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Speedy Noil needed to learn right from wrong because I ‘wasn’t taught that growing up’

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Texas A&M wide receiver Speedy Noil is looking to learn from mistakes he made during his college career. During interviews at the NFL Scouting Combine, Noil said he needed to learn right from wrong because he “wasn’t taught that growing up.”

Noil declared for the NFL draft in January after a career filled with off-field issues. Noil, a former five-star recruit from New Orleans, missed each of A&M’s past two bowls – the 2015 Music City Bowl and the 2016 Texas Bowl. The 2015 bowl suspension carried into the Aggies’ 2016 opener against UCLA. The 2016 vowl suspension stemmed from an arrest for possession of marijuana.

“Speedy’s one step forward, two steps back,” coach Kevin Sumlin said in December. “The things that he has done have not been malicious; it’s been on him. He’s made mistakes. He’s come a long way as a person, believe it or not, but he’s still making a ton of mistakes.”

Noil’s status at A&M was in question leading up to his draft decision.

Noile had 46 receptions and five TDs as a true freshman in 2014, but he managed just 42 receptions and four TDs in his sophomore and junior seasons combined before turning pro.

He has good speed and can be a return man, but his draft stock is such that it wouldn’t be a surprise if he goes undrafted.

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