Sumlin knows Manziel must improve this spring

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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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  • His freshman year was so sick it makes ya wonder how he could possibly do it again. With that success comes high expectations and the pressure will be on…in fact it already is. key losses on the OL and Defense could make an impact but their schedule seems very manageable. My biggest questions are 1. How will he handle the pressure of success? He’s already being heavily scrutinized in his off the field life and 2. Can the proud DCs of the sec not find a way to contain him? They will have had plenty if time to devise something and you can bet the good ones will have some success. This being said I would not be surprised to see them in atlanta in early December.

    • Even with a season like the one they just had. I don’t see A&M beating Bama or LSU this season. And if somehow they make it to the conference championship, Georgia is a force they’ve never seen or played before. Yes, they have a lot of home games, but the one guaranteed lost I see them having is LSU. One doesn’t simply walk into Death Valley, the loudest, craziest stadium in the country, and beat LSU- unless you’re Bama.

      • I think they actually beat LSU and lose to Bama sending Bama to Atlanta again. But that being their only loss they could still end up in the BCS picture. Funny that it’s almost easier to get to the BCS game than it is to get to atlanta these days.