Texas A&M Suspends Johnny Manziel for First Half of Rice Game

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COLLEGE STATION, TX -- Johnny Manziel will kick off his campaign for a second straight Heisman Trophy on the bench. ESPN reports Texas A&M has suspended Manziel for the first half of Saturday's season opener against Rice.

ESPN also reports Texas A&M and the NCAA have reached an agreement on the length of the suspension, ending the current investigation of Manziel.

The NCAA has been investigating Manziel for nearly a month, since reports surfaced he accepted cash to sign autographs on multiple occasions during the off-season. Manziel reportedly met with the NCAA for six hours on Sunday, denying allegations he accepted money for his signature.

Manziel led Texas A&M to an 11-2 record last season, including an upset of top-ranked Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He completed nearly 68 percent of his passes for 3,706 yards and 26 touchdowns, while rushing for more than 14 hundred yards and 21 more scores, becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.

With Manziel on the bench for the first half on Saturday, the Aggies will start either, junior Matt Joeckel or freshman Kenny Hill.

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