Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel maintains an active Twitter account that lists 387,374 followers. As of today, Manziel had gone 31 days since his most recent tweet, a photo from a fishing trip with offensive tackle Jake Matthews and other teammates.
Manziel broke the streak by retweeting a post by his rapper friend Drake (@Drake) praising Manziel's performance at today's SEC media days. But Manziel remains below the social media radar by his previous standards.
A&M coach Kevin Sumlin stopped short of saying his quarterback has been asked to stop tweeting. But he acknowledged Wednesday the two had a lengthy discussion following a tweet Manziel posted last month, then deleted, after his car was ticketed by College Station police.
“The ability to deal with social media, it’s instant,” Sumlin said. “We have discussions all the time. People, if they take a picture and tweet individually, it becomes newsworthy. That’s something that young people need to continue to understand … Different people get things at different times. Obviously, he hasn’t done that recently.”
Asked about lessons learned in the past year, Manziel said: “I used to be a person that watched ESPN all day, every day. I shy away from it now, articles and things on Twitter. I try to shy away from it. I’m waiting for Aug. 4 to get here.”
The Aggies report Aug. 4 for fall camp.
_ Jimmy Burch