SEC GRIDIRON LIVE: WEEK ONE

SEC GRIDIRON LIVE: WEEK ONE

SEC Gridiron LIVE airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET throughout the college football season to more than 22 million cable and satellite households on the FSN regional networks throughout the SEC territory - FOX Sports South, Sun Sports, FOX Sports Houston and FOX Sports Southwest. SEC Gridiron LIVE is hosted by Charles Davis with analysts Randy Cross and Tim Couch and social media host Kristina Akra.

They Said It:

Tim Couch on Nick Saban - "Some people say 'Is he too driven?' I don't know what that means as a competitor."

Randy Cross on Auburn's Cam Newton - "Cam Newton is 6-foot-6, about 245 pounds. Sounds like another Mallett type, but this kid can run and he's that big. And that offense? Defensive coordinators in the SEC are going to be scared to death to face this team."

Tim Couch on Arkansas' Ryan Mallett - "He's supremely confident, borderline cocky. hen he walks into the huddle, guys believe in him, that he's going to get them where they want to go in any situation."

Randy Cross on Jeremiah Masoli - "What really stinks about this is that this just seems like an interpretation. You read the rule, and he seemed to have fulfilled everything from the rule, it's just that they interpreted it another way."

Tim Couch on Florida adjusting to life without Tim Tebow at QB - "The real issue here is how is Urban Meyer going to adjust to John Brantley?"

Randy Cross on Vanderbilt Head Coach Robbie Caldwell - "Robbie Caldwell cracks me up…He makes you laugh, which will come in handy because if they don't laugh at Vanderbilt, they're all going to be crying."

Tim Couch on what Randall Cobb brings to the Kentucky Wildcats - "Randall Cobb brings the level of intensity in practice up - When your best player is working that hard, it sets the tone for the entire team."

Tim Couch on Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray - "Young and inexperienced, but a quarterback's best friend? How about the best wide receiver in the conference: A.J. Green. How about throwing it to that guy? Also Caleb King at running back. A strong offensive line. All best friends for a young quarterback. I think he'll do fine."

Is this going to be a breakout year for Mississippi State?

Randy Cross - "For Mississippi State - and this is a relative term - I think it is a breakout year. And that would be .500, getting that first possibility of a bowl bid, that kind of range; it would be something to build on."

Is this a struggle year for Tennessee?

Randy Cross - "They didn't struggle when Lane Kiffin left. That didn't disappoint them too much. But as a result of the turmoil: 18 freshmen on the two-deep for Derek Dooley, 2/3rds of his roster have no game experience. That means big-time struggling on the low side."

One-on-One

Nick Saban on his biggest concern for his 2010 squad - "Complacency. It's human nature that when you have success you relax because people think that it's normal to be special, to win a Championship, to be as good as you can be, but really it's more normal to be average. So it really is special to win a championship, to have a team of guys who want to accomplish something significant."

SEC Coaches and Players Sound Off:

Mississippi State Head Football Coach Dan Mullen on Tim Couch: "Nice to see @SECGridironLIVE picked up a QB in the offseason!"

University of Kentucky Head Football Coach Joker Phillips on Tim Coach: "Great seeing UK's Tim Couch on @SECGridironLIVE! Tim, you've got an all-pro center to work with and a Tennessee DB that even I could beat."

University of Kentucky's Randall Cobb: "Don't forget to watch #SECGridironLIVE (Wednesday night) at 10pm on FSN. It has the inside scoop of SEC media day."

University of Kentucky Head Basketball Coach John Calipari: "Be sure and catch former UK QB Tim Couch on @SECGridironLive (Wednesday night) from 10-11pm ET on Fox Sports South."


All season long, SEC fans can stay in touch with the SEC Gridiron LIVE team throughout the week at SECGridironLIVE.com and through the show's Facebook and Twitter pages.

The regional sports networks serving the Southeast - FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Carolinas and FOX Sports Tennessee - collectively reach more than 12.9 million cable and satellite television households in seven states in the Southeast and are the television home of the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks, Carolina Hurricanes, Charlotte Bobcats, Memphis Grizzlies and the Nashville Predators, as well as the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Southeastern Conference. SportSouth reaches more than 10 million homes in six Southeastern states and is the television home of the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Thrashers and Southern Conference. SportSouth also offers expanded coverage of the University of Georgia, University of South Carolina and University of Tennessee. Combined, the four networks produce more than 800 live local events each year. For more information, please visit FOXSportsSouth.com, FOXSportsCarolinas.com and FOXSportsTennessee.com.

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