Johnny “Football” Manziel has just been named the The Associated Press Player of The Year. Manziel becomes the first freshman ever to win the award. The announcement comes less than two weeks after he became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.
Johnny Football is kind of a big deal, if you haven’t been paying attention.
I must admit that I have man-crush on Manziel — there can be no doubting or denying it. There are still people who have never heard of the guy, though — and even if they have, they haven’t seen him play in a game. His highlights are impressive, but on’y when watching him for an entire game do you really you get a real glimpse of his football IQ and incredible athletic abilities.
Some of the greatest plays he makes are possession-related — not even resulting in big gains. Escaping an eight-yard loss on a sack to gain half a yard isn’t particularly noteworthy to most casual fans, but it’s the plays like this that swing key statistics in a team’s favor. Ultimately, they allow an offensive coordinator to continue painting with broad strokes.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out his on-field antics, you’ve got a chance to do so on January 4th. Texas A&M will take on Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, played in the house that Jerry Jones built, Cowboys Stadium. According to the Manolith Bowl Breakdown (which is sitting pretty at 2-0, after a miraculous Arizona comeback), the stage is set for Manziel.
Until then, here’s a little Manziel magic to tide you over.