Football Friday: Johnny On the Spot

Posted: November 9, 2012 by dontbeskerritt in College Football, NFL
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Every year, there seems to be that one quarterback that comes out of nowhere that plays with so much swag.  RGIII and Darren Thomas come to mind.  Cam Newton a little bit as well.  B.J. Daniels, Taylor Martinez, college Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy as well.  These guys did impressive feats during their first couple of seasons as a college QB, making plays with their arms and legs.  Who is the upstart quarterback this season taking the country by storm?  Let’s go to the home of the 12th Man, in College Station, Texas, to meet Johnny Football, Johnny Manziel.

This guy is the truth, and it’s just his first year of starting.  He’s doing things that we haven’t seen since Cam Newton, and he’s in range to leave him in the dust like he does most defenses on Saturday.  Johnny’s a little more than 500 yards away from Superman’s single-season rushing record and he’s only a redshirt freshman.  He’s second in the nation in total yards (again redshirt freshman) showing he’s a rushing and passing threat.  He was arrested for being in a bar fight and having a fake ID, then 6 weeks later he was named Texas A&M starting QB.  He went to Halloween dressed as Scooby-Doo and had all the girls taking pictures with him.  Is there nothing Johnny Football can’t do?

Well, yes there are a couple of things.  He is listed as 6’1″.  He is turnover prone, which is expected as a freshman.  The throwing motion has much to be desired.  Really, Manziel could turn into 2012’s version of Taylor Martinez.  The offense coaches, especially head coach Ken Sumlin, have hidden Manziel’s problems very well so far this year.  But they are going up against Alabama; this is not the regular defenses of Mississippi State, Auburn, or even Florida who he torched in the first half.  But if there is anyone that could beat the Tide it is Johnny Football.  Just like Cam Newton in that Iron Bowl game, someone who can extend the play is needed to beat a team like Alabama.  When the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd option are taken away, which Alabama does better than anyone, who can make a play in the backfield to still make it into a positive play?  There’s been no one in the SEC that can do that, until Johnny Football came to town.  Even Kirk Herbstreit says that Texas A&M has a better chance to beat Alabama than LSU.  I’m not saying Texas A&M will win, but this one will be fun to watch.  Manziel has come right on time for there to be an offensive challenge in the SEC.

Games of the week after the video of the week, just in case you missed it.  There’s a real-life Icebox in pee-wee football, but she plays running back.  Sam Gordon is so awesome, I thought the video was edited to make her look this good.  As Renzuno said to me, if she wasn’t a girl Les Miles would have signed her already.  I wonder if that would stop Lane Kiffin and USC.

Saturday, November 10

EARLY AFTERNOON: 24 Northwestern vs Michigan (12pm, ESPN)/Georgia Tech vs North Carolina (12pm, ACC Network)/9 Louisville vs Syracuse (12pm, ABC)

LATE AFTERNOON: 15 Texas A&M vs 1 Alabama (3:30pm, CBS)/Penn State vs 16 Nebraska (3:30pm, ABC)/11 Oregon State vs 14 Stanford (3:30pm, FOX)

NIGHT: 2 Kansas State vs TCU (7pm, FOX)/3 Oregon vs California (10:30pm, ESPN)/4 Notre Dame vs Boston College (8pm, ABC)

Sunday, November 11

EARLY AFTERNOON: Denver vs Carolina/Oakland vs Baltimore/Atlanta vs New Orleans

LATE AFTERNOON: Dallas vs Philadelphia/New York Jets vs Seattle/St. Louis vs San Francisco

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