Everything You Need to Know About Johnny Manziel's Backups

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Everything You Need to Know About Johnny Manziel's Backups
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With the status of Texas A&M's starting quarterback Johnny Manziel uncertain due to an alleged NCAA investigation, the attention turns to his backups at the position. The Aggies currently have three scholarship quarterbacks on their roster besides Manziel. 

If Manziel is held out of games due to the alleged investigation or injury, then one of the three quarterbacks is going to have to step up and make plays for the Ags. It is a diverse group complete with a fourth-year junior, a true freshman and a redshirt freshman. 

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin has had success with backups before. In 2011 at Houston, Sumlin lost his starter and backup in the same game. 

Sumlin eventually decided that fourth-team quarterback and true freshman David Piland gave the Cougars the best chance to win. Piland played in eight games, completing 58 percent of his passes for 2,641 yards with 24 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. 

If Manziel in unable to go, then Sumlin has proven that he can have an effective offense with a backup under center. This is a look at the three backups behind Manziel on the depth chart, and the likely emergency quarterback. 

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