Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel never gave up, and his hard work just paid off.
Manziel, the redshirt freshman quarterback for Texas A&M that everybody wrote off after Jameill Showers' work during spring practice, beat out Showers during the first two weeks of fall camp. As a result, head coach Kevin Sumlin named Manziel the Aggies' starting quarterback, per a university-issued statement:
Johnny has performed the best at this stage and we will proceed until the season opener with him getting the first-team reps. My policy is simple really; the best player plays. Competition is a great thing and we need more competition at all of our positions.
Manziel's performance in A&M's latest scrimmage on Saturday likely put him over the top in the battle.
The Kerrville, Texas, native completed 18-of-22 passes for 218 passing yards and three passing touchdowns and added six carries, 24 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown on top of his aerial assault.
He's certainly capable of making things happen through the air, which is what Sumlin's offense was known for during his days as the head coach of the Houston Cougars. But Manziel's ability to make things happen through the air and on the ground makes him a serious weapon that should make the Aggies fun to watch.
He also will make opposing defensive coordinators sweat.
Manziel possesses the arm strength and accuracy to be successful on the short and intermediate routes, but he also has the elusiveness to get first downs on his own.
Showers can run too, but Manziel established himself as the better passer during fall camp. That opens up the playbook for Sumlin and offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury.
It's a season of transition in College Station, with a new conference, new coaches, new systems and a new quarterback. That new quarterback is Manziel, and he should be fun to watch in 2012.