As we all know, Johnny Manziel is a pretty popular guy. Sometimes for the right reasons, like his play on the field, and sometimes for the wrong reasons, like his off-field antics. One thing is for sure, though: Manziel is the Heisman favorite right now.
You might be say, “well, what about the Texas A&M Aggies‘ recent loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide?”. I have one answer for that: look at the numbers. Despite losing to the best team in the nation at home, Manziel’s Heisman stock has taken off dramatically. It’s not often you can say a player’s Heisman hopes have risen after a loss — at home, nonetheless.
The reigning Heisman winner has been the brunt of much criticism all offseason long for his “don’t care” attitude and the autograph scandal that he was apart of. People were questioning the kid’s maturity and willingness to put his social life aside for school and football.
Saturday evening, Johnny Football took over. Not Johnny Autographs. Not Johnny Immaturity. No, Johnny Football.
In a game that looked like a revenge mission for the Crimson Tide, Manziel looked like a completely different person on the field than he has been off it. Just how good was the sophomore superstar? He passed for 464 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. On top of that, he completed over 70 percent of his passes and rushed for 98 yards.
On the season, that gives Johnny Football 984 yards, 11 touchdowns, three interceptions and a 71 percent completion rate — and this is basically two games of work as he only threw eight passes in the first game of the season. The fact that he has rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown will also help the Heisman hype.
Sophomore wide out Mike Evans has been doing everything in his power to help Manziel win his second-straight trophy. In fact, Evans has 20 catches for 518 yards and three touchdowns.
Manziel almost made the perfect comeback against the Tide — solidifying him atop the list of Heisman-hopefuls despite a loss.