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Johnny Manziel speaks to media for the first time this season


Texas A&M, per coach Kevin Sumlin‘s policy with freshmen, has kept quarterback Johnny Manziel out of the spotlight and press conferences this season. But the attention to Johnny Football, the emerging Heisman favorite, has been  impossible to ignore. So, A&M decided to break code and allow Manziel to speak with reporters via teleconference.

Unfortunately for anyone interested, there wasn’t much to chew on.

I don’t know if there’s anything I’ve been dying to say,” Manziel said.

He doesn’t see himself as Johnny Football and he doesn’t know if he’s the Heisman frontrunner. “There are other priorities in your life that take over reading about yourself,” Manziel added.

Make no mistake, Manziel made it clear that it would be a dream come true to win the Heisman, but he also said all the right (meaning boring), big picture things. In all, it seems like Manziel is actually quite normal, even though his freshman season has been anything but normal.

“Whatever is meant to be will happen,” Manziel said. “So I’m just doing whatever Coach Sumlin asks me to do in terms of lifting and getting ready for bowl practice and making sure our team stays focused and can hopefully take care of business in the bowl game.

“I think the Heisman and all the other awards like that will play itself out.”

But not without some help from A&M. This was a program that had absolutely no intention of pushing Manziel for Heisman until the past couple of weeks, and that was because Manziel had already surpassed all expectations anyone had for him (or the Aggies) in 2012.

(Hat tip: USA Today) 

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.