Three things we learned at SEC Media Days on Wednesday:
JOHNNY FOOTBALL ISN’T A BAD GUY
Just ask him. The Heisman Trophy winner and Texas A&M quarterback clarified that he simply overslept at the Manning Passing Academy, and did not stay out drinking the night before. Manziel stated that him being hung over was “absolutely not” the case, and that him leaving was a “mutual decision.” Manziel admitted that he hasn’t been perfect — being photographed in casinos, at Halloween parties, Tweeting on his displeasure about College Station — but also that his life isn’t exactly fair, with everybody watching every move he makes. He pointed out that he’s a 20-year-old trying to enjoy college, and reflected that maybe being a Heisman winner and 20 at the same time doesn’t mix.
MARK STOOPS BELIEVES
Stoops has created a stir in Lexington with a star-studded recruiting class for next year, but that’s not going to help him this year. The Wildcats are coming off a 2-10 season (0-8 SEC) that saw coach Joker Phillips lose his job, and are opening the year against Western Kentucky, the same team that beat Kentucky 32-31 in overtime last year to send the season into a tailspin. “I know that building Kentucky into a program that can compete in the SEC is not going to happen overnight,” Stoops said. “But that’s part of the challenge. It’s great to see the players very anxious for success. I believe our players are confident.”
THERE’S NO CAM IN THE CORNER
New Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is an architect of a fluid hurry-up, no-huddle offense, but he needs a quarterback to make it run. Two weeks before practice starts, he doesn’t have an answer, as he did when Cam Newton was around in 2010. He hopes he’ll find an answer among Kiehl Frazier, Jonathan Wallace, Nick Marshall and Jeremy Johnson.