SEC Media Day: Alexander, Beckwith, Fournette

by Jake Terry (@LSUjake)
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SEC Media Day: Alexander, Beckwith, Fournette

BATON ROUGE – LSU announced Vadal Alexander, Kendell Beckwith and Leonard Fournette will accompany head coach Les Miles to Hoover, Ala., when the Tigers take their turn at the annual Southeastern Conference Football Media Days.

LSU will attend media day July 16 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel where Alexander, Beckwith, Fournette and Miles will speak with hundreds of media members throughout the day.

The SEC Network will have continuous coverage of SEC Football Media Days starting at 11:30 a.m. CT on July 13 when SEC commissioner Greg Sankey delivers his opening comments.

In addition, fans can catch behind-the-scenes coverage of the event on the LSU football social media channels: www.Facebook.com/lsufootball, @LSUfball on Twitter and @LSUfootball on Instagram.

Alexander, a senior offensive tackle from Buford, Ga., elected to return for his final season with the Tigers. A three-year starter, Alexander is expected to make the shift to right tackle this season.

Alexander ranked second on the team in 2014 with 75.5 knockdowns on 757 total snaps played.

Beckwith, a junior linebacker from Clinton, La., emerged as a starter at middle linebacker seven games into the 2014 season, and he finished his sophomore campaign with 77 tackles, two sacks and an interception returned for a touchdown.

Fournette was selected as LSU’s representative in the “Beyond The Field: Stories of the SEC” initiative. Each year, the 14 schools of the SEC send their head football coach and three student-athletes to participate in SEC Football Media Days. This year, at least one of those student-athletes from each school has a story to tell that transcends his football accomplishments.

Ten years ago Fournette, along with his family, lived on a bridge for five days and four nights in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. His family moved to Baton Rouge, Corpus Christi and Portland (Texas) before settling back in New Orleans, though his old neighborhood was destroyed.

The list of the student-athletes participating in SEC Football Media Days is below.

2015 SEC FOOTBALL MEDIA DAYS SCHEDULE

MONDAY, July 13
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey
Auburn – Gus Malzahn, QB Jeremy Johnson, DB Jonathan Jones, LB Kris Frost
Florida – Jim McElwain, DE Jonathan Bullard, WR Brandon Powell, DB Vernon Hargreaves III
Vanderbilt – Derek Mason, RB Ralph Webb, LB Nigel Bowden, C Spencer Pulley

TUESDAY, July 14
SEC Coordinator of Football Officials Steve Shaw
South Carolina – Steve Spurrier, PK Elliott Fry, WR Pharoh Cooper, LB Skai Moore
Texas A&M – Kevin Sumlin, C Mike Matthews, OT Germain Ifedi, DL Julien Obioha
Mississippi State – Dan Mullen, QB Dak Prescott, DB Taveze Calhoun, DE Ryan Brown
Tennessee – Butch Jones, QB Joshua Dobbs, LB/DL Curt Maggitt, DB Cameron Sutton

WEDNESDAY, July 15
Alabama – Nick Saban, LB Reggie Ragland, RB Kenyan Drake, OL Ryan Kelly
Kentucky – Mark Stoops, NG Melvin Lewis, OT Jordan Swindle, S A.J. Stamps
Arkansas – Bret Bielema, RB Jonathan Williams, QB Brandon Allen, WR Keon Hatcher
Missouri – Gary Pinkel, DB Kenya Dennis, QB Maty Mauk, C Evan Boehm

THURSDAY, July 16
LSU – Les Miles, RB Leonard Fournette, OT Vadal Alexander, LB Kendell Beckwith
Georgia – Mark Richt, WR Malcolm Mitchell, OT John Theus, LB Jordan Jenkins
Ole Miss – Hugh Freeze, TE Evan Ingram, DB Mike Hilton, LB C.J. Johnson

2015 SEC Media Days – Live Video Schedule

Day, Date, Time (CT) Show Link
Mon., July 13, 11:30 a.m. SEC Now: 2015 Media Days Special SEC Network+
Tues., July 14, 9 a.m. SEC Now: 2015 Media Days Special SEC Network+
Wed., July 15, 9 a.m. SEC Now: 2015 Media Days Special SEC Network+
Thurs., July 16, 9 a.m. SEC Now: 2015 Media Days Special SEC Network+