To say that Johnny Manziel, quarterback for the Texas A&M Aggies and the defending Heisman Trophy winner, has had an eventful offseason would be an understatement. It seems that hardly a week goes by when Johnny Football is not in the news.
And while Manziel may not always be making the right decisions, he is making decisions while he is on his own in the world. However, once fall practice begins, expect to hear much less about Manziel off the field, and much more about him on the field.
Theoretically, when the season starts, Manziel will focus more on his play on the field and less on playing the field. And if he does that, he could very well erase what has been quite a bit of negative publicity this offseason.
Think back to last year, when this freshman quarterback, playing in the offense preferred by A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin, burst onto the scene, doing things that college football fans had never seen. The Manziel that was seen on the field passed for 3,706 yards and 26 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,410 yards and 21 more scores.
If Johnny Football can get back to being “Johnny Football” and not “Johnny in the Headlines Every Seven Days for Who Knows What”, he can rebuild his image, and perhaps put himself in position to become only the second two-time winner of the Heisman.
But if Manziel elects to keep up this party boy image instead, he will hurt himself immediately (with Heisman voters, his teammates and his coaches) and long-term (with NFL scouts and general managers). It will be interesting to see which path the Aggie signal caller chooses.