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Coach says Manziel to reveal draft decision before bowl game


Everyone knows that Johnny Manziel won’t return to Texas A&M next year.  On Friday, his current head coach said that Manziel will make his decision officially known before the team’s bowl game.

“We haven’t had that conversation,” Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin told ESPN Radio’s SVP & Russillo regarding whether Manziel has said he’s leaving.  “My job is to get him all the facts that we can get him.  We’ll have that discussion after the Missouri game, certainly during the bowl preparation.  I’m sure the announcement will be made at that time.”

Questions about getting paid to sign autographs quickly evaporated once the season began, and Manziel has yet again performed at a high level.

“He’s handled things on the field as well as any player in the country,” Sumlin said.  “His numbers are better than they were last year.  And I’ve had a number of people tell me there’s no more exciting college football player in the country than he is, and he’s the guy they like to watch.

“He’s a special talent.  His energy, his leadership on the team is evident, and he continues to get better every week.”

Anything other than a decision to enter the draft will be a shock.  Apart from making it known that he’s ready to leave College Station, there’s nothing more Manziel can prove by staying at Texas A&M.

In fact, not striking when the NFL iron is glowing could raise questions about whether he truly loves the thought of competing at the highest level of the sport.

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38 Responses to “Coach says Manziel to reveal draft decision before bowl game”
  1. ravenswhat says: Nov 22, 2013 9:22 PM

    Glory of the NFL? Pfttt…he’s reached the pinnacle. He has a steelers homer writing about him. Ain’t that right florio?

  2. coltzfan166 says: Nov 22, 2013 9:23 PM

    Please stay Johnny. You can spend your whole offseason being 21 (we all know you like to party) rather than an offseason getting ready for the combine, your pro day, interviews with GMs, and OTAs just to end up in Jacksonville.

  3. jnovi86 says: Nov 22, 2013 9:23 PM

    He probably just doesn’t want to get caught on the jaguars

  4. qdog112 says: Nov 22, 2013 9:23 PM

    “5” over or under on the number of arrests prior to the draft.

  5. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 22, 2013 9:27 PM

    Manziel will also announce that his fondest desire has always been to play for the Minnesota Vikings.

  6. The Jets are the most pathetic franchise of all time says: Nov 22, 2013 9:34 PM

    Manziel is a great, tough player but hell never make it in the nfl.

    The Jets will probably take him, they obviously don’t have a clue how to draft qbs.

    #laughingstock #relocatetoLAalready #pittiful #yoursuperbowlwas45yearsago

  7. apmn says: Nov 22, 2013 9:35 PM

    Naw, he has clearly shown that he loves to compete. He is probably going to the draft. If he doesn’t I would read that as a sign that his family talked him into letting himself mature a bit more before hitting the NFL.

  8. thereyougo2 says: Nov 22, 2013 9:35 PM

    He’s staying until Goodel is replaced.

  9. pfic15 says: Nov 22, 2013 9:35 PM

    Too small.

  10. ryann252013 says: Nov 22, 2013 9:41 PM

    Manziel is a great, tough player but hell never make it in the nfl.

    The Jets will probably take him, they obviously don’t have a clue how to draft qbs.

    #laughingstock #relocatetoLAalready #pittiful #yoursuperbowlwas45yearsago

    That was really uncalled for..

  11. rabbi187 says: Nov 22, 2013 9:44 PM

    This arrogant chump is destined to be a Dallas Cowboy.

  12. quarterbackjudge says: Nov 22, 2013 9:44 PM

    Good fit for the Browns.

  13. brenenostler says: Nov 22, 2013 9:46 PM

    College Football Playoff next year. A stacked team set to win the National Championship as opposed to going to the Jaguars. Florio, I wish I could see the look on your face when he announces he’s staying.

  14. coltzfan166 says: Nov 22, 2013 9:49 PM

    And Florio, he tweeted that he can’t wait to leave College Station out of jest because he was mad about a parking ticket he got. He’s probably not mad about that anymore. To me, it’s a 50/50 chance he stays.

  15. pettytom says: Nov 22, 2013 10:01 PM

    He will leave but I don’t think his future will be too bright unless he can get on a team that can have him learn from an established pro, much like what happened to Aaron Rodgers. That said it would take him not getting drafted until the late first round for that to happen and unfortunately I don’t see that happening. Some GM will use an early pick on him (Min, Jax, Clev, Hou, Oak) and he will get thrown to the wolves and then be the next “mobile” QB to fail in the NFL.

  16. bennyb82 says: Nov 22, 2013 10:04 PM

    I hope he succeeds in the NFL but his style of play does not seem like it would translate…

  17. raynman49 says: Nov 22, 2013 10:15 PM

    RG iv. Book it.

  18. charlie2254 says: Nov 22, 2013 10:17 PM


  19. bensstinkyfingers says: Nov 22, 2013 10:28 PM

    Johnny Cleveland leads the browns to first Lombardi in 2014.

  20. nomoreseasontix says: Nov 22, 2013 10:30 PM

    I don’t see the kid doing it in the NFL.
    Another Leinart.

  21. jmorand47 says: Nov 22, 2013 10:33 PM

    Man, I see Ryan Leaf 2.0. This could end very badly for a team seeking a franchise quarterback.

    Pay very close attention to those pre-draft answers to questions like, “What are your plans once you get drafted?”

    Is he gonna say, “I plan to get to work.” (aka, Peyton Manning) or is he gonna say, “I’m headin’ to Vegas, man!!” (aka, Ryan Leaf).

  22. NoobTubeTV says: Nov 22, 2013 10:52 PM

    Texans are tanking for him.

  23. 2late2matter says: Nov 22, 2013 10:58 PM

    Unsure whether the pros will do the same thing to his “bravado” and love of game as it did for other “greats” like Vince Young and Tim Tebow. On the other hand, he could become the next Peyton Manning.

    Hard to imagine that as a college Junior he will ready for the major leagues…..

  24. barbeaux says: Nov 22, 2013 11:37 PM

    Whether or not a QB succeeds in the NFL depends on the team into which he is drafted. Plenty of QB’s that were “big enough,” “mature enough” or “dedicated enough” absolutely tanked in the NFL. At the same time some others that did not fit those armchair coach evaluations prospered. Funny huh?

  25. chunkderrrty says: Nov 22, 2013 11:56 PM

    His ceiling is as high as a Brett Favre gunslinger type of qb, and his floor is as low as an immature ryan leaf nutcase.

  26. mclovin07 says: Nov 23, 2013 12:09 AM

    Welcome to the Minnesota Vikings!

    Rick Spielman

  27. dabmasterhap says: Nov 23, 2013 12:41 AM

    Perfect for Browns. Let him sit behind Hoyer and compete to start 2015. If Hoyer works out, great trade bait…

  28. ptownbearsfan420 says: Nov 23, 2013 1:10 AM

    I sure wouldnt mind if he fell to the middle of the first round and the bears snagged him. Be a breath of fresh air to see anything but the name “Cutler” behind center. Jus sayin..

  29. tfppft says: Nov 23, 2013 7:22 AM

    He’ll stay. Right now he’s a big fish in a small pond. In the NFL he’ll just be another little guppy swimming around.

  30. howiehandles says: Nov 23, 2013 7:47 AM

    “Johnny Cleveland leads the browns to first Lombardi in 2014.”

    They already have their Lombardi, he’s in the front office.

  31. fatguystrangler says: Nov 23, 2013 8:56 AM

    Manziel is a dominant college player. I’m skeptical his improv, backyard football style can cut it full-time in the NFL. Whoever drafts him may want to draft Mike Davis, as well. He deserves a ton of credit for Manziel’s success, too.

  32. joerevs300 says: Nov 23, 2013 9:08 AM

    I don’t get where the “decision” is.

    He’s projected to go in the top 15, I believe. And given the teams that are desperate to take a flier on a QB, he could even go in the top 5.

    If he comes back and gets injured, and drops into the 3rd or 4th round, he will cost himself millions for sure.

    There is zero upside to coming back for him, unless he doesn’t care what happens with his NFL career.

    And BTW…people said Drew Brees was too short too. How did that work out for him?

  33. pfic15 says: Nov 23, 2013 10:06 AM

    @joerevs300…..Brees maturity was never in question.

  34. stevequinn says: Nov 23, 2013 10:11 AM

    If he “declares”, I don’t see him being drafted in the first round. Read-option QBs aren’t doing all that well this year. Case-in-point, Colin Kaepernick.

    But then, there’s Russell Wilson so maybe Kaepernick just sucks this year.

    Can Manziel be a “pocket passer?” He just doesn’t impress me the way Winston does.

  35. eatitfanboy says: Nov 23, 2013 10:34 AM

    People saying he is going to end up on the Jaguars must be thinking he’s a second round draft pick.

    There is absolutely no shot this guy is the first QB picked next year. Bridgewater and Mariotta at least go ahead of him and it’s possible that Boyd and Mettenberger do as well.

    Which I think is a good thing for him. the last thing he needs is to go some needy, pathetic franchise that is going to look for him to be the face and savior of the franchise from day one.

    Better to fall somewhere in the middle of the first round where a decent team that runs an offense a guy like him would thrive in is most likely going to be picking.

    I wonder how he looks in green?

  36. barbeaux says: Nov 23, 2013 11:03 AM

    People that say he isn’t a pocket passer probably haven’t watched him play a full game this year. He’s thrown a ton more from the pocket this year, and has done that very well. That’s why his stats are even better this year.

  37. dsimp724 says: Nov 23, 2013 11:28 AM

    Manziel to reveal draught decision before bowl game….. That’s better

  38. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Nov 23, 2013 12:28 PM

    Johnny Raiders. Good-by T. Pryor………

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