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Five questions about Auburn football heading into SEC Media Days

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AU FB Signing Day Presser

Auburn football coach Bryan Harsin talks during the Tigers' signing day presser on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021 in Auburn.

HOOVER — You're not in Idaho anymore, Bryan Harsin.

Auburn football's new coach has surely come to appreciate that statement already, but the spectacle that is SEC Media Days will further hammer that home.

Harsin, along with quarterback Bo Nix and linebacker Owen Pappoe, will meet the conference's media Thursday to end the four days of talking at the Wynfrey Hotel.

Here are five questions heading into the Tigers' time in the SEC's preseason spotlight:

1. How will Harsin handle the stage?

Games aren't won and lost at media days, but a coach can come out a winner or loser. Harsin will have one chance to make a first impression in front of the conference's media while at SEC Media Days. How he handles it remains to be seen. And there are plenty of options for comparison, with him being one of eight coaches making their first appearance at media days representing their respective schools.

2. What might Harsin say about Alabama?

Harsin will surely field a question (or a few) about Alabama. Representatives from teams who aren't even in the same state as Alabama received questions about the Crimson Tide on the first day of media days. This will likely be one of many times that Harsin talks about Alabama and the Iron Bowl.

3. Can Nix become an elite quarterback?

Nix came to Auburn viewed as an elite talent, considering his five-star rating. The question remains: Can the junior become a top-flight quarterback in the SEC? There's an opening with some of the conference's best from 2020 (Mac Jones and Kyle Trask) having moved on to the NFL. New offensive coordinator Mike Bobo will try to help Auburn's quarterback take the next step. Nix and Harsin will likely field questions about the subject in Hoover.

4. What's next for RB Tank Bigsby?

With an all-time great name, Bigsby has potential to be an all-time great player. He's off to a good start as he won SEC freshman of the year in 2020 and an All-SEC second-team spot. He's off to a strong start, But how does he build on that? Following his development will be fascinating and something to watch in 2021.

5. Who will emerge as top receiving options?

Losing Seth Williams, Anthony Schwartz and Eli Stove leaves plenty of production to replace. They finished as the Tigers' top three receivers in 2020. Players such as Ja'Varrius Johnson, Elijah Canion and Kobe Hudson are among those who will be candidates to replace the trio.