AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Day 1 of SEC Media Days is in the books, and the Auburn Tigers first out of the gate with plenty of questions in store for the men of the Plains.
First on the list for most was Gus Malzahn's job security. Some feel the head coach is on the hot seat after last year, but don't tell that to defensive end Carl Lawson.
"His resume speaks for itself. He's won games everywhere," Lawson said. "Every time we have a down season, the media wants to put out there that somebody's on the hot seat so that's all I have to say about that. His resume speaks for itself."
So now we head into this year and the big concern is who will be quarterback. It's a three-man race between Sean White, Jeremy Johnson and John Franklin the third. Whoever takes the reins,Gus remains adamant that execution is the key to winning this year.
"I know everybody looks at the quarterback position last year, but really it was an overall lack of execution and sometimes it makes the quarterback look like the guy at fault," Malzahn said.
Defensively, the Tigers look to have a dangerous front four, with guys like Montravius Adams and Carl Lawson, who could wreak havoc on opposing offenses.
"With both of us being together, it's going to make the D-line better," Adams said. "We're both D-line leaders."
"I think we make a big difference, but we've got so many athletic guys on the defensive line, and I can't wait," Lawson said. "I'm looking forward to this season so they can show their talents."
Lots of questions waiting to be answered for the Tigers. Step one to solving them will come Sept. 3 when they take on Clemson at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
That wraps up Day 1 here at Media Days.
On Day 2, the Georgia Bulldogs and head coach Kirby Smart will take the podium. We'll have plenty of coverage as the Dawgs get closer to their first season under new leadership.