A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel reportedly almost transferred from the school last year. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel came close to transferring away from the school before last season, reports the Dallas Morning News.
The report says A&M suspended Manziel for the 2012 season following his arrest in College Station’s Northgate bar district last summer. Manziel won on an appeal and went on to lead the Aggies to an 11-2 record and a Cotton Bowl victory.
Manziel passed for 3,706 yard with 26 touchdowns and ran for another 1,410 yards and 21 touchdowns last season, as the Aggies finished the year ranked fifth in the Associated Poll.
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Manziel, entering his freshman season after sitting out the 2011 season as a redshirt, would have felt it was necessary to transfer if the suspension wasn’t overturned on appeal, according to the source.
Manziel was arrested for misdemeanors of fighting, failure to identify and possession of fake IDs around 2 a.m. on June 29, 2012.
Texas A&M spokeswoman Sherylon Carroll declined comment, citing federal student privacy laws. The athletic department was not involved in the suspension. Anne Reber, the dean of student life, ruled in Manziel’s favor on the appeal, according to the source.