CBS Sports/Sirius XM’s Rick Neuheisel joined Frank Frangie and Hays Carlyon on 1010XL Jax Sports Radio at SEC Media Days on Monday. Neuheisel discussed numerous topics including the improved play of SEC quarterbacks heading into the 2017 season.
“This year you have so many young guys that really went through the slings and arrows of playing the position coming in that I think will have careers that will be far beyond just the SEC,” Neuheisel said. “I think this is going to be the strength of the league. Obviously, Jalen Hurts had a banner year, the SEC Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman. The run-pass option, 100-yard rushers for Nick Saban, I think there had been one up until that last year and he did it four times. Really exciting player.
“But Drew Lock at Missouri, [Jake] Bentley at South Carolina, Jacob Eason at Georgia, these guys are really really good. Nick Fitzgerald at Mississippi State. These guys are going to put the SEC on the map again when it was (Johnny) Manziel, (AJ) McCarron, (Zach) Mettenberger and Aaron Murray was in that class. They’re going to be every bit as good as them but maybe for a longer period of time.”
Neuheisel also discussed the NCAA’s new college football early signing period in December, which was approved in May.
“Now during September, where Alabama’s getting ready to play Florida State, [the coaches] also have to worry about getting recruits,” Neuheisel said. “Not in that particular case because that’s a neutral site game, but let’s just say that game was in Tuscaloosa. You would have, probably, because of the magnitude of the game, every top recruit would want to come there.
“So now Nick Saban’s staff has to have 15, and that’s going to be on the low side. Fifteen recruits coming that weekend and I’ve got to have a gameplan to beat the Seminoles, who are one of the top teams in the land and I’ve got to deal with alumni groups who I’ve got to go out and glad hand because there’s money raising to be done. The hats you’re wearing during a football season again are unbelievable.”
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