HOOVER, AL- The media circus hit full stride during Day 2 of SEC Media Days as Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel entered the fray and Auburn Head Coach Gus Malzahn made his very first Media Days appearance as the leader of the Tigers football program.
The lobby of the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Alabama was electric early this morning as Heisman Trophy winner Johnny "Football" made his first public appearance since he was abruptly sent home from the Manning Passing Camp.
The Sophomore QB took full responsibility for missing the camp saying he overslept Saturday morning after his phone died and his alarm failed to go off.
But for Auburn fans today was the big day for the Media Day debut of Head Coach Gus Malzahn as he takes the reigns of the football program from Gene Chizik who was fired after a winless SEC season just a year ago.
Fans we spoke to in the lobby of the Wynfrey say they are excited for what the future has in store for Auburn,
"I think this year will be different," said Kenneth Wilkerson an Auburn Tiger from Lee, AL, "I think the offense is going to get into the swing of things, and Ellis Johnson will get the defense going with Coach Gardner, I think its going to be something. If we can stop people from scoring we might beat em."
And what's SEC Media Days without some characters in the gallery. We spoke with another Auburn fan who had a unique gift for Coach Gus,
"Coach Gus chews bubble gum, so I brought him a whole gift bag of bubble gum," Auburn fan Raymond Jones from Anniston said. He hopes his unique gift will help with Coach Malzahn's sideline obsession, "He chews bubble gum out on the football field so I wanted to bring him enough to last the whole football season."
The Gus Bus rolled on through the rest of his media sessions and preached the importance of getting tougher mentally and bringing about a "New Day" for Auburn football.
We'll be here for Thursday for a new day of SEC Media days as Alabama and Georgia roll into Hoover to talk about the upcoming season.
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