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July 17, 2013

Manziel says he 'overslept' at Manning camp

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel says he missed activities at the Manning Passing Academy because he "overslept," and his absence had nothing to do with being out the night before.

The Heisman Trophy winner was a counselor at the camp for high school prospects run by Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning in Louisiana, along with many other college quarterbacks. He left before it ended last weekend.

"I was not asked to leave. It was a mutual decision," Manziel said Wednesday at SEC Media Days.

He said that while there were social events every night with the Mannings, he did not miss his meetings because of too much partying.

"The speculation of me being too hung over and that's the reason I missed the meetings is absolutely incorrect," he said.

Manziel said he fell asleep without setting his alarm and his phone died during the night. He said he was rooming with Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, but that McCarron didn't wake him up.

"I'm definitely not going to pin it on him," Manziel said. "It's my fault — 115, 120 percent."

The 20-year-old faced hundreds of reporters during Wednesday's interview sessions. Wearing a dark blue suit, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound sophomore discussed his fame, decision-making and even answered a few questions about football.

He says his eventful offseason has been at times "blown out of proportion," though he did acknowledge that he needs to make better decisions because he's such a public figure.

"My offseason, all the stuff's that's gone on will have no effect on this season," Manziel said. "I'm ready to stop. No more talk after this. Let's play football."

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