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HOOVER — SEC Media Days are back, and today might be the most interesting and entertaining day of the week.

Alabama football coach Nick Saban kicks off the day, followed by receiver John Metchie III and defensive lineman Phidarian Mathis. Later in the day, the always entertaining Mike Leach of Mississippi State will be talking. Vanderbilt’s Clark Lea will make his first media days appearance as coach of his alma mater. Oh, and Jimbo “We’re going to beat Saban’s you-know-what” Fisher will be there.

Buckle up, and keep your arms inside the ride at all times.

Here are five questions about Alabama football heading into SEC Media Days:

1. What is the next step in QB Bryce Young’s development?

Young, a sophomore, won’t be attending media days, but his presence will be felt in Hoover. Such is the nature of the position, especially when there’s a new starter. Expect Saban as well as Metchie and even Mathis to field questions about the former five-star, dual-threat quarterback. Young earned MVP honors at the spring game with a solid showing, but he hasn’t been an SEC starting quarterback yet. He’s got plenty of talent, but the next step in his development as he heads into fall camp will likely be something Saban and Young’s teammates address in one way or another.

2. What insights will Saban offer on big-picture topics?

While SEC Media Days is filled with newbies, Saban is entering his 15th season at Alabama. His experience and success gives his words weight no others in the conference or college football have when they talk. What he says about any big-picture topic brought up at media days — a la name, image and likeness — has significance. Reporters from across the country will certainly take time to ask Saban for his valuable take on a variety of national topics.

3. What will receivers look like this season?

Metchie will be in Hoover speaking on behalf of Alabama, which will be his first time speaking since he became the Crimson Tide’s most productive receiver remaining on the roster with DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle going in the first round of the NFL Draft. Metchie saw plenty of time while filling in for an injured Waddle, catching six touchdowns in 2020, but now he’s expected to lead the group. The question remains how the Crimson Tide will distribute snaps among other receivers. Jameson Williams, the speedy transfer from Ohio State, is one name to watch. Slade Bolden is another returnee who figures to contribute in the slot. Traeshon Holden, Javon Baker and freshman Agiye Hall, who made a splash in the spring, are also among players available at the position. Fall camp will go much further in determining who receives the most playing time at the start, but we could start to get some indicators based on what Metchie and Saban might say.

4. Which freshmen have the best chance to contribute early?

Saban has not struggled with bringing in five-star freshmen to a roster flooded with talent in past years. But even with that skill among upperclassmen, talented freshmen still can find their way onto the field. See Will Anderson in 2020. Kool-Aid McKinstry not only has an all-time great name, but he also might also be one of those young players who quickly makes an impact.

5. Will Saban respond to Lane Kiffin’s offseason Twitter trolling?

Chances are better than not that Saban will get asked something or another about Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin. The former Crimson Tide offensive coordinator is an active user of Twitter, and he frequently likes to involve Twitter-less Saban. Whether Saban will respond to the trolling while at the lectern remains to be seen. He’ll probably leave that to Kiffin.

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This article originally ran on annistonstar.com.

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