“At the moment we have 14 teams in our league for the next two years. We have very, very good teams in our league. It’s a very competitive league. You have to be on task every week that you play. … But I think if we head into the mega conference, again, everything about the competitive balance is going to be called into question. Look, I’m not here to say we should have it or we don’t shouldn’t have it. But if we have two 20-team leagues, how is that going to affect all the people who aren’t in those leagues? That’s a question for all of you to speculate and answer. I really can’t speculate on that.

-Saban on a possible extension of the SEC

“Well, for me, I’m going to approach the season the way I approached it last year. I’m just going to be Will Anderson. I’m not going to try to do anything special. I’m not going to go out and try to… “Be a hero. I’m just going to go out there and be myself, be the player I was when I got here and just help my teammates play good team football.

-Alabama linebacker Will Anderson on possibly breaking Derrick Thomas’ sack record

“Well, I respect your question. The answer to this question is: not at all in all respects. We don’t talk about that. We don’t spend time on it. We do not count the collective records of our opponents. It’s just not who we are. We’re not fighting to win an SEC game, we’re fighting to become a dominant force in the conference. Obviously, winning in the SEC requires winning that first game. But when it does, it won’t be a big party. We’re going to celebrate everything at a high level, but we’re going to quickly focus on the next opponent because that’s what winning programs do. I don’t own anything that happened before. I definitely own last season. We fell well below our expectations. But we’re just trying to build the best version of Vanderbilt football in year two, regardless of our opponents.

-Vanderbilt coach Clark Lea on top three SEC opponents (Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia) a combined 37-6 last season with two playing for the national championship

“MPA has been an incredible opportunity for me. Every Manning was involved. You’re with college guys and quarterbacks from all over the country, and it was just an amazing opportunity. We’re in a group chat right now, all the college guys are in a group chat, and we’re all going through the same thing. There hasn’t been a situation that either of us haven’t figured out yet. So that level of communication is still there. We are in a group chat every day. I was rooming with Hooker from school orange, so I think Peyton did it on purpose just to throw a little punch. It was fun. I learned a lot.”

-Vanderbilt quarterback Mike Wright on attending Manning Passing Academy