The numbers are starting to flow for the defending Heisman winner.
One week after putting up 562 yards of total offense against Alabama, Johnny Manziel had 244 passing yards and 102 rushing yards in less than three full quarters to lead Texas A&M to a rout of SMU.
Manziel completed 14 of 21 passes, throwing one touchdown and one interception. He also scored on a pair of 7-yard runs. His 346 yards of offense and three total touchdowns against the Mustangs gives him 1,483 yards and 15 touchdowns on the season. In other words, he’s on pace to have almost the exact same production that he had during last year’s regular season, when he totaled 4,600 yards of offense and 43 scores.
Can Manziel have the kind of season he needs to win another Heisman?
It’s going to be tough. Performances like the one against SMU are now so routine, voters have become almost desensitized to the craziness of the numbers. And Manziel isn’t the only one having a huge year — Marcus Mariota of Oregon is on pace for even more yards and touchdowns than Manziel.
So Manziel won’t lose the Heisman on the field, not with games like the one he had tonight. He’ll most likely miss out on that second Heisman for other reasons. The Heisman electorate will probably decide that some other player is more worthy of the trophy and that Johnny Football will have to be satisfied with just one.