If you want to know just how close we're getting to college football season, SEC Media Days will be held next week in Birmingham. After that we're just a few short weeks from the beginning of pre-season practice. It is less than two months until the opening kickoff against Louisville in Atlanta.
So who will be taking the media's questions next week? We now know.
QB Jeremy Johnson
Johnson's participation was already known thanks to an SEC announcement last week of one player from each team who would be telling their story at Media Days. With Johnson's participation, the Tigers will break their streak of not bringing a QB to Media Days.
Johnson has a lot of hype around him going into the 2015 season. It's not exactly unwarranted if you watched the first half of the Arkansas game last year or his appearances against Western Carolina and Florida Atlantic in 2013. It's obvious the man can throw a pretty ball.
CB Jonathon Jones
Jones has quietly made a name for himself as one of the better cornerbacks in the SEC. He is listed on Phil Steele's pre-season All-SEC team. You can bet he's going to get questions about his foot injury, though. That is the only question surrounding him going into the 2015 season. He did not participate in the A-Day Game due to foot surgery that hampered him through the end of last season.
Jones is a senior defensive leader in a unit that has been much maligned over the last few seasons, but has a few bright spots. He himself is definitely one of them. The depth may not be there, but Auburn's starting DBs should be much better than I think many in the national media are giving them credit for right now. It would not shock me to see Jones and/or Rudy Ford show up on the Thorpe Award watch list when it is released.
LB Kris Frost
I have to admit I was hoping for one of the two senior linebackers and was pulling more for Cassanova McKinzy. Why? Because you just know he would have been asked about his decision to choose Auburn over Clemson due to Chick-fil-A.
Frost came to Auburn with a ton of hype, but has yet to completely live up to expectations. He and McKinzy both chose to return to the Plains for their senior season after Will Muschamp was announced as the defensive coordinator. He was one of the leading tacklers on last season's team (behind McKinzy and Ford). He will be expected to play a major role on this year's team.
Media Days Schedule
Media Days begins Monday morning, 13 July. New SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey is first in the shoot and Auburn's Gus Malzahn will follow as the first head coach up. The event runs through four days and is held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham - Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover.