AJ McCarron details differences between him and Johnny Manziel

AJ McCarronAlabama quarterback A.J. McCarron would not address a report that said he tried to wake up an oversleeping Johnny Manziel at the Manning Passing Academy last weekend because the Crimson Tide QB said he did not want to get into another player’s business. But in the process of explaining why he would not comment on the report, McCarron, speaking from SEC Media Day on Thursday, outlined some of the differences between him and, say, a guy like Manziel.

“I can’t answer on Johnny Manziel’s part,” McCarron responded when asked about the report. “My name’s A.J. Everything that has to do with him, he’s his own man. I’m not going to speak on another man’s business. That’s how I was raised. If it don’t have nothing to do with you, don’t speak of it.”

McCarron then discussed how he takes pride in avoiding negative headlines.

“The one thing you can say throughout my career you can never bash me for is I never brought any type of negative spotlight on my last name or my university or my head coach or my teammates. I’ve always done the right thing, I’ve always done it how it’s supposed to be done. That’s the way I want to be remembered.

“I don’t want to be remembered as some guy that was an off-the-wall type guy doing all this crazy stuff. That’s not me. My job is playing football, not being a celebrity off the field.”

McCarron didn’t mention any names when describing how he doesn’t want to be remembered, but it’s pretty obvious he was contrasting himself with Manziel. Johnny Football has gotten into trouble off the field. Manziel is considered a celebrity off the field. He’s brought negative attention to his school and team. Whether he intended to or not, McCarron just showed all the ways he differs from Manziel, even if the two are friends.

About the only negative headlines McCarron has been involved in at Bama came when he got into a Twitter beef with Tyrann Mathieu, and when the media blew it out of proportion that he got a boot put on his car. That’s not bad.

In many ways, McCarron is actually the ideal Nick Saban player. Look at the way he answered some questions at SEC Media Day:

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Johnny Manziel receives props from Drake for media day

Johnny Manziel OVO DrakeJohnny Manziel has friends in high places, but you already knew that.

Johnny Football has been repping Drake’s gear and shouting out the rapper’s OVO crew for months ever since meeting the Canadian artist over the offseason. In fact, Manziel even said meeting Drake was the highlight of his offseason.

Apparently that relationship goes two ways.

Drake tweets infrequently — he’s sent less than 1,500 — but he did make sure to shout out the Texas A&M QB on Wednesday:

Drake was referencing the way the Heisman Trophy winner addressed questions at SEC media day Wednesday about his early departure from the Manning Passing Academy. Manziel admitted he missed a meeting after oversleeping, but he denies drinking alcohol or being hungover, contrary to a report.

[VIDEO: Johnny Manziel addresses Manning Passing Academy departure]

Whether you believe Manziel or not is up to you, but we can all probably agree with Drake that the A&M QB handled himself well. What’s strange is that Manziel keeps talking about maturing, but his behavior still indicates he has a ways to go.

Johnny Manziel: Drinking ‘absolutely not’ reason I missed Manning Passing Academy

Johnny ManzielJohnny Manziel sat down for an interview with ESPN’s Joe Tessitore at SEC media day on Wednesday morning, and he answered the tough questions with a great deal of poise. This was clearly something Manziel prepared for and was coached on.

As expected, Tessitore asked Manziel about the report that the quarterback was sent home from the Manning Passing Academy by Archie Manning after showing up late on Saturday. Manziel said that he simply overslept, firmly denying the rumor that he was late because he partied too hard on Friday night and was hungover.

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Johnny Manziel reportedly apologized over Manning Passing Academy departure

Johnny ManzielJohnny Manziel left the Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, La. where he was a coach/counselor early last weekend, and the Heisman Trophy winner apologized to his Texas A&M coaches for whatever led to the departure, ESPN reports.

Rumors and Rants reported on Saturday evening that Manziel was sent home from the academy by Archie Manning after showing up tardy for Saturday’s activities. Rumors and Rants says Manziel was partying too hard on Friday night and didn’t report back to the site of the camp at Nicholls State University until noon Saturday after already missing some meetings.

Though Manning camp officials confirmed Manziel’s departure, they said it was because the A&M QB was sick.

ESPN’s Joe Schad says Manziel apologized to the A&M coaching staff about his early departure from the camp. Schad also says a source told him Manziel was “very upset” as he left the camp and conceded he still needs to mature.

People on social media indicated that Manziel was out and about in College Station Saturday night despite leaving the camp because he was supposedly sick. Manziel’s father told Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News that his son was recovering Sunday from dehydration.

After hearing this report from Schad, it would be pretty foolish to dismiss the report from Rumors and Rants. If Manziel just happened to get sick, why would he be apologetic to the A&M coaching staff? And what would maturity have to do with it? Dismiss the multiple reports about Manziel’s behavior all you want, but it’s clear the guy still needs to learn some better judgment.

Previous Johnny Manziel social media controversies
Johnny Manziel tweets he ‘can’t wait to leave College Station’
Photo: Johnny Manziel has fake Texas Longhorns tattoo
Fake Photo: Manziel’s Heisman Trophy has marijuana blunt
Photo: Johnny Manziel throws up Texas Tech ‘Guns Up’ symbol
Johnny Manziel flashes his cash inside casino

Kevin Sumlin explains how he helped Johnny Manziel avoid suspension

Johnny ManzielLast week, it was revealed that Johnny Manziel came close to transferring from Texas A&M following an incident last summer that resulted in him being arrested at a College Station bar. Manziel was initially suspended by the university for the entire 2012 season, but he appealed the suspension and won. Without the support of head coach Kevin Sumlin, it probably wouldn’t have gone down so smoothly.

On Monday, the Aggies coach told NewsOK.com about how he wrote a letter backing Manziel during his appeal process. Sumlin said the reason he wrote the letter was because he felt he had disciplined Manziel enough.

“A lot has been said about discipline, but he went through all that, which is a little bit more than people think,” he explained. “That’s not a public deal, it’s just what I ask him to do. He did all those things and his parents were involved in all of that. So for him to go through that, then go through camp and those types of things and earn the job, that’s what’s brought him to where he is now.”

As you know, Manziel went on to morph into a star after he was reinstated and became the first ever freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. In retrospect, Sumlin probably could not be happier that he went to bat for the freshman. He did not say anything specific about Manziel’s punishment, but Texas A&M obviously thought it was sufficient.

Now if Sumlin could just keep Manziel from drawing unnecessary attention to himself, the sky could be the limit for the Aggies in 2013.

H/T Eye on College Football

Johnny Manziel reportedly has a friend he refers to as ‘Turtle’

Johnny ManzielJohnny Manziel has been described by many as the real-life Vinny Chase. For those of you who inexplicably are not fans of the HBO hit series “Entourage,” Vincent Chase is the main character in the show. He is/was an actor who parlayed his fame and fortune into a life of luxury with his childhood friends always in tow. One of said friends goes by “Turtle” in the show.

According to CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman, Manziel has embraced the “Entourage” comparisons and even refers to one of his own buddies as “Turtle.”

Earlier this spring, I wrote that Manziel is a cross between a Dan Jenkins character and Vinny Chase. In truth, Manziel’s living the Entourage life right now for real. (He even refers to one of his best friends as “Turtle.”)

Who wouldn’t love the life that Manziel has been leading since he burst onto the scene at Texas A&M last season and became the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy? Whether it be attending an NBA Finals game, getting the chance to play at one of the best golf courses in the world or partying it up in New Orleans, Manziel truly has been living a celebrity lifestyle.

The key is for him to keep it under control. Manziel comes from a wealthy family, so he has the resources to enjoy many of the finer things in life — even if it means hearing criticism from fans who accuse him of taking improper benefits. Texas A&M has spoken to Manziel about his post-Heisman behavior, and he seems to have toned it down a bit. That doesn’t mean the friend he refers to as “Turtle” isn’t still enjoying the good life.

H/T The Big Lead

Johnny Manziel tweet reportedly was over a parking ticket

Johnny Manziel carRemember Johnny Manziel’s tweet from the weekend that he couldn’t wait to leave College Station? Maybe it wasn’t as big of a deal as we thought.

Brent Zwerneman of the San Antonio Express News reports that Johnny Football was angry over receiving a parking ticket while he was out of town when he sent the tweet.

Here’s what Zwerneman reported:

Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, had been fishing in Port Aransas on Saturday and was still on the coast when he talked over the phone to an officer, who wrote him a ticket for being parked the wrong way in front of his house and for his windows being tinted too dark (his vehicle was in College Station while he was with friends in Port Aransas), according to the insider. Manziel tweeted out his frustrations in dealing with the matter, quickly removed the post, followed with a tweet that he loved A&M but for people to please walk in a day in his shoes.

[Related: Johnny Manziel tweets he ‘can’t wait to leave College Station’]

Does that all make sense to you? I’m not sure what walking a day in his shoes has to do with receiving a parking ticket. I mean anyone with a vehicle can cross the wrong side of the parking gods and receive a ticket. You don’t have to be a Heisman Trophy winner to have something like that happen.

Via Busted Coverage, here’s a look at Manziel’s car from a taping with ESPN:

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