With just two days until game day for 13 of the 14 SEC schools, the conference’s coaches and players have been chatty this week. Let’s check out some of the best quotes of the week so far.
We’ll start with perhaps the most blunt. It’s no secret that Kentucky has had its struggles lately, which is why coach Mark Stoops is looking to shake things up in practice. One of the units that is underperforming is the wide receivers group. Asked about the number of drops that unit has, sophomore wide receiver Dorian Baker told it like it is.
Dorian Baker on drops: "It’s just like a slap in the face. It’s almost like someone slapping your mom.” https://t.co/857xQ27n7X
— Jon Hale (@JonHale_CJ) November 11, 2015
Kentucky’s offensive coordinator, Shannon Dawson, also made this week’s quote list with some honesty of his own.
Dawson: "Be careful with your frustration. Because if you want to sit down and watch film with me and point fingers, we can do that."
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) November 10, 2015
But while Kentucky is having a handful of problems, on the opposite side of the spectrum, Florida has already locked down the SEC East and will play in the SEC Championship game. Athletic director Jeremy Foley sang coach Jim McElwain’s praises earlier this week.
AD Foley on McElwain: "Dude Wants to Win" https://t.co/mqQ4nja5us
— Gator Lifer (@GATORlifer) November 10, 2015
Also happy for McElwain and the Gators was former Florida coach Will Muschamp, now the defensive coordinator at Auburn.
Muschamp on Florida winning the SEC East (cont.): "I said that was a good locker room when I left it and I meant it." #MGMAuburn
— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) November 9, 2015
On Wednesday during the SEC teleconference, Alabama coach Nick Saban got to take a break from strategy and opponent talk to instead speak about a former walk-on who always seems to put him in a good mood.
— SEC Country (@seccountry) November 11, 2015
Meanwhile, as the Crimson Tide are on a high, LSU is looking to rebound from a loss to Alabama, which snapped the Tigers’ undefeated streak. They’ll take on Arkansas this week, looking to get the Golden Boot back.
Les Miles on The Golden Boot: “We recognize we don’t have it” https://t.co/4JgWqT1r1t
— Michael Carvell (@Carvell_AJC) November 11, 2015
But some say that Alabama could be on upset alert this weekend against Mississippi State. The Bulldogs will be playing with heavy hearts as they honor their teammate Keith Joseph Jr., and Joseph’s father, who both died in a car accident Friday.
Mullen: Losing a family member who was a part of your program, there’s nothing more devastating that you’ll have to go through as a coach.
— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) November 9, 2015
Finally, we’ll give the last word to Alabama. A 4-star recruit met Saban and walked away starstruck. Find out what he said.