SEC Media Day 2013: Stars We Can't Wait to Hear From in Preseason Media Event

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08:  Heisman finalists quarterback Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M University Aggies speaks during a press conference prior to the 78th  Heisman Trophy Presentation at the Marriott Marquis on December 8, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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It isn't quite as good as actual football, but the SEC media days always offer fans an entertaining precursor to the football season that is just around the corner. 

Featuring a star-studded lineup of college football's biggest stars, the 2013 version shouldn't be any different. 

Our favorite characters in the world of college football coaches like Les Miles and Nick Saban—and this year's top players like Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney—highlight the list of stars who will be present for the event from July 16 to 18. The full roster of participants can be found here

With last year's event producing an outrageous prediction from Missouri wide receiver T.J. Moe, some memorable quotes from the Ole Ball Coach and Mike Gillislee making some bold statistical projections, there's sure to be some memorable moments this year. 

Here are the players and coaches we can't wait to hear from next week. 


Johnny Manziel

In case you haven't noticed, Johnny Football is sort of a big deal. 

Whether it's winning the Heisman Trophy with jaw-dropping numbers on the field or his well-documented exploits off of it, everyone has an opinion on the star quarterback. 

On media day, he'll have the opportunity to express his own opinion. 

Given the scope of his popularity, Manziel is sure to be asked a wide variety of questions. As you can tell from his Twitter, he has no problems addressing those who doubt him:

Will his media day interviews be as fun as his classic scrambles in the pocket?


Les Miles

Les Miles' LSU team might have underachieved by the lofty standards in Baton Rouge, but he still leads the conference in awesome quotes. 

The Mad Hatter is a quote-making machine and never fails to disappoint. Last season, he took the time to address fast-pitch softball, social media and even decided to talk about football a bit. 

The Tigers enter the season with plenty of questions this season. Suspended running back Jeremy Hill recently pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge, per ESPN. As usual, the Tigers will also have to replace a few key players who went to the NFL, including defensive ends Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery. 

With Miles there's no guarantee that he actually addresses any of those issues, but anytime he comes to the podium, it's a must-see event. 


Bret Bielema

Last year it was SEC newcomer Moe who made the biggest splash at the SEC media days. If you're looking for the most likely newcomer to crash the party this year, it has to be Bret Bielema. 

The former Wisconsin head man made waves at the 2012 Big Ten media days when he made sure that the media knew he wasn't interested in the conference becoming anything like the SEC, per Matt Hayes of the Sporting News, "I can tell you this, we at the Big Ten don't want to be like the SEC -- in any way, shape or form."

Fast-forward one year and Bielema has become a part of the conference he said he hoped his former conference would never become. 

What will Bielema have to say about his peers now?