Spurrier has no qualms about this quarterback (and more from Media Days)

HOOVER, Ala. -- Famously tough on his quarterbacks, South Carolina coach Steve  Spurrier clearly is fond of the Gamecocks’ current starter at the position, former Flowery Branch High star Connor Shaw.

So much so that he brought Shaw, a junior, with him to Media Days.

“Our sports information guy, he said, ‘Coach, this is the first year since you’ve been at South Carolina that you brought a quarterback to this media day,’” Spurrier said.

“I said, ‘That’s right, isn’t it?’”

Each team brings three players, and Spurrier said he selects the Gamecocks’ delegates based on their ability to “represent our university and our football program in a first-class manner.”

Shaw seems untroubled by Spurrier’s reputation for being hard on quarterbacks. Shaw called his coach “pretty much a perfectionist.”

“I knew coming in that he critiques his quarterback hard, but that’s what you expect as a quarterback,” Shaw said. “In order to get better, you have to embrace that criticism and just listen to what he has to say.”

As for the Media Days spotlight, Shaw said, “I’m not big on media or preseason hype. I kind of just stay level-headed and focused on what I have to do on the field. But it is an incredible honor to be here.”

Shaw started nine games last season after the dismissal from the team of oft-suspended quarterback Stephen Garcia. Shaw ran for 525 yards and eight touchdowns and passed for 1,448 yards and 14 touchdowns last season. He completed 65.4 percent of his passes.

“We’ll … probably be more of a running team, play defense, pick your spots to throw the ball,” Spurrier said. “That’s not a bad formula. A little different than what I’ve coached in the past, [but] you can win a bunch of ballgames doing it that way.”

The Saban-Pinkel connection

So what type of football player was Nick Saban, the Alabama coach?

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel knows. He was Saban’s teammate for two seasons at Kent State, 1971 and ’72.

“As a player, great competitor,” Pinkel said. “Very tough, physical player. Very dedicated. Very committed. Very team oriented.

“I think that reflects the intensity level, very high intensity level. I think that’s the same guy you see coach and have the great success he’s had in college football.”

Under coach Don James at Kent State, Pinkel was a tight end and Saban a defensive back

“He had a remarkable influence on me,” Pinkel said of James, “as he did to Nick Saban.”

Pinkel succeeded Saban as the head coach at Toledo in 1991, when Saban left after one season to become defensive coordinator of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns. On the way out the door, Saban phoned Pinkel and asked if he’d be interested in pursuing the Toledo job.

“He put me in a position to get an underneath opportunity,” Pinkel said. “That’s very important, an opportunity. I’m appreciative to him.”

Pinkel spent 10 years as Toledo’s head coach before taking the Missouri job in 2001.

Two James Franklins in the SEC

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin was appreciative that Missouri quarterback James Franklin (no relation) is not attending SEC Media Days.

“I walked through the lobby last year, and nobody knew who I was,” said the Vanderbilt coach, who is much more recognized after a successful first season in the league. “I was very appreciative that coach Pinkel didn’t bring [his quarterback] this year because once again I would take the backseat to the other James Franklin.”

They said it

  • Missouri wide receiver T.J. Moe: “People say [SEC teams] are more physical, and I can’t tell you that from experience yet. I’ll be able to tell you Sept. 9, I guess, after we get done with Georgia.” Georgia plays at Missouri on Sept. 8.
  • Vanderbilt cornerback Trey Wilson: “We are going to … take every opportunity to get rid of that stigma that we have attached to us as the little brother in the SEC.”
  • South Carolina free safety D.J. Swearinger: “I think our defense is one of the best in the nation, not just in the SEC. We’ve got to work to earn it, though, and we’re working hard in the offseason to try and get in the No. 1 spot this year.”
  • Texas A&M linebacker Sean Porter: “There’s been a lot of weird questions asked of me. I’m just trying to get used to all of this excitement.”

Etc.

The SEC said about 1,100 credentials — an all-time high — were issued for Media Days, including about 750 to media members and the rest mainly to corporate partners and conference and school administrators. Thirty-three radio stations are broadcasting live shows from the event… . The festivities continue Wednesday with six more teams taking the stage: Florida, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Kentucky, Auburn and LSU. The event concludes Thursday with appearances by Alabama, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Georgia.

FULL AJC COVERAGE FROM DAY 1 OF SEC MEDIA DAYS:

102 comments Add your comment

flo-ri-duh

July 18th, 2012
9:02 am

Coach Franklin is good for Vandy even if he is a prick.

Butter Bean Floyd

July 18th, 2012
9:02 am

flo-ri-duh

July 18th, 2012
9:02 am

Am I supposed to say 1st!?

flo-ri-duh

July 18th, 2012
9:04 am

I was 1st before you Butter Bean……. that makes you 2nd – nothing to brag on. Now get ready for the short bus to pick you up.

DOGGIE IN NC

July 18th, 2012
9:04 am

DOGGIE IN NC

July 18th, 2012
9:04 am

Ed Pilcher

July 18th, 2012
9:05 am

DOGGIE IN NC

July 18th, 2012
9:05 am

When will I ever learn – skip the article dummy!

Ed Pilcher

July 18th, 2012
9:07 am

DOGGIE IN NC

July 18th, 2012
9:09 am

Defense is the key in the SEC and the EAST will have three of the top 10 defenses in the country this year (UGA, USC, & FLA) – could be the year the East comes back on top over the WEST – Bama should be down from last year – ARK lost important people and who knows how Mr. Feeley will play for LSU. GO DOGGIES!

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 18th, 2012
9:11 am

If you don’t read the article and just post “First” You are “First” a Moron & “Second” Stupid.

I am surprised Saban ever saw the field with his lack of height but it was Kent State.

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kingdaddy

July 18th, 2012
9:17 am

Just don’t drop the soap…

I am an IDIOT

July 18th, 2012
9:17 am

You are a moron if you post your real name on the blogs. You can reach UOAD (aka Twinkie) at johnnymknight@aol.com

Butter Bean Floyd

July 18th, 2012
9:17 am

dawg gone it…… photo finish second

Butter Bean Floyd

July 18th, 2012
9:20 am

So if DJ swearinger says the Gamechickens have the best defense where does that leave UGA? Second?

kingdaddy

July 18th, 2012
9:20 am

In todays PC world, being 1st isn’t as important as learning to cheat and not get caught…

I am an IDIOT

July 18th, 2012
9:21 am

I have NINETEEN different Blog Handles. I CAPITALIZE nearly every LETTER of EVERy WORD that I TYPE for EMPHASIS. Why? Because I am OBNOXIOUSLY LOUD all the TIME. I Have never had a SINGLE CONSTRUCTIVE thought to add to ANY of the AJC Football Blogs EVEN though I spend nearly every WAKING hour of EVERY day playing TROLL on the UGA Blogs. Since NO ONE WOULD EVER PAY ATTENTION TO ANYTHING I SAY, I CAPITALIZE As MANY WORDS as I CAN in Hopes that Somebody pays ATTENTION to me. I am a TOTAL LOSER.

Butter Bean Floyd

July 18th, 2012
9:23 am

Vanderbilt cornerback Trey Wilson: “We are going to … take every opportunity to get rid of that stigma that we have attached to us as the little brother in the SEC. A loss to Vandy in Athens will be “Ricky Bobby” Richts waterloo game.

kingdaddy

July 18th, 2012
9:26 am

Twink,
Whose cherrios did you moisten??

JB

July 18th, 2012
9:29 am

Spurrier will leave a legacy in the SEC as a pretty dang good coach…….But a classless person.

I am an IDIOT

July 18th, 2012
9:30 am

The REASON I SPend SO much time on the UGA Blogs is because my FELLOW Tech posters think I am A J@CK@SS. I TRY to be Friends with them, even INVITING Them to JOIN me for a DRINK BEFORE we join the other 400 TECH fans in the STANDS AT BOBBY DODD but I CAN’t FInd anyone who Wants to be FRIENDS anymore. SO I am ALL ALONE, ALL DAY, Trying to Stir up as MUCH GARBAGE AS I can on the UGA bloGs. I KNOW it’s PATHETIC, but it’s my LIFE. I LIVE to be a PUNK on the Blogs.

DawginLex

July 18th, 2012
9:30 am

SC can say all they want to say but reality is this:

Their defensive secondary is depleted. They will get lit up by Arkansas and Georgia.
Look for them to lose to Florida in the Swamp too

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 18th, 2012
9:33 am

Kingdaddy I have no idea. It seems that poster would rather talk about my posts than about the article.

old dog

July 18th, 2012
9:34 am

Just think; if we block this year, we can be good………………

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 18th, 2012
9:36 am

What happened to THOMAS BROWN?
He hasn’t been commenting for a few days now.

kingdaddy

July 18th, 2012
9:37 am

Bean,
your Richt-bashing is as funny as your name. Your hero “Pole-bean” Franklin, is trying real hard not to say anything else stupid before the UGA game. The Dawgs will have a very uncomfortable reception waiting for him and his team after last year, lol. Now, he’s scared, kinda like you seem to be by worring about UGA every article. Did you ever say what team you support? Anyone but UGA,RIGHT???

bucket

July 18th, 2012
9:38 am

Gotta love Spurrier. I am sure he will be just as upset about the scheduling when things cycle back around in his favor!

kingdaddy

July 18th, 2012
9:40 am

Twink,
he has a very thick file on you, and he’s watching you McGoo…

bucket

July 18th, 2012
9:40 am

If last year’s UGA vs Auburn game is any indication, I think the Dawgs will be ready for Vandy when they arrive in Athens. However, it is always prudent not to count your chickens before they hatch!

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 18th, 2012
9:43 am

KingDaddy..he should find 1 name and stick to it but he is too scared. He spends more time commenting on my style than he does following his team.

bucket

July 18th, 2012
9:44 am

Another thing on the schedule, why would Spurrier want UGA’s schedule? I guess he wants Auburn instead of LSU, but he couldn’t beat Auburn at home with Lattimore, Jeffreys, and Garcia even though Auburn had graduated almost their entire team from 2010!

I am an IDIOT

July 18th, 2012
9:47 am

“he should find 1 name and stick to it but he is too scared”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Say Again UOAD? I mean SMART? I mean Twink? I mean…..NEVERMIND!!

kingdaddy

July 18th, 2012
9:50 am

bucket
Lil stevie is only concerned about leaving the “coop”, lol. He hates being “Mr. Irrelevant” and would probably chew his leg off to escape the ball & çhain that is S.C. Columbia is the seventh level of Hades, Lmaoff…

Destin Dawg

July 18th, 2012
9:51 am

I’m very upbeat about the Dawgs chances this season , but Missouri will be tough in Columbia… hit the ground running and Bo Bo KEEP YOUR FOOT ON THE GAS !!!

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 18th, 2012
9:52 am

do I use those names on this blog? NO

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 18th, 2012
9:54 am

Since the Mizzou game is the 2nd game it is looking like the Dawgs are lucky not to be playing a good team for the first game. UGa doesn’t even have to think about Buffalo to win.

I am an IDIOT

July 18th, 2012
9:55 am

Now, that is a bald face lie, SMART, I mean Twinkie.

Butter Bean Floyd

July 18th, 2012
9:55 am

I support UGA not our lame incompetent coaching staff….. now get over it

kingdaddy

July 18th, 2012
9:56 am

Idiot,
Twink doesn’t choose to change his name, he has to change his name because he’s infamous in certain circles. How many names do you have???

I am an IDIOT

July 18th, 2012
9:56 am

You are a PUNK and a LIAR too!

I am an IDIOT

July 18th, 2012
9:58 am

kingdaddy — You seem like you’re pals. Tell me, is he schizo in person?

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 18th, 2012
10:00 am

IDIOT…..you don’t know what you are talking about as usual.
a PUNK? I do miss my Dead Kennedy’s & Suicidal Tendencies days, but I turned in Punk for Country & Classic Rock.

I am an IDIOT

July 18th, 2012
10:02 am

I am not talking about music. You’re a punk because you can’t think of anything better to do than TROLL the UGA blogs. Get a life, loser.

kingdaddy

July 18th, 2012
10:02 am

Bean,
you support UGA, then back all of the Dawgs for the sake of unity and recruiting. We improved last year and an improvment this year will put us at 12-2 and maybe a SEC CHAMPIONSHIP. Get on board or you will be in the way and UGA will roll right over you on its way to the top…

Lola

July 18th, 2012
10:03 am

I like butter bean!

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 18th, 2012
10:05 am

KingDaddy….maybe “Bean” is taking over for Thomas Brown. I would say he is Thomas Brown, 13-1, & buLLdog but he doesn’t Copy & Paste.

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kingdaddy

July 18th, 2012
10:07 am

Idiot
This doesn’t have to get ugly. Twink has a right to his opine, just like you and “bean”. Try to be an adult, and we can communicate instead of bloviate…

Sportsrealist

July 18th, 2012
10:08 am

I’d like to see Steve get hit full speed by a free safety.

ARdawg

July 18th, 2012
10:08 am

James Franklin is an overrated blowhard. Vandy is one of the few colleges where few wins equal much success. He’ll be gone inside of 3 years