If anything can be deducted from Texas A&M's weekend scrimmage, the Aggies continue to plan for star quarterback Johnny Manziel to open the season as its quarterback. Manziel is being investigated by the NCAA to determine whether he made himself ineligible by allegedly profiting from autograph sessions with at least three memorabilia dealers.
Expressnews.com reported that Manziel handled most of the snaps during scrimmage work, with Texas A&M's season opener against Rice now less than two weeks away.NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt tweeted about Manziel's showing:
A&M scrimmage Sat, Manziel was 5-of-12, 48 yds, 2 TDs, INT, 1 TO on botched pitch. Said to have below avg practice.â Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) August 19, 2013
TAMU coach Kevin Sumlin has been mum on the investigation since the Aggies opened fall camp, but he has contended from the beginning that Manziel would receive the same number of practice reps as he would if there were no NCAA issue. If Texas A&M ultimately decides to withhold Manziel from the playing field, whether the NCAA's investigation has concluded or not, one among a group of backups with little to no game experience will apparently be thrown into the SEC fire without much in the way of practice action.
Some 10,000 TAMU fans attended the scrimmage, according to reports.
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