Manziel Files Paperwork to Enter NFL Draft

COLLEGE STATION - One of the worst kept secrets in college football is now official. Johnny Manziel is leaving Texas A&M for the NFL.

Manziel confirmed reports that he filed paperwork to enter the 2014 NFL draft in a thank you letter to Aggie 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.”

Click here to read the letter in full.

Manziel leaves Texas A&M as one of the most decorated and exciting players in college football history. The first-ever freshman to win the Heisman Trophy in 2012, Manziel was a two-time first-team All-Southeastern Conference pick at quarterback. He was the college player of the year in 2012 and he also won the Davey O’Brien Award and the Manning Award.

“In all of my years of coaching, Johnny Manziel is the most exciting football player I have ever seen,” Aggie head coach Kevin Sumlin said. “We appreciate everything he has done for Texas A&M and Aggie football and wish him nothing but the best.”

As a sophomore, Manziel was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy and finished fifth in the voting. He was also a finalist for the O’Brien, Walter Camp Player of the Year, Maxwell Award, Manning Award, Hornung Award and the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award.

In 2013, Manziel set school records for passing yards, passing touchdowns and total offense in 2013 as he generated 4,873 total yards, while completing 300-of-429 passes for 4,114 yards and 37 touchdowns and rushing for 759 yards and nine touchdowns. His completion percentage of 69.9 was also a school record.

Manziel is the only player in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision history to gain 5,000 total yards in a season, while rushing for 1,000 yards (5,116/1,410 in 2012). Also in 2012, he became the fifth FBS players to pass for 3,000 and rush for 1,000 in a season, and he became the fifth player to rush and pass for 20 or more touchdowns in a single season. Manziel became the first sophomore in FBS history to pass for 7,000 yards and rush for 2,000 yards in 2013.

For his two-year, 26-game career, Manziel set at least 35 school, SEC and NCAA records including:

NCAA
Most games with 300 pass/100 rush yards: 4
Freshman rushing by a quarterback (season): 1,410 in 2012
Freshman total offense (season): 5,116 in 2012

SEC
Total offense (season): 5,116 in 2012
Total offense (season average): 393.5 in 2012
Total offense (game): 576 vs. Louisiana Tech, 2012
Total offense (game yards/play): 10.7 vs. Arkansas, 2012
Passing yards (career average): 301.0
Completion percentage (career): 69.0%
Most 500-yard total offense games: 5

Texas A&M
Total offense (career): 9,989
Total offense (career average): 384.2
Total offense (season): 5,116 in 2012
Total offense (season average): 393.5 in 2012
Total offense (season yards/play): 8.5 in 2013
Total offense (game): 576 vs. Louisiana Tech, 2012
Total offense (game yards/play): 10.7 vs. Arkansas, 2012

Passing yards (career average): 301.0
Completion percentage (career): 69.0%
Passing yards (season): 4,114 in 2013
Passing yards (season average): 316.5 in 2013
Passing touchdowns (season): 37 in 2013
Completion percentage (season): 69.9 in 2013
Passing yards (game): 464 vs. Alabama, 2013

Rushing yards by a quarterback (career): 2,169
Rushing yards by a quarterback (season): 1,410 in 2012
Rushing yards by a quarterback (game): 229 vs. Oklahoma, 2012

Touchdown responsibility (career): 93
Touchdown responsibility (season): 47 in 2012

Most 500-yard total offense games: 5
Most 400-yard total offense games: 12
Most 300-yard total offense games: 21

Most 400-yard passing games: 5

Most games with 3 pass/1 rush TDs: 10
Most games with 2 pass/2 rush TDs: 8


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