Friday, March 8, 2013

Morning Six Pack: March 8, 2013

Here we are heading into another weekend, and starting it right with these six college football stories from around the country.

Alabama's Shepherd raising money to fight cancer - Alabama

University of Alabama offensive tackle Austin Shepherd admits to being a little uncomfortable the first time he visited Children's Hospital in Birmingham at the suggestion of his girlfriend, Jenna King.

Offseason Questions: Ohio State

Jim Basquil and Mark Schlabach go over the biggest issues facing Ohio State this offseason.

Report: QB Gunner Kiel leaving Irish

I guess he just didn’t have the chest and the ability to lead a program?

Richt hopes Dogs make it through spring break

The toughest time of year for Georgia's football team used to occur around Halloween, when the Bulldogs annually came out on the short end of their matchup with Florida in Jacksonville.

Ole Miss pro day confirms: Terrell Brown is a large man

Offensive lineman played only two games for Rebels this year, but may be the largest player longtime draft expert Gil Brandt has ever critiqued.


With Kingsbury (whom Manziel still communicates with daily) gone to Texas Tech, Manziel is now working with new position coach Jake Spavital, a 27-year-old Dana Holgorsen protégé who previously worked with Houston's Case Keenum, Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden and West Virginia's Geno Smith. All made significant improvements in their second seasons in the offense.

"[Manziel] is still not where he needs to be throwing the ball," said Spavital. "The approach he's taking in the spring is focusing on being a better passer, staying in the pocket longer and using his athletic ability when the time is right. He can be a lot better passer right now."

So while Spavital teaches him about quarterbacking, Manziel continues his education in celebrity and its accompanying backlash. It's a trial by fire -- and some in the public and the media seem to be eagerly awaiting his next misstep.

"There's points where I'm trying to be a normal kid just like everybody else, and I have to sit there and realize that's not how life can be for me anymore," Manziel said. "It took me a while to learn that. It's not like one day I woke up and said, 'Hey, I know how to handle this.'"

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