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Who is Jonathan Paul Manziel?

Who is Jonathan Paul Manziel?  The college football world knows Johnny Manziel Johnny Football, he is an American football quarterback for the Texas A&M Aggies. He was nationally recruited out of high school as a dual-threat quarterback.[1] In 2012, Manziel debuted for the Aggies as a redshirt freshman in Kevin Sumlin's Air Raid offense[2] during A&M's first season in the SEC. He broke numerous NCAA Division I FBS and SEC records, which include becoming the first freshman and fifth player in NCAA history to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a season.[3] At the end of the regular season, he became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy,[4] Manning Award,[5] and the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award.[6] Manziel capitalized on his redshirt freshman season by leading Texas A&M to a 41–13 victory over Oklahoma in the 2013 Cotton Bowl Classic.[7]

Manziel was given the nickname "Johnny Football" by fans and students at Texas A&M before the start of the 2012 season.[8][9] The nickname is a registered trademark.[10]

Early life

Manziel was born December 6, 1992 in Tyler, Texas, to Michelle and Paul Manziel. He has a younger sister who is in high school. His family became wealthy through the Texas petroleum industry.[11]
He grew up playing a variety of sports, including basketball, baseball, golf and football. At Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, he focused on baseball and football. However, it was in football that sportswriters, coaches, and parents said he "achieved folk hero status" and was compared to quarterbacks like Brett Favre, Michael Vick, and Drew Brees.[12]

High school

At [12Tivy High School he was coached by Mark Smith. He played football all four years in high school and began with the freshman team his first year. By the end of his first season, he played with the varsity team as a receiver. He began his sophomore year primarily as a receiver, but started the fourth game at quarterback. He shared that position for the remainder of the season, finishing with 1,164 yards passing, 806 rushing and 408 receiving for a combined 28 touchdowns. Manziel's junior year was his first as starting quarterback, and he completed that season with 2,903 passing yards, 1,544 rushing yards, 152 receiving yards and 55 touchdowns. That year, he was voted All-San Antonio Area Offensive Player of the Year as well as District 27-4A MVP.
During Manziel's senior season, he compiled 228-of-347 (65.7%) passing for 3,609 yards with 45 TDs and 5 INTs. He also had 170 carries for 1,674 yards and 30 TDs. He had 1 TD reception and returned a kickoff for a touchdown for a combined 77 TDs. That year, he was honored as District 28-4A MVP (unanimous selection), Class 4A First Team All-State (AP), San Antonio Express-News Offensive Player of the Year (second year in a row), the Associated Press Sports Editors Texas Player of the Year, Sub-5A First Team All-Area (SA Express-News), No. 1 QB in Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football, DCTF Top 300, PrepStar All-Region and Super-Prep All-Region.[13]
For Manziel's three years as a starter, he completed 520 of 819 passes (63.5 percent) for 7,626 yards and 76 touchdowns, rushed 531 times for 4,045 yards and 77 touchdowns and caught 30 passes for 582 yards and another five touchdowns. He was the only quarterback in America named as a Parade All-American his senior year, and he was also named The National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) Senior Athlete of the Year in football.[14]
He was highly recruited out of high school; in addition to Texas A&M, he received offers from Baylor, Colorado State, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech, Oregon, Rice, Stanford, Tulsa, and Wyoming.[15] Although he grew up a Texas Longhorns fan, the University of Texas did not recruit him. Although it was rumored that Texas wanted Manziel at defensive back, Texas coach Mack Brown said the rumor was not true.[16] Though Manziel originally committed to play for Oregon, he later changed his commitment to the Aggies, thanks to the influence of then-quarterbacks coach Tom Rossley.[17][18]
Johnny was named to the NUC All World Game (started by David Schuman and National Underclassmen Combine) in 2010 where he rushed for over 100 yards and threw for over 200. It was the first time Manziel dominated on a national stage. He played in the game as a teammate with Oregon QB Marcus Mariota. [19]
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Johnny Manziel
Kerrville, Texas Tivy High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 4.7 Feb 2, 2011 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 78
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 45 (QB); 21 (school)   Rivals: 97 (QB); 27 (school)  ESPN: 78 (QB)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

College career

Against LSU - October 20, 2012

2011 season

Manziel was redshirted during his first season and did not play in any games.

2012 season

Texas A&M faced uncertainty at the quarterback position when Ryan Tannehill left for the National Football League after the 2011 season. Manziel performed well during Spring ball and fall practices and won the starting job over Jameill Showers and Matt Joeckel before the season began.[20] His first game was supposed to be against Louisiana Tech in Shreveport, Louisiana on Thursday, August 30, 2012, but the game was postponed until October 13 due to Hurricane Isaac hitting the Louisiana coast two days prior to game time.[21] Consequently, Manziel's college football debut was played as a redshirt freshman against the Florida Gators before a home crowd at Kyle Field.
Although Manziel began the season in relative obscurity, his play against Arkansas in which he broke Archie Manning's 43-year-old total offense record gained him some attention. Manziel had 557 yards of total offense, breaking Manning's record of 540. Two games later, Manziel surpassed his own total offense record against #24 Louisiana Tech by achieving 576 yards of total offense, becoming the first player in SEC history to have two 500+ total offense games in one season. After Texas A&M's blowout of Auburn in game 8, in which Manziel accounted for 3 passing and 2 rushing touchdowns through only the first half plus one series in the second, Manziel began showing up in national Heisman Watch lists.
Manziel was launched into the national scene after he led Texas A&M to a 29–24 upset over #1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa. In that game, Manziel accounted for 345 of A&M's 418 yards of offense, including two passing touchdowns. In following days, Manziel became the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy in most national watch lists and polls due to his performance during the game combined with other Heisman frontrunners faltering.
On November 24 during the game against the Missouri Tigers before a home crowd, Manziel left the game with an apparent knee injury late in the first quarter. He returned to the field for the next series of downs wearing a knee brace and finished the game with 439 yards of total offense, including 3 passing and 2 rushing touchdowns. During the game, he broke the single season record for offensive production in the SEC with 4600 yards, surpassing Cam Newton and Tim Tebow, notable recent Heisman Trophy winners. He also became the first freshman and only the fifth player in NCAA history to pass for 3000 and rush for 1000 yards in a season, reaching that mark two games earlier than any other player. He won the SEC Freshman of the Year Award and College Football Performance National Freshman of the Year Award.[22] Manziel won the Davey O'Brien Award on December 6 and the Heisman Trophy on December 8, making him the first freshman ever to win either award.[4]

2013 season

Texas A&M started the 2013 season with a No. 6 ranking in the Coaches Poll.[23] Prior to the season, some journalists argued that Johnny could suffer a sophomore slump,[24][25][26] while others felt that he will continue to have success.[27][28][29] Manziel's eligibility for the 2013 season was under question after reports surfaced that he had signed autographs for money in January 2013. On August 28, 2013, the NCAA reached an agreement with Texas A&M to suspend Manziel for the first half of the team's game against Rice (the first game of the season), after acknowledging that Manziel did not receive any money for the autographs.[30]
In the game against No. 1 Alabama, Manziel threw for a school record of 464 yards and 5 touchdowns in the 49–42 loss. His primary target during the game was Mike Evans, who compiled 7 receptions for a school record of 279 yards.[31]

College career statistics

Season Statistics (Johnny Manziel - Texas A&M University) sortable tables
2013 SEASON Passing Rushing Notes:
Game Opponent Record Att Com Pct Yds Avg TD Int QB Rating Att Yds Avg TD Game info / Accomplishments / Honors
1 Rice W 52-31 8 6 75.0% 94 11.8 3 0 297.5 6 19 3.2 0 Only played in 2nd half due to suspension.
2 Sam Houston St. W 65-28 42 29 69.0% 426 9.8 3 1 173.1 7 36 5.1 1
3 #1 Alabama L 49-42 39 28 71.8% 464 11.90 5 2 203.8 14 98 7.0 0 Davey O’Brien QB of the Week; Earl Campbell Tyler Rose weekly award; Paul Hornung Award
4 SMU W 42-13 21 14 66.7% 244 11.62 1 1 170.5 12 102 8.5 2
5 @Arkansas W 45-33 30 23 76.7% 261 8.70 2 0 171.7 9 59 6.6 0
6 @#21 Ole Miss W 41-38 39 31 79.5% 346 8.9 0 1 148.9 19 124 6.5 2
7 Auburn

8 Vanderbilt


10 Mississippi St.

11 @#6 LSU

12 @Missouri

Totals >> 5-1 (2-1) 179 131 71.4% 1835 10.6 14 5 192.5 67 428 6.5 5
Bold Opponent Names = SEC conference games

Honors & accomplishments

2012 honors

Full-season awards and nominations

Associated Press[34]
Football Writers Association of America[35]
Walter Camp Football Foundation[36]
Sporting News[37]
CBS Sports[39][40]
Sports Illustrated[41]

Weekly awards

  • 2-time Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week[48]
  • 3-time AT&T All-America Player of the Week[49]
  • 3-time SEC Offensive Player of the Week[50]
  • 9-time SEC Freshman of the Week[50]

NCAA records & notes

  • FBS Freshman record: rushing yards by a quarterback, season (1,343)[5]
  • FBS Freshman record: total offense, season (5,116)[5]
  • Most games with 300+ passing yards and 100+ rushing yards, career (4)[5]
  • FBS record: First Freshman (and 5th player ever) in FBS history with 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards, season[5]
  • FBS record: Rushing yards by a Quarterback in a Bowl Game (229 yards)[5]
  • Second freshman in FBS history to rush for 1,000 yards and pass for 2,000 yards[5]
  • First Freshman to win the Heisman Trophy[5]
  • First Freshman to win the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award[5]
  • First Freshman to win the Manning Award[5]
  • Only the 4th player to have 20 Passing TD's & 20 Rushing TD's, season

SEC records & notes

  • Most yards total offense in a game (576, breaking Archie Manning's 1969 record of 540 yards)[51]
    • The first 3 spots on the SEC total offense in a game
      • 576 yards
      • 562 yards against #1 Alabama
      • 557 yards two weeks before the 576 yards
  • Most yards total offense, season (5,116, breaking Cam Newton's 2010 record in two fewer games)
  • Most yards total offense, game average (383.3, breaking Tim Couch's 1998 record, of 377.4 yards)
  • Highest yards per play average (50 plays minimum), game (10.71, against Arkansas on September 29, 2012, breaking Steve Tanneyhill's record of 10.0 yards)
  • First SEC quarterback to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in one season

Texas A&M records & notes

  • Record for total yards in a season with 5,116.
  • Record for passing yards in a game with 464 yards against #1 Alabama on September 14th 2013.
    • Also has the 2nd spot with 453 yards against Arkansas on September 29, 2012.
  • Most yards total offense in a game (576, breaking Archie Manning's 1969 record of 540 yards)[51]
    • The first 3 spots on the Texas A&M total offense in a game
      • 576 yards
      • 562 yards against #1 Alabama
      • 557 yards two weeks before the 576 yards
  • In 10 games, Manziel had 4 of the top 10 games in total offense in Texas A&M history.
  • Logged 10 straight games with 300 or more total yards, 16 total games with 300+ yards.
  • The 3rd A&M quarterback to surpass 3,000 passing yards in a season. [52]
  • The 6th A&M quarterback to surpass 5,000 passing yards in a career. [52]
  • The 2nd most passing yards in a single season. [52]
  • The most rushing TD's in a single season. [52]
  • The 3rd most passing TD's in a single season. [52]
  • 5th in career passing TD's. [52]
  • Tied for 12th in career rushing TD's. [52]
  • 4th in school career passing yards. [52]
  • 18th in school career rushing yards. [52]

Outside of football

Manziel is a friend of rap artist Drake, whom he considers an idol.[53]

June 2012 arrest

On June 29, 2012, before he was chosen as Texas A&M's starting quarterback and before his first college game, Manziel was arrested and charged with three misdemeanors—disorderly conduct, failure to identify, and possession of a fictitious driver's license. These charges stemmed from a late-night fight in College Station, Texas.[54] In July 2013, he pled guilty for failure to identify, and the other two charges were dismissed.[55]
Police reports state that Manziel was with a friend who directed a racial slur at a man on the street. The man then approached the two of them trying to get at the friend, but Manziel placed himself between the two men saying his friend didn't mean it and he was going to take him home. The man continued pushing against Manziel to reach the other, and eventually Manziel pushed back. At this point, the man swung at Manziel who then began fighting back. Shortly afterward, the bicycle patrol officers arrived. Manziel, who at the time was 19, presented a fake Louisiana driver’s license to police officers showing himself to be 21. Manziel was taken into custody and reportedly spent the night in jail.[56][57] After the incident, Manziel eventually regained the favor of his team and head coach Kevin Sumlin, and was named the starting quarterback.[58] Per Sumlin's policy of not allowing freshmen to give media interviews, Manziel was unable to speak to reporters about his arrest until the end of the 2012 regular season. When reporters asked about the incident during his first press conference on November 27, Manziel stated that he had learned from the mistake and "had to make a lot of changes in [his] life."[59][60]

2013 offseason

During the 2013 offseason, Manziel drew significant media attention over his behavior off the field.[61] Notable incidents include his early departure from the Manning Passing Academy after allegedly oversleeping,[62] tweeting that he "can't wait to leave College Station" after receiving a parking ticket,[63] and getting kicked out of a University of Texas fraternity party.[64] An ESPN The Magazine article revealed his parents' concerns about his dealings with his newfound stardom.[65]
On August 4, 2013, ESPN reported that the NCAA was investigating whether Manziel accepted payments from autographs that he had signed in January 2013. The NCAA did not find any evidence that Manziel accepted money for the autographs, but reached an agreement with Texas A&M to suspend him for the first half of the season opener against Rice University, due to an "inadvertent violation" of NCAA rules.[30]

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