Johnny Manziel: Johnny Football's theatrics nothing new to Kerrville

Mike Zarrilli

An upset victory over top-ranked Alabama wasn't the A&M quarterback's first legendary performance.

Watching Johnny Manziel lead the Texas A&M Aggies over the best team in the nation on Saturday dug up a lot of memories for the people of Kerrville, Texas. They know him as the Tivy High School product who showed flashes of his current greatness in front of their eyes. Johnny Football is nothing new to them.

Manziel's performance on Saturday – 24-of-31 for 253 yards and two touchdowns, and 92 yards rushing – against arguably the best defense in the nation stands as the signature game of his freshman season. But not too long ago, Johnny Football had one of the most impressive displays in Texas high school football history.

In a game against Steele High in September 2010, Manziel accounted for 573 of his team's 587 yards in a 54-45 victory. He threw six touchdown passes and added two more on the ground, shooting him up the recruiting charts and cementing himself as a Texas football legend. As the young quarterback's career develops at Texas A&M, the Heisman Trophy has officially been put on Manziel Watch.

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