Johnny Manziel ... Johnny Football ... Johnny Heisman

Johnny Manziel ... Johnny Football ... Johnny Heisman

Tracking the freshman wonder

No, that is not a picture of Johnny Manziel with his Heisman.  At least I don't think so.

But I thought it would be interesting to go back and see what we said in this space about "Johnny Football":

Week Five (first time we mentioned him):

Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M got a healthy dose of statistical inflation after playing [Arkansas].  Manziel went 29-of-38 for 453 yards and 3 TDs with 0 INTs.  Manziel moved up to fourth in the conference in passing efficiency and No. 11 in the nation.  The freshman probably won't get Heisman notice this year, but he'll certainly start making some lists in the near future if he keeps it up.

Week Seven:

  • The emerging star this week is Johnny Manziel of the Aggies.  The freshman had 181 yards rushing and 395 yards passing in that Louisiana Tech shootout, and, this week, he has taken the conference lead in rushing with 112.7 yards per game.
  • He's also second in the conference in passing efficiency with 14 TDs and 3 INT, a 67.4 completion percentage and 8.8 yards per attempt.

Week Eight:

Right behind [Mississippi State's Ladarius] Perkins [for star of the week] is future Heisman candidate Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M.  He has more than 700 yards rushing and is on the verge of getting 2,000 yards passing, after just seven games.  He'd be flying up the list if he weren't a freshman, and if Collin Klein of Kansas State weren't doing the same thing for the undefeated Wildcats.

Week Nine:

The Aggies are No. 5 in the nation in [total offense], behind dazzling freshman Johnny Manziel.  Manziel is No. 30 in the nation in rushing, with 99.1 yards per game, and is No. 29 in the nation in passing efficiency with a 64.3 completion percentage and 16 TDs.

Week Ten:

  • Texas A&M and budding superstar Johnny Manziel romped past Mississippi State, 38-13.  It was the second consecutive loss for the Bulldogs after a 7-0 start.
  • There are two quarterbacks of note in the SEC now.  Apologies to pretenders like Aaron Murray  of Georgia and Tyler Bray of Tennessee, but A.J. McCarron and his zero interceptions and Manziel and his all-around dazzle are the whole story now.
  • McCarron is third in the nation in passing efficiency, with a 66.7 completion percentage, 19 TDs and 9.1 yards per attempt to go with that goose egg in the INT column.
  • More importantly, he led the game-winning drive in the all-important win at LSU.  McCarron completed four of five passes on the 72-yard drive, including the winning 28-yard TD to T.J. Yeldon.  A.J. to T.J.
  • Manziel, meanwhile, leads the SEC in rushing after getting 129 yards against Mississippi State.  It was the fifth time this year he's gone over the century mark.  And, oh-by-the-way, he was just 30-of-36 passing for 311 yards.  You kinda expect this guy to have a Heisman in his collection by 2014 (he's a freshman).
  • Yes, they play each other this week.
  • How will Manziel do against the 'Bama defense?  It's a good question, and it's making folks glad that A&M joined the party just in time for Manziel's arrival.

Week Eleven:

"Johnny Football" is A&M QB Johnny Manziel.  We predicted a few weeks ago he'd have a Heisman by 2014.  He may be ahead of schedule.