If there's one player anxious to begin the 2013 college football season, it's Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. Since winning the 2012 Heisman Trophy, Manziel has been at the center of a media firestorm for his off-the-field escapades.
Many critics have deemed the reigning Heisman winner "immature" due to his questionable use of social media and his partying. His activities have even drawn comparisons to NFL bust Ryan Leaf, whose career was filled with many off-the-field problems.
But what exactly has Manziel done that validates the questioning of his character? Basically, Johnny Manziel is criticized for being a 20-year-old college student who happens to be in the public eye.
The media frenzy surrounding Manziel's social life will cease once the regular season begins. Once the college football media have more to report, the news cycle will change drastically.
More importantly for Manziel, he can finally let his play do the talking.
The expectations for a repeat of his Heisman Trophy-winning season will be a tough task for Manziel after posting 3,706 passing yards, 1,410 rushing yards and 47 touchdowns. However, the talented quarterback will likely have a similar performance with an improved Aggie team entering with equally large expectations.
There is a reason that the media focuses so intently on one player. Manziel is believed to be one of the most talented players in the country.
Manziel will need to shed the label of "immature" before entering the NFL draft, should he decide to declare next season. However, the causes for concern are not nearly as drastic as some believe.
The harmless instances of his off-the-field social life are a prime example of "boys will be boys," as many forget that he is, in fact, a 20-year-old college student. However, once the regular season finally begins, Manziel will quickly silence the doubters with yet another memorable season.
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