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Report: Johnny Manziel shoves graduate assistant at scrimmage

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Johnny Manziel let his frustration get the better of him at the end of a scrimmage Saturday. (USATSI)
Johnny Manziel let his frustration get the better of him at the end of a scrimmage Saturday. (USATSI)

First things first: NJo, this isn't a story if it's any other quarterback in college football.

But Johnny "Football" Manziel isn't any other quarterback in college football, which is why a brief altercation between the reigning Heisman winner and a Texas A&M graduate assistant has raised eyebrows across the SEC. Despite rumors that things got much more serious, the Houston Chronicle reported that the incident wasn't a major one.

From reporter Brent Zwerneman's account of the Aggies' Saturday scrimmage:

Following his last [Manziel's] three interceptions, on a short pass into the end zone as he ran into the right sidelines, an exuberant graduate assistant jumped up and down within what appeared to be inches of an irate Manziel. So Manziel shoved him. Players and coaches, who were all gathered along the sidelines, quickly separated the giddy GA and Manziel before anything escalated.

Does Manziel's reaction tell us anything we didn't already know? Is there any reason for worry if you're an A&M fan? The answer has to be no on both accounts; Manziel has never worn his emotions anywhere other than his sleeve whether in practice, during a game or (ahem) away from football altogether.

Yes, that could lead to trouble at some point, either in the form of an unsportsmanlike flag or another off-field issue. But like so many other headlines generated by Manziel this offseason, ultimately this is a small price -- a downright insignificant price -- to pay for the right to field college football's most explosive playmaker under center.

So might the bigger news actually be that Manziel threw three interceptions during the scrimmage? His ability to take care of the ball will have far more to do with Texas A&M's chances of winning an SEC title than how hot his temper runs during spring drills.

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