A&M's Manziel suspended before Heisman season

06/25/2013 1:11 PM ET
By Doug Williams

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel poses with the Heisman Trophy.(AP)
Despite the fact that the 2012 Heisman voting numbers weren't very close, it turns out that the winner, Johnny Manziel, came close to not having a shot.

In a Texas Monthly interview, Manziel recently confirmed reports that he was initially suspended for the entire 2012 season for being in a bar fight with a fake ID. As a result of this, Manziel had decided to transfer.

Luckily for Manziel, though, Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin wrote a letter of appeal about the freshman quarterback, saying that Manziel was dealing with severe internal punishment. The details of what those might be have not been released, although Sumlin did say that most of the discipline Manziel went through was stuff that he personally asked Manziel to do.

The suspension was eventually overturned and the severity of his punishment declined immensely. He was only required to take a six-hour class, and he was awarded the starting quarterback position just a day after the ruling. And, after leading the Aggies to an 11-2 season and a victory over Alabama, he then became the first freshman to ever win the Heisman.

This misstep comes on the heels of Manziel's latest Twitter controversy, which stemmed from a since-deleted Tweet where the quarterback claimed he couldn't "wait to leave College Station."

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