Texas A&M: Johnny Manziel's Performance Puts Him in Heisman Discussion

Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIISeptember 29, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 29:  Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies passes against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Kyle Field on September 29, 2012 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Johnny Manziel, the redshirt freshman quarterback for Texas A&M, has had an absolutely stellar start to the season. So far, Manziel has thrown for 1,094 yards, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions. He also has run for 366 yards and six touchdowns.

Today, against Arkansas, Manziel had his best game. He threw for 453 yards on 29-of-38 passing and three touchdowns.

He set a school record for passing yards and total offense, with 557. He's at the helm of the 11th ranked offense. He's the quarterback of the 46th ranked passing offense.

Not bad for a redshirt freshman. Manziel has eased the Aggies' transition into the SEC and has made them a force to be reckoned with. 

Even though he's only a redshirt freshman, these numbers and his performance today specifically should put him in the Heisman discussion. He's an electric player who is fun to watch.

Arkansas coach John L. Smith is in awe [via Dallas Morning News]:

Manziel is awfully good and he made a lot of good plays, Smith said. He's something.


Manziel has shown poise and composure beyond his age and experience. He's played mistake-free football and played well against good teams. His toughest matchup—September 8th against 24th ranked Florida—had him go 23-of-30 for 173 yards.

He's not on the national scene yet, but Johnny Manziel will be soon. He had just a terrific game against Arkansas and has not made any major mistakes yet. He has tests coming up against LSU, Mississippi State and Alabama. He'll be tested. But if his early season performance is any indication, Manziel is up to the challenge. And if he is, he'll no longer be an unknown. He'll rise up in the Heisman standings and become a household name.