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Too cool for school, Texas Longhorn and Mobile skyline tattoos, super model girlfriends, Playboy model sleepover, Manning Camp reject, Bubba's Bar,  NFL Draft analysts, country music video, vacations, bromance, NASCAR pace car driver, first pitch at Padres game, in Miami for the finals…That's the life of Johnny Manziel and AJ McCarron since the football season ended.

Besides spring practice the only football related things I can think of would be Johnny Manziel throwing the ball blind folded or chunking it off the top of Kyle Field.

I know they are in college and Manziel is "just a 20 year-old kid"…blah…blah…blah.

How focused are they on the upcoming season? McCarron talks about being focused, and wants to be a role model? Can they really have their cake and eat it too?

Right now, as I look at it both Johnny Manziel and AJ McCarron have the most to prove on the field this season. Not the incoming quarterbacks at Auburn, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Not Jeff Driskel at Florida (even though he still has a lot to prove). Not even Tommy Rees at Notre Dame.

I know, I know Manziel and McCarron are already proven. The numbers don't lie. A Heisman and BCS National Championship rings do the talking for them in this argument, but has there ever been an off season like this? Manziel could have a show on the Travel Channel and McCarron's love life is being followed by tabloids.

What about the other elite quarterback in the SEC, Aaron Murray? Where is all the love for Murray who was one pass short of leading Georgia to the BCS National Championship? Are there no Playmates or Miss USA models looking for a quarterback in Athens? I'm not saying Murray is spending his Friday nights in the film room, but you can't even compare his off season to the one of McCarron and Manziel.

These truly are uncharted waters; the access, the media coverage. It has to be affecting their focus on the upcoming season. There is no denying that both Manziel and McCarron are gamers. There is no denying their ability, skill, fundamentals, etc. There is also no denying that this off-season will serve as a case study to the over exposure of college athletes and the effect it has on the season. Maybe it will have none, but what if Manziel or McCarron struggles this season? People will point to this off-season.

Alabama Tonight Sports Blogger -  Patrick Pierce @PatrickP13

 
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