CHICAGO -- A former backup quarterback in the University of Texas football program, Chicago White Sox slugger Adam Dunn is excited for the upcoming college football season, but not so thrilled that Johnny Manziel of rival Texas A&M will be facing only a half-game suspension.
Manziel, who won the Heisman Trophy as a freshman last season, had been under investigation by the NCAA for accepting money for autographs. The NCAA announced it could find no evidence of wrongdoing and the half-game suspension was for violation of a lesser rule.
Manziel will miss the first half of Texas A&M's opener Saturday against Rice.
"I saw that," Dunn said. "I don't know. I sure hope Rice scores a whole bunch that first half."
Dunn redshirted in his only season in the football program at Texas in 1998, and a year later announced his intention to play baseball full time. At the time Dunn played football, Major Applewhite was the Longhorns' starting QB and Chris Simms was a year away from playing as well.
Dunn, who still keeps a football in his locker, gave his pick for a national champion this season.
"I like Clemson," Dunn said. "People will probably look at me like I'm crazy, but I think Clemson's got a really good team. They obviously play Georgia on Saturday, but if they can get past that, I think they've got a pretty good chance."