Friday from the Eagle’s Nest
Media beginning to turn sour on A&M’s ‘Johnny Football’ – After receiving a parking ticket recently, Manziel tweeted this: “(expletive) like tonight is a reason why I can’t wait to leave college station … whenever it may be.” He quickly deleted that tweet but followed it up with an equally self-damaging one: “Don’t ever forget that I love A&M with all of my heart, but please please walk a day in my shoes.” This is just the most recent incident in an offseason that has seen the once beloved sensation from College Station draw criticism over his very lavish and public lifestyle. Perhaps Matt Hayes from the SportingNews said it best when he declared, “Johnny Football has only ‘Johnny Look At Me’ to blame.”
You know ESPN is all over this story. Joe Tessitore and Paul Finebaum discussed the extent of damage Manziel has managed to inflict on himself in one offseason and of course Cam Newton was brought up. Thankfully, Finebaum did handle that question (regarding Newton) relatively well.
The bottom line here is that sometime soon, Johnny Manziel needs to learn the importance of not feeding the hype that has been generated around him. He’s become a one-man show at “the home of the 12th man” and if things continue to progress as they have this offseason, he may find himself wishing he was back in his old shoes at College Station.
2013 Auburn Tigers are early favorites for many as comeback team of the year – I also look for the Tigers to bounce back in a big way this fall. Gus Malzahn is changing the mentality of the program (along with the philosophy) and that will pay huge dividends on the field in 2013. Look for the Tigers to be much more prepared each week this season. Kevin Scarbinsky thinks Gus Malzahn is already in the nightmares of some SEC head coaches.
Despite a lot of preseason love regarding a bounce back season, Auburn is not receiving much praise in the polls. The Tigers sit outside of Phil Steele’s Preseason Top 40 poll. I find it interesting however that only two SEC teams are in his top 10. (#1 Alabama, #9 Georgia)
No matter that exclusion, Auburn football seems to be in a very good place at the moment. There are still lingering questions at quarterback, but I think many may jumping the gun in that regard. The Tigers will have a capable signal caller in 2013. There will be plenty of weapons on offense for Malzahn to use and I think that means finding a quarterback to do what needs to be done will be even easier. Obviously, we would all love another Cam Newton. We won’t know until August 31. War Eagle, everybody! Things are starting to take shape!