Published September 16, 2012 - 4:05pm
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Johnny had me from hello, too.
Texas A&M redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel is one to watch for the future, and Florida is glad they didn’t have to face the second-game Johnny Manziel.
All he did yesterday was act as the one-man wrecking crew that destroyed June Jones’ SMU Mustangs.
The Aggies had not lost to the ‘Stangs since 1984, and Manziel made sure that didn’t happen yesterday either.
He set a school record in three quarters, accounting for 418 total yards and six touchdowns. Manziel connected on 20 of 36 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns. He also carried the ball 13 times for 124 yards and two touchdowns.
Manziel had his way with Florida’s defense last week in the first half, but he put two halves together this week. He was the human highlight reel.
The Aggies’ offense ran for 225 yards on the day, and Manziel accounted for 124 of them. Starting running back Christine Michael was suspended for the game, and the Aggies got little help in the running game from the backups.
When Texas A&M gets more into SEC play, defenses will make the Aggies beat them through the air with a balanced offense, keeping Johnny in the pocket. Florida made that adjustment a week ago in the second half. Manziel is going to need his backs to step up and help create a more balanced offensive attack. The offensive line is strong enough to wear down opponents in the fourth quarter.
And right now, Manziel is the offense for the Aggies, and he’s making it look easy for a redshirt freshman. This kid is fun to watch.