User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
When will Johnny Football talk?

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - No. 7 Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel didn't speak to the media until late November last year because of coach Kevin Sumlin's ban on freshman talking to reporters.

Advertisement
Now he's a sophomore and a Heisman Trophy winner and he's once again being kept from the media. He has served his half-game NCAA suspension and played his first game for the Aggies, but hasn't spoken publicly since SEC media days this summer.

Sumlin said it isn't the right time for Manziel to talk, but that he will talk at some point this year.

``I think it's important now based on where he is that his focus is to try to be our quarterback and a student athlete,'' Sumlin said. ``That's his biggest challenge right now. (It's) not his challenge to be here.''

Sumlin also said that the image in the media of Manziel is so negative right now that his talking would not be beneficial.

``I don't think right now that him coming here and saying the words would change some people's opinion about who he is,'' Sumlin said. ``At the appropriate time he'll be able to speak for himself.''

He also brushed off the notion that Manziel disrespected him on Saturday by not responding when he talked to him following his fourth-quarter unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

``When he came off the field, I basically made two statements to him, neither one of which should he have responded to,'' Sumlin said. ``They weren't questions. They were direct statements and I can't repeat them right now. What's amazing to me is the perception that he ignored me. The worst thing that could have happened was for him to reply based on what I told him.''

Manziel sat out the first half of Saturday's win over Rice because of what the school called an ``inadvertent'' violation of NCAA rules involving signing autographs. Not long after he entered the game in the third quarter he jawed with a Rice defender and appeared to mimic signing an autograph while getting up from a tackle.

His penalty came when he pointed at the scoreboard after throwing his third touchdown pass.

Sumlin said he spoke with several players - not just Manziel - on Monday about how penalties can hurt the entire team and the importance of eliminating them. He said it's a balancing act to keep Manziel from getting in those situations without stifling the exuberance that is part of what has made him so successful.

``Anybody who watches Johnny knows that he plays with a lot of emotion and a lot of passion,'' Sumlin said. ``Because of that he gets into the gray area. It's my job, it's our job as coaches to keep that passion and energy going, but make it positive.''

Sumlin does understand that Manziel's antics have made things more difficult for the sophomore quarterback. But he also finds it a bit amusing that Manziel's gesture of rubbing his fingers together became such a big deal when several other Aggies as well as players on other teams have been doing the same thing since last season.

``Has he kind of painted himself in a box with that, with some other issues? Probably,'' Sumlin said. ``But no one wants to be more successful than he is. No one is going to play this game harder than he does and his teammates understand that.''

Running back Ben Malena agreed and said that the outside perception of Manziel is completely different than his image within the team. He also doesn't mind answering questions about Manziel while the quarterback avoids the press.

``It's just what comes with it,'' he said. ``You want to have a defending Heisman Trophy winner as your quarterback. So it's not bad.''

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Edwards: Pressing Mississippi State
Lawrence: 2014 MWC Preview
Edwards: Top 20 QB Changes
News: LVH posts Conference Odds
Fresno, Boise favorites in the MWC
Bowling Green picked to win MAC
New ACC settles into era of stability
Tennessee-WVU set for Charlotte in 2018
TCU's Fields investigated for assault
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAAFB College Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2013 CFB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Williams + 1921
Joe Nelson + 1446
Bruce Marshall + 1350
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Last Week  
   
   
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Joe Nelson 60 %
Doc's Sports 57 %
Joe Williams 57 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Williams + 1312
Brian Edwards + 580
James Manos + 443
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Williams + 1283
Jimmy Boyd + 966
James Manos + 756
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 1100
Doc's Sports + 1090
Joe Nelson + 940
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!