In 2012, Johnny Manziel, quarterback for the Texas A&M Aggies, won the Heisman Trophy, becoming the first freshman to ever bring home the award. In 2013, Manziel is trying to become only the second player to win the award twice. And if he does, there is someone he needs to thank.
That person is his star receiver Mike Evans. To call Evans Manziel’s “go-to” receiver is an insult to “go-to” receivers. When Manziel needs to make a play, he looks for Number 13 (that’s Evans). And many times, it’s Evans making the play, which makes Manziel look great.
For example, in the first half of Saturday’s loss to the Auburn Tigers, Manziel scrambled, then basically threw the ball up for grabs in the middle of the field. That’s where Evans leaped and took advantage of every inch of his 6-5 frame to make a spectacular catch.
At another point in the first half, Manziel slung a pass in the flat to Evans, who did the rest, taking it 64 yards for a touchdown. It was one of four touchdown passes in the game from Manziel to Evans.
Again, Manziel is a tremendous player. On Saturday, he passed for 454 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for 48 yards and another score. However, without Evans, Manziel’s numbers wouldn’t have been as great.
All Evans did on Saturday was set the Texas A&M school record for receiving yards with 287 on 11 catches. He actually broke the record that he set earlier this season against the Alabama Crimson Tide.
So if Johnny Football claims another Heisman this season, he needs to be sure to thank Mike Evans.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.