HOOVER, Ala. -- Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel did not stroll into SEC media days on Wednesday morning with a blonde on each arm and a highball in hand. He arrived on time -- the alarm worked! -- crammed 14 interviews into two hours and 40 minutes and came off like an intelligent, passionate, thoughtful third-year college student.
So much for his public persona.
"I think today is a real opportunity and a growth opportunity for him," Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said, "because of the number of media with tough questions he's had to answer."
The quarterback too quick to get blown up last season acted more like one of his blockers Wednesday. Manziel took the questions head-on, delivering his answers with shoulders square and head high. He should have. He brought them on himself.
Manziel apologized for oversleeping and missing his assignment at the Manning Passing Academy. He wished he hadn't tweeted that he couldn't wait to get out of College Station. Pretty much a bad hair day. Same as when he tweeted that people should walk a mile in his shoes.
"My life is different," Manziel said. "It's difficult at some point. People don't see it. People see it when they're around me more and more. But I am very blessed, very fortunate to be in the position I am. I understand people would line up out the door to be where I'm at today. I don't take that for granted. I just made a frustrated, just kind of a stupid decision."
That was a reference to the A&M tweet, not the walk tweet or him screwing up last weekend. Manziel sounded thrilled that the Mannings asked him to return next summer. That's good news for all of us. If Manziel goes back, that means he will return to college football in 2014.