by Aaron Wilson
February 22, 02014
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel said his lack of stature won't affect him in the NFL.
The 5-foot-11 3/4 quarterback is 207 pounds.
"I play with a lot of heart, I play with a lot of passion, I feel like I play like I'm 10 feet tall," Manziel said at the NFL scouting combine "Those measurements to me are just a number."
Manziel is scheduled to meet with the Houston Texans on Saturday. The Texans hold the first overall pick in the draft and will consider the merits of drafting the elusive Heisman Trophy winner, among other players, including South Carolina defensive end Jadaveon Clowney, Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles and Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Manziel said will be able to conduct himself appropriately off the field. Manziel has been known for enjoying the nightlife in the past.
"This is a job," Manziel said. "There's guys with families, coaches with families, with all kinds of things on the line. For me, it's nothing new. It won't be a hard thing to kick. I'm just going to focus on whatever organization I'll be at, just pouring my heart out trying to be football 24-7 with that team."
Manziel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge from a 2012 arrest for disorderly conduct, failure to identify and possession of a fictitious driver's license after an incident in a bar near his college He paid a $2,000 fine, $230 in court costs..
Manziel denied reports that he'd gotten counseling for alcohol abuse and anger management.
"No sir, I don't believe those are true," Manziel said. "After last spring, Coach [Kevin] Sumlin kind of came to me and said, 'Hey, we have an in-house guy we want you to sit down and meet with.' I was more than happy and willing to learn whatever I could from him. I could sit down and have meetings with him, and those continued throughout the next couple years. Had a great relationship with him."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun