Texas A&M Football: Johnny Manziel's Arrest Brings Aggies' QB Battle into Focus

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterJune 29, 2012

Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel / Photo Credit: 247Sports.com
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel / Photo Credit: 247Sports.com

Former Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill was recently drafted No. 8 overall by the Miami Dolphins, leaving a Texas-sized hole on the Aggie depth chart.

Johnny Manziel is one of the primary contenders to step in for Tannehill, along with Jameill Showers and, to a lesser extent, Matt Joeckel and Matt Davis.

Manzeil isn't doing himself any favors this summer, though.

The freshman was arrested early Friday morning and charged with disorderly conduct by fighting, failure to identify and for having a fake driver's licenses, according to the Bryan-College Station (Texas) Eagle.


The disorderly conduct charge is a Class C misdemeanor. His bail is set at $6,435.

The four-man battle at quarterback evolved into a two-horse race following spring practice, with Manziel and Showers leading the way.

Johnny Manziel's mug shot
Johnny Manziel's mug shot

Showers probably had a leg up on Manziel following his stellar day in A&M's spring game, and Manziel's recent arrest certainly brings the battle more into focus.

Fair or unfair, the quarterback is the leader on the field for every football team—Pop Warner, high school, college or the NFL. Getting into a fight and refusing to identify yourself shows, if nothing else, bad judgement. 

If he wasn't behind Showers on the depth chart before, he probably is now. Manziel certainly will be behind the eight ball when fall practice starts for the Aggies.