Sometimes when someone says something, you hear the words they say, and you infer something very different. It sounds like this is what is happening here, with the rumor coming from ESPN insider Adam Schefter as it pertains to Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel:
I was unable to hear the conversation between Manziel and ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreet, but upon a little research, it appears that there is little consensus about what the meaning of Manziels’ comments about 2014 really were. One thing I do know is that Schefter is a respected member of the ESPN family, and I don’t think he would tweet this out if he didn’t feel it was the truth.
Ever since Manziel won the Heisman Trophy and began his whirlwind rock star tour that included celebrity parties and taking only online classes, I have assumed he was just counting the days until he was done with college. This doesn’t appear to be a young man who embraces the college lifestyle and would be motivated to stay as many other student athletes have.
But, after only a single season, it’s hard to project what type of pro Manziel will be. His sophomore season will be crucial to helping him build a resume if his plan is to declare for the 2014 NFL draft. I’m not going to say that I expect a slump from Manziel in the upcoming season, but considering everything that has happened since the season ended, and now this latest rumor, I won’t be shocked if he does.
The problem is, if Manziel already has made up his mind, and given his lifestyle, what can Aggies fans really expect from Manziel in terms of effort this season? It’s something to think about.