Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel
"Johnny Manziel is out of control."
That's the cry coming from Manziel's critics after the reigning Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for the Texas A&M Aggies has gone on a world tour this offseason that has taken him to NBA games, the Super Bowl, Mardis Gras, Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach and San Diego—all while taking online classes.
Not only is that alarmist hyperbole, it's also factually inaccurate.
We learned on Monday that Manziel is very much in control.
According to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram, Manziel completed 93 percent of his passes in a blindfolded passing section with quarterback coach George Whitfield Jr. in San Diego last week.
You read that correctly—he was 27-of-29 while blindfolded. It's impressive to post that number against air with both eyes open, much less while blindfolded.
Manziel posted video of one of the passes on Vine.
“I have always said he has the best antenna in football,” Whitfield told Williams following the training session. “I think he just proved that.”
Manziel's feel for the game was apparent from the moment he stepped on the football field last season.
In his first season as the starting quarterback for the Aggies, he dazzled fans through the air and on the ground. Manziel threw for 3,706 yards and 26 touchdowns, and rushed for 1,410 yards and 21 touchdowns, setting the SEC's single-season total offense record with 5,116 yards.
That was without a blindfold.
With a blindfold, it doesn't appear that his game would take a major hit.
Out of control? Nope. Manziel has everything in control.