Posted November 22, 2013

Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel to decide future before bowl game

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Johnny Manziel injured his right shoulder Saturday and is being evaluated by trainers. (Michael Chang/Getty Images)

Johnny Manziel has put up better statistics than he did in his Heisman Trophy-winning season. (Michael Chang/Getty Images)

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel will announce whether he will forego his final two seasons of eligibility and enter the NFL draft before Texas A&M’s bowl game, Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin said Friday. 

Sumlin said on ESPN Radio that he has not yet talked to Manziel about his decision.

“We haven’t had that conversation,” Sumlin said. “My job is to get him all the facts that we can get him. We’ll have that discussion after the Missouri game, certainly during the bowl preparation. I’m sure the announcement will be made at that time.”

Texas A&M finishes the regular season Nov. 30 against Missouri. The SEC’s earliest bowl game affiliation is Dec. 30. 

ELLIS: Texas A&M’s Mike Evans looks to keep silencing doubters at LSU

Manziel, who is a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy after winning the award last season, has thrown for 3,313 yards with 31 touchdown passes, 11 interceptions and has run for eight more scores this season for the Aggies (8-2, 4-2 SEC).

“He’s handled things on the field as well as any player in the country,” Sumlin said. “His numbers are better than they were last year. And I’ve had a number of people tell me there’s no more exciting college football player in the country than he is, and he’s the guy they like to watch. He’s a special talent. His energy, his leadership on the team is evident and he continues to get better every week.”

ELLIS: Texas A&M, Arizona State to open 2015 season at Reliant Stadium in Houston

 


16 comments
joe120
joe120

Another nfl bust

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

Decide on his draft future? Uh, even a blind man can see Johnny Boy is gone. Even Sumlin may not be back. Johnny better get on a team that can fit his style, or his career will be over fast. 

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

Heisman award is not like the MVP award. Were it Manzel whose having a better season this year would be a lock. Nothing left for him to prove at college level, not like Aggies are going to win a national title next yr if he stays.

MrArlington
MrArlington

This guy is a future Ryan Leaf. Only difference between them is that Leaf was widely expected to be a successful NFL QB. Johnny Manziel, starring in a future "where are they now video".

Jim30
Jim30

Unfortunately for Johnny, the Heisman Voters not only look at offensive production, but look at how a student athlete behaves, sportsmanship, character. I wouldn't bet on him repeating. Of course I am biased. I look for him to get his bell rung in a fierce loss at Mizzou. Go Tigers! 

It's a joke that Sumlin would say he doesn't know whether Johnny will go pro after this season. Of course he will, Johnny flat out said before the season, he could not wait to get out of College Station. He can't wait to cash in. Poor Johnny will then find out that in the NFL, even the big defensive players can run too. It's gonna be ugly. He will get a taste of things to come, in his last college game against Michael Sam, and company.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@MrArlington You don't know about his success in the NFL, until he reaches the NFL. People thought Seattle was crazy when they drafted Russell Wilson. There have been plenty of QB's that were expected to be great and were less than impressive. Same can be said for a lot of QB's who were expected to be 3rd stringers and went on to be great at the QB position. Regardless of what anyone says, Manziel will be in the NFL at some point and then all the questions about whether he can make it or not will be answered. 

Water-Faery
Water-Faery

@Jim30 I went to Texas A&M for my Bachelors degree AND my PHD and there were MANY times I couldn't wait to get out of College Station!  Its the nature of the college town.  And even if Johnny DID have times he wanted to get out of town, does that mean he cannot change his mind?!

m_widow
m_widow

@Jim30 

Yeah, there is just no incentive to stay in college anymore for high draft pick types.  Not necessarily a bad thing, if he wanted to, he could always finish his degree in the off-season.  Or, even if he stinks it up big time in the NFL, he can play a couple years and collect a couple mil and go back to school if it pleases him.  Hell, I was 31 when I finally graduated and I sure didn't make millions in my off years.

m_widow
m_widow

@villepeople 

Looks like a few teams are vying for him now. Texans, Vikes and Bucs come to mind. Be interesting to see the effort level in the Jags-Texans game on Sunday

riley8
riley8

@Water-Faery @doublejtrain68 Uh, I am pretty sure doublejtrain is posting his opinion which he is entitled to.  BTW the use of the word may means maybe.  Cheers!

riley8
riley8

@Voiceover310 @MrArlington Wow, no one will know until we know.  Brilliant insight.  No one bring any opinions bc Capt'n Obvious has arrived.

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

@m_widow @villepeople I think he would be a great fit for the Eagles, if they let Vick go after this season and don't see Foles as the long-term answer.