Nov 2, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A

Kevin Sumlin says he won’t influence Johnny Manziel’s decision to stay or go

As the remaining weeks of the 2013 college football season rapidly pass by down the stretch here, one realization is beginning to set in. We may be watching the final few games of Johnny Manziel in a college uniform.

Whether you like him or not, you can’t deny that Manziel has made the game of college football just a bit more exciting. On or off the field, we can’t take our eyes off of him.

However, being a redshirt sophomore, there’s a great chance that Manziel may be headed off to the greener–in more ways than one–pastures of the NFL following this season.

He has yet to officially announce what he’ll do yet, but Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin knows that he won’t have a part in swaying Johnny Football’s decision one way or the other:

“What I tell the guys is, ‘I’ll give you all the information. Then, if you ask me, I’ll tell you what I think. If you don’t ask me, I won’t sway you,’” Sumlin said, according totranscription from

This question was directed to him about Manziel specifically, but in using the term “guys”, Sumlin was also referring to dynamic wide receiver Mike Evans, who might be unquestionably the best wideout in the country this year and has become the apple of a lot of NFL team’s eyes.

Sumlin did, though, say that he’ll be more than happy to sit down and talk about his own NFL experience with Manziel and/or Evans, if they decide to go pro:

“Fortunately, I’ve been around it a bunch, either as an assistant coach or a head coach,” he said. “What we try to do is provide our juniors or third-year players with as much factual information as we can get. We have an NFL analysis that everybody has; fortunately, we’ve got our contacts in the NFL that are able to talk generally about some things. And we sit down with the family and give them all the information, give them advice.”

Tags: College Football Johnny Manziel Kevin Sumlin Texas A&M Aggies

  • Bill Nichols

    I am praying to the Aggie gods that Johnny, and Big Mike, stick around for what would be an epic, and I mean all time epic 1 more season. The defense is going to be 100% improved next year, and just think of these 2 with yet another year in this system. The possibilities are endless, undefeated, undisputed, National Champions, with the possibility to repeat, with or without the dynamic duo. 2 seasons from now, this team could win it all with a game managing type of QB, the run game would be unstoppable. So come on guys, give us one more year.. GigEm!!

    • AggieFan

      As nice as that would be, it doesn’t make sense for Manziel and Evans to stay. Both are projected first round pics. Staying for another season and risking injury doesn’t make sense for them. If they stayed, A&M would probably be the pre-season #1, but it won’t happen. The good news is that Sumlin will find someone to run his offense. I think it will either be Kenny Hill or Kyle Allen (sorry Joeckel, you are not the guy). Ricky Seals Jones will pick up right where Evans leaves off. The 3 returning backs will be among the best in the country. The line will be solid. Everything points to the offense being just fine. The defense will be better too. A&M plays a lot of true freshman. Young men continue to grow during their first 2 years of college. These players will be gaining much needed muscle mass over the summer, and will know the system. The defense will be improved, but not dominating. The future of A&M is Sumlin, not Manziel. He is the “it” coach. As long as he is there recruiting will be good and the team will prosper.

  • Extram

    Mike and Johnny should stick around and strive for a NC. This is their chance and it will never knock on their door again. They can hold off becoming millionaires for one more year!