Texas A&M Football: Why Johnny Manziel Is the Aggies' MVP for 2013

Michael TaglientiFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2013

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 09:  Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies drops back to pass in the second half during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Kyle Field on November 9, 2013 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The Texas A&M football team is a Top Ten football team because sophomore quarterback Johnny Manziel is lining up under center. Manziel is the most valuable player on the Aggie football team. 

He has carried a team with a porous defense to an 8-2 record. Manziel has the Aggies on track to qualify for a BCS bowl game with two more wins.

His mere presence on the team makes the Aggies must-see football. He has improved his play on the field to the point where he might win his second consecutive Heisman Trophy. Manziel is the best player on the team and arguably the most important player in college football right now.


Even Better Than a Heisman Year

Manziel has improved on the field from his freshman season. He is completing a higher percentage of passes for more yards and touchdowns.

Manziel is on pace to pass for more than 4,000 yards in the season. He has already set the A&M record for touchdown passes in a season with 31, and he only needs 432 more yards to surpass Ryan Tannehill's record of 3,744 passing yards. 

Defensive coordinators had an entire offseason to get ready for Manziel, and they still could not stop him.

In 2012, Manziel passed for 253 yards and rushed for 92 yards against Alabama. In 2013, he passed for 464 yards and rushed for 96 yards against the Crimson Tide. He leads the SEC in quarterback rating.

Manziel is the most dangerous player in college football. He can carry a team to victory by himself and has done it multiple times for the Aggies in 2013. 


Everyone Come Watch the Show

Manziel is more valuable to the Texas A&M program than any other player is in college football. He has been a major component in the Aggies' transforming their program from a middling team in the Big 12 to a major competitor in the Southeastern Conference.

Manziel's play on the field has brought unprecedented coverage to the Aggie program. Texas A&M football games have produced the top television ratings on multiple Saturdays this fall.

Manziel's play has attracted television viewers and recruits alike. The national attention that Manziel has brought to the program has put head coach Kevin Sumlin's offense on display, and some of the nation's top recruits have committed to play for Sumlin and A&M. They want to come to A&M, compete in the SEC and put up numbers like Manziel has.

Manziel has helped expedite the process of the Aggies becoming one of the top programs in college football.

He is one of the most scrutinized athletes of all time, but he has brought positive publicity to A&M and the SEC. Texas A&M will reap rewards from Manziel's play on the field for years to come.