Q: Ever since the party photos and whatnot have kind of emerged from Johnny, have you had a chance to visit him and what advice have you given him? Do you talk about off-field behavior with the young guys?
A: COACH SUMLIN: Is this SEC Media Day? No, that’s a great question about the Cleveland Browns. Anybody else got something?
Q: What is it like not coaching Johnny Manziel?
A: Let me get this straight, the question was What’s it like not coaching Johnny Manziel?
Later in that answer, Sumlin went on to state the the question was irrelevant. Needless to say, Maziel makes a scene without being in attendance.
Besides the publicity drama, Sumlin did a have a lot to say about his team for the 2014 season.
Here’s what he had to say about this year’s team.
-”I think offensively, I didn’t come here today to tell you who the quarterback was going to be, so we can eliminate those questions. That will play itself out. I think we’re looking at a couple weeks before we play South Carolina that we’ll name a starter.”
-“Our focus in the off-season has been with our offense just to talk to them about, number one, it’s incumbent on the other 10 guys who are on the field to make the offense quarterback friendly.”
-“Our guys understand that because whoever that is, is going to be a young guy going into a very hostile situation in Columbia the first game of the year on the SEC Network.”
-”Defensively I think we will have, believe it or not, more depth in our front seven, particularly in our front four. We ended the year rotating fice D-line men out of the four spots. That took its toll.” -”I think the key to our defense will be the rotation up front, the maturity of the guys who played last year, and getting better safety play.”
Sumlin on Daeshon Hall: “Daeshon, for those of you who don’t know, is a defensive end.”
-”Very, Very athletic pass-rusher. One of the few guys we had that could do that. He’s around 260 now. He’s a guys that came in around 225, 228. Another guy that shouldn’t have played last year. Put him on the field. He’s 260, ready to go.”
-”We signed a number of defensive ends last year as freshman. A couple of them are going to have to play. But Dashon Hall I think has the ability to be a real breakout player in this league.”
Sumlin on Myles Garrett: “Myles has really, really impressed a lot of other players on the team, which is hard to do when you come in as a true freshman.”
-”I know he’s impressed Coach Jackson in the weight room. Walking in the door, one of the strongest guys on the football team. He’s explosive.”
Sumlin on Drew Kaser: “We bring everybody back. Drew Kaser, I brought him today, our punter. Some of your guys gave me grief about that. I hope you all saw him. I hope you all don’t see him a bunch this year.”
-”We had to petition last year to get him into the Ray Guy Award because we didn’t have a lot of opportunities to punt. He’s a real weapon for us when we have to use him.”
Sumlin on Josh Lambo: “Josh Lambo earned the field goal kicking rights, place kicking rights last year.”
-”He came from FC Dallas, he’s a soccer player, enrolled in school. I said, Great, we got a place kicker that’s a soccer player. What I didn’t tell the media after he kicked the winning field goal at Ole Miss was that he was a goalkeeper.”
Sumlin on Taylor Bertolet: “Taylor Bertolet has been a factor for us, kicking the ball out of the end zone and really starting drives off, not giving people opportunities to return it.”
South Carolina will take on Texas A&M Aug. 28, and GamecockPride.com will keep you updated on the garnet and black throughout the rest of the preseason.