So much has been said about the Johnny Manziel saga, that I’m going to skip my opinions on him, his (alleged) actions, the people with whom he surrounds himself, and the recent NCAA ruling on him. I’m also not going to rehash my opinion on Texas A&M athletics…
What I’m really fascinated by, is how he performs on the field. Last year, love him or hate him, you have to admit that he was electric. He broke so many SEC and Texas A&M records it’s hard to keep track of them. He led an A&M team that most people assumed would struggle in their new conference and propelled them to 11 wins and a Cotton Bowl crown. And he became the first freshman to win the Heisman trophy.
Manziel has had an…um…eventful time since the season ended. It started with him having to take all of his classes online, because he was mobbed everywhere he went on campus. After that there were divisive tweets, dehydration and autographs. But not much mention of film study or practice. I’m sure that he was studying film and practicing, but stories on those activities don’t help the Nielson ratings.
How has this off season impacted his readiness? Has he had time to prepare behind a rebuilt offensive line? Has he gelled with his receiving core? What skills has he added to stay ahead of SEC defenses?
Right or wrong, we won’t find out until the second half of the Rice game. Texas A&M’s second and third team quarterbacks should have the game out of reach by then. But, no one is more compelling than Johnny Manziel. And I’m sure that the second half ratings on ESPN will reflect that.
Other Games I’ll be Watching:
Georgia at Clemson – Two exciting top ten teams meet on the opening weekend. It should be an indicator of how much SEC hype we’ll be getting for the rest of the season.
New Mexico State at Texas – Oh wait…even in Austin I don’t have the Longhorn network
*These are all opinions from Dustin. Blame him.