback

South Carolina (Tuesday)
•A.J. Cann, Offensive Guard
•J.T. Surratt, Defensive Tackle
•Dylan Thompson, Quarterback

Tennessee (Tuesday)
•Mack Crowder, Offensive Line
•AJ Johnson, Linebacker
•Curt Maggitt, Defensive End

Texas A&M (Tuesday)
•Deshazor Everett, Defensive Back
•Drew Kaser, Punter
•Cedric Ogbuehi, Offensive Tackle

Vanderbilt (Monday)
•Adam Butler, Defensive Line
•Steven Scheu, Tight End
•Andrew Williamson, Safety

Car accident will sideline starting FAU lineman Reggie Bain for 2016

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On off-field incident late last week will cost FAU one of the top offensive linemen in Conference USA moving forward.

Over the weekend, FAU confirmed that Reggie Bain sustained injuries that were described as “not life threatening” in a car accident Friday. However, the non-specified injuries will likely sideline the true junior offensive tackle for the entire 2016 season.

“I have been in constant contact and have visited with both Reggie and his family,” a statement from head coach Charlie Partridge began. “His FAU football family has surrounded him with support and will continue to do so. Out of respect for Reggie, his family and our team, all questions should only be directed to me. I know that inquiries may be well-intentioned, under the HIPPA law, and per the request of Reggie and his family, there is very little I can disclose.”

No details surrounding the accident have been released.

Bain has started all 24 games in his two-year career with the Owls, earning second-team all-conference honors following the 2015 season. Coaches made Bain a preseason all-league selection last month.

Bryce Love ‘unlikely’ to play in Stanford’s opener vs. K-State

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It appears someone else will have to ease the load for a newly-minted starter under center and a Heisman Trophy contender, at least in the very early portion of the season.

According to Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News, Stanford head coach David Shaw has deemed it “unlikely” running back Bryce Love will play in the season opener Friday against Kansas State.  Love sustained what was described as a lower-body injury at some point during summer camp.

The good news for the program and the player is, after the opener, the Cardinal goes on a bye before hosting 20th-ranked USC Sept. 17.

Wilner writes that “Love… is considered central to eighth-ranked Stanford’s efforts to take the pressure off new quarterback Ryan Burns and tailback Christian McCaffrey.”  Burns has thrown one career pass and will be making his starting debut against K-State.

Last season, Love averaged 7.8 yards on his 29 carries.  He added 15 receptions for 250 yards, and three total touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving).

Rico McWilliams, 18-game starter at corner for Gamecocks, gives up football

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South Carolina has seen one of the most experienced members of its secondary not only leave the program but the sport as well.

Rico McWilliams has decided to leave the Gamecocks and give up football, first-year USC head coach Will Muschamp announced Monday.  No reason was given for the decision.

McWilliams had started 18 the past three seasons, but began to tumble down the depth chart in the spring and failed to gain much ground in summer camp.  He had left camp early on for what were described as personal reasons, but eventually returned.

I am back with the team and have to stay focused,” the cornerback said just three days ago.

As a redshirt junior last season, McWilliams started 10 of USC’s 12 games, the lone exceptions being the contests against Georgia and Texas A&M.  He was credited with 32 tackles, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery.

Additionally, Muschamp announced that redshirt freshman wide receiver Christian Owens had left his team as well.  A three-star 2015 signee, Owens didn’t play as a true freshman.

Jim Harbaugh clarifies comments on Colin Kaepernick anthem controversy

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Via social media, Jim Harbaugh has attempted to walk back some of his strong talk.

Monday, the Michigan head coach was asked to comment on one of his former San Francisco 49er players, Colin Kaepernick, who kicked up quite the controversy this past week by sitting down during the playing of the national anthem to protest what he believes to be the mistreatment of African-Americans in this country. Not surprisingly, the outspoken Harbaugh didn’t mince many words.

“I acknowledge his right to do that, but I don’t respect the motivation or the action,” the coach said.

A short time later, Harbaugh took to Twitter to offer a clarification that he had no issue with Kaepernick’s motivation, merely his methods.