Johnny Football will be Johnny Benchwarmer for the first half of the Texas A&M season opener on Saturday against Rice, 1200 WOAI news reports.


  ESPN reports that Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel has been issued the suspension after he allegedly violated NCAA rules by accepting money to sign autographs.


  A&M did not comment on Manziel's status, but Coach Kevin Sumlin did say that Manziel has 'handled the situation very well.'


  ESPN says the half game suspension 'closes the book' on the controversy.


  It means the Seventh Ranked Aggies will have to start the season with backups Matt Joeckel or Kenny Hill taking snaps.