Johnny Manziel Nearly Homers in Padres BP, Re-Enacts TD Pass for First Pitch

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterMay 17, 2013

If becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy weren't enough, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is certainly showing off his athletic prowess this offseason.

The rising sophomore signal-caller for the Aggies—who set the SEC's single-season total offense record last year with 5,116 yards—shot a 79 at Pebble Beach Golf Links located near Monterey, Calif., last week. 

But that was just the beginning.

Manziel moved down the coast a bit this week to work on his passing motion with noted quarterback coach George Whitfield Jr. He then took a break from training in the ocean—yes, that actually happened—to take batting practice before a San Diego Padres game.

The results were, as expected, spectacular (via Whitfield's Twitter account):

Manziel homers @ Padre game! #DimeCity

— George Whitfield Jr. (@georgewhitfield) May 17, 2013

According to, Manziel didn't actually go yard, but did line a ball off the left field wall.

Impressive either way, but not all that shocking.

Only, he wasn't done. Manziel also re-enacted the scramble, fumble, recovery touchdown pass to Ryan Swope from the Aggies' 29-24 win over Alabama last season (courtesy

Manziel, who played middle infield in high school, told USA Today in April that he misses the game, which was once a big part of his life.

"I miss baseball,'' Manziel said. "If I didn't play football, I'd play baseball.''

He missed it so much, in fact, that it played a big role in his recruitment, according to

For now, though, his future looks rather bright on the gridiron. After all, launching home runs at Petco Park isn't a bad hobby to have if you can get it.

Johnny Manziel: Heisman Trophy winner, solid golfer, home run hitter, semi-decent actor.

If Texas A&M fans have their way, he'll add SEC champion to his growing resume before his career in College Station comes to a close.