I am not a member of the media. I don't want to be a member of the media. I want to do what I do right now (for money): get turned down for SEC Media Days credentials and then lurk through rafters and hide in vent shafts to bring you the stuff you really care about, like Dan Mullen eating Sbarro in the Galleria.
That being said, you still care what the players and coach says about the upcoming season, so I'll do what the 'Blogle was initially founded on: scouring the internet, finding every Auburn-related post or video imaginable, and bringing the best of those into one central location. I've broken each player and Coach Chizik into their own parts with videos of various interviews as well as articles that were written after those interviews.
There was nothing more than coach-speak and close to the vest answers from the players, but in the middle of July, anything about football will do.
Note: it's obvious that Chizik told the players to give up nothing about the quarterback race that has been over since A-Day. It's still "up for grabs." Oh Chiz...
Coach Gene Chizik
Chizik talks with the media about the summer, the new coordinators, the running backs, and Corey Lemonier:
Ivan Maisel of ESPN sat down, well actually stood next to, Coach Chizik and asked him a few questions.
Here are five pages of quotes from Chizik, from his opening statement to questions from the media.
Philip Lutzenkirchen - TE #43
Lutzenkirchen talks about Scot Loeffler's offense, Jay Prosch, and the "quarterback battle":
After Lutzie's interviews at Media Days, ESPN Blogger Edward Aschoff, then had this to say about the touchdown maker. This is the first line of the article: "Philip Lutzenkirchen doesn’t come close to resembling a diva." I don't know about all that. Maybe Ed hasn't seen this.
Other quotes from Lutzenkirchen from throughout the day.
Emory Blake - WR #80
Blake talks a lot about the offense, including learning how to get in a huddle again:
Then he spoke with ESPN Blogger, Chris Low:
After this interview, Low was inspired to write an article about how a healthy Blake will enhance the new Auburn offense.
Other quotes from Blake from through the day.
Corey Lemonier - DE #55
Corey Lemonier, and his much talked about bow tie, talks about Brian Van Gorder, saying that his style is more of an attack defense instead of Roof's read-and-react. He also talks about true Auburn fans:
And again, ESPN has an interview with Lemonier, but they Bogart on the video-sharing capabilities, so here's a boring ol' link.
Other quotes from Lemonier from throughout the day.
So like I said, there was nothing too earth-shattering. At one point in the day Lutzenkirchen, said something about remembering Dabo's post-game interview after the loss to Clemson last season, so that was somewhat good to see that he opened up a little bit and didn't give the cliche "we are only worried about ourselves" line. I mean, it's good to hear that a player has some fuel for revenge.
Chizik also noted that Zeke Pike can return if he does enough to get back on the team, so we'll see if he Dyer's or not.
Lastly, Tony Barnhart wrote a nice little piece about the 2011 and 2012 Auburn Tigers that says a lot more than "Auburn has always sucked without Cam Newton." Have a read. It's worth it.
That's 2012 SEC Media Days for the Auburn Tigers. Now on to real football. Lehgo.