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Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012 6:07 am

Johnny Manziel's actions early Friday morning put his future in jeopardy.

Expected to compete with Shoemaker graduate Jameill Showers for the starting quarterback position at Texas A&M, Manziel was arrested and jailed early Friday after he was involved in a fight and produced two fake IDs.

Manziel, 19, was charged with disorderly conduct, failure to identify and possessing a false identification card, all misdemeanors. He was jailed overnight and released Friday afternoon. Manziel, a dual-threat standout at Kerrville Tivy, redshirted last season and was competing with Showers to replace Ryan Tannehill as the Aggies starting quarterback. Tannehill was drafted eighth overall by the Miami Dolphins during the NFL Draft in April.

"I have been made aware of the situation with Johnny Manziel," Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said. "We are gathering all the facts and will handle the situation once we have all of the information. We are disappointed with his actions and this is out of character for Johnny."

Police also arrested 20-year-old Steven Brant and 47-year-old Marvin McKinney after the incident, which occurred just after 2 a.m. in a street in the Northgate entertainment district.

College Station PD spokeswoman Rhonda Seaton told the Associated Press an officer on bike patrol intervened to break up a fight between Manziel and McKinney. McKinney told the officer that Brant, Manziel's friend, called him a racial slur and he approached Brant. Manziel reportedly attempted to intervene and shoved McKinney and the two exchanged punches.

When officers asked Manziel for an ID, he produced a phony Louisiana driver's license that showed his birthday as Dec. 6, 1990. Police checked Manziel's wallet and found two more ID cards — a fake Texas driver's license and Manziel's real driver's license that listed his date of birth as Dec. 6, 1992.

Showers emerged as the front-runner during Texas A&M's spring game in late-April, but Sumlin said the competition, which also included sophomore Matt Joekel, was very much still open heading into the summer.

Showers completed 20 of 31 passes for 203 yards, including touchdown passes of 50 yards to Ryan Swope and 63 yards to Malcome Kennedy in the spring game. Manziel completed 13 of 27 passes for 154 yards with an interception and a 53-yard touchdown pass to Swope.

The Aggies, 7-6 last season under Mike Sherman, enter the Southeastern Conference on Sunday after spending the last 16 seasons in the Big 12.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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