Next week marks the unofficial start of the 2016 Southeastern Conference football season as players and coaches will gather in Birmingham, Ala., for the annual SEC Media Days.
The conference announced Wednesday the 42 players — three from each team — who will attend the four-day affair, a list that only includes three quarterbacks.
In addition to head coach Barry Odom, Missouri will be represented by junior defensive end Charles Harris, senior tight end Sean Culkin and senior linebacker Michael Scherer.
Harris ranked sixth on the Tigers last season with 56 tackles, including 18 1/2 for a loss, and tied for the team lead with seven sacks.
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Earlier this week, Harris was announced on the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award as the top defensive player in college football. Harris, a Lincoln Prep graduate from Kansas City, also recorded a team-best 10 quarterback hurries and tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles last season.
Scherer made 93 tackles last season, including nine for a loss, with three pass breakups. He had 114 tackles as a sophomore and is among the most experienced linebackers in the SEC.
Culkin made 16 catches for 139 yards with a touchdown last season, but he figures to play an increased role in new offensive coordinator Josh Heupel’s offense.
Mississippi senior Chad Kelly, Tennessee senior Josh Dobbs and Texas A&M senior Trevor Knight, a graduate transfer from Oklahoma, are the only quarterbacks on the docket.
Big 12 Media Days
The Big 12’s Media Days are July 18 and 19 in Dallas. Kansas will appear on Monday, July 18 with coach David Beaty, quarterback Montell Cozart, a Kansas City native out of Bishop Miege, linebacker Joe Dineen and safety Fish Smithson.
Kansas State will appear on day two with coach Bill Snyder, safety Dante Barnett, quarterback Jesse Ertz, offensive lineman Dalton Risner and defensive end Jordan Willis, a Kansas City native from Rockhurst High.