Texas A&M’s (4-1, 1-1) quarterback is back to making headlines on, not off, the field. Johnny Manziel put on the show in the first half of the Aggies’ 45-33 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks. The sophomore accounted for 253 of his 320 total yards in the first half, and the Aggies’ defense and running game took over from there to secure A&M’s first SEC win of the season.
In the process, Johnny Football is playing himself right into the thick of the Heisman Trophy conversation.
Through five games, Manziel is first in the SEC in completions (140), passing yards (1,489), passing touchdowns (14) and completion percentage (71.4 percent). His touchdown-to-interception ratio (14-to-4) is excellent, as is his yards per attempt (10.6). Oh, and he can still run the football, adding 314 more yards and three scores on the ground.
Perhaps, most importantly, he hasn’t made any headlines off the field since the start of the season. In leading the Aggies to a 4-1 record, it’d be hard to ask for much more from Manziel.
What to look for in Week 6: A sigh of relief from Texas A&M’s head coach. This is the first bye week of the Kevin Sumlin era in Aggieland. In 2012, the Aggies lost their bye week when the Louisiana Tech game had to be moved because of expected bad weather. Actually, the Aggies do have some work to do on defense during the bye – particularly in the pass-rush department.