Denard Robinson, Braxton Miller and Collin Klein.
Those names were considered to be the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country until everybody found out about Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M. The redshirt freshman that has quickly earned the nickname of "Johnny Football" has absolutely taken college football by storm.
Already on many Heisman radars across the country, Manziel has to be licking his chops as the Aggies will be privileged enough to play the 1-6 Auburn Tigers. This has been one of the worst seasons in Auburn's history, and even though the game will take place in Jordan-Hare Stadium, Manziel should have a field day in this contest once again.
Like many dual-threat quarterbacks, Manziel is more than capable of completing passes consistently, and he has even shown the ability to fit the ball into tight windows. He is completing 63 percent of his throws and has completed at least 75 percent in three of his first seven games. You can load up the box to try and prevent the run, but just know you will suffer in the passing department.
But it is the running ability of Manziel that makes him such a scary football player. Sure, he is quick and can make defenders miss in the open field, but it is his patience and vision that makes him so dynamic.
He doesn't try to take off the moment he feels pressure like most running quarterbacks would do. Instead, he does a terrific job of moving around the pocket, keeping his eyes down field and trying to make a play with his arm. Most teams try to put a quarterback spy on the freshman, but often that doesn’t matter, as asking somebody to tackle this shifty quarterback in the open field is a difficult task, even for a linebacker.
Auburn hasn't exactly had a bad defense this season, but it is the lack of pressure on the quarterback, allowing big plays in the running game and not enough game-changing plays that has doomed this unit. It also doesn't help that the Auburn offense is by far one of the worst in the entire country, which forces the defense to remain on the field much longer than any coach would like.
Auburn has prepared over and over for Manziel this week, according to Sean Lester of the Dallas Morning News, but you never quite know what you are dealing with until you get onto the field.
He has an uncanny ability to just get a feel for the game and the pass rush, Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said. He sees things, and he has great vision for the field. He extends plays. I count him sometimes, and he’d stand back there for 10 seconds before he ever made a move. That’s a long time for a quarterback. That says a lot about his offensive line.
Texas A&M does have an experienced and talented offensive line, but with the talents of Manziel, the Aggies offense would be fine regardless.
Manziel has torched many teams this season for over 500 total yards, and he was even able to give a talented LSU defense a few fits before adjustments were made at halftime. Auburn gets no help from its offense and hasn't looked good against spread offenses this year, as there have been three games where the Tigers have given up over 500 total yards.
You can expect Johnny Football to get back on track this weekend, as things once again aren't looking good for this Auburn football team.
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