Johnny Manziel's chances to bounce back

November, 29, 2013
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The presumption heading into last Saturday’s Texas A&M-LSU game was that, in the course of three-and-a-half hours, Johnny Manziel could get back in the Heisman race and maybe even become the pre-eminent favorite for the second consecutive November.

And why wouldn’t we expect that? It’s not as if we had seen Manziel struggle. Not for a while, anyway. And never as badly as he did at LSU in a decisive 34-10 loss.

I spent time with Manziel and the A&M program during the bye week before the LSU game, which turned out to be his worst college performance. Team officials joked afterward that I might not be invited back to College Station. (It was a joke. Right, fellas?)

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• Joined ESPN as Insider's national college football writer in April 2012
• Previously wrote for The Oklahoman and The Post and Courier

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