Johnny Manziel—also called Johnny Football—is already making a name for himself and his Texas A&M Aggies now in his redshirt freshman year.
Manziel is earning his bold nickname with consistent high-level performances in his first season of NCAA action. He cemented his name in the record books this evening (according to ESPN Stats & Info) by passing up former Florida Gators star Tim Tebow for the second-most yards gained in a season in SEC conference history.
Tebow won a Heisman trophy and two national championships in Florida before being drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos. He has since been traded to the New York Jets, where he backs up quarterback Mark Sanchez and plays special teams.
Manziel set the mark early in the first quarter of today's game at home against the Missouri Tigers. The 9-2 Aggies are having an impressive year and hope to progress to 10-2 before the night is out. They lead 7-0 early, thanks to a rushing touchdown by Christine Michael.
The Aggies are currently ranked ninth and have a lot to look forward to with Manziel leading the way.
The SEC has produced several successful mobile quarterbacks recently, including Tim Tebow and Cam Newton. Manziel may have the potential to outdo both of them in terms of college-level performances if he can continue to improve and be prolific.
The Aggies are at home and looking strong against the 5-6 Tigers. Assuming they finish off the win, they could be looking at an even higher seed in the rankings than the No. 9 seed they currently enjoy. This season has the potential to be a milestone one for the Aggies.
But one step at a time. For now, congratulations to Johnny Football.