With the crazy weekend in college football, many writers and national college football analysts are all drinking the Johnny Manziel kool-aid. But I am here to tell you to not buy into the Johnny Football hype.
1. His Stats are deceiving.
Sure 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards looks impressive but when you look closer, you see that those statistics are misleading.
Against Sam Houston State, South Carolina State and teams below a Top 30 ranking in Total Defense.
2345 passing yards, 9.8 yards per attempt, 19 touchdowns, 4 interceptions.
942 rushing yards, 7.9 yards/rush. 16 rushing touchdowns.
Against LSU, Florida and Alabama (Top 30 defenses)
702 passing yards, 6 yards/attempt, 2 touchdown, 3 Interceptions.
179 rushing yards, 3.4 yards/rush. 1 rushing touchdown.
Sure Johnny Manziel is great against weaker opponents, but we don’t hand out the Heisman to someone who beats up the sisters of the poor.
2. No Heisman Moment.
Unless you count a nickname that might have been catchy in the 1950s, coincidentally the last time Texas A&M was nationally relevant in college football, all his potential Heisman moments were against weak opponents. Most of the potential Alabama Heisman moments were when Ryan Swope bailed him out. Don’t give me the touchdown pass in the first quarter against Alabama where the ball got knocked out and he was able to catch it in mid air. Swope was wide open in the endzone, many division 1 quarterbacks could have made that throw.
There was no moment like the Robert Griffin touchdown toss against Oklahoma or The Cam Newton run against LSU.
So if you want to just give the award to the first quarterback who threw for 3 interceptions in one game in the same season he won the Heisman, be my guest. But you need to understand the Paper tiger that is Johnny Manziel.