COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Johnny Manziel was sharp and confident and moved No. 7 Texas A&M's offense with ease and piled up three touchdowns in his suspension-abbreviated debut against Rice.
His performance was sparkling. The problem was Johnny Football's attitude.
The Heisman Trophy winner sat out the first half because of what the school called an "inadvertent" violation of NCAA rules involving signing autographs.
In the second half he managed to not only show some of the skills that helped him become one of the country's most electric players, but also the antics that have caused him off-the-field trouble.
Not long after he entered the game in the third quarter he jawed with a Rice defender and appeared to mimic signing an autograph while getting up from a tackle.