HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) – The reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Johnny Manziel, was the most anticipated student-athlete to make an appearance during the early portion of SEC Media Days on Wednesday.
Manziel, who was sent home from the Manning Passing Academy recently, was asked numerous questions about his recent decisions.
"This whole past week has been a little frustrating, but I'm continuing to grow and continuing to learn each day," Manziel said.
Rumors circulated that Manziel was sent home from the Manning Passing Academy for a bevy of reasons. Manziel, though, spent much his time behind the microphone on Wednesday trying to set the record straight.
"Some of the stuff was more rumors than it was true," he said. "I didn't really get a chance to tell my side of the story until just now. . . I just overslept. There was nothing more than that. There was no going out the night before. We had social events every night, which gave me the chance to pick Eli [Manning] and Peyton's brain.
"There was nothing more. Just oversleeping. There was no excuse for my phone not being on. There was no excuse for me not waking up."
Manziel has drawn much criticism over the course of the past year, something that isn't uncommon for athletes who live their life in the public eye. Whether the criticism is justified or not, Manziel does not seem to be deterred by his critics.
"I won the Heisman Trophy as a freshman. I don't say that to sound cocky or something like that, but it's the truth," Manziel explained. "Without my teammates, that would have never happened. Look at some of the guys who are the most hated around the league. Look at LeBron. He's the best player in the league, and he's probably the hated. Maybe I'm in that role for college football."
The redshirt sophomore heads into the 2013 season after a monstrous beginning to his college football career. He rushed for 1410 yards and 21 touchdowns and passed for 3706 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2012. As the new season approaches, it's no secret that teams are going to zero in on ways to stop Manziel and the Texas A&M offense.
"I haven't been worried about that. For me, [other teams] can sit there and do whatever they want, they have other games on their schedule, but if they're really gunning for us, then bring it on," Manziel said. "I've worked a lot to get better. I've worked with the new guys, and that's the biggest thing is making sure my teammates are prepared because we're the ones who will take it to the next level."
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