SEC

Ole Miss QB defends his friends: Marshall Henderson and Johnny Manziel

Updated: 2013-07-16T23:48:52Z

By BLAIR KERKHOFF

The Kansas City Star

— Mississippi quarterback Bo Wallace has an ideal vantage point to view two of the Southeastern Conference’s most-discussed athletes: Rebels basketball player Marshall Henderson and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. Wallace came to the defense of both.

Wallace and Henderson are friends, and Wallace spent part of last week with Manziel at the Manning Passing Academy.

On Henderson, the emotional and taunting SEC scoring leader who was recently suspended by Rebels coach Andy Kennedy for reportedly failed drug tests:

“Marshall’s a good kid,” Wallace said. “He doesn’t mean harm by anything he does. Marshall’s going to be Marshall.”

As for Manziel, Wallace said he got along with the fellow quarterback at the Manning camp in Louisiana. Manizel’s trip ended a day early. His father said he was tired and dehydrated. Rumors persisted that he was hungover, and the Manning camp issued a statement that he left under good circumstances.

Still, Manziel has drawn plenty of attention since winning the Heisman and Wallace said younger athletes need to be aware of the limelight.

“You want to go out and do 20- and 21-year-old things,” Wallace said. “At the same time, you know you’re the face of the brand. Ole Miss is a huge brand. Texas A&M is a huge brand.”

To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call 816-234-4730 or send email to bkerkhoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/BlairKerkhoff.

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