Manziel suspended for 1st half vs. Rice

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is being suspended for the first half of Saturday's season opener against Rice.

Manziel met with NCAA officials for nearly six hours Sunday amid allegations he received payment for his autograph. Various reports have connected him to several memorabilia dealers who claim to have paid Manziel for separate autograph sessions, which would be a violation of NCAA rules.

Manziel reportedly denied he received payment for signing autographs during his weekend meeting with NCAA officials.

Manziel burst onto the scene as a redshirt freshman last season, earning the nickname "Johnny Football" when he amassed more than 5,000 total yards with 47 touchdowns (26 passing, 21 rushing) on his way to becoming the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy.