Will Johnny Manziel play Saturday?
Many thought we may find out the answer to that question or at least get an update on the reigning Heisman trophy winner status during Texas A&M’s weekly Tuesday press conference. However, Jason Cook, Texas A&M’s Senior Associate Athletics Director, says otherwise.
“Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin, staff and players will not address starting QB Johnny Manziel’s status at weekly presser on Tuesday,” Cook said, via twitter.
Manziel is currently being investigated for receiving improper benefits by the NCAA. Manziel allegedly was paid $7,500 by an autograph broker to sign several pieces of memorabilia. The broker who accused Manziel of these offenses showed ESPN two cell phone videos of Manziel signing memorabilia, but the videos do not show Manziel accepting anything, let alone $7,500. Without a paper trail, this would be awfully hard to prove.
The silence on the Manziel front makes many believe it will be business as usual and Manziel will play in Texas A&M’s opener Saturday. If he plays this season, the Aggies run the risk of having wins taken away at a later date.
An “industry source” of CBS Sports “briefed late last week by a high-ranking A&M official on the NCAA investigation into Manziel’s eligibility says the school had “no plans” to sit the Heisman-winning quarterback because of its confidence in the case.”
The redshirt sophomore was 295-of-434 for 3,706 yards with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions through the air while rushing for another 1,410 yards on 210 carries with 21 touchdowns. He led the Aggies to an 11-2 record, a four game improvement despite moving from the Big 12 to the SEC in 2012.
The Aggies host the Rice Owls at 1:00 pm EST Saturday.