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Johnny Manziel picks up where he left off in A&M’s spring game

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Johnny Manziel couldn’t have possibly been under a lot of adversity during Texas A&M’s spring game on Saturday, but the Heisman Trophy winner still looked sharp heading into his second year as the team’s starting quarterback.

Manziel threw for over 300 yards and was finished shortly after the beginning of the second half. Kevin Sumlin said after the game that he was pleased overall with the first-string offense, including new center Mike Matthews.

“With that first group… I think we had one holding [call]. The ball was moving. There weren’t a lot of balls on the ground, sloppy penalties, 10 or 12 men on the field. I thought the first group moved efficiently.

“We have a quarterback who understands it [the offense] now, but a new center,” Sumlin continued. “As long as we don’t notice him [Matthews], he’s doing a great job.”

Manziel looked fine — that much was expected — but who Manziel will throw to this season continues to be one of the focal points for the Aggie offense in 2013 as veteran receivers Ryan Swope and Uzoma Nwachukwu are both gone. LeKendrick Williams, who had just 116 receiving yards all of last year, had the best day with seven receptions for 105 yards. Derel Walker and Mike Evans, coming off a sensational freshman year in which he led the team in receiving yards, had 79 and 73 yards receiving, respectively.

It’s tough to tell how a team is going to operate in the fall based on what happens in the spring, but Sumlin’s remarks today should give Aggie fans at least some reason for optimism — at least on offense.

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13 Responses to “Johnny Manziel picks up where he left off in A&M’s spring game”
  1. Deb says: Apr 13, 2013 8:08 PM

    Losing players to graduation and the NFL is part of the cycle for college fans. But as long as Manziel’s behind center, I doubt A&M fans are drowning in pessimism. Sounds as though Johnny Football will pick up right where he left off and someone will step up to catch for him.

  2. goodfieldnohit says: Apr 13, 2013 8:14 PM

    His sophomore slump is right on schedule. 24/29, 306 yds passing, 3 TD’s in about a half of play.

  3. mrlitl says: Apr 13, 2013 9:24 PM

    I’m a Bama fan. I was raised in and currently live in Tuscaloosa. But I really hope Manziel has an awesome season. So many want him to fail. We gotta remember that they’re all still kids.

  4. kiopta1 says: Apr 13, 2013 9:49 PM

    Kid? How old is he?

  5. Deb says: Apr 13, 2013 9:56 PM

    They’re still in college–they’re still kids.

  6. thefiesty1 says: Apr 13, 2013 9:57 PM

    Good for him. Keep proving that Mack Brown is NOT a judge of talent. Whoops!

  7. goodfieldnohit says: Apr 13, 2013 10:42 PM

    It was a fun day. I’m sunburned, had a chance to tailgate in April, and watched the game with 45,000 of my closest friends.

  8. amosalanzostagg says: Apr 13, 2013 11:09 PM


    Went to the spring game with some new Aggie friends, A&M will be loaded. They have some very good running backs. Malena, basically didn’t play. With what they have coming in and the JC’s that played today. They could be very, very good.

    I know our spring game is next weekend, and Saban will make his moves on offense and defense. We will be fine.

    That game September 14th will be special. Pass the Pepto.

    Kudos to the fine Aggies who had a great spread and were their usual hospitable hosts.

    The SEC West is going to be brutal.

  9. goodfieldnohit says: Apr 14, 2013 10:06 AM

    @amosalanzostagg –

    Glad you had a good time on campus yesterday. I was please to see what Matt Davis could do, as well as the WR’s that will have to replace Swope, EZ, and Kenric McNeal.

    O Line looks rock solid, even though they have to replace Joeckel and Pat Lewis. Hard to really tell though, as the defense was missing 5 starters that were held out to various bumps, bruises, nicks, and sprains.

    I too am looking forward to September 14. A new attendance record will probably be set, as we will figure out a way to add a few seats in violation of the fire code 😉

    Best of luck to you, and see y’all in September.

  10. mrlitl says: Apr 14, 2013 11:32 AM

    Exactly Deb.

  11. amosalanzostagg says: Apr 14, 2013 2:18 PM

    SEC West (not rankings)

    Texas A&M
    Mississippi State

    Winner could have two division losses.

    Instead of Roll Tide, pass the Pepto

  12. be4bama says: Apr 15, 2013 1:31 PM

    Roll Johnny Roll….prove all your haters wrong!! And I’ll need a dose of Pepto come 9/14.

  13. 8to80texansblog says: Apr 19, 2013 3:37 PM

    I think the offense will be fine. Much like it was last year. Sure we’ll have some drop off in talent on the O line and WRs but the QB is more experienced and Mike Evans I think can be a superstar.

    My big worry is on defense. While the first team D gave up zero TDs they gave up a TON of yards to the 2nd team offense. Hopefully we’ll have large leads for them. But with such a fast paced offense, first downs are critical. Otherwise that suspect D will be on the field a long time.

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