With the 2013 college football season just around the corner, the status of reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is now in question. According to an ESPN Outside the Lines report, the Texas A&M quarterback agreed to a “five-figure flat fee” with an autograph broker named Drew Tieman during his trip to the BCS Championship game in January.
Manziel is currently facing a suspension that would rule him out for the 2013 season. He is eligible to enter next year’s NFL draft as a redshirt sophomore.
If Manziel is unable to play this season, it will be a huge disappointment for college football fans. The Aggies quarterback is coming off a historic season in which he recorded 3,706 passing yards, 1,410 rushing yards and 47 total touchdowns.
Manziel led the Aggies to a surprising 11-2 (6-2) finish during their first season as a member of the Southeastern Conference. With high expectations for a repeat performance in a heavily-publicized offseason, Manziel was set to be the top story entering the regular season.
Texas A&M and college football fans alike will be prevented from witnessing one of the top players being showcased if Manziel is ruled ineligible. With just one season under his belt, the jury is still out on whether Manziel’s historic season was a sign of things to come or a fluke.
It is likely that Manziel will declare for the draft whether or not he is eligible this season. With just one season as A&M’s starter, his place among the college football greats would be severely tarnished if he fails to have a repeat performance.
The NCAA would also suffer in the absence of Manziel. The reigning Heisman has gained more publicity than any other player in college football for his scandalous offseason. The second “Johnny Football” steps on the field for the Aggies, fans will give him the utmost attention.
The college football fan base want to see Manziel play this season. Without a follow-up performance to his Heisman campaign, Manziel will leave many fans extremely disappointed.