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McCarron sidesteps Manziel issue

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Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron decided to pass on Thursday when asked about fellow QB Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and their recent experience as roommates at the Manning Passing Academy.

Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner as a redshirt freshman, made news last weekend when he left the Manning camp in Louisiana early after saying he overslept. Media reports suggested that he might be hung over. There also was a report that McCarron and Manziel were seen together at a bar.

"I can't answer on Johnny Manziel's part. My name's AJ," McCarron said when asked about Manziel's explanation.

"Everything that has to do with him, he's his own man. I'm not going to speak on another man's business. That's how I was raised -- if it doesn't have anything to do with you, don't speak of it.

"I know how I handle myself in public, how I carry myself in front of people. That's what I'm worried about, trying to be the best player and best person off the field that I can be for my family and the university."

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger weighed in on the topic during the SEC Media Days.

"It's tough. There's social events at night that they have and there's definitely temptation to do something foolish," Mettenberger said. "He's still a 20-year-old kid. He's been put into a huge spotlight and limelight and it's tough to handle. Hopefully, he'll learn from this and just become a better person."
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