The biggest names that will not be at media days

South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore missed over half of the 2011 season after tearing his knee in October. Prior to missing time, Lattimore was having an up-and-down campaign after completely taking the college football world by storm as a true freshman in 2010. (The Associated Press/FILE)

Published: Monday, July 16, 2012 at 9:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 16, 2012 at 9:01 p.m.

The SEC is riding quite a football wave right now with six straight national titles and a king-of-the-world swagger. There is no shortage of star power in the league as the 14-team SEC goes for No. 7.

But a lot of that star power will be missing in Hoover when SEC Media Days starts today. Eight of the teams won't be bringing their quarterbacks (of course, several don't know who that will be). And these seven stars would make up a nice Heisman Trophy Watch list but won't be there either.

Aaron Murray

The Georgia quarterback apparently had a trip planned for this week, which is understandable. It would have been nice to have him exposed to the thousand or so media members as he prepares for what could be a special season for the Bulldogs.

James Franklin

The Missouri quarterback is supposed to be one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country and will get a chance to prove it in the second game of the season against Georgia. But most of the media members will have to wait for a chance to eyeball him.

Marcus Lattimore

Of course, the South Carolina running back would be peppered with questions about his season-ending injury last year. Inquiring minds want to know where he is both physically and mentally.

Justin Hunter or Da'Rick Rogers

The Tennessee twosome might have been the best wide receiver duo in the conference last season before Hunter went down with a knee against Florida. You want to deflect questions about your job status Derek Dooley? Bring either one of these two talented players.

Tyrann Mathieu or Sam Montgomery

There is no question the LSU defenders are among the best players in the country and we applaud Les Miles for bringing quarterback Zach Mettenberger. But no Honey Badger? We need us some Honey Badger. And Montgomery might be the first pick in the NFL draft.

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