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HOOVER, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference kicked off the upcoming football season near Birmingham on Tuesday. 

The place where over 1,000 credentialed journalists and football enthusiasts come together, the event started with an appearance from Florida coach Will Muschamp, Missouri's Gary Pinkel, Hugh Freeze of Ole Miss and Steve Spurrier of South Carolina. 

Following for Wednesday's schedule were Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin, Mark Stoops for the University of Kentucky, Dan Mullen of Mississippi State, Tennessee's Butch Jones, Gun Malzahn for Auburn and Bret Beilema of Arkansas. 

Georgia's Mark Richt was set for Thursday, to be joined by Alabama's Nick Saban, Lee Miles of LSU and James Franklin from Vanderbilt.

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UGA senior Garrison Smith said, "I'm glad for this opportunity to be here today and that my school chose me to represent. I'm feeling blessed." 

According to the Bulldogs' athletics page, the defensive end was invited to participate in the 2013 NFL and NCAA Student-Athlete Life Skills Roundtable, which helps provide student-athletes with an opportunity to openly discuss the resources and support they need to meet personal and professional goals. 

Also joining the hoopla at SEC Media Days was quarterback Aaron Murray, who set the highest single season rating in school history in 2012 with his 174.82 mark.

"I came back to win championships and lead this team to championship games," Murray said, "That is all that is on my mind right now."

Murray said he has respect for South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who claimed Murray was "scared" of him, along with Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd and Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson. 

"He is an unbelievable player and you have to have special plan for him," Murray said.

Sports Reporter Sam Crenshaw of 11Alive News is spending the day in Hoover, follow him on Twitter for photos and updates. 

11Alive will have updates tonight at 6. 


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