WILL GRUBB, CBS HoustonBy Will Grubb

Houston-(CBS Houston) Johnny Manziel’s streak of bad headlines doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

The Heisman winning quarterback will have to face questions Wednesday from reporters at the SEC media days but before he does, Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus has some advice.

“Stop being into the stardom, just concentrate on hard work. Just put your head down and keep working through.” said Mercilus.“It’s unfortunate because that’s kinda one of my pet-peeves, to see so much talent just go to waste and just keep messing up time and time again.”

Mercilus is used to feeling like the big man on campus. As a junior at Illinois he lead the country in sacks (16) and forced fumbles (9) before being selected 26th overall by the Texans. So while many think that the spotlight has hit Manziel too early Mercilus believes focusing on football will put him back on the right track.

“Football, any type of sport it builds character within one person and I would think playing football you should be able to handle yourself conductively no matter what.”

Mercilus spent his Tuesday afternoon giving back to the community as he visited two Houston area fire stations to show support after last month’s deadly fire. He was joined by teammates T.J. Yates, and Jon Weeks.

“Whatever we can do, you know, as role models for anybody in this city and the kids around here is huge for us and huge for them too.” said Yates