Manziel, one of four Aggies up for awards, said that while he's focused on the Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, he will do research in the coming weeks to come to a decision. He does think he's NFL ready. "I'm playing for the most part a really high level of football," he said, "putting the ball where I want, throwing it with a lot of velocity, so in my mind I think I am." - Kate Hairopoulos, The Dallas Morning News
However, he avoided being suspended and won the quarterback job. From there, the rest isn't just history - Manziel RE-WROTE history. He went on to throw for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for 1,181 more yards and 19 touchdowns - including six 1,00-yard rushing games.
The amazing season turned Manziel into the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy in history.
What followed was a seventh-month offseason in which Manziel's maturity was called into question often. His family still has significant wealth from a legacy in the oil industry, and Manziel was spotted everywhere from Pebble Beach to Cabo to choice seats at NBA playoff games.
More controversial, however, was Manziel's use of Twitter, several documented incidents involving alcohol and leaving the Manning passing academy early.
NFL scouts know what Manziel can do on the field. What they want to see now is how he handles his increased pressure in the spotlight in 2013. Manziel and his family have intimated he may opt to leave for the 2014 NFL Draft despite having two years of eligibility remaining. (9/1/13).
As CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman reported in May 2013: "Having those big hands not only helps tote the ball in traffic, but he can basically go all through his motion and still pull the ball back," noted George Whitfield, a private QB coach who helps train Manziel. Whitfield also has worked with some huge NFL quarterbacks, Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton and Andrew Luck. All three of those QBs have size 14 shoes. Manziel wears 15s.
Negatives: String of off-field issues brings maturity level into serious question. NFL personnel departments will do extensive research into Manziel's off-field life before committing a high-round draft choice to him. His father even noted Manziel's temper issues in an interview with ESPN the Magazine in July 2013.
On the field, height is a significant concern. Manziel also needs to demonstrate improved accuracy and decision making in 2013. He possesses good, not great, arm strength and makes throws in college he won't get away with in the pros.
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