Johnny Manziel: The Premier Playmaker In The SEC

By Freddie Vickers
Brett Davis-US Presswire

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If you’ve been hibernating under a rock for the first month of the 2012 college football season, you’ve missed the show that is Texas A&M redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel.  Manziel has electrified crowds through the first month of the season, passing and running his way into the Aggie and SEC history books.

Manziel is new school meets old school.  A throwback of sorts, with a new school swag about him.

If the pocket breaks down, he can move with wheels of gold.  But what’s impressive is this freshman can stand in the pocket and make every throw.

Manziel is putting up huge numbers as the leader of a high octane offense directed by Offensive Coordinator Kliff Kingsbury. Kingsbury, who played in Mike Leach’s Air Raid system at Texas Tech, has jumped on the college football scene as one of the bright young offensive minds in the game.  So much so, he was named the 2011 Offensive Coordinator of the Year by

Manziel set a Texas A&M record for passing yards versus Arkansas with 453, breaking Ryan Tannehill‘s mark of 449, set in 2010.  He also set an SEC record for total yards with 557.  What’s remarkable when looking at Manziel’s stats is, he hasn’t thrown an interception on the season.  That’s huge for an offense that goes to the air as much as the Aggies.  Manziel is also completing passes at a 70 percent clip.

Things do change this week as A&M leaves the state of Texas for the first time in 2012 as they travel to Ole Miss Saturday to face the Rebels.  Rebel coach, Hugh Freeze, knows that Manziel is an elite dual threat quarterback.

“At the end of the day, the guy finds ways to extend play after play,” Freeze said.

The Rebel’s defense will definitely have their work cut out for them, as Texas A&M is averaging 48.3 points per game which is good for seventh in the country.


Freddie Vickers covers the SEC for Rant Sports

Follow Freddie on Twitter:  @fredvic9

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