HOOVER, Ala. (WHNT) – From Texas A&M, Coach Kevin Sumlin, Toney Hurd Jr., Johnny Manziel, and Jake Matthews will be joining us. From Kentucky, Coach Mark Stoops, Donte Rumph, Raymond Sanders, and Avery Williamson will be joining us.
Stoops said that when he began as defensive coordinator at Florida State, he had to inject a lot of positive energy into the program. He went on to say that he had to bring the same positive energy to Kentucky’s program.
Johnny Manziel answered many questions about his off the field behavior. One point he drove home over and over– he’s dedicated to keeping himself out of trouble. He only wants to be recognized for his on the field achievements.
“We sit down and talk about your strengths and weaknesses as a player. We try to develop their game. Johnny’s challenge, and it still is, is to be able to anticipate the game as it will become,” said Sumlin about Manziel’s first season since winning the Heisman.
“We want to develop him from a athlete who is a quarterback to a quarterback who is an athlete.”
“Has he handled that perfectly? No. I think that’s all a learning experience and a growing experience because quite frankly, it’s something that no one’s ever been through at that age.” Sumlin on Manziel’s Heisman hype.
Sumlin on dealing with media hype: When you’re talking about hype and attention, it’s great for our fans and community. As a coach, it’s improtant to be consistent, set the tone, and not ride the wave up and down.
“I hope this get through to players and they change their conduct,” said Shaw. “I hope this makes the same change and impact as the changes to the unsportsmanlike conduct rule changes a few years ago.”