For the first time since 1985, SEC Media Day will be held outside of Birmingham, Ala., and in Atlanta instead from July 16-19. Here, the toughest teams in football will give updates on how the offseason is coming along. As for the Auburn Tigers, who have been busy this offseason trying to build a CFP title team, head coach Gus Malzahn is sure to have plenty of inside information for eager fans. Let's take a look at some questions he may have to answer looking forward to 2018's season.
3. Who is Replacing Star Corner Carlton Davis?
Malzahn will appear on the last available day (Thursday) along with South Carolina's Will Muschamp and Vanderbilt's Derek Mason. What everyone wants to know is the current roster outlook, especially when teams lose big stars. This will be the first season since 2015 that new Tampa Bay Buccaneers corner Carlton Davis will not be lining up for the Tigers on Saturdays. Junior Jamel Dean is currently set to take over No. 1 corner duties, but are the guys behind him like sophomore Noah Igbinoghene and true freshman Christian Tutt ready to step up?
2. Is Jarrett Stidham Ready to Take it to the Next Level?
Tigers quarterback Jarrett Stidham has Heisman aspirations written all over his cannon arm based off of his incredible 2017 season. Though Auburn couldn't come away with the win in the Peach Bowl against undefeated UCF, Stidham was still wonderful, passing for 331 yards and a touchdown with a 65 percent completion rating. He'll be looking to carry that moxie in leading Malzahn's crew to an even better January finish.
1. How is the 2018 Recruiting Class Looking?
Auburn enters the 2018 year with the 12th-ranked recruitment class in the nation and No. 3 in the SEC with only Georgia and Florida ahead. Fans will want to see if top prospects like Joey Gatewood, Matthew Hill and Harold Joiner can contribute this year to an offense that is looking to be one of the top in the nation. Running back Kerryon Johnson is now with the Lions, and a vacancy in the backfield needs to be filled.