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Representatives from Vanderbilt's 2014 football team are participating in SEC Media Days on Monday afternoon in Hoover, Ala.
Head Coach Derek Mason will be joined by defensive lineman Adam Butler, tight end Steven Scheu and safety Andrew Williamson at the annual media event, which draws approximately 1,000 credentialed members of the media.
The four-day event is held each July at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham and acts as the unofficial start to the college football season in the Southeastern Conference. The Commodores' contingent will meet with the media from 2:30 - 5:30 on Monday, and will be paired with representatives from Florida. Auburn and SEC Commissioner Mike Slive will take part in the day's early session.
Vanderbilt concluded its trip to SEC Media Day with a stop at Full Moon Bar-B-Que, where the players loaded up on ribs and pork.
To designate which interview rooms, the players and Coach Mason were in, the SEC created large signs for each individual and placed them outside each door to the room they were in.
The biggest audience any SEC coach or player will be in front of this week is the writer's ballroom. In the room, hundreds of writers from websites and newspapers across the country gather to hear each coach speak at the podium. The interviews are carried live on ESPNU, and Coach Mason had his opportunity at 4 p.m.
After Coach Mason was done, it was time for the players, who spread out into separate corners of the ballroom where each were assigned a different table.
Always outgoing, defensive lineman Adam Butler did not shy away from the opportunity to sing on live radio when Mark Packer of SiriusXM College Sports asked Butler if he was a fan of country music. Butler emphatically answered that he was a fan of George Strait and then proceeded to sing a few lines from "Amarillo by Morning."
One of the many benefits to attending SEC Media Day is the outstanding exposure the program receives. Derek Mason got a taste of this exposure when he appeared on ESPNU with Dari Nowkhah.
Derek Mason's first interview of the day was with Paul Finebaum on radio row. Finebaum, whose show will air daily on SEC Network tackled a number of topics with Mason.
After changing into their suits, the players and Coach Mason made their first stop of the day on radio row, located on the first level of the Hyatt Regency Birmingham. The hallway of the hotel that leads to the Galleria Mall, is lined on either side by radio stations from throughout the SEC footprint.
Before meeting with the media for the first time as a head coach, Derek Mason got an assist in tying his bow tie from Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples. Watch this Vine of Staples helping Mason with his bow tie.
Adam Butler had the best support he could possibly have waiting for him at SEC Media Day - his mother. Kim Butler, Adam's mother, flew in from Dallas, Texas, to support her son. She had not seen Adam since early summer due to offseason training, and was at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham to greet her son and the rest of the Commodores upon their arrival. She also helped make sure Adam was dressed the part by assisting with his wardrobe.
Every year it is a challenge among participants to see who is the best dressed at SEC Media Day. The 2014 edition did not disappoint with Adam Butler, Steven Scheu and Andrew Williamson each making fashion statements. Butler and Williamson each went with tie bars, while Scheu made his mark with glasses. Butler also added a pocket square. Watch as the players discuss what they chose to wear for the day.
Arriving in Hoover at noon, Vanderbilt's contingent dropped their bags off in the hotel room and then headed to grab a bite to eat at the food court in the Galleria Mall. The trio of players are pictured here with communications aficionados Andrew Boggs and David Dawson.
The Commodores relaxed during their trip to Hoover, Ala. Steven Scheu and Andrew Williamson sat in the very back listening to music, while Adam Butler sat in the middle, trying to conquer another level of Pokémon on his Nintendo DS. Throughout the ride down, players answered a wide variety from fans on Twitter.
Vanderbilt tight end Steven Scheu had his first interview of the day with 104.5 The Zone in Nashville. One of the hosts of the show is former Tennessee Titans tight end Frank Wycheck.
Before heading to SEC Media Day in Hoover, the Commodores began their day by fueling themselves at Noshville. The group gathered at 8 a.m., loaded up and then headed in the car for the three-hour drive.
Vanderbilt's contingent of student-athletes and staff will be departing Nashville early Monday morning to make the three-hour trek to Hoover. During the time in the car, Vanderbilt's players will answer fan questions on the @VandyFootball Twitter account. Fans can submit questions to @VandyFootball at any time.