Johnny Manziel: Aggies QB Must Deliver National Championship in 2013

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IIJanuary 4, 2013

November 10, 2012; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA;  Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) celebrates their 29-24 victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
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Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy, upset the No. 1 team in the nation and now has led a 41-13 blowout of Oklahoma to become a Cotton Bowl champion. Anything other than a national championship next season would be a huge disappointment for the first-year Texas A&M QB.

The Aggies stumbled twice to two Top-10 teams in 2012.

With another year of recruiting down and Manziel even more experienced and poised, the Aggies should be offseason favorites to win the BCS in 2013.

Manziel didn’t do it all himself against Oklahoma, but he showed that he can if needed.

That’s the main reason why this Aggies team is poised to make a serious run in 2013, just one year after transferring to the SEC and shocking the world.

An upset over the No. 1 team is one thing, but running the table and winning the national championship is quite another.

That is the true test of a champion.

Johnny Football has certainly captured our attention with a tremendously successful first season as a starting QB. He broke barriers by becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy and blowing away the competition.

His season stats were comparable, and even better than current NFL QBs Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III. There was no denying his excellent performance.

He also knocked off the seemingly unbeatable Alabama Crimson Tide with an incredible display of passing and running that kept the Tide guessing and trailing in his dust.

Manziel then went toe-to-toe with and out-dueled Landry Jones, a highly touted NFL draft prospect, in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 4.

Just winning the Heisman Trophy again in 2013 isn’t enough. The hype is already there and people are already beginning to doubt the youngster has an encore performance in him.

Next season he has to step up and lead his Aggies to a national title. Only then can he climb atop the throne that’s being constructed for him at College Station.

That’s the reality of the culture we live in. It’s truly a “what have you done for me lately” society.

Manziel may have done great things for the Aggies in 2012, but he’ll need to do it again next season and then some to build on his legacy at Texas A&M.