New Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason has what he wanted: Lots of competition among the quarterbacks. Mason said Monday at Southeastern Conference media days that three-game starter Patton Robinette probably has an edge over the other five passers in the battle for the starting job going into preseason camp.
That group includes LSU transfer Stephen Rivers and redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary. Mason says his timetable for picking a starter is simply "the first game." He said you can't get six quarterbacks enough practice repetitions but you can "create competitive situations."
Mason is trying to continue the program's success under James Franklin. He describes Vandy as a team of "no-name young men who have a chance to do something great."
Florida coach Will Muschamp is confident he has the remedy for questions about his job security: Winning a lot of football games.
These are strange times for the Gators, who are coming off their first losing season since 1979.
Nearly everything went wrong in last year's 4-8 disaster, but Muschamp was upbeat during his Monday address at SEC Media Days, saying he's got the talent for a quick turnaround.
The return of quarterback Jeff Driskel should help.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound junior played just three games last season because of a season-ending leg fracture.
Muschamp also hired offensive coordinator Kurt Roper from Duke to revamp a unit that scored 18.8 points per game - last in the SEC.
Florida returns seven starters on both the offensive and defensive sides.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn says Nick Marshall will "suffer the consequences" but declined to elaborate on the punishment the quarterback will face after he was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana following a traffic stop in Georgia.
Marshall was pulled out of Monday's SEC media days appearance by Malzahn, three days after the senior received a $1,000 ticket in Reynolds, Ga.
Malzahn told beat reporters Marshall had been a "model citizen" before the incident,
The coach says Marshall is "very regretful, and he's embarrassed he hurt his teammates, his family, his coaches." Marshall had 1,976 yards passing and 1,068 rushing last season, leading the Tigers to the national title game.
Malzahn says defensive end Carl Lawson's status for the season is uncertain after knee surgery.