Two of the best quarterbacks last season, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, just happened to be red shirt freshmen; so of the two, who is the most poised to have a better sophomore season?
Some may think that this is a silly question as Manziel is fresh off being the Heisman Trophy winner, but when you compare both quarterbacks side by side it isn’t crazy to wonder who is destined to have a better season.
Mariota played incredibly well last season throwing more touchdowns (32) than Manziel (26), having less interceptions (6 vs. 9), getting sacked less (17 vs. 22), and had a better quarterback rating (163.2 vs. 155.3).
With all that said, it’s not too far fetched to think that Mariota could very well outplay the one that has been tagged as Johnny “Football/Heisman.”
Manziel plays in a conference where he has to play against Alabama, Mississippi, and LSU—some of the best defenses in the nation. Mariota, on the other hand, has games against Nichols State, Cal, and the University of Colorado—some of the worst defenses in the nation.
Manziel and Mariota both had very impressive Spring Games sparking excitement of what this season could bring.
Mariota, in very limited time, threw for 169 yards going 13-15 with two touchdowns. Manziel had one of the most impressive Spring Games in Texas A&M’s history throwing for over 300 yards going 24-30 with three touchdowns.
This season looks to be very exciting for both Manziel and Mariota, but I see Mariota having a better season based on Oregon’s high-octane offensive scheme.