Mississippi QB defends Marshall Henderson, Johnny Manziel

Rebel QB defends friends

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 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.”

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 is a huge brand.”

No love for Meyer

The current Florida football coach took a shot at his predecessor Tuesday.

Asked about Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who led the Gators to two national championships and turned them in for an alleged secondary violation, Florida coach Will Muschamp huffed.

“We didn’t do anything wrong,” said Muschamp, starting his third season in Gainesville. “The University of Florida didn’t do anything wrong. And so we appreciated our friends from Ohio making sure we’re compliant with NCAA rules. They certainly know a little about that subject.”

Ohio State is serving probation for violations that occurred under former coach Jim Tressell.

SEC hype?

About that thing Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops said in May about SEC hype, Muschamp is cool with it.

To review: Stoops was asked at a Sooner fan function about the perceived widening gap between the Southeastern Conference, winners of seven straight national championships, and the rest of college football.

Stoops said, “So you’re listening to a lot of propaganda that gets fed out to you. You can look at the top two, three, four, five, six teams, and you can look at the bottom six, seven, eight, whatever they are. How well are they doing?”

On Tuesday, Muschamp sort of defended Stoops.

“If I were Bob, I’d have said the same thing,” Muschamp said.

“To me, it’s all about the style you prefer to play. You saw us wear people down because of physical style last year. In this league you have to prepare for a two-back set, and you can’t do that in a week.”

Clowney’s hit lives on

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney hasn’t made contact with Michigan running back Vincent Smith after the contact that has lived on highlight reels since the Outback Bowl.

“I looked for him after the game. I couldn’t find him,” Clowney said. “I don’t know what I’d say to him, but I’d just talk to him.”

The play, the ferocious blast and forced fumble that set up the Gamecocks’ game-winning touchdown, wasn’t the unconditional best play Clowney has made at South Carolina, he said.

There was a sack against Tennessee to preserve a victory last year. In a victory over Georgia, he stripped quarterback Aaron Murray.

“I was happy I made that play (against Michigan), but now it’s like it’s still going on,” Clowney said. “But it’s an honor to do something big that everybody recognizes.”