Johnny Manziel: Why Texas A&M Frosh Is the Most Exciting QB Not Named Geno Smith

T.J. McaloonContributorSeptember 30, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 29:  Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies celebrates  a touchdown 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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If it wasn’t for West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback, Geno Smith, putting up 20-touchdowns, 1,728-yards and a completion percentage of 83.4 percent this season, then the must-see quarterback every week would be Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel. 

Through four-games of Manziel’s freshman season he’s already set an SEC combined-yards record after his huge day against Arkansas. 

For those of you who may have missed what Manziel did against the Razorbacks, here is his final stat line: 29-38, 453 yards, three touchdowns, 14-Carries, 104 yards and one touchdown.

The Aggies offense gained a total of 716-yards against Arkansas, with Manziel responsible for 557 of those yards; which breaks down to an amazing 77.7 percent of Texas A&M’s offensive output. 

However, this wasn’t the first time that Manziel was the entire offense for the Aggies against a conference opponent. 

Not only was it Manziel’s first game as a starter, but it was the university’s first game in a new conference. Against Florida, Manziel may not have led Texas A&M to a victory, but his 233 total yards were 69.7 percent of the Aggies total offense. 

From Gig Em Nation on, Texas A&M center, Patrick Lewis, compared Manziel to that kid you grew up with that was just better than everyone else on the field saying: 

"He's just a special football player, especially with the ball in his hands and he kind of reminds you of the kid in the neighborhood that you couldn't stop," center Patrick Lewis said. "Nobody could stop him, nobody could run with him, nobody could jump with him, throw with him, catch with him, he's just that special player for this offense." 

From that same article, Manziel’s offensive coordinator, Kliff Kingsbury, is seeing growth in his passing game which is the one part of his game that needs to improve saying:

"It's getting better," Kingsbury said. "He just pulled the trigger today. He saw it, he believed what he saw and he let it rip. He made some great throws from the pocket and that's very encouraging. If we keep progressing with that, he's got a chance." 

Manziel will continue to impress and excite the Aggie nation as the next two weeks has him going up against two bad defensive teams: Ole Miss (27.2 allowed points-per-game) and Louisiana Tech (37 allowed points-per-game). 

However, after that, Manziel runs up against some of the best defenses in the conference playing: LSU (12.6 allowed points-per-game), Mississippi State (13.3 allowed points-per-game) and Alabama (seven allowed points-per-game). 

If he can pull out impressive games against those three teams, then Texas A&M boosters may start to build him a statue in College Station.