Johnny Manziel went from a relatively unknown college freshman at Texas A&M to the first freshman to ever win the Heisman trophy and the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. He’s also having a bit of fun along the way.
Before he started his first game at Texas A&M, he was given the nickname Johnny Football by their fans and students. Manziel was recruited as a dual threat quarterback due to his abilities shown off in high school at wide receiver and later on at quarterback. Though only a 3 star Rivals and Scout recruit he was sought out by many top BCS schools.
His play early was out of the ordinary for a freshman, especially in the SEC. The tough conference did not have any noticeable impact on him, as he was the first player in SEC history to have two games of over 500 yards of offense in a single season. He led Texas A&M to an 11-2 record with a win against Alabama in Tuscaloosa, who eventually, went on to win the National Championship.
Johnny Football ended his freshman year with a 68% completion percentage and 3,706 yards through the air. That was good for 26 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. His ground work was just as impressive with 1,410 yards rushing on 201 carries good for 21 touchdowns. Besides the Heisman and Davey O’Brien award he racked up many other weekly and year end awards on both a conference and national level.
All of the hype and fame has not come without its own bit of controversy. Texas A&M athletic director Eric Hyman recently met with Manziel’s parents to discuss the quarterback’s new found fame.
“I told them he’s no longer a freshman, and he’s no longer a sophomore, junior or senior,” Hyman said Sunday. “He is a ‘Heisman.’”
Since the season has ended, Johnny has been under controversy from both fans and the national media. He tweeted out photos of himself with cash at an Oklahoma casino and others snapped pictures of him drinking champagne at a Dallas club with his mother. A judge posted on Facebook that the football star had just received a speeding ticket.
Obviously the post was in poor taste, but it comes with the territory. It is also legal to drink alcohol in Texas as long as the minor is accompanied by a parent. The gambling age in Oklahoma is 18, so again it is legal, but the initial Twitter reaction was he would be suspended by the NCAA among many other incorrect assumptions.
These minor set backs have not stopped Mr Football from having a little fun. Recently a new video hit YouTube showing him and the Dude Perfect group doing insane trick shots. Check out the extremely impressive video below.
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Johnny Football Highlights
Highlights from Johnny Manziel’s Heisman winning freshman season as quarterback for the Texas A&M Aggies.