Johnny Manziel raised some eyebrows recently when he tweeted that he couldn’t wait to get out of College Station. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner apparently isn’t a happy where he is at Texas A&M and a new report has reinforced that.
According to The Dallas Morning News, Manziel nearly transferred away from Texas A&M before the 2012 season. He was arrested on June 29, 2012 for misdemeanor fighting, failure to identify and possession of fake IDs. He was suspended for the 2012 season as a result, but that suspension was later overturned on appeal.
In the aftermath he did express regret about the incident, but before the suspension was reversed, Manziel reportedly looked into transferring.
Manziel redshirted the 2011 season as a freshman, and it was generally assumed he would back up Jameill Showers in 2012, but “Johnny Football” won the starting job in August, just weeks before the season kicked off. The 20-year-old quarterback had a record-breaking redshirt freshman season on his way to becoming the first freshman in college football history to win the Heisman Trophy.
But had he been suspended for the 2012 season, Manziel reportedly felt it would have been necessary to transfer and not miss his second-straight year of football.
In 2012 Manziel set the FBS freshman single-season records for rushing yards by a quarterback (1,410) and total offense (5,116), and also became the first freshman (and fifth player ever) to total 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a season. He also set the SEC record for total offense in a season.
Last Saturday Manziel posted the following on Twitter:
“Bullsh*t like tonight is why I can’t wait to leave college station… whenever it may be.”
He has since deleted that tweet, but added:
“Don’t ever forget that I love A&M with all of my heart, but please please walk a day in my shoes.”
At this point I think most of the country is suffering from Manziel fatigue, but still, imagine how different things would be if he had, indeed, left Texas A&M before last season.