July 14, 2014
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Another trip to SEC Media Day in Hoover, Ala., is in the books. It started with an 8 a.m. departure from McGugin Center and ended with Vanderbilt's contingent arriving back on campus after 10 p.m.
It was a long, but successful day for Vanderbilt's Derek Mason, Adam Butler, Steven Scheu and Andrew Williamson, who flew the black and gold flag proudly before the more than 1,000 media members in attendance.
The Commodores had their opportunity to spread their message before representatives from media outlets throughout the country in what has become the unofficial start to the college football season. For a blow-by-blow recap of the day, be sure to visit Vanderbilt's SEC Media Day Central, which includes photos, videos and more. Additionally, be sure to check out a collection of the day's activity on Twitter by reading this collection of tweets compiled in a special Social Sweep.
Vanderbilt's day began with breakfast at Noshville, where the players loaded up on carbs after having a morning workout session. The first interviews of the day were done by Mason, who was already in Birmingham following an event with the National Commodore Club. Mason hopped on the radio with local stations 102.5 The Game and 104.5 The Zone before the 8 o'clock hour.
The first player to conduct an interview was Steven Scheu, who took a short break from breakfast to speak with former Tennessee Titans tight end Frank Wycheck on 104.5's morning show.
After breakfast, the players piled into the car for a three-hour drive south down I-65. Along the way, they answered questions on VandyFootball's Twitter account. Below are a few highlights.
Fastest player on defense: Scheu and Butler both say Andrew Williamson-- VandyFootball (@VandyFootball) July 14, 2014
Who on the team could play another D-1 sport? Consensus is that C.J. Duncan could probably play any sport he wanted to.-- VandyFootball (@VandyFootball) July 14, 2014
Little known facts about each: Scheu: When I was born, the doctors said I was going to be blind.-- VandyFootball (@VandyFootball) July 14, 2014
Best player they have faced: Scheu: Clowney. No-brainer Butler: Germain Ifedi from A&M Williamson: Jeff Driskel-- VandyFootball (@VandyFootball) July 14, 2014
Vanderbilt arrived at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham at noon. After unloading their belongings and dropping them off in a hotel room, the Commodores grabbed a bite to eat in the food court of the Galleria Mall, which is attached to the hotel.
Afterwards, the players changed into their suits and prepared to start SEC Media Day on radio row. The players admitted they had not dressed up as much as they did Monday since they were at high school graduation. Butler even got an assist with his attire from his mother, Kim, who flew in for the occasion from Dallas, Texas.
Watch this video to learn more about their wardrobes.
The biggest fashion statement was made by Mason, who elected to go with a bow tie. The first-year head coach made his presence known throughout the day by conducting a number of outstanding interviews. But his most critical media interaction came with Andy Staples from Sports Illustrated. Mason was trying to complete his wardrobe with his bow tie and turned to Staples for a lending hand.
The Commodores spent approximately 45 minutes on radio row before making their way up the escalator for their scheduled interview sessions, which lasted from 2:30-5:30 p.m.
After an exhausting day of interviews, the Commodores were finally done. The group changed into more comfortable clothes and then made one last stop for dinner at Full Moon Bar-B-Que before hitting the road for Nashville.