On Thursday August 22, Johnny Manziel was voted to the preseason SEC second team. Was this move purely out of spite by the coaches? It seems like the coaches don’t respect what Johnny Manziel did last season. It’s easy to understand why. One reason is because they can’t really comprehend what he did to the league in his freshman campaign. It wasn't expected, and Manziel is part of the Big 12 recruiting regime. No matter what people say, the Aggies still have to prove themselves while mingling with the SEC folks.
The second team vote is actually a slap in the face to Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M program. It would feel a little better if they left the autograph machine off the list entirely. That thought process would make much more sense. But after the numbers he put up last season, to blatantly place him second team behind Aaron Murray is almost laughable. Is it possible to earn second team while winning a second Heisman?
Any other year, Aaron Murray would be a great choice as the first team quarterback prediction. Murray led Georgia to the brink of an SEC title and put up Heisman like numbers. Aaron Murray completed 64 percent of his passes and threw for 36 touchdowns. Additionally, Murray threw for 3893 yards. Those are very impressive stats. However, his rushing yards were nonexistent in 2012. He did have three short touchdown runs though.
Now as we take a look at Manziel, things are just different. Johnny Football led the SEC in rushing with 1410 yards. He also added 21 touchdowns on the ground. His speed can debilitate a defense. Manziel completed 68 percent of his passes while adding 26 more touchdowns. Johnny Manziel also passed for 3706 yards. These numbers are astronomical.
Let’s be clear, both teams need to win early and often in 2013. While, Aaron Murray has had dominating moments, Johnny Manziel has dominated weeks. What the coaches said with their vote means they trust Murray to play beyond any level he’s ever played. Either that, or they expect to shut down Johnny Football this season. No, I don’t mean NCAA sanctions either, cause if that was true, Manziel wouldn’t be on this preseason list at all.
Yet and still, maybe neither of these guys will be first team when the smoke clears in December. Hello A.J. McCarron.
As of right now, the hate for Johnny Manziel is real and it’s apparent the other SEC members are doing everything in their power to keep him down. Well, it looks like they’ll get their shot on the field.
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