Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel officialy declares for 2014 NFL Draft
Last Updated: 09/01/14 9:54pm
Johnny Manziel: The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner is heading for the NFL
Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is heading for the NFL after declaring himself for the 2014 draft.
The Texas A&M redshirt sophomore was only a two-year starter, but he was a prolific one, ending up only nine yards shy of becoming the first sophomore to total 10,000 yards from scrimmage.
"After long discussions with my family, friends, teammates, and coaches, I have decided to make myself available for the 2014 NFL Draft," Manziel said in an open letter to Texas A&M fans.
"The decision was not an easy one. Anyone who has ever watched a football game at Kyle Field knows that leaving that atmosphere, those Saturdays with excitement, color and noise, will be hard for me."
A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said: "In all of my years of coaching, Johnny Manziel is the most exciting football player I have ever seen. We appreciate everything he has done for Texas A&M and Aggie football and wish him nothing but the best."
But Manziel will be a decisive figure in the build-up to the May draft, with questions remaining about his arm-strength and temperament after a tumultuous off-season following his Heisman win in 2012.
In two years, he racked up 7,820 yards and 63 TD passes and 2,169 yards and 30 touchdowns rushing.