"I hope you all saw him," Sumlin said during his allotted slot at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala. "I hope you don't see him a bunch this year."
Bringing a punter to media day is like bringing boxed wine to a dinner party.
Sumlin clearly doesn't care. Life in the SEC after quarterback
Sumlin has done a great job in leading Texas A&M from the
None of that is going help Texas A&M defeat SEC East power
He didn't want to talk about Manziel, the mercurial but talented quarterback who led the Aggies through triumphant, and turbulent, times.
Manziel is now the daily concern of the
In one sense it must be a relief for Sumlin to move past Manziel, even as talented as he was. "Johnny Football" also caused a lot of off-field headaches.
Naturally, the first question Sumlin was asked Tuesday was about Manziel. Actually, the question was: "What is it like not coaching Johnny Manziel?"
Sumlin could only laugh as he worked steadily toward being miffed.
After another Johnny Football question he offered, "Is this the SEC Media Days? No, that's a great question about the Cleveland Browns. Anybody else got something?"
Sumlin was happy to talk about facility upgrades and, of course, his punter. But he wasn't even willing to discuss the two quarterbacks, Kyle Allen and Kenny Hill, vying to compete for Manziel's job.
"I didn't come here to tell you who the quarterback was going to be," Sumlin said.