FanSided After plenty of speculation regarding the status of Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel, it looks like we may have a resolution. According to reports, the Heisman Trophy winner will be on the sidelines for the first-half of the team’s season-opener against Rice. Manziel will be suspended for the first two quarters of the game and will then lead the team on to the field for the second half.
Billy Liucci had the scoop:
Latest on Manziel? Per multiple sources, he’ll be suspended for first half of season-opener versus Rice on Saturday.
— Billy Liucci (@billyliucci) August 28, 2013
The one half suspension likely means that Texas A&M was informed that Manziel will not be found guilty of accepting money for his autograph signings. This is obviously great news for the Aggies as they can now shift their attention to the season ahead. Even better is the fact that Manziel will be on the field for the team’s third game of the season against Alabama — the game that we all want to see. In Manziel’s absence, freshman Kenny Hill is expected to get the start. He has seen a majority of the second-team reps in practice. Hopefully, this suspension will put the autograph scandal behind us and allow everyone to focus on what is important moving forward — football.
Way to punish Johnny Football, he is suspended for the first half against Rice, that will teach him a lesson. Now instead of being up by 40 at halftime, Texas A&M will be up by 20 against Rice. Now, instead of pulling Johnny Football in the second half, when Texas A&M has a huge lead, Coach Sumlin will bring him into the game and run up the score so Manziel’s Heisman campaign is not hurt by this suspension. Instead of accounting for six touchdowns in the first half, then getting pulled, Manziel will have to light up Rice in the second half.
Aggie nation and Johnny Football must be crushed. Cancel the season. Never again will a player sell autographs for profit, they will look back on Johnny Football’s crushing suspension, and shudder in terror as they recall the time he missed the first half against Rice. Way to bring down the hammer on Johnny Manziel, another outstanding job by the NCAA. Bravo!