Johnny Manziel had a great 2012. Beat #1 ranked Alabama? Check. Win the Heisman Trophy as a freshman? Check. For many twenty year olds that would be enough. For Johnny ‘Football’, he was just getting warmed up.
Friday night he walked into Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas to lead Texas A&M against the Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl. No chance to sneak up on anyone this time. Everyone knew his name. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops had over thirty days to break down film and plan for Mr. Manziel. It simply did not matter.
22 of 34 for 287 yards and two touchdowns. For most quarterbacks that is a good day’s work, Manziel would not be satisfied with a good day. He added another 229 on the ground and two more touchdowns, setting a Cotton Bowl record with his 516 total yards. He delivered to Oklahoma their worst loss of the season, while putting to rest the notion of a Heisman-hangover. The worst part of it all, he makes it look so easy.
Johnny ‘Football’ will enter next season as the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. After this performance it looks like he may have a real chance to join Archie Griffin as the only men to win the award twice. Griffin won the Heisman for Ohio State in 1974 and 1975. No one has come close to repeating since.
Johnny Manziel just keeps getting better, so Mr. Griffin may need to get ready for some company.