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SEC Media Day 2 Wrap

Posted by Mark Dondero | July 18, 2012 / 06:08pm | College Sports, Local Sports
LSU - Les Miles admits he has watched the tape of LSU's disastrous performance in the BCS championship game a few times during the offseason.

It didn't take very long. After all, the Tigers didn't run many offensive plays.

But Miles said Wednesday that LSU has learned from the 21-0 loss to Alabama, and expects to be better on offense this fall thanks to a veteran offensive line, four experienced running backs and new starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger.

AUBURN - Auburn coach Gene Chizik says the football team is still healing from the shooting of three current or former players.

Chizik says the team has been through difficult times since the June incident "and they're not over."

Former Auburn players Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips were among three people killed. Current offensive lineman Eric Mack was one of three injured.

Chizik says he had a long conversation with Mack on Tuesday night, and says the lineman is physically OK.

KENTUCKY - The Wildcats played in five straight bowl games from 2006 to '10, but regressed to a 5-7 record last season. They ended the year on a high note, beating Tennessee for the first time since 1984, but must replace many key players.

At Southeastern Conference Media Days on Wednesday, Phillips said Kentucky had done a good job of stocking quality young players during the bowl streak and "now those guys have to go out and play."

ARK - John L. Smith's philosophy is pretty simple: "Life's an adventure," and you don't want to miss anything.

The Arkansas coach has certainly had an adventurous time since being summoned to replace ousted Bobby Petrino in April. Smith says it has been a surreal experience.

The gregarious Smith seems to be enjoying the ride, judging by an energetic performance at Southeastern Conference media days.

Would he like to hang onto the Arkansas job for more than a year? Smith says, "Well, certainly. Do I look stupid?"

MSU - Tyler Russell's presence at Southeastern Conference media days is one of the most obvious indications that Mississippi State is confident with its new starting quarterback.

Coach Dan Mullen said Wednesday he picked Russell as one of his three representatives because he wants his leaders to "make sure they know what they're getting themselves into."

Russell threw for 1,034 yards and eight touchdowns as a part-time starter last season. This year, the job is his.
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