Johnny Manziel's 6 TD Performance vs. UTEP Adds to Heisman Hype
Marcus Mariota. Jameis Winston. You're on notice.
Johnny Manziel was far from the national scope on Saturday. His Texas A&M Aggies were playing in the rare midseason paycheck game, hosting then-1-6 UTEP. The game went essentially as one would imagine, with Texas A&M putting all 57 of its points up in the first three quarters en route to a 57-9 victory at Kyle Field.
That's not noteworthy.
What is, however, is that Johnny Football may have stat-padded his way back into the Heisman race.
Manziel was in fine form from the outset Saturday, scoring six total touchdowns and using every ounce of his ability to get the job done. He completed 16 of his 24 passes for 273 yards and four scores, surprisingly only one of whose going to Mike Evans.
He hit Travis Labhart for two score and 83 yards. Malcome Kennedy had four catches for 63 yards and a touchdown. Evans, who came in touted as a possible Heisman favorite himself, wound up with 46 yards on four grabs—most of which came in garbage time.
But the story was Manziel. Running the read option to perfection, Manziel led the team with 67 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
It was the type of performance that screamed Heisman push. With all of the Winston and Mariota hype taking over college football, it's easy to miss the fact that Manziel may eclipse his Heisman-winning numbers from last season.
While he lacks the signature win he scored a year ago against Alabama, performances like Saturday are the reason you can never quite count him out. Johnny Football's Heisman hopes may be down, but they're not out.
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