Manziel completed 5-of-12 passes for 48 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception, before yielding the field to players competing to be his backup. Among the backup candidates, junior Matt Joeckel was the most accurate, completing 7-of-14 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown.
Joeckel, an Arlington High School graduate, ended spring drills as the backup quarterback. He is being pushed in fall camp by incoming freshman Kenny Hill, a Southlake Carroll graduate who completed 4-of-9 passes for 40 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday’s scrimmage, as well as redshirt freshman Matt Davis (1-of-5, 1 yard).
The identity of the Aggies’ backup quarterback could be crucial for A&M, the No. 7 team in Saturday’s Associated Press preseason poll, if Manziel is declared ineligible based on an NCAA investigation into allegations that he accepted money for signing memorabilia in violation of NCAA rules.
_ Jimmy Burch