Texas A&M, per coach Kevin Sumlin‘s policy with freshmen, has kept quarterback Johnny Manziel out of the spotlight and press conferences this season. But the attention to Johnny Football, the emerging Heisman favorite, has been impossible to ignore. So, A&M decided to break code and allow Manziel to speak with reporters via teleconference.
Unfortunately for anyone interested, there wasn’t much to chew on.
“I don’t know if there’s anything I’ve been dying to say,” Manziel said.
He doesn’t see himself as Johnny Football and he doesn’t know if he’s the Heisman frontrunner. ”There are other priorities in your life that take over reading about yourself,” Manziel added.
Make no mistake, Manziel made it clear that it would be a dream come true to win the Heisman, but he also said all the right (meaning boring), big picture things. In all, it seems like Manziel is actually quite normal, even though his freshman season has been anything but normal.
“Whatever is meant to be will happen,” Manziel said. “So I’m just doing whatever Coach Sumlin asks me to do in terms of lifting and getting ready for bowl practice and making sure our team stays focused and can hopefully take care of business in the bowl game.
“I think the Heisman and all the other awards like that will play itself out.”
But not without some help from A&M. This was a program that had absolutely no intention of pushing Manziel for Heisman until the past couple of weeks, and that was because Manziel had already surpassed all expectations anyone had for him (or the Aggies) in 2012.
(Hat tip: USA Today)