If there’s one player who is anxious to begin the 2013 college football season, it’s Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Since winning the 2012 Heisman Trophy, Manziel has been at the center of a media firestorm for his off-the-field escapades. Many critics have deemed the reigning Heisman quarterback “immature” due to multiple instances of his questionable use of social media and partying. His activities have even drawn comparisons to NFL bust Ryan Leaf, whose career was filled with many off-the-field problems.
But what exactly has he done that validates the questioning of his character?
Basically, Johnny Manziel is being criticized for being a 20-year-old college student who happens to be in the public eye. Many of the incidents committed by him have been based around attending parties and his lack of a filter when using Twitter. No harm, no real foul.
The media frenzy surrounding Manziel’s social life will cease to exist once the regular season begins. Once the college football media have more to report, the news cycle will change drastically.
More importantly for Manziel, he can finally let his play do the talking.
The expectations for a repeat of his Heisman Trophy winning season will be a tough task for Manziel to accomplish. However, the talented quarterback will likely have a similar performance with an improved Aggies team entering the season with equally lofty expectations.
Manziel will need to shed the label of “immature” before embarking on the NFL Draft, should he decide to declare next season. However, the causes for concern are not nearly as drastic as some believe. Once the regular season finally begins, he will quickly silence the doubters with yet another memorable season.