Texas A&M heads into Saturday’s home opener against Rice with questions still swirling about whether Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel will play against the Owls.
The NCAA is investigating whether he was paid for his autograph, a potential violation of amateurism rules that could threaten his eligibility.
It was the only thing anyone really wanted to talk about on Tuesday when the Aggies addressed the media. The topic, however, was off limits.
Athletic director Eric Hyman said Monday night that he’d instructed everyone in the program not to talk about Manziel.
GEORGIA TECH: Coach Paul Johnson isn’t too concerned about the team’s depth shortage at receiver.
With the season opener four days away, quarterback Vad Lee will make his first career start without an experienced receiver. Johnson this week suspended Darren Waller, the only returning receiver with a career catch for the Yellow Jackets, and reserve Travin Henry for violating a team rule.
Georgia Tech doesn’t throw the ball often in its spread option offense, but receivers serve a considerable role as downfield blockers and Johnson likes to call enough downfield passing attempts to keep opponents guessing.
“I feel OK about where we are at receiver,” Johnson said Tuesday. “We’ve got to play the games, but when we get everybody out there I feel that we can be as good as we’ve been at that position or better.”
Micheal Summers, a redshirt freshman making his college debut, and Corey Dennis, a former special teams player, are likely to start at receiver Saturday against Elon.
GEORGIA: Wide receiver Jonathon Rumph’s debut probably won’t come Saturday at Clemson. Coach Mark Richt said he didn’t expect Rumph (hamstring) or safety Corey Moore (knee) to play against the Tigers. Linebacker Chase Vasser (ankle) is questionable.
LOUISVILLE: Lorenzo Mauldin’s availability for Sunday’s season opener against Ohio will be determined following his release from the hospital after the defensive end was hit by a vehicle while riding his Moped on campus Tuesday morning.
MICHIGAN STATE: Fifth-year senior Andrew Maxwell will be the starting quarterback for Friday night’s opener against Western Michigan.