Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel has been working out with quarterback guru George Whitfield in Southern California over the past week, focusing on the ‘boring’ stuff like his balance, footwork and body control, among other things. You know, the little things that make great quarterbacks great.
One of those ‘other things’ has been throwing drills while blindfolded. Yes, he can now do it with his eyes closed. In fact, he only threw two uncatchable balls in 29 attempts from about 15 yards away with his eyes closed. It’s called rhythm, feel and routine, and Manziel is working to get better.
After one of the workouts, Manziel explained his lofty goals and said he wanted a Cam Newton-type season that everyone will remember at Texas A&M, via Star Telegram.
“My goals are lofty,” Manziel told the Star-Telegram. “I know what I want to achieve. My biggest goal is I want to do something at A&M that will never, ever be done again. Never. I want that Cam Newton-type Auburn season. Every time you look at the Auburn program, that’s the one that will pop up. I want that at A&M.
“If you take it game by game, everything else will take care of itself. You go to the SEC Championship, that’s a huge goal right there. At the end of the day, that’s your appetizer. The big main course is the national championship, and then your coffee and your dessert are your accolades that come with that. Ultimately, winning is the only thing that matters.”
Newton’s Heisman and undefeated national championship season came with sheer dominance on the field and much controversy off it, which featured the NCAA barking down the Tigers’ door, ultimately finding nothing.
Whitfield said Manziel hasn’t lost any speed and has packed some punch since last year. He finished last season at 200 pounds, and he’s up to 210 pounds, hoping to play around 205.
Manziel knows he has so much room for growth, particularly in the passing game. And if you watched Manziel over the course of last season, you could really see he has ways to improve his game. He was so talented but so raw.
“There’s so much left,” Manziel said. “There’s so much time left. … If I can get as good as I have from being a freshman to a redshirt freshman to being a redshirt sophomore to where I am today — if I can do that for three more years — I don’t even want to think about it. It’s scary.”
So scary that every coach hopes Manziel takes the leap of faith to the NFL after this season.
Credit Manziel with not sitting on his haunches, spit-shining his Heisman Trophy and basking in his newfound stardom. Manziel wants to be great and is willing to work to take his game to an even higher level.
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