Johnny Manziel earned the job during fall camp of 2012 and it caused a minor ripple that we will discuss throughout this piece. Nobody knew what Kevin Sumlin had at the time, but we all saw a glimpse early in the season opener against Florida. The dynamic play would continue all the way through Alabama all the way to New York City and the second Heisman Trophy in Aggie football history.
2013 started with a whirlwind of controversy, namely was Manziel going to play or get suspended? We’ve all seen when it comes to the NCAA, you just never know. He would end up getting suspended for a half (really?). The season was a disappointment but did finish in unbelievable fashion with a comeback win over Duke in the Peach Bowl.
Yes he played well but at times, but he and the team struggled and ended finishing 9-4 (1-4 against ranked opponents).
Here’s where in my opinion the drama started. Was Manziel really ready for the NFL? He decided he was and without much opposition from the coaching staff, he declared soon after the Peach Bowl. He would go on to be selected by the Cleveland Browns with the No. 22 overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Let’s look at what happened during Manziel’s two-year run at quarterback and the beginning of the quarterback issues that took place in the fallout of Manziel’s time at Texas A&M.