Johnny Manziel’s attorney sounds confident his client won’t lose his eligibility, says he’ll play against Rice

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With the allegations surrounding Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel after he was recently accused by a few autograph brokers of accepting money to sign autographs,  his attorney is confident his client will play in the Aggies’ season opener against Rice, according to USA TODAY Sports.

Johnny Manziel’s attorney predicts the Heisman winner won’t miss any playing time as a result of an NCAA investigation.

Jim Darnell, an El Paso, Texas attorney with experience representing individuals at the center of NCAA investigations, confirmed to USA TODAY Sports that he was retained “a couple of weeks ago” by the Manziel family to represent the Texas A&M quarterback as the NCAA investigates allegations that he was paid for signing autographs. TheAssociated Press first reported Darnell’s hiring.

“I can’t say much,” Darnell told USA TODAY Sports, “other than we’re working through the process. He’s cooperating with the investigation. We think when all this comes out on the other end, he’ll be the starting quarterback for the Aggies against Rice.”

Manziel’s family released a statement to USA TODAY Sports.

In a statement released to the AP, the Manziel family said neither Johnny Manziel nor other family members would comment – saying they were complying with NCAA rules about commenting on investigations.

Manziel is using the same lawyer that Cam Newton used a few years ago during his time at Auburn in which his edibility was in question.

It certainly sounds like both Manziel and Darnell are confident he’ll play this season.