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Johnny Manziel dominates SEC Media Days headlines

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It took a special story to steal Nick Saban's title of "most anticipated media day interview"

Johnny Manziel was the first freshman to ever win the Heisman trophy. Part of that acclaim has been a whirlwind of media coverage without any privacy.

After a flashy freshman season, Johnny Manziel has been the focus of the cameras and the lights. At media days, he has had to explain why he left the Manning camp early last week.

 "Simply overslept," Manziel said. "Nothing more than that. All the talk about the other things weren't really true. I just overslept. There was nothing more than that."

Kevin Sumlin says the Johnny Football persona brings many challenges for Manziel.

"He is one of the most scrutinized players in the history of college football," Sumlin said. "He has made some poor decisions. He has made some good decisions."

With Manziel holding the most prestigious individual award in football, he has a target on his back.

"One player in the SEC that I really want to hit...let's see. Mr. Johnny. Yes, that is one I'd love to hit," said Kentucky defensive tackle Donte Rumph.

And despite the off the field controversies, Manziel's teammates say they aren't distracted.

 "Johnny is a great guy. He is a good looking guy," said Texas A&M defensive back Toney Hurd Jr. "I just embrace everything that comes with the Johnny Football."

While it seems crazy to everyone on the outside, Manziel says he has enjoyed the offseason.

"Crazy is, I guess, a good word to describe how other people have seen it. It has been fun getting a chance to spend time," said Manziel. "I'm working out; getting to do a lot of things I've been wanting to do. Just living life and enjoying it."

Manziel says he is ready for the season to begin so his play will speak for itself.

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