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Johnny Manziel put on an absolute show this afternoon. He went 30-for-36 for 336 yards and rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
The amazing part? He's only a freshman. Manziel has had an absolutely incredible season thus far. He's has a remarkable 15 rushing touchdowns and has thrown for over 2,500 yards.
Something else is pretty clear: Manziel should be a Heisman finalist.
Now, he may not win. Collin Klein and Manti Te'o may have a say in that.
But what Manziel has done so far is nothing short of heroic. This is an A&M team transitioning to a new conference, the best conference in the nation. They lost their starting quarterback to the NFL, as well as a bunch of other players to the pros. They have a new head coach.
And right now they're 7-2. Their two losses were against Florida and LSU, by a combined eight points. The Florida game, for what it's worth, was the first game of the season and Manziel's first start.
This team is eight points from being perfect, with a freshman quarterback and a new coach at the helm. It's remarkable.
It's not just the stats that make Manziel great. It's the way he plays the game. It's fluid; it's easy; it's running around with friends in the backyard.
Manziel is a star. He has the stats. He has the legacy already. If he's not a Heisman finalist, then something has gone wrong.