Joe Medley's In My Opinion: So this is what an overexposed freshman looks like
by Joe Medley
jmedley@annistonstar.com
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Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy last season as a redshirt freshman. (Associated Press photo)
Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy last season as a redshirt freshman. (Associated Press photo)
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It’s easy to trash Johnny Manziel after the off-season he’s had since becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. Off-field headlines have many sizing him up as a one-hit wonder.

With that in mind, he tweeted Sunday some unspecified “bull----” has him eager to leave College Station, Texas, where his school is based. Then he deleted the tweet and seemed to clarify.

“Don’t forget that I love (Texas) A&M with all of my heart, but please please walk a day in my shoes,” he tweeted.

The last year in his shoes has, appropriately, been more of a scramble than a walk. He went from not having played a collegiate down to winning the Heisman in less than four months and did it in the social-media era.

The kid who could appear in public with little fanfare a year ago steps out and into twitpic hell, exposed flaws and all. No telling how many of his nearly 367,000 Twitter followers he walks by daily.

Consider that Alabama’s AJ McCarron and Katherine Webb have 420,126 combined followers, and Manziel has more than twice McCarron’s 159,337.

Alabama coach Nick Saban stands more validated than ever in limiting the public exposure of his freshmen.

Contact Sports Columnist Joe Medley at jmedley@annistonstar.com. Read “In My Opinion” in every Anniston Star sports section, written by Star staff members.
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