Two words that described Johnny Manziel’s 2012 season are electric and raw.
It was so electric from a standpoint of a newcomer hopping onto the scene and ripping SEC defenses to shreds to the tune of 5,116 total yards and 47 total touchdowns. But it was also very raw, because he can only improve as a passer with his mental approach, as well as reading defenses and not locking onto primary receivers as he progresses into a more mature quarterback.
The Aggies open spring practice today, and Kevin Sumlin’s focus will be getting Manziel more reps to improve his game this spring, via TexAgs.
“He can help his footwork, his mechanics, his thought process and his overall knowledge of the offense,” Kevin Sumlin said Friday. “That’s all part of playing the game.
“Johnny needs to continue to get better. So I wouldn’t look for the reps to change much more than they would, particularly early in the spring. And when you have new coordinators, there’s going to be a different personality to the offense. I don’t look for the reps, particularly early in the spring, to change much more than they would in preparation for a game.”
The playmaking ability on scrambles will always be there. It’s obvious that his instincts are second to none, and he’s not getting any slower.
But his improvement between the ears, his decision making and his mechanics must continue to evolve or he won’t get better as a quarterback.
Manziel will be focused on bonding with new co-offensive coordinator Clarence McKinney, who called the plays in the Cotton Bowl onslaught, along with his new quarterback coach and co-coordinator Jake Spavital.
Manziel’s overall numbers could decrease in 2013, but he could become a much better quarterback in the process, particularly in the passing game.
With the decrease in wariness of and the NFL tilting toward mobile quarterbacks, Manziel’s draft stocking is rising. But don’t expect Texas A&M to be breaking in any new quarterbacks this spring to build for the future.
The Aggies have a national championship to win in 2013. Then, they’ll worry about life after Manziel.
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