Johnny Manziel: Ranking Best Games of Heisman Campaign

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistNovember 27, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 24:  Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies celebrates a third quarter touchdown during their game against the Missouri Tigers at Kyle Field on November 24, 2012 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Whether Johnny Manziel wins the Heisman Trophy or not, the freshman has given college football fans a catalog of dazzling individual performances.

One of those games may prove to be the tipping point for his name to be called in New York. A certain contest in Tuscaloosa comes to mind. I don’t think I’m ruining any spoilers for anyone.

Which games will be remembered as Manziel’s best from his freshman season?

Scroll down for Johnny Football’s three best outings of 2012.


3. Texas A&M at Louisiana Tech

Manziel accounted for 561 total yards, part of a 690-yard effort by the Aggies. The A&M quarterback threw six touchdowns, including a 75-yard TD pass and a 72-yard run.

This game was supposed to be the season opener, but it was postponed due to Hurricane Isaac. Manziel was in midseason form in time to put on a show.


2. Texas A&M at Mississippi State

The dismantling of the Bulldogs on the road was when the “Johnny Football” bandwagon began. Mississippi State was still considered a Top 25 team after reeling off seven straight wins to start the season.

Manziel and the A&M offense changed the perception of both of the teams involved. Completing 30 out of 36 passes for 430 yards and two rushing touchdowns helped do the trick.

Yes, as a redshirt freshman, Manziel threw for an 83-percent completion rate on the road. Those numbers tell a remarkable story.


1. Texas A&M at Alabama

Anybody surprised? “Johnny Football” went into Tuscaloosa and blew up the vaunted Alabama defense out of the gate, leading the A&M offense to three early touchdowns.

The A&M star did it all in one of the most hostile environments imaginable, converting 11 out of 18 third downs and connecting with Malcome Kennedy for the winning score in the fourth quarter.

What viewers will remember most was Manziel doing Manziel things: scrambling with ease against defensive gold.


Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @TheRealShiek