Texas A&M superstar quarterback Johnny Manziel was reportedly set to make his decision on whether to enter the 2014 NFL draft before the Aggies' bowl game; however, coach Kevin Sumlin claims his comments were misinterpreted.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 3:15 p.m. ET
Kristie Riekien of the Associated Press provides clarification from Sumlin on his previous comments:
On Tuesday, Sumlin said his comments were misconstrued. He says he and his staff will gather information on Manziel and other Aggies who are eligible for early entry into the draft after the regular season on Saturday to help them make their decisions when the time is right.
He says: "I didn't say that he's going to make a decision before the bowl game is played."
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Head coach Kevin Sumlin outlined the timeline of Manziel's impending decision on ESPN Radio's SVP & Russillo show on Friday, per a report by ESPN.com news services:
"We haven't had that conversation," Sumlin said. "My job is to get him all the facts that we can get him. We'll have that discussion after the Missouri game, certainly during the bowl preparation. I'm sure the announcement will be made at that time."
Since Manziel is a redshirt sophomore, he is at least three years removed from high school and is thus eligible for the draft.
The reigning Heisman Trophy winner is putting together yet another sensational season in which he's tossed 31 touchdown passes and ran for eight scores. Manziel has overcome a terrible Aggies defense in guiding Texas A&M to a respectable 8-2 record and No. 12 ranking in the latest BCS standings.
There isn't much left for Manziel to prove at the college level, because he's thrived against the toughest competition the nation has to offer in the SEC.
Since becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman and dealing with the media circus and scrutiny that ensued this past offseason because of it, Manziel has emerged as an even better player.
Manziel is a more accurate and proficient passer, which has his draft stock on the upswing.
Despite being diminutive in size at 6'1" and 210 pounds—perhaps smaller than that listing—Manziel has displayed pro-caliber arm strength, accuracy and of course has some of the best scrambling ability college football has ever seen.
ESPN.com draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. (subscription required) has the 20-year-old as the No. 13 overall NFL prospect in the 2014 class on his big board.
Whatever decision Manziel makes, he is a unique player whose prowess should be appreciated for the remainder of the 2013 campaign, since it could be his last collegiate one.