When Manziel was arrested in College Station's Northgate bar district last summer, the Aggies suspended the dual-threat quarterback for the 2012 season. Only after an appeal overturned the suspension did the 20-year-old settle on staying at A&M.
Talk about a close call.
While A&M had a solid overall team last season, the Aggies never would have gone 11-2 and won the Cotton Bowl if Manziel wasn't the quarterback. The fact that he was named the starter as late as August at College Station is stunning in hindsight.
Manziel's 2012 campaign was something special. He not only threw for 3,706 yards and 26 touchdowns (nine interceptions), but he also rushed for 1,409 yards and 21 touchdowns.
His performance against eventual national champion Alabama on November 10 will long be remembered in Aggies history. He threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns in that game while adding 92 rushing yards. It led to a 29-24 upset victory over Nick Saban's squad.
Should A&M be worried about Johnny Football's state of mind?
Of course, the pressure after winning the Heisman, not to mention the high expectations headed into the next season, can get the best of athletes.
Per the Dallas Morning News report, Manziel tweeted over the weekend, “Bull [expletive] like tonight is a reason why I can’t wait to leave College Station…whenever it may be.”
Manziel later deleted the tweet and tweeted:
Don't ever forget that I love A&M with all of my heart, but please please walk a day in my shoes— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) June 16, 2013
To say the pressure appears to be getting to Manziel would be an understatement. He's already exhibiting signs of fame squeezing him like a vice.
Texas A&M has the potential to do big things this season. But the Aggies can only go as far as Manziel takes them. They better hope he's mentally sound when he steps on the football field to start the 2013-14 campaign.