HOOVER, Ala. (WHNT) — It’s the second day of SEC Media Days and excitement is running high. Several key players took center stage today for over a thousand media representatives. Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel was undoubtedly at the forefront of the attention today. There were several great players from 6 SEC schools today but Manziel had the biggest following. Most of the hype surrounded around his admitted questionable behavior lately.
“I do feel bad for him to be that overwhelmed with press,” said Krista Rogers, a Texas A&M alumni. “I mean he is very young, any college student is that young, he’s got a lot of light on him because of who he is, the Heisman winner, all these things.”
Manziel recently made headlines when he went home early from the Manning Passing Academy. He told reporters today that he simply overslept. “Personally, I think a college athlete should stay out of trouble as much as possible, keep all the attention off of you, it gives people bulletin board material,” said Cole Stephens, an Alabama fan.
Manziel is the youngest Heisman Trophy winner of all time. Many SEC fans wonder if his age and success aren’t a healthy combination. “Maturity might be an issue but i think it’s more of, you gotta be in line, when you got someone always with cell phones, you gotta stay out of trouble, no matter how old you are,” said Stephens.
Guy Myers agrees with Stephens. “I think he got overwhelmed, caught in the moment, but like i said he’s just a kid, you cant judge him from what he does to a certain extent, i guess being a Heisman winner he has to have standards to an extent,” he said.
Despite some admitted mistakes, “Johnny Football” still has a strong band of supporters. “We’re real excited to have him at A&M thats a big deal for us to have a presence our first year in the SEC,” said Rogers.
“I mean he’s a heck of an athlete, he’s a wonderful athlete.”
MANZIEL TALKED TO THE MEDIA THIS MORNING FOR AWHILE AND HE ANSWERED SEVEARL QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS OFF-THE-FIELD BEHAVIOR.
HE SAID HE’S WORKING ON STAYING OUT OF TROUBLE.
AND HE’S LOOKING FORWARD TO A PRODUCTIVE SEASON WITH THE AGGIES.