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Referees missed horse collar tackle on Johnny Manziel at end of game

Referees missed an obvious horse collar tackle by Auburn to bring down Johnny Manziel in the final minute of the Tigers’ 45-41 upset win over Texas A&M on Saturday. The teams combined to score 31 points in the fourth quarter, with Auburn’s 12-play, 75-yard touchdown drive standing up as the final score.

Manziel, who returned from a shoulder injury suffered earlier in the quarter, got the ball back at the 35 with 1:19 left. The Aggies got down to the Auburn 18 and were pushed back to the 26 after a sack. On third and 18, Manziel scrambled to his left for five yards and was brought down by a horse collar tackle from Kris Frost. Unfortunately, the referees did not call a penalty, which is supposed to be 15 yards and an automatic first down. A&M should have had a first down inside the 10 instead of 4th and 13 at the 21 and the game ending on a sack.

Here’s the exact language on the horse collar tackle rule from the NCAA rule book:

All players are prohibited from grabbing the inside back collar of the shoulder pads or jersey, or the inside collar of the side of the shoulder pads or jersey, and immediately pulling the ball carrier down. This does not apply to a ball carrier, including a potential passer, who is inside the tackle box (Rule 2-34). Note that the tackle box disintegrates when the ball leaves it.

Yup, that missed call made a huge difference in the outcome of the game. This is pretty indisputable:

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Johnny Manziel suffers shoulder injury on run (GIF)

Johnny ManzielFor the second week in a row, Johnny Manziel headed for the sidelines with an injury. Only this one seemed a lot more serious than the last one.

[Previously: Johnny Manziel hurts left knee vs Ole Miss]

Manziel scrambled on second and goal early in the fourth quarter against Auburn and was tackled at the two. He landed on his throwing shoulder and left the game. Matt Joeckel replaced him at quarterback.

Manziel tried to pick up a football and throw it on the sidelines, but he was unable to, so Joeckel came out to quarterback Texas A&M on the Aggies’ next drive. The Aggies went three-and-out on the drive.

Manziel must have been feeling better, because he re-emerged on the sidelines around the time of the punt and was able to throw the ball. He then returned after Auburn took a 38-34 lead. He seemed uncomfortable with his shoulder, but he was still able to sling it like normal and led the Aggies to a touchdown.

In all, Manziel left on 3rd-and-goal (A&M settled for a 20-yard field goal). And then he missed their next drive, which resulted in a punt. He returned after that and led a touchdown drive.

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Johnny Manziel hurts left knee against Ole Miss (GIF)

Johnny Manziel briefly left Texas A&M’s game with Ole Miss on Saturday after appearing to hurt his left knee in the first quarter.

Manziel was scrambling to his left on a first and 10 play midway through the first quarter and threw an incomplete pass. He immediately went to the ground and grabbed his left knee and was helped off the field. A&M ran the ball the next two downs and then attempted a field goal that missed.

ESPN later reported that the team put a bigger softer brace on Manziel’s left knee and that the reigning Heisman Trophy winner told Kevin Sumlin he was OK to return to the game. ESPN also believes the knee Manziel grabbed was the same one he sprained last year against Missouri.

Manziel was back in the game on the team’s next possession, but not after giving his team a scare for a while.

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Johnny Manziel got OVO tattoo before he and Drake became friends

Johnny Manziel and Drake have been close friends since the two met several months ago — an event Manziel has referred to as the highlight of his offseason. Since the meeting, we have seen Drake shout out to Manziel on Twitter and Manziel frequently rocking “OVO” gear, which stands for October’s Very Own (Drake’s birthday month) and is essentially Drake’s brand.

More recently, we even noticed Manziel has “OVO” tattooed across his right wrist. According to Drake, that ink was there before he met the Texas A&M star.

“He actually got the OVO tattoo before we even met,” Drake said on ESPN’s First take on Tuesday. “He was that much of a supporter and a fan.”

Drake also spoke at length about how much of a great person Manziel is. Contrary to what many others may believe, Drake said he feels he is a positive influence on the 20-year-old Manziel’s life.

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Floyd Mayweather wins $200K betting on Johnny Manziel

Floyd Mayweather Jr. won $200,000 betting the first half line in the Texas A&M-SMU game on Saturday, and he shared the news with a fantastic tweet.

Mayweather posted his betting slip and noted that he was able to make money off Johnny Manziel’s brilliance, even though the Aggies QB cannot cash in on himself because of NCAA rules:

Floyd Mayweather moneyManziel went 14-of-21 for 244 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also ran for 102 yards and a TD. A&M led 32-6 at halftime, easily covering the 17.5 point line.

A&M made hundreds of millions last year in fundraising thanks mostly to Manziel reviving the program, and you have people like Mayweather cashing big sports betting tickets thanks to the Heisman Trophy winner’s brilliance. Yet the kid gets investigated for making a few grand by signing autographs. Something ain’t right there.

Oh, and Mayweather shared a winning betting slip on Twitter? So what else is new. Wake me when he shares photos of the hundreds of thousands he also LOSES. Nobody wins all their bets. Well, nobody except Doc Brown.

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Many NFL teams reportedly consider Johnny Manziel to be ‘undraftable’

Johnny ManzielJohnny Manziel’s talent is undeniable. Texas A&M lost to Alabama on Saturday thanks in part to Manziel’s crucial interception in the end zone, but he managed to throw for 464 yards and five touchdowns against the two-time defending national champions. He also added 98 yards rushing. Oh yeah, and he became the first freshman ever to win the Heisman Trophy last season.

Despite all the aforementioned accolades, scouts have expressed skepticism over Manziel’s prospects as an NFL pro. One scout said he expects Manziel to be a “marginal pro” because NFL teams will make him throw more and will not be as susceptible to scrambling. According to SI.com’s Peter King, several NFL teams would not consider drafting Manziel because of his red flags off the field.

Manziel, in his third year of eligibility at Texas A&M, could declare for the 2014 draft if he wants to come out, which seems likely. (He can also stay in and play the 2014 college season, and 2015 as well.) But Manziel, to many teams right now, would be undraftable because they’re scared of his mood swings and off-field questions. But it only takes one team out of 32 to fall for him. And some team will, unless he self-destructs between today and draft day.

Manziel considers himself to be part of Drake’s Topszn Regime. For those of you who don’t know what that is, you can read an extensive explanation of it that LB wrote here. Johnny Football soaks up every bit of the spotlight off the field and does things like flashing his stacks of cash in the casino and enjoying a round of golf with the Jonas Brothers. Imagine what he’ll be like when he doesn’t have to worry about improper benefits?

Manziel should be a lock for the first round of the NFL Draft because of his uncanny athletic ability. However, you can’t help but wonder how high his stock would be if he wasn’t so obsessed with being a celebrity.

H/T Rotoworld

TJ Yeldon mocks Johnny Manziel hand gesture, does double throat slash (GIF)

TJ Yeldon Johnny Manziel hand gestureAlabama running back TJ Yeldon received a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for mocking Johnny Manziel’s hand gesture and doing a double-throat slash after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter of the Crimson Tide’s game against Texas A&M on Saturday.

Yeldon polished off an impressive 11-play, 93-yard by the Tide with a 4-yard TD run into the end zone to make it 28-14. As soon as he got up, he mocked Manziel’s money gesture and did a double-throat slash. The act was noticed by the refs who penalized him, and it led to Nick Saban chewing him out on the sidelines.

Was it worth it, TJ? Probably.

By the way, if you’re curious about the meaning behind Johnny Manziel’s hand gesture, read this.

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