COLLEGE STATION, Texas —
He ruffled some feathers around College Station this offseason for tweeting that he “can’t wait to leave College Station,” despite having three years of eligibility remaining. Then allegedly overslept at a football camp run by the Manning family and was supposedly kicked out of a University of Texas fraternity party before the NCAA investigation began.
The distraction he has caused to the program has raised the question of whether it takes away from his electric play.
Sumlin was asked if he’ll have to learn to accept that there are going to be tough moments with Manziel. He replied: “accept is not a word coaches go by.”
“You try to do everything you can to grow better people, better players and give your team the best chance to win,” he said. “And individual penalties of any kind, particularly personal fouls, are things that could keep you from winning ball games.”
If his teammates are tiring of their quarterback’s personality, they aren’t saying so. Every player who was asked about his behavior on Saturday took up for the 20-year-old Manziel.
“I felt like he represented himself with a nice swag,” senior defensive back Toney Hurd said. “He came out and he played well. He took a few chances, but who doesn’t take chances on the football field? He came out and had fun. We got the ‘W’ and that’s what really matters.”
The Aggies have one more week to clean up their play with a game against Sam Houston State, the FCS runner-up the last two seasons, before a rematch with top-ranked Alabama on Sept. 14.