Off-field issues for Manziel cloud Texas A&M camp

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“I’ve been through different things,” Sumlin said. “As a coach when those things happen, it’s not what happens to you, it’s how you deal with it. We’ve got a veteran staff that knows how to deal with different situations.”

Manziel’s teammates seem unfazed by his recent trouble and said that nothing has changed in the way they view their quarterback.

“He still has all leadership qualities he displayed last year, he’s being more vocal now, he’s taking on more of the leadership responsibilities,” running back Ben Malena said. “The off the field issues doesn’t bother us not one bit when it comes to a team aspect.”

Manziel and the rest of the Aggies had their first practice late Monday afternoon. If the problems were weighing on Manziel, it was hard to tell by watching him on the field.

He laughed and talked with teammates before they lined up to stretch. The Aggies practice to music and when the first song of the day, the track “Versace” by Migos featuring Manziel’s buddy rapper Drake came on, the quarterback looked carefree as he bobbed his head and bounced to the catchy tune.

The media were only allowed to watch the first 20 minutes of practice and there were no full team drills during that time.

Manziel threw a few passes while the quarterbacks and receivers worked alone on a section of the field surrounded by dozens of reporters.

While Sumlin is working through the Manziel situation, he noted that a much more difficult task was talking to his team about the recent death of defensive lineman Polo Manukainiu, who was killed in a New Mexico car crash along with two others.

“It was not an easy topic,” Sumlin said. “It’s one of the hardest things a coach has to deal with. In a way getting back together as a group and getting back in the routine, going out on the field today, somehow that might help. Because these guys share the same kind of emotions the same kind of feelings for a guy that they cared very, very deeply about.”

He also said starting defensive tackle Kirby Ennis, who was arrested in February on a weapons charge, will be suspended for the Rice game.

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